Robert Huff has set himself up as a favourite to take pole position for the season-ending round of the World Touring Car Championship, heading the timesheets once again in the final practice session at Macau.

Muller navigates Macau's signature hairpin The final practice session was delayed by some two hours due to urgent repair work being carried out on one of the crash barriers destroyed in an accident in a support race session, but this didn’t seem to bother the Chevrolet driver, who was quickest throughout the 30-minute session.

The Briton wound up over half-a-second faster than his team-mate, newly crowned champion Yvan Muller (pictured).

Tiago Monteiro was again the fastest of the SEAT drivers, finishing up third-quickest at the end of the session, and two-tenths faster than SEAT team-mate Tom Coronel.

Andy Priaulx, himself a past winner on the Guia circuit, was fifth-quickest and almost a second off Huff’s pace in his BMW. The three-time WTCC champion was followed by Alain Menu in the third Chevrolet Cruze and Darryl O’Young, who again wound up as the fastest Independent Trophy driver and a very creditable seventh-quickest overall.

Bennani destroyed the left-front corner of his BMW when he hit the wallThe session contained a couple of incidents of note, with Mehdi Bennani slamming his BMW into the pit straight barriers when just about to start his first flying lap.

SEAT driver Fredy Barth – fresh from the panel repairs carried out by his mechanics – will be buying his pit crew plenty of drinks at one of the local casino’s bars at the end of the weekend, when the Swiss driver once again found the magnetic attraction of the barriers just too appealing. This time, he mangled his car into the Armco at the Faraway Esses, and his crew will have a tough time making sure his León TDI is ready for qualifying.

 

2010 WTCC Macau Practice 2 Session Times:

  Driver   Team Time Laps
1. Robert Huff RML Chevrolet Cruze LT 2:32.751 7
2. Yvan Muller FRA RML Chevrolet Cruze LT + 0.513 8
3. Tiago Monteiro POR SR Sport SEAT León TDI + 0.521 8
4. Tom Coronel NED SR Sport SEAT León TDI + 0.733 6
5. Andy Priaulx RBM Team BMW 320si + 0.917 10
6. Alain Menu RML Chevrolet Cruze LT + 1.242 8
7. Darryl O’Young (I) HKG Bamboo Chevrolet Lacetti + 1.370 9
8. Augusto Farfus RBM Team BMW 320si + 1.405 9
9. Gabriele Tarquini SR Sport SEAT León TDI + 1.420 11
10. André Couto MAC SR Sport SEAT León TDI + 1.880 10
11. Norbert Michelisz HUN Zengö-Dension SEAT León TDI + 2.108 11
12. Kristian Poulsen (I) DEN Poulsen Motorsport BMW 320si + 2.497 10
13. Sergio Hernández (I) Scuderia Proteam BMW 320si + 3.247 7
14. Fredy Barth SUNRED SEAT León TDI + 3.574 5
15. Franz Engstler (I) Team Engstler BMW 320si + 3.612 7
16. César Campaniço (I) POR Novadriver Total BMW 320si + 3.834 8
17. Nobuteru Taniguchi (I) JPN_thumb[2] Scuderia Proteam BMW 320si + 4.518 10
18. Colin Turkington AVIVA-COFCO WSR BMW 320si + 4.672 9
19. Yukinori Taniguchi (I) JPN_thumb[2] Bamboo Chevrolet Lacetti + 5.619 11
20. Kevin Chen (I) TWN Scuderia Proteam BMW 320si + 5.802 9
21. Michel Nykjær DEN SUNRED SEAT León TDI + 5.844 8
22. Andrei Romanov (I) RUS_thumb[2] Team Engstler BMW 320si + 6.197 11
23. Henry Ho (I) MAC Ho Chun Kei BMW 320si + 7.641 10
24. Philip Ma (I) HKG Jacob & Co Honda Accord Euro + 11.406 9
25. Masaki Kano (I) JPN_thumb[2] Team Engstler BMW 320si + 12.114 10
26. Joseph Merszei (I) MAC Team Engstler BMW 320si + 12.421 8
27. Mehdi Bennani (I) MOR Wiechers Sport BMW 320si no time 1
28. Io Keong Kuok (I) MAC RPM Racing Honda Accord Euro no time  
29. Kin Man Chan (I) MAC Andy Racing Honda Civic no time  

[Original images via FIA WTCC official site]

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