Tom Coronel posted a surprise result in the second free practice session of the Okayama round of the World Touring Car Championship, by posting the session’s Coronel was quickest of all in second practicefastest time overall.

The Dutchman’s first flying lap – a 1:38.943 – was enough to see the SEAT driver move to the top of the timesheets, which proved to be a position he held for the rest of the session despite his lap being roughly a second slower than that posted by Augusto Farfus in this morning’s practice session.

Second-quickest at the end of the session was Robert Huff, who seems to have made up the ground lost by dint of limited running in the first practice session.

It was a better session for SEAT, with Tiago Monteiro posting the third-quickest time overall, beating Andy Priaulx, who finished less than one-tenth of a second faster than Robert Dahlgren in the Volvo.

Alain Menu finished sixth-fastest, with Franz Engstler a surprise seventh overall and the quickest Independent Trophy driver in the session by some margin.

Championship leader van Muller lost some important lap time when his left-rear wheel tried to dislodge itself from his Chevrolet, but the Frenchman was successfully able to limp back to the pits for attention.

Colin Turkington completed the top-ten in his BMW, while Gabriele Tarquini finished eleventh-quickest in the session and faster than Andy Priaulx.


2010 WTCC Okayama 2nd Practice Session Times:

  Driver   Team Time Laps
1. Tom Coronel NED SR Sport SEAT León TDI 1:38.943 11
2. Robert Huff GBR RML Chevrolet Cruze LT + 0.036 14
3. Tiago Monteiro POR SR Sport SEAT León TDI + 0.162 10
4. Augusto Farfus BRA RBM Team BMW 320si + 0.167 14
5. Robert Dahlgren SWE Olsbergs Green Racing Volvo C30 + 0.265 12
6. Alain Menu SUI RML Chevrolet Cruze LT + 0.478 12
7. Franz Engstler (I) GER Team Engstler BMW 320si + 0.500 10
8. Norbert Michelisz HUN Zengö-Dension SEAT León TDI + 0.512 14
9. Yvan Muller FRA RML Chevrolet Cruze LT + 0.624 10
10. Colin Turkington GBR AVIVA-COFCO WSR BMW 320si + 0.636 16
11. Gabriele Tarquini ITA SR Sport SEAT León TDI + 0.710 13
12. Andy Priaulx GBR RBM Team BMW 320si + 0.717 14
13. Michel Nykjær DEN SUNRED SEAT León TDI + 0.779 11
14. Fredy Barth SUI SUNRED SEAT León TDI + 0.875 12
15. Michaël Rossi FRA SR Sport SEAT León TDI + 0.973 12
16. Darryl O’Young (I) HKG Bamboo Chevrolet Lacetti + 1.287 15
17. Andrei Romanov (I) RUS Team Engstler BMW 320si + 1.467 16
18. Stefano D’Aste (I) ITA Scuderia Proteam BMW 320si + 1.530 16
19. Yukinori Taniguchi (I) JPN Bamboo Chevrolet Lacetti + 1.679 12
20. Kristian Poulsen (I) DEN Poulsen Motorsport BMW 320si + 1.692 14
21. Sergio Hernández (I) ESP Scuderia Proteam BMW 320si + 1.763 15
22. Mehdi Bennani (I) MOR Wiechers Sport BMW 320si + 1.858 15
23. Yoshihiro Ito (I) JPN Team Engstler BMW 320si + 1.970 15
24. Masataka Yanagida (I) JPN Wiechers Sport BMW 320si + 3.137 15
25. Nobuteru Taniguchi (I) JPN Scuderia Proteam BMW 320si + 3.217 11
26. Henry Ho (I) MAC Ho Chun Kei BMW 320si + 3.812 15
27. Kevin Chen (I) TWN Scuderia Proteam BMW 320si + 3.881 14

[Original images via FIA WTCC official site]

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