Continuing his quest to finish second in the Drivers’ Championship standings, Chevrolet driver Robert Huff has headed the field in the opening practice session for the season-ending Macau round of the World Touring Car Championship.
The Briton – winner of two races this season – who was fastest in yesterday’s free test session on the Guia street circuit, edged out BMW’s Andy Priaulx to take spot with just three minutes of the session to go.
Priaulx had himself managed to survive a brush with the Armco at the Donna Maria bend during the session, and finished the session second-quickest overall.
It was three different manufacturers in the top three, with Tiago Monteiro lapping as the quickest SEAT driver, edging out fellow SEAT runner Norbert Michelisz to go third-quickest.
Newly-crowned champion Yvan Muller was fifth-quickest, just over two-tenths faster than Chevrolet team-mate Alain Menu.
Next quickest was outgoing champion Gabriele Tarquini, who managed to rejoin the circuit without damage after a trip up the escape road at the Lisboa right-hander.
The only major incident was a crash for Swiss driver Fredy Barth, who spun exiting the Mandarin Bend and pitched himself into the barriers on the right-hand side of the circuit. The SEAT driver managed to limp back to pit lane for repairs.
Darryl O’Young wound up as the quickest Independent Trophy driver, placing ninth on the timesheets and using his prior experience of Macau to goo effect in the Chevrolet Lacetti.
2010 WTCC Macau Practice 1 Session Times:
[Original images via FIA WTCC official site]