Priaulx tops final practice session Reigning FIA World Touring Car Champion Andy Priaulx showed just how well prepared he is for the Macau season finale by topping the times in Friday's final free practice...
Priaulx tops final practice session
Reigning FIA World Touring Car Champion Andy Priaulx showed just how well prepared he is for the Macau season finale by topping the times in Friday's final free practice session.
Priaulx, who is one of nine drivers fighting for the championship, moved his BMW to the top of the timesheets with just four minutes of practice remaining before returning to the pits. "The car feels good and I am pretty happy," he said.
Alain Menu continued to show Chevrolet's strong pace as he set the second fastest time, just 0.143 seconds behind Priaulx. Menu had topped the times for much of the session but despite losing the top spot, teammate Nicola Larini's strong run to third fastest shows that their Lacetti car will be a force in this afternoon's qualifying session.
Rickard Rydell was fourth quickest for SEAT, as the Swede and his teammates ran in close circulation during part of the session in a bid to practice the slipstreaming tactics that may be needed to secure a good grid position.
BMW's Dirk Muller showed that this morning's first practice crash that ripped a wheel off his car had not slowed him or his car down as he was fifth fastest, just one place ahead of SEAT privateer Tom Coronel.
The session was red flagged after just five minutes when Gabriele Tarquini ran wide into the barriers at Police Bend. The impact ripped the front left wheel off his car but he was at least able to return to the pits so his SEAT team could begin working on repairs.
Priaulx's BMW teammate Jan Magnussen also needed repairs after brushing the barriers three laps into practice. The damage to the left side of his car meant he could not return to the track, but he is almost certain to be able to take part in qualifying.