Norbert Michelisz fastest on Superstars debut in Hungaroring practice
|By Andrew van Leeuwen||Saturday, June 30th 2012, 09:38 GMT|
Hometown hero and International Superstars Series debutant Norbert Michelisz topped the times in the first practice session at the Hungaroring in Budapest.
In sweltering conditions, the Hungarian set a benchmark time of 1m53.547s in the Scuderia Guidici BMW, more than eight tenths clear of Tonio Liuzzi, who was second fastest in the CAAL Racing Mercedes.
On a circuit perfectly suited to the nimble BMWs, Thomas Biagi went third fastest in the Dinamic BMW, while Gianni Morbidelli was the best of the Audi Sport Italia entries with the fourth fastest time - albeit 1.3 seconds behind the pacesetter Michelisz.
Former Red Bull Racing Formula 1 driver Christian Klien, another Superstars debutant, was impressive in the Swiss Team Maserati, ending the session fifth fastest, and just a tenth shy of Morbidelli. Behind him it was a big gap back to championship leader Johan Kristoffersson, who was close to two seconds off the pace in the Audi Sport/KMS RS5.
The Dinamic BMWs of Stefano Gabellini and Franco Fumi were seventh and eighth respectively, ahead of Ferlito Jaguar's Max Pigoli, and Solaris Chevrolet's Francesco Sini.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Norbert Michelisz Giudici BMW 1m53.547s 2. Tonio Liuzzi CAAL Mercedes 1m54.359s + 0.812s 3. Thomas Biagi Dinamic BMW 1m54.698s + 1.151s 4. Gianni Morbidelli Audi Italia 1m54.850s + 1.303s 5. Christian Klien Swiss Maserati 1m54.969s + 1.422s 6. Johan Kristoffersson KMS Audi 1m55.344s + 1.797s 7. Stefano Gabellini Dinamic BMW 1m55.680s + 2.133s 8. Franco Fumi Dinamic BMW 1m55.749s + 2.202s 9. Max Pigoli Ferlito Jaguar 1m55.963s + 2.416s 10. Francesco Sini Solaris Chevrolet 1m56.141s + 2.594s 11. Thomas Schoffler MTM Audi 1m56.246s + 2.699s 12. Camilo Zurcher Romeo Mercedes 1m56.387s + 2.840s 13. Mauro Cesari Swiss Maserati 1m56.389s + 2.842s 14. Andrea Larini Romeo Mercedes 1m56.763s + 3.216s 15. Domenico Ferlito Ferlito Jaguar 1m57.099s + 3.552s 16. Paolo Meloni W&D BMW 1m57.134s + 3.587s 17. Gianni Giudici Giudici BMW 1m57.718s + 4.171s 18. Walter Meloni W&D BMW 2m00.894s + 7.347s