Müller quickest in first practice
Jörg Müller went fastest in the morning practice session, run on a track that still had some puddles after a rainy night.
With a time of 1.24.566 the German drivers popped his BMW into the top spot in the final moments of the session, ahead of Alain Menu with a time of 1.24.893, and Augusto Farfus 0.337 behind the leader.
BMW Team Germany and Chevrolet Lacetti dominated the practice session this morning, taking all top five positions. Robert Huff, Alain Menu and Nicola Larini all enjoyed periods on the top spot for Chevrolet, and it looked like Menu would end the session on top. However, Müller’s time came out of nowhere in the final seconds for BMW Team Germany.
After yesterday’s strong start from Farfus, he had to settle with third place, and was not able to set a fastest time throughout the session.
Yvan Muller and Rickard Rydell had good sessions to take up 6th and 7th positions respectively, but reigning World Champion Andy Priaulx could only finish 8th this morning.
The session was extremely close with 14 drivers covered by nine tenths of a second.
There were a few tricky moments: Zanardi spun at turn 3, hit the tyre wall with the rear of the car and came back to the pits for quick repairs. Also following yesterday’s spills, Ibrahim Okyay ran wide twice this session, at turns 1 and 6.
Pierre-Yves Corthals headed the Independents’ class in his Exagon Engineering SEAT with a time of 1.25.982, which put his in 15th position overall, ahead of Sergio Hernández in 16th