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Gianni Morbidelli on top in Superstars practice as Audis dominate at wet Spa

Gianni Morbidelli, Audi Italia, Spa 2012Gianni 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
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