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Yvan Muller still on top in second World Touring Car Championship practice in Brazil

Yvan Muller, Chevrolet, Curitiba 2012World Touring Car Championship points leader Yvan Muller repeated his free practice one form to top the second free practice session at Curitiba.

The Frenchman recorded a fastest time of 1m21.124s two thirds of the way into the session, half a second slower than his earlier best set when track temperatures were cooler.

The top four positions in the final practice session ahead of Saturday afternoon's qualifying mirrored those of practice one.

Rob Huff was again three tenths adrift of Muller in second, with a similar advantage over the third RML-prepared factory Cruze of Alain Menu.

Triple 2012 winner Menu was stripped of the time from his 10th and final flying lap for exceeding the track limits at Turn 8.

Future Honda team-mates Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro occupied fourth and fifth positions. Tarquini's Lukoil SEAT Leon WTCC edged out Monteiro's Tuenti Racing example by 0.084s.

The Bamboo Engineering Cruzes of British Touring Car graduate Alex MacDowall and team newcomer Michel Nykjaer were also closely matched in sixth and seventh.

In a promising showing, Tom Boardman's Special Tuning SEAT took eighth ahead of the highest-placed BMW runner, Tom Coronel.

After languishing towards the bottom of the classification in testing and practice one, Tom Chilton produced an encouraging lap for the Arena Ford team to complete the top 10.

Pos  Driver             Team/Car             Time       Gap
 1.  Yvan Muller        Chevrolet            1m23.124s
 2.  Rob Huff           Chevrolet            1m23.493s  + 0.369s
 3.  Alain Menu         Chevrolet            1m23.783s  + 0.659s
 4.  Gabriele Tarquini  Lukoil SEAT          1m23.947s  + 0.823s
 5.  Tiago Monteiro     Tuenti SEAT          1m24.031s  + 0.907s
 6.  Alex MacDowall     Bamboo Chevrolet     1m24.150s  + 1.026s
 7.  Michel Nykjaer     Bamboo Chevrolet     1m24.262s  + 1.138s
 8.  Tom Boardman       Special Tuning SEAT  1m24.423s  + 1.299s
 9.  Tom Coronel        ROAL BMW             1m24.523s  + 1.399s
10.  Tom Chilton        Arena Ford           1m24.575s  + 1.451s
11.  Norbert Michelisz  Zengo BMW            1m24.673s  + 1.549s
12.  Mehdi Bennani      Proteam BMW          1m24.877s  + 1.753s
13.  Franz Engstler     Engstler BMW         1m24.893s  + 1.769s
14.  Alberto Cerqui     ROAL BMW             1m24.914s  + 1.790s
15.  Aleksei Dudukalo   Lukoil SEAT          1m24.952s  + 1.828s
16.  Pepe Oriola        Tuenti SEAT          1m25.149s  + 2.025s
17.  Darryl O'Young     Special Tuning SEAT  1m25.153s  + 2.029s
18.  Stefano D'Aste     Wiechers BMW         1m25.169s  + 2.045s
19.  Charles Ng         Engstler BMW         1m25.231s  + 2.107s
20.  James Nash         Arena Ford           1m25.234s  + 2.110s
21.  Fernando Monje     SUNRED SEAT          1m25.601s  + 2.477s
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