2005 FIA WTCC Presented In Monza The 2005 FIA World Touring Car Championship was launched yesterday, during a crowded press conference in Monza. More than 200 journalists, photographers and TV crew members coming from twenty different ...
2005 FIA WTCC Presented In Monza
The 2005 FIA World Touring Car Championship was launched yesterday, during a crowded press conference in Monza. More than 200 journalists, photographers and TV crew members coming from twenty different countries attended the event, together with as many guests, including the Manufacturers' representatives and drivers.
The press conference took place in the media centre, during a break between the different sessions of the official testing.
An unexpected guest joined the attendance at the last minute: Lapo Elkann, manager of FIAT Auto brand promotion. After the presse conference was over he also enjoyed a ride in one of the Alfa Romeo 156 racing cars driven by Augusto Farfus.
Augusto Farfus emerged as the fastest driver over the two days of the FIA WTCC official testing in Monza. Alfa Romeo's Brazilian youngster set the fastest lap at 1:58.783, the only driver to go under the 1:59. mark. Second fastest was his team mate Gabriele Tarquini, while Dirk Muller set the third fastest time, the best of the BMW cars.
Roberto Colciago's JAS Motorsport Honda Civic (8th fastest), and Jordi Gene's SEAT Toledo Cupra (10th fastest) were the only cars to break the Alfa Romeo-BMW front in the the top ten.
New comers Ford and Chevrolet still have to work to close tha gap, while the SEAT cars did not confirm their performances they had in the recent testing in Magny-Cours and Silverstone.
32 drivers took part in the test at the wheel of 29 different cars.
<pre> Combined list of times -- Day 1 and 2
1) Farfus Alfa 1:58.783 2) Tarquini Alfa 1:59.094 3) D. Muller BMW 1:59.335 4) J. Muller BMW 1:59.525 5) Thompson Alfa 1:59.681 6) Giovanardi Alfa 1:59.707 7) Garcia BMW 1:59.807 8) Colciago Honda 1:59.841 9) Priaulx BMW 2:00.100 10) Gene SEAT 2:00.163 11) Rydell SEAT 2:00.166 12) Zanardi BMW 2:00.178 13) D'Aste BMW 2:00.193 14) Terting SEAT 2:00.463 15) De Lorenzi BMW 2:00.613 16) Tavano Alfa 2:00.885 17) A. Larini Alfa 2:01.219 18) Rosenblad BMW 2:01.345 19) Engstrom Honda 2:01.595 20) Cirr BMW 2:01.660 21) De Micheli Honda 2:01.964 22) Valli BMW 2:02.719 23) Lacko BMW 2:02.974 24) Menu Chevrolet 2:03.018 25) Othla Honda 2:03.273 26) Huff Chevrolet 2:03.411 27) N. Larini Chevrolet 2:03.515 28) Lacko Alfa 2:04.425 29) Klenke Ford 2:04.574 30) Jager Ford 2:04.828 31) Balzan SEAT 2:04.837 32) Borgudd Honda 2:08.617 33) Hellstrom Honda 2:08.688