Curitiba: Series Friday notes

Weather: cloudy and windy with a threat of rain; the track was dry. FARFUS SMASHES HIS OWN RECORD Just like in 2007, local hero Augusto Farfus emerged as the fastest driver in the Friday's 30-minute test session. On top of this the BMW Team ...

Weather: cloudy and windy with a threat of rain; the track was dry.

FARFUS SMASHES HIS OWN RECORD

Just like in 2007, local hero Augusto Farfus emerged as the fastest driver in the Friday's 30-minute test session. On top of this the BMW Team Germany man set the fastest lap ever to be achieved by a WTCC car in Curitiba at 1:24.704, beating his own pole position time from 2006 (1:24.761).

Following closely behind were SEAT Sport drivers Gabriele Tarquini, 2nd by 0.079 seconds and Rickard Rydell, 3rd with a gap of 0.223. Their team-mate Jordi Gene eventually slotted into 4th at the last minute, 0.241 behind the leader.

Cars from three different manufacturers filled the top-five as Nicola Larini's Chevrolet Lacetti came in 5th, having had a strong session remaining in the top six for most of the laps with a time of 1.25.040.

Andy Priaulx and Jorg Muller had respectable sessions, remaining in the top five for many laps, with Muller even clocking the provisional fastest lap at one stage. However, when the practice ended they slipped down to 6th and 7th respectively as other drivers pipped them to the top places.

In total four drivers - Muller, Farfus, Larini and Tarquini - enjoyed spells at the top throughout the session.

Yvan Muller set the 11th fastest time after losing nearly the first half of the session due to an engine problem.

There were a few moments of excitement when Olivier Tielemans and Franz Engstler went wide at turn 1, Tom Coronel clipped the tyres at the end of the pit straight, Zanardi spun at turn 2 but rejoined and Okyay spun at turn 9 hitting the tyre wall with the rear of the car.

In the Independents' category Sergio Hernandez topped the class with a time of 1.26.146 in his BMW 320si, which placed him 14th after the chequered flag.

BULLET NEWS

FARFUS JUST MARRIED

Local hero Augusto Farfus got married last Saturday to his fiancee Liri.

To celebrate the wedding the BMW Team Germany's mechanics tied tins to his car for the moment when he would leave the garage at the start of the test session.

Farfus clanged along the pit lane and stopped before joining the track, waiting for the mechanics to remove the tins.

His BMW also sported the words "Just Married Liri & Augusto" on the rear windscreen.

LOTTI HONOURED BY CURITIBA

KSO General Manager Marcello Lotti was awarded honorary citizenhip by the city of Curitiba for his efforts to establish the WTCC Brazilian event.

"I feel extremely honoured and I wish to share this recognition with KSO and its staff, the FIA and Augusto Farfus sr. who have worked hard alongside me to make this event successful," said Lotti when the city's mayor Beto Richa handed him the honour.

THEY SAID, THEY SAID.

Augusto FARFUS

"Actually I did not expect to be so fast, due to the weather; to the light rain that was coming through the whole day. Part of the track was resurfaced and this helped in some sectors and corners, and the track will improve more during the weekend. So let's see how it will be. This is a good start and let us keep pushing."

Jordi GENE

"We are the most competitive other than Farfus so far. We are happy as our cars are all really close. The set up, which was the problem we had last year, was good straight away and it worked for all of us. I'm sure everyone will go faster tomorrow. It is good to have a consistent car and our is not the fastest, but is consistent which is important to start the weekend."

Nicola LARINI

"I think I am at the minute more confident than when I arrived. I don't know how much SEAT are pushing, but compared to the other competitors we are not so bad considering we are not much lighter from last year, but the car is better in the handling. The team have done a very good job with the chassis, and the suspension, we cannot compensate for what we have lost with the engine, but we are going in the right way."

-credit: fiawtcc.com

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