Huff quickest in first practice session

Rob Huff maintained his strong form in opening practice for the FIA World Touring Car Championship finale in Macau on Friday when he topped the times during the morning's 30-minute session.

The Chevrolet driver, who is hoping to secure second place in the drivers' championship behind team-mate Yvan Muller this weekend, moved to the top of the timesheets with three minutes of practice remaining to edge out BMW's Andy Priaulx by 0.262 seconds.

"The car is feeling good," said Huff, who had also been quickest in testing on Thursday. "We made a few changes to the car overnight, but the track conditions are improving so much that it is hard to feel the difference they have made. In fact, I feel there is more to come from the track itself rather than the car, so I am very pleased at the moment."

Priaulx escaped a brush with the barriers at Dona Maria Bend to set the second quickest time, as he eyes a result this weekend that will also secure him second place in the drivers' championship.

Portugal's Tiago Monteiro was third quickest in the SEAT, ahead of the fellow SEAT driver Norbert Michelisz from Hungary.

Chevrolet's Yvan Muller, who secured the drivers' crown ahead of this weekend's race in Macau, ended the session fifth overall ahead of team-mate Alain Menu and last year's champion Gabriele Tarquini - who ran down the escape road at Lisboa near the end of the session but was able to rejoin without trouble.

The session was relatively incident free. Fredy Barth in a SEAT caused the biggest drama when he spun on the exit of Mandarin Bend and hit the barriers on the right hand side of the track - but he was able to get his car back to the pits. Yukinori Taniguchi also ran down the escape road at Moorish Hill.

-source: macaugp