Local drivers Robert Huff and Colin Turkington (pictured left) have kicked off their home appearances in the World Touring Car Championship by heading the timesheets in practice for this weekend’s event at Brands Hatch.
Chevrolet driver Huff held out against fellow Brit Andy Priaulx’s BMW by a fraction – just 0.047 seconds – at the end of the opening 30-minute practice session.
The pecking order in the opening session was particularly tight, with the top fourteen drivers covered by one second on the timing screens.
August Farfus wound up third-quickest in the sister RMB BMW, just 0.07 seconds faster than reigning champion Gabriele Tarquini, who brought the session to a premature end when he slid his SEAT into the gravel trap.
The other Chevrolets of Alain Menu and Yvan Muller wound up fifth- and sixth-fastest respectively, while Colin Turkington went seventh-fastest and the quickest of the independent runners.
Jordi Gené was the next-quickest of the SEAT runners, just ahead of Robert Dahlgren’s Volvo C30, making his first appearance of the season.
Fellow debutant – and another local driver – Tom Boardman went 13th quickest, while Carlos ‘Cacá’ Bueno wound up 19th in the fourth RML Chevrolet in his guest outing for the squad.
The only major incident in the first session belonged to Michel Nykjær, who crashed at Paddock Hill Bend and caused a 10-minute pause to the session. Fortunately the Dane emerged uninjured, although the same could not be said about his car (pictured)…
The second practice session produced more hometown joy – and a major upset for the Independents Trophy runners – when Colin Turkington blitzed the field to the tune of three-tenths of a second, finishing well up on the Chevrolet duo of Menu and Huff.
Tiago Monteiro improved to fourth-quickest overall, and rounding out the top-six were Muller and Tom Coronel.
Independent BMW driver Mehdi Bennani had his times disallowed for repeatedly exceeding the track limits, a technical term employed for grass-mowing and kerb-hopping.
2010 WTCC Round 6 Brands Hatch 1st Practice Session Times:
2010 WTCC Round 6 Brands Hatch 2nd Practice Session Times:
[Original images via FIA WTCC official site]
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