Gianni Morbidelli on top in Superstars practice as Audis dominate at wet Spa
|By Andrew van Leeuwen||Saturday, July 14th 2012, 12:05 GMT|
Gianni Morbidelli led the way in the second International Superstars Series practice session at Spa-Francorchamps.
While the conditions were better than the first session, the track was still damp throughout the entire 30 minutes, giving the four-wheel-drive Audi RS5s a huge advantage.
Johan Kristoffersson kicked things off with a lap some two seconds faster than his practice one time in the KMS Audi, settling on top with a 2m50.390s best. But this time it was Morbidelli's turn to steal the glory late in the piece, the Audi Sport Italia driver firing to the top with a 2m50.074s, a time that would not be beaten.
Championship leader Tonio Liuzzi was the best of the two-wheel-drive cars in the CAAL Racing Mercedes, albeit a gigantic 3.2s behind Morbidelli. His team-mate Luigi Ferrara was fifth fastest, Romeo Ferraris Mercedes driver Camilo Zurcher splitting the two silver Mercedes.
Thomas Schoffler again struggled for pace compared to his Audi team-mates, finishing the session sixth fastest, just ahead of Thomas Biagi (Dinamic BMW) and Alessandro Garofano (Roma Racing Mercedes).
Mika Salo was ninth fastest in the Swiss Team Maserati, while Stefano Gabellini (Dinamic BMW) locked down 10th for the second time in as many sessions.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Gianni Morbidelli Audi Italia 2m50.074s 2. Johan Kristoffersson KMS Audi 2m50.390s + 0.316s 3. Tonio Liuzzi CAAL Mercedes 2m53.219s + 3.145s 4. Camilo Zurcher Romeo Mercedes 2m53.373s + 3.299s 5. Luigi Ferrara CAAL Mercedes 2m53.606s + 3.532s 6. Thomas Schoffler MTM Audi 2m53.752s + 3.678s 7. Thomas Biagi Dinamic BMW 2m54.142s + 4.068s 8. Alessandro Garofano Roma Mercedes 2m54.346s + 4.272s 9. Mika Salo Swiss Maserati 2m54.576s + 4.502s 10. Stefano Gabellini Dinamic BMW 2m54.939s + 4.865s 11. Nico Caldarola Roma Mercedes 2m55.759s + 5.685s 12. Francesco Sini Polaris Chevrolet 2m55.775s + 5.701s 13. Max Pigoli Ferlito Jaguar 2m56.145s + 6.071s 14. Jeff Smith Dinamic BMW 2m56.983s + 6.909s 15. Domenico Ferlito Ferlito Jaguar 2m57.419s + 7.345s 16. Andrea Larini Romeo Mercedes 2m57.450s + 7.376s 17. Paolo Meloni W&D BMW 2m57.655s + 7.581s 18. Mauro Cesari Swiss Maserati 3m00.269s + 10.195s 19. Walter Meloni W&D BMW 3m01.582s + 11.508s