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Norbert Michelisz fastest on Superstars debut in Hungaroring practice

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
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