Brno: Practice and qualifying notes

PRACTICE 1 JORDI GENE STAYS ON TOP SEAT Sport driver Jordi Gene emerged again like in yesterday's testing as the fastest in a calm free practice session. He completed a lap of the Brno circuit in 2:12.119 ahead of Jorg Muller for BMW Team...

PRACTICE 1 JORDI GENE STAYS ON TOP

SEAT Sport driver Jordi Gene emerged again like in yesterday's testing as the fastest in a calm free practice session. He completed a lap of the Brno circuit in 2:12.119 ahead of Jorg Muller for BMW Team Germany. Another SEAT man, Yvan Muller, posted the third best time. Andy Priaulx was fourth and the final driver to post a time sub 2:13.00.

Robert Huff's time of 2:13.265 placed him 8th overall on the time sheet; two spots above his Chevrolet team-mate Alain Menu. Despite having a new engine in his car, Nicola Larini again suffered technical problems as yesterday and he was only on the track for a matter of minutes.

From the Alfa Romeo team it was Augusto Farfus who posted the best time of 2:13.629 which placed him just outside the top 10 in 11th. GR Asia man Tom Coronel was the quickest of the independent drivers in 9th position overall after completing a lap in 2:13.327.

Vincent Radermecker of Maurer Motorsport was the fastest of the four new drivers, posting the 22nd time in his Chevrolet Lacetti.

PRACTICE 2 J. MÜLLER OUTPACES RIVALS

He was second in this morning's practice but in the second session Jorg Muller succeeded in outpacing his rivals. At the wheel of is BMW 320si he clocked a 2:14.141. Behind him in second place was fellow BMW driver Alessandro Zanardi. Salvatore Tavano put in a good performance in his Alfa Romeo 156 to achieve a time of 2:14.837 putting him third.

Chevrolet's Nicola Larini was out with force after two engine changes. Things seemed to be working smoothly in this session because he was fourth fastest of the entire field; 0.936 off the pace.

Gabriele Tarquini put in his best performance of the event so far by setting a 2:15.175, the sixth best time overall and quickest of the SEAT drivers. Jordi Gene was 9th fastest.

One spot above Gene on the timesheet was GR Asia's Maurizio Ceresoli who completed a storming lap of 2:15.488 in his new SEAT Leon. This meant he claimed the best time of the Independents' category ahead of team-mate Tom Coronel who was 13th overall. Ceresoli's impressive performance was put to a halt however when he stopped at the exit of the pit lane with smoke billowing from his engine.

Maurer Motorsport's Vincent Radermecker did not take part in the session after he experienced engine problems in the morning. Because the spare engine for his Chevrolet Lacetti was delivered in the late afternoon, the Belgian driver also missed qualifying.

QUALIFYING TARQUINI CLAIMS POLE

Gabriele Tarquini is the man who will line up on pole for Race 1 at Brno. He set the best lap of 2:12.286 twenty minutes into the session at the wheel of his SEAT Leon. This was the Italian's second pole of the season, after the one he claimed in Magny-Cours. Two BMW men qualified 2nd and 3rd: Jorg Muller and Alessandro Zanardi. They both provisionally occupied the top spot during the session, but their times were eventually just 0.045 and 0.067 seconds behind Tarquini's.

The top 16 times were within one second of each other.

The best Alfa Romeo result was courtesy of Augusto Farfus who completed a lap in 2:13.061 which equated to 12th on the timesheet.

Robert Huff set the 4th best time of the session for Chevrolet but due to an earlier engine change he will be dropped 10 positions on the starting grid. The same will happen to Nicola Larini, who posted the 11th fastest lap.

Tom Coronel qualified ahead of the rest of the independents, his time of 2:12.755 placing him 9th overall. His team-mate, Maurizio Ceresoli did not take part in qualifying due to GR Asia engineers working on replacing his engine. As a result, he will start at the back of the grid. Exactly like Vincent Radermecker of Maurer Motorsport. An engine change was also required in Pierre-Yves Corthals' Honda Accord Euro R and therefore he too was penalised by 10 grid positions for Race 1.

After the end of the session, the Stewards disallowed the fastest times of Huff, Larini and D'Aste, because they were all posted under yellow flags.

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Series WTCC
Drivers Andy Priaulx , Tom Coronel , Jorg Muller , Yvan Muller , Augusto Farfus , Gabriele Tarquini , Jordi Gene , Salvatore Tavano , Nicola Larini , Maurizio Ceresoli , Pierre-Yves Corthals , Vincent Radermecker , Alain Menu