Rob Huff fastest in second Macau World Touring Car practice, Fredy Barth has big crash
|By Jonathan Noble||Friday, November 18th 2011, 05:06 GMT|
Rob Huff maintained Chevrolet's dominance of the World Touring Car Championship season finale in Macau by setting the fastest time in second practice on Friday, but the session was red-flagged after a fiery accident involving Fredy Barth.
As Huff edged out team-mates Alain Menu and Yvan Muller - with the trio separated by 0.129 seconds - the running had to be stopped when Barth crashed heavily at Faraway shortly before the scheduled end of the session.
Barth slid into the barriers violently, damaging the front of his SUNRED SEAT, before coming to a rest in the middle of the track.
But, after the car stopped, its front end caught on fire - with Barth remaining in his car before marshals extinguished the blaze and pulled him clear.
Barth, who was conscious and seen sitting at the side of the track, was taken by ambulance to the local hospital for checks over the risk of smoke inhalation.
Behind the leading trio of Chevrolets, Tiago Monteiro was fourth quickest in his SEAT - albeit it more than two seconds adrift of Muller.
The only other major incident in the session was when Javier Villa crashed at Paiol and damaged the right hand side of his Proteam BMW.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Rob Huff Chevrolet 2m32.268s 2. Alain Menu Chevrolet 2m32.300s + 0.032s 3. Yvan Muller Chevrolet 2m32.397s + 0.129s 4. Tiago Monteiro SUNRED SEAT 2m34.430s + 2.162s 5. Darryl O'Young Bamboo Chevrolet 2m34.835s + 2.567s 6. Gabriele Tarquini SUNRED SEAT 2m35.113s + 2.845s 7. Mehdi Bennani Proteam BMW 2m35.391s + 3.123s 8. Andre Couto SUNRED SEAT 2m35.406s + 3.138s 9. Tom Coronel ROAL BMW 2m35.742s + 3.474s 10. Norbert Michelisz Zengo BMW 2m35.926s + 3.658s 11. Franz Engstler Engstler BMW 2m36.007s + 3.739s 12. Michel Nykjaer SUNRED SEAT 2m36.008s + 3.740s 13. Fredy Barth SUNRED SEAT 2m36.192s + 3.924s 14. Javier Villa Proteam BMW 2m36.921s + 4.653s 15. Kristian Poulsen Engstler BMW 2m37.061s + 4.793s 16. Aleksei Dudukalo SUNRED SEAT 2m37.683s + 5.415s 17. Pepe Oriola SUNRED SEAT 2m38.878s + 6.610s 18. Charles Ng Engstler BMW 2m41.914s + 9.646s 19. Robert Dahlgren Polestar Volvo 2m42.336s + 10.068s 20. Joseph Merszei Engstler BMW 2m42.728s + 10.460s 21. Gary Kwok Wiechers BMW 2m46.365s + 14.097s 22. Mak Ka Lok RPM BMW 2m48.764s + 16.496s 23. Filipe de Souza Corsa Chevrolet 2m50.012s + 17.744s 24. Philip Ma Proteam BMW 2m52.596s + 20.328s 25. Kuok Io Keong Corsa Chevrolet 3m41.583s + 1m09.315s