Augusto Farfus set the quickest time in Friday’s free test session in the lead up to  the Monza round of the World Touring Car Championship Farfus Monzathis weekend.

The Brazilian BMW’s fastest lap was set on his lap of the session, and was some 0.3 seconds quicker than Yvan Muller’s Chevrolet Cruze.

Third-quickest was Tom Coronel, who ran fastest of the SEAT armada; he was followed by the other factory Chevrolets of Robert Huff and Alain Menu.

Stefano D’Aste was the second-quickest BMW and leading Independents’ class runner in ninth overall.

Argentina’s Leonel Pernía completed his first outing in a Chevrolet Cruze 13th overall, two seconds adrift of the pacesetting Farfus.

Andy Priaulx’s BMW and Fredy Barth’s SEAT posted just five laps between them in the session, with both cars losing much of the session with their bonnets raised in the team garages.

2010 WTCC Round 3 Monza Test Session Times:

  Driver   Team Time Laps
1. Augusto Farfus RBM Team BMW 320si 2:01.491 12
2. Yvan Muller FRA RML Chevrolet Cruze LT + 0.340 10
3. Tom Coronel NED SR Sport SEAT León TDI + 0.501 10
4. Gabriele Tarquini SR Sport SEAT + 0.550 10
5. Robert Huff RML Chevrolet Cruze LT + 0.661 10
6. Alain Menu RML Chevrolet Cruze LT + 0.732 9
7. Jordi Gené SR Sport SEAT + 0.873 10
8. Michel Nykjær DEN SUNRED SEAT + 1.176 10
9. Stefano D’Aste (I) Scuderia Proteam BMW 320si + 1.709 11
10. Norbert Michelisz HUN Zengö-Dension SEAT León TDI + 1.944 11
11. Mehdi Bennani (I) MOR Wiechers Sport BMW 320si + 1.960 10
12. Harry Vaulkhard (I) Bamboo Chevrolet Lacetti + 2.128 11
13. Leonel Pernía ARG RML Chevrolet Cruze LT + 2.173 9
14. Darryl O’Young (I) CHN Bamboo Chevrolet Lacetti + 2.365 11
15. Tiago Monteiro POR SR Sport SEAT + 2.499 9
16. Kristian Poulsen (I) DEN Poulsen Motorsport BMW 320si + 2.503 12
17. Franz Engstler (I) Team Engstler BMW 320si + 2.657 11
18. Andrei Romanov (I) Team Engstler BMW 320si + 3.409 11
19. Fabio Fabiani (I) Scuderia Proteam BMW 320si + 9.658 8
20. Fredy Barth SUNRED SEAT no time 3
21. Andy Priaulx RBM Team BMW 320si no time 2

[Original image via FIA WTCC official website]

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