Fabrizio Giovanardi stunned the Superstars International Series field by setting the pace during free practice at Brno.
After an engine problem left him languishing down the order in free practice one, the Petri Corse Porsche driver showed his true potential in the second half-hour session, setting a best of 2m09.658s, the only time in the 2m09s bracket.
The Brno round is Giovanardi's first in Superstars since his six-race programme in an N.Technology-run Porsche back in 2010.
Giovanardi was not the only driver to show surprisingly good form. Dinamic BMW's Max Mugelli jumped up the sheets right at the end of free practice two, his 2m10.117s relegating FP1 pacesetter Gianni Morbidelli (Audi Sport Italia RS5) to third right on the chequered flag.
Thomas Biagi (Romeo Ferraris Mercedes) was solid in both sessions, going fourth fastest each time out, while his team-mate slipped from fifth in FP1 to ninth in FP2, despite going close to two seconds faster in the second session.
Francesco Sini was another driver to impress, his Solaris Chevrolet taking him to fifth in FP2, after he had gone second fastest in FP1.
Ex-Formula 1 driver Christian Klien had a solid morning for Scuderia Giudici BMW, going sixth fastest in FP1, and 10th fastest in FP2.
Meanwhile, Edoardo Piscopo enjoyed a solid debut for RGA Sportsmanship BMW, going sixth fastest in FP2 with a 2m10.834s after being just 14th in the first session.
Second practice Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps 1. Fabrizio Giovanardi Petri Porsche 2m09.658s 8 2. Max Mugelli Dinamic BMW 2m10.117s + 0.459s 11 3. Gianni Morbidelli Audi Italia 2m10.380s + 0.722s 10 4. Thomas Biagi Ferraris Mercedes 2m10.536s + 0.878s 11 5. Francesco Sini Solaris Chevrolet 2m10.752s + 1.094s 11 6. Edoardo Piscopo RGA BMW 2m10.834s + 1.176s 12 7. Luigi Ferrara Roma Mercedes 2m11.202s + 1.544s 10 8. Giovanni Berton Dinamic BMW 2m11.504s + 1.846s 11 9. Vitantonio Liuzzi Ferraris Mercedes 2m11.565s + 1.907s 12 10. Christian Klien Giudici BMW 2m11.608s + 1.950s 10 11. Andrea Bacci CAAL Mercedes 2m12.130s + 2.472s 10 12. 'Diabolik' Ferlito Jaguar 2m13.519s + 3.861s 9 13. Mauro Trentin Dinamic BMW 2m13.536s + 3.878s 12 14. Roberto Benedetti RC Cadillac 2m15.811s + 6.153s 10 15. Gianni Giudici Giudici BMW 2m15.880s + 6.222s 8 16. Alessandro Battaglin MRT Lexus 2m16.691s + 7.033s 8 17. Max Fantini Petri Porsche no time 5 18. Ferdinando Geri Audi Italia no time 3 19. Andrea Larini Ferlito Jaguar no time 3 First practice Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps 1. Gianni Morbidelli Audi Italia 2m10.200s 10 2. Francesco Sini Solaris Chevrolet 2m11.209s + 1.009s 12 3. Vitantonio Liuzzi Ferraris Mercedes 2m12.608s + 2.408s 10 4. Andrea Larini Ferlito Jaguar 2m13.052s + 2.852s 12 5. Thomas Biagi Ferraris Mercedes 2m13.147s + 2.947s 10 6. Christian Klien Giudici BMW 2m13.299s + 3.099s 10 7. Giovanni Berton Dinamic BMW 2m13.515s + 3.315s 3 8. 'Diabolik' Ferlito Jaguar 2m14.038s + 3.838s 10 9. Andrea Bacci CAAL Mercedes 2m14.549s + 4.349s 11 10. Roberto Benedetti RC Cadillac 2m15.295s + 5.095s 9 11. Max Mugelli Dinamic BMW 2m16.010s + 5.810s 9 12. Fabrizio Giovanardi Petri Porsche 2m16.456s + 6.256s 7 13. Max Fantini Petri Porsche 2m16.485s + 6.285s 11 14. Edoardo Piscopo RGA BMW 2m16.949s + 6.749s 9 15. Alessandro Battaglin MRT Lexus 2m18.236s + 8.036s 11 16. Gianni Giudici Giudici BMW 2m19.673s + 9.473s 8 17. Mauro Trentin Dinamic BMW 2m21.607s + 11.407s 3 18. Ferdinando Geri Audi Italia 2m21.894s + 11.694s 11 19. Luigi Ferrara Roma Mercedes 2m22.508s + 12.308s 5
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