Macau: Event practice two report

Huff Quickest as Tarquini Crashes in Practice Chevrolet's Rob Huff upstaged the FIA World Touring Car Championship title contenders with the quickest time in Friday's final free practice session - but all eyes were on points leader Gabriele ...

Huff Quickest as Tarquini Crashes in Practice

Chevrolet's Rob Huff upstaged the FIA World Touring Car Championship title contenders with the quickest time in Friday's final free practice session - but all eyes were on points leader Gabriele Tarquini who crashed heavily in the closing stages.

Tarquini is heading into the final round of the season with a two-point lead in the drivers' title chase over SEAT team-mate Yvan Muller - but his hopes of a smooth weekend were dashed when he slid into the barriers just before Police with three minutes of practice remaining.

Although Tarquini's car suffered damage to its right front in the accident, the SEAT team is optimistic that it can be fixed before the afternoon's crucial qualifying session.

Tarquini's accident brought out the red flags to bring an early end to the session, and it guaranteed that Huff secured the top spot on the timesheets.

Huff had been quickest for the entire session, and it was left to his rivals to battle for the second place spot as the drivers made their final preparations for qualifying.

In the end, it was former FIA WTCC champion Andy Priaulx who took the second spot - having pushed hard in the closing stages and letting his BMW brush the barriers as he found the limits.

Fellow BMW driver Jorg Muller was third quickest, after working on slipstreaming tactics with his team's only remaining title contender - Augusto Farfus - who ended up fourth overall.

SEAT's fastest driver was Rickard Rydell, who ended up fifth quickest - as the team's other title hopeful Yvan Muller was eighth fastest.

Apart from Tarquini's accident, the only other notable incident involved BMW's Sergio Hernandez, who spun at Lisboa early on.

-credit: macu

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Series WTCC
Drivers Andy Priaulx , Jorg Muller , Yvan Muller , Augusto Farfus , Sergio Hernandez , Rob Huff , Rickard Rydell , Gabriele Tarquini