Andy Priaulx has posted the quickest practice time of the free test session at Portugal’s Colin Turkington Portimao spectacular Portimao circuit, ahead of this weekend’s fifth round of the 2010 championship season.

The Guernseyman – a three-time WTCC champion and winner of three races to-date in 2010 – edged out Chevrolet’s Robert Huff by just 0.08s at the end of the half-hour session.

Priaulx’s BMW team-mate, Augusto Farfus, finished in third position on the timing sheets, ahead of the quickets SEAT belonging to local boy Tiago Monteiro, who will be eager to impress in front of his home crowd.

Brit Colin Turkington finished a surprise fifth-quickest in his privately-entered BMW (pictured), marking him as the leading Independent Trophy driver on the timesheets in what is his first WTCC outing of the season.


2010 WTCC Round 5 Portimao Test Session Times:

  Driver   Team Time
1. Andy Priaulx RBM Team BMW 320si 1:56.810
2. Robert Huff RML Chevrolet Cruze LT + 0.080
3. Augusto Farfus RBM Team BMW 320si + 0.149
4. Tiago Monteiro POR SR Sport SEAT León TDI + 0.339
5. Colin Turkington (I) eBay Motors BMW 320si + 0.379
6. Yvan Muller FRA RML Chevrolet Cruze LT + 0.381
7. Alain Menu RML Chevrolet Cruze LT + 0.566
8. Jordi Gené SR Sport SEAT León TDI + 0.987
9. Gabriele Tarquini SR Sport SEAT León TDI + 1.011
10. Darryl O’Young (I) CHN Bamboo Chevrolet Lacetti + 1.362
11. Tom Coronel NED SR Sport SEAT León TDI + 1.473
12. Harry Vaulkhard (I) Bamboo Chevrolet Lacetti + 1.738
13. Sergio Hernández (I) Scuderia Proteam BMW 320si + 1.981
14. Michel Nykjær DEN SUNRED SEAT León TDI + 2.404
15. Franz Engstler (I) Team Engstler BMW 320si + 2.439
16. Kristian Poulsen (I) DEN Poulsen Motorsport BMW 320si + 2.464
17. Norbert Michelisz HUN Zengö-Dension SEAT León TDI + 2.482
18. Stefano D’Aste (I) Scuderia Proteam BMW 320si + 2.633
19. Mehdi Bennani (I) MOR Wiechers Sport BMW 320si + 3.154
20. Fredy Barth SUNRED SEAT León TDI + 3.236
21. Andrei Romanov (I) Team Engstler BMW 320si + 6.030

[Original image via FIA WTCC official website]

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