Gene quickest in second practice
|By Steven English||Saturday, September 19th 2009, 09:52 GMT|
Jordi Gene set the fastest time of today's second World Touring Car free practice session at Imola.
The Spaniard's best time was just 0.026s quicker than fellow factory SEAT driver Rickard Rydell, who finished up second.
Andy Priaulx broke the SEAT stronghold at the front with the third best time for BMW, ahead of Tiago Monteiro's SEAT and Jorg Muller's BMW.
Two more BMWs followed in the shape of local hero Alex Zanardi and Felix Porteiro, who was the quickest independent runner and set his best time on the final lap of the session.
The SEATs of Gabriele Tarquini and Yvan Muller, and Nicola Larini's Chevrolet completed the top 10.
James Thompson was 12th fastest as Lada continues to move nearer to the top 10, he was behind Sergio Hernandez and 0.006s ahead of Rob Huff.
The session was brought to a premature end when Fabio Fabiani beached his independent BMW in the gravel two minutes before the chequered flag was due to come out.
Pos Driver Car Time Gap 1. Jordi Gene SEAT 1m56.465s 2. Rickard Rydell SEAT 1m56.491s + 0.026 3. Andy Priaulx BMW 1m56.674s + 0.209 4. Tiago Monteiro SEAT 1m56.769s + 0.304 5. Jorg Muller BMW 1m56.791s + 0.326 6. Alex Zanardi BMW 1m56.886s + 0.421 7. Felix Porteiro BMW 1m57.064s + 0.599 8. Gabriele Tarquini SEAT 1m57.073s + 0.608 9. Yvan Muller SEAT 1m57.152s + 0.687 10. Nicola Larini Chevrolet 1m57.373s + 0.908 11. Sergio Hernandez BMW 1m57.418s + 0.953 12. James Thompson Lada 1m57.617s + 1.152 13. Robert Huff Chevrolet 1m57.623s + 1.158 14. Franz Engstler BMW 1m57.711s + 1.246 15. Stefano D'Aste BMW 1m57.743s + 1.278 16. Alain Menu Chevrolet 1m57.754s + 1.289 17. Tom Coronel SEAT 1m57.772s + 1.307 18. Augusto Farfus BMW 1m57.845s + 1.380 19. Mehdi Bennani SEAT 1m58.137s + 1.672 20. Kristian Poulsen BMW 1m58.690s + 2.225 21. Tom Boardman SEAT 1m59.179s + 2.714 22. Andrea Larini SEAT 1m59.730s + 3.265 23. Kirill Ladygin Lada 2m00.609s + 4.144 24. Fabio Fabiani BMW 2m03.885s + 7.420