BMW driver August Farfus has posted the quickest lap time in the opening practice session for this weekend’s Valencia round of the World Touring Car Championship. Farfus went quickest in the opening practice session at ValenciaThe Brazilian fractionally edged out the Chevrolet driver of Alain Menu, while his BMW team-mate was Andy Priaulx was just over a tenth slower than Farfus.

A final flying lap from Robert Huff saw the sister Chevrolet finish fourth-quickest, with the third Chevrolet of championship-leader Yvan Muller seventh-quickest.

The SEATs of Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro rounded out the top six on the timesheets, with their team-mates Norbert Michelisz, Jordi Gené and Tom Coronel completing the top-ten.

Guest driver Marc Carol in the petrol-powered SEAT León finished up fastest of the Independent Trophy runners and twelfth-quickest overall, just ahead of regular Independent Trophy driver Daryl O’Young in the Chevrolet Lacetti.


2010 WTCC Valencia 1st Practice Session Times:

  Driver   Team Time Laps
1. Augusto Farfus RBM Team BMW 320si 1:45.509 12
2. Alain Menu RML Chevrolet Cruze LT + 0.033 9
3. Andy Priaulx RBM Team BMW 320si + 0.103 7
4. Robert Huff RML Chevrolet Cruze LT + 0.154 11
5. Gabriele Tarquini SR Sport SEAT León TDI + 0.313 9
6. Tiago Monteiro POR SR Sport SEAT León TDI + 0.362 10
7. Yvan Muller FRA RML Chevrolet Cruze LT + 0.533 10
8. Norbert Michelisz HUN Zengö-Dension SEAT León TDI + 0.597 10
9. Jordi Gené SR Sport SEAT León TDI + 0.629 9
10. Tom Coronel NED SR Sport SEAT León TDI + 0.670 7
11. Fredy Barth SUNRED SEAT León TDI + 0.975 13
12. Marc Carol (I) SR Sport SEAT León TFSI + 1.115 12
13. Darryl O’Young (I) CHN Bamboo Chevrolet Lacetti + 1.208 12
14. Michel Nykjær DEN SUNRED SEAT León TDI + 1.281 10
15. Kristian Poulsen (I) DEN Poulsen Motorsport BMW 320si + 1.745 15
16. Franz Engstler (I) Team Engstler BMW 320si + 1.835 11
17. Sergio Hernández (I) Scuderia Proteam BMW 320si + 1.868 15
18. Mehdi Bennani (I) MOR Wiechers Sport BMW 320si + 2.350 17
19. Andrey Romanov (I) RUS_thumb[2] Team Engstler BMW 320si + 2.969 15
20. Yukinori Taniguchi (I) JPN_thumb[2] Bamboo Chevrolet Lacetti + 3.155 15
21. Stefano D’Aste (I) Scuderia Proteam BMW 320si + 3.547 15

[Original image via FIA WTCC official site]

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