Algarve Superstars: Liuzzi dominates practice sessions
|By Andrew van Leeuwen||Saturday, July 20th 2013, 12:16 GMT|
Tonio Liuzzi dominated both practice sessions at Algarve, as the fifth round of the Superstars International Series got underway.
The Romeo Ferraris Mercedes driver left his run late in both half-hour sessions, his fastest times coming in the closing minutes on both occasions.
His free practice two effort was particularly strong, the ex-Formula 1 driver topping the times by a whopping 1.023s thanks to a 1m52.537s best with just four minutes left in the session.
Gianni Morbidelli had a solid morning in the Audi Sport Italia RS5, backing up fourth place in free practice one with the second fastest time in the second session.
Luigi Ferrara was consistent, going third fastest in both sessions, while Thomas Biagi slipped from second in FP1 to fifth in FP2, one place behind the Petri Corse Porsche of Fabrizio Giovanardi.
Team Dinamic pair Max Mugelli and Giovanni Berton were the best of the BMWs across the two sessions, Mugelli going fifth fastest in FP1, while Berton was sixth fastest in FP2.
Trofeo Abarth regular Jonathan Giacon, who is on debut in Superstars in an Adria Racing Audi RS4, enjoyed an encouraging start, finishing the second session 10th fastest, having been 11th in FP1.
Practice one Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap Laps 1. Tonio Liuzzi Ferraris Mercedes 1m52.886s 12 2. Thomas Biagi Ferraris Mercedes 1m52.913s +0.027s 13 3. Luigi Ferrara Roma Mercedes 1m53.122s +0.236s 9 4. Gianni Morbidelli Audi Italia 1m53.449s +0.563s 12 5. Max Mugelli Dinamic BMW 1m53.964s +1.078s 13 6. Francesco Sini Solaris Chevrolet 1m54.670s +1.784s 13 7. Giovanni Berton Dinamic BMW 1m54.687s +1.801s 11 8. Fabrizio Giovanardi Petri Porsche 1m54.999s +2.113s 11 9. Mauro Trentin Dinamic BMW 1m56.704s +3.818s 14 10. 'Diabolik' Adria Jaguar 1m57.214s +4.328s 9 11. Jonathan Giacon Adria Audi 1m57.279s +4.393s 12 12. Christian Montanari Adria Jaguar 1m57.473s +4.587s 8 13. Andrea Bacci CAAL Mercedes 1m57.647s +4.761s 13 14. Alessandro Battaglin Adria Audi 1m58.432s +5.546s 8 15. Gianni Giudici Giudici BMW 1m58.495s +5.609s 12 16. Marco Fumagalli Giudici BMW 2m01.688s +8.802s 12 Practice two Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap Laps 1. Tonio Liuzzi Ferraris Mercedes 1m52.537 10 2. Gianni Morbidelli Audi Italia 1m53.560 +1.023s 10 3. Luigi Ferrara Roma Mercedes 1m53.597 +1.060s 11 4. Fabrizio Giovanardi Petri Porsche 1m53.677 +1.140s 9 5. Thomas Biagi Ferraris Mercedes 1m53.833 +1.296s 11 6. Giovanni Berton Dinamic BMW 1m54.076 +1.539s 13 7. Max Mugelli Dinamic BMW 1m54.724 +2.187s 14 8. Andrea Bacci CAAL Mercedes 1m56.986 +4.449s 13 9. Christian Montanari Adria Jaguar 1m57.141 +4.604s 8 10. Jonathan Giacon Adria Audi 1m57.295 +4.758s 13 11. Mauro Trentin Dinamic BMW 1m57.375 +4.838s 10 12. 'Diabolik' Adria Jaguar 1m58.434 +5.897s 8 13. Alessandro Battaglin Adria Audi 1m59.518 +6.981s 9 14. Gianni Giudici Giudici BMW 1m59.607 +7.070s 11 15. Marco Fumagalli Giudici BMW 2m01.221 +8.684s 13 16. Francesco Sini Solaris Chevrolet 2