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Coronel fastest in final practice

Tom Coronel was fastest during final practice at CuritibaDutchman Tom Coronel topped the final practice session ahead of qualifying for the opening round of the World Touring Car Championship at Brazilian circuit Curitiba.

The 35-year-old, driving a petrol-powered SEAT Leon TFSI for the new SUNRED team, set a best time of 1:25.036 late in the session to edge out Schnitzer Motorsport's home hero Augusto Farfus (BMW 320si) for the top spot.

Neither driver came close to the 1.24.566 time set by Schnitzer's Jorg Muller during the first practice session.

The German was fourth quickest in the afternoon session, a little over a tenth of a second slower than the lead Chevrolet Lacetti of Nicola Larini.

Spaniard Felix Porteiro was fifth fastest for Ravaglia Motorsport ahead of Alain Menu (Chevrolet), with RBM BMW's Andy Priaulx struggling for grip in seventh overall.

The best of the diesel SEATs, which are expected to show stronger pace during tomorrow's races, was driven by Swede Rickard Rydell, who set eighth fastest time ahead of Chevrolet's Rob Huff and the second best Leon TDI of former Formula One racer Tiago Monteiro.

In the Independents' Trophy, Exagon Engineering's Pierre-Yves Corthals set the pace, followed by Wiechers-Sport BMW driver Olivier Tielemans.

Final practice times:

Pos  Driver                Car                Time
 1.  Tom Coronel           SEAT Leon          1:25.036
 2.  Augusto Farfus        BMW 320si          1:25.038  + 0.002
 3.  Nicola Larini         Chevrolet Lacetti  1:25.243  + 0.207
 4.  Jorg Muller           BMW 320si          1:25.391  + 0.355
 5.  Felix Porteiro        BMW 320si          1:25.535  + 0.499
 6.  Alain Menu            Chevrolet Lacetti  1:25.577  + 0.541
 7.  Andy Priaulx          BMW 320si          1:25.597  + 0.561
 8.  Rickard Rydell        SEAT Leon TDI      1:25.639  + 0.603
 9.  Robert Huff           Chevrolet Lacetti  1:25.673  + 0.637
10.  Tiago Monteiro        SEAT Leon TDI      1:25.686  + 0.650
11.  Alessandro Zanardi    BMW 320si          1:25.703  + 0.667
12.  Jordi Gene            SEAT Leon TDI      1:25.758  + 0.722
13.  Gabriele Tarquini     SEAT Leon TDI      1:25.806  + 0.770
14.  Yvan Muller           SEAT Leon TDI      1:25.819  + 0.783
15.  Pierre-Yves Corthals  SEAT Leon          1:26.051  + 1.015
16.  Olivier Tielemans     BMW 320si          1:26.212  + 1.176
17.  Franz Engstler        BMW 320si          1:26.269  + 1.233
18.  Sergio Hernandez      BMW 320si          1:26.861  + 1.825
19.  Stefano D'Aste        BMW 320si          1:26.897  + 1.861
20.  Andrey Romanov        BMW 320si          1:27.842  + 2.806
21.  Ibrahim Okyay         BMW 320si          1:28.654  + 3.618

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