Puebla: Friday test day notes

COLCIAGO'S HONDA FASTEST IN TESTING Due to the surface of the new track needing to be cleaned, the test session took place in three groups. Each group consisted of eight cars and had 20 minutes on the track. Alessandro Zanardi was the very first...

COLCIAGO'S HONDA FASTEST IN TESTING

Due to the surface of the new track needing to be cleaned, the test session took place in three groups. Each group consisted of eight cars and had 20 minutes on the track. Alessandro Zanardi was the very first driver to complete a lap in a FIA WTCC racing car on the newly inaugurated Puebla track but it was Stefano D'Aste that clocked the quickest lap of the first group: 1:35.201.

As the track surface cleared, the second group posted the fastest times of the entire session. Thompson and Colciago were battling for the top spot on the timesheet but it was the latter who posted a lap of 1:33.836. This was the best time overall and the only lap to be completed in less than 1 minute 34 seconds. Thompson's time which was 0.231 of a second slower than Colciago's was second fastest overall.

During the third session, light rain fell. Giovanardi was the quickest of this group in his Alfa Romeo: 0.367 of a second off the best lap. SEAT's Jordi Gene had the fourth quickest time of the day and Andy Priaulx was fifth fastest in his BMW 320i. The best of the Independent drivers was Tom Coronel with the sixth best lap of the entire field, set during the second session.

TOURING CAR BUREAU'S LATEST DECISIONS

The Touring Car Bureau has confirmed the decision, taken before Imola, to reduce the minimum weight of Alessandro Zanardi's BMW 320i by 20-kg. The Bureau has also decided to reduce the minimum weight of Chevrolet Lacetti and Ford Focus cars by 10-kg.

All these decisions will be applied in the Puebla event, however Ford cars will not take part in the Mexican races.

ENTHUSIASTIC FANS SWEEP DRIVERS AWAY IN PUEBLA

On Thursday the FIA WTCC drivers were greeted by a throng of people in Puebla, during a promotional event organised by the local Government.

The first part of the event saw the drivers parading through Avenida Juarez, Puebla's most elegant street, and Avenida Reforma on board a convoy of pick up vehicles. At the end of the parade the drivers arrived at the Zocalo, Puebla's central square, where some of the racing cars were exhibited between the Cathedral and the City Hall.

An autograph session was held from 7.00 to 8.00 PM, and the drivers were literally swept away by the enthusiastic crowd.

MEXICAN SELL OUT FOR THE FIA WTCC !

The grandstands are set to be full for the FIA World Touring Car Championship races in Puebla Amozoc, Mexico. Before a car has even hit the track, event promoters have confirmed that 38,000 weekend tickets have been pre-sold. Fans have been purchasing tickets through the website `Ticketmaster' as well as 52 selling points in Puebla and 400 throughout the whole of Mexico.

It is expected that more tickets will be sold before Sunday, which means not a single spare seat will be available at the circuit which has a capacity of 42,500. A sell out!

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Series WTCC
Drivers Andy Priaulx , Tom Coronel , Jordi Gene , Stefano D'Aste