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Francesco Sini tops opening Superstars practice session at Monza

Francesco Sini, Polaris Chevrolet, Monza 2012Francesco Sini set the fastest time in the first free practice session of the 2012 International Superstars Series at Monza.

The Chevrolet driver comfortably set the pace in the 30-minute session, his best of 1m55.067s coming on his 10th and final flying lap.

Max Pigoli was more than a second adrift in second place, however the Jaguar driver completed only six laps in the session. Andrea Larini, brother of ex-Formula 1 driver Nicola, was third fastest in his Mercedes, just a tenth behind Pigoli.

Following the top three was a host of the big names, with Thomas Biagi, Tonio Liuzzi and Mika Salo going fourth, fifth and sixth quickest respectively. The session was Liuzzi's first official outing as a Superstars driver.

Three-time Superstars champion Gianni Morbidelli was surprisingly off the pace, setting only the 12th best time, nearly four seconds adrift.

Pos  Driver               Team/Car           Time       Gap
 1.  Francesco Sini       Solaris Chevrolet  1m55.067s
 2.  Max Pigoli           Ferlito Jaguar     1m56.166s  + 1.099s
 3.  Andrea Larini        Romeo Mercedes     1m56.239s  + 1.172s
 4.  Thomas Biagi         Dinamic BMW        1m56.481s  + 1.414s
 5.  Tonio Liuzzi         CAAL Mercedes      1m57.173s  + 2.106s
 6.  Mika Salo            Swiss Maserati     1m57.689s  + 2.622s
 7.  Gian Maria Gabbiani  Ferlito Jaguar     1m57.787s  + 2.720s
 8.  Andrea Boffo         Roma Mercedes      1m58.182s  + 3.115s
 9.  Paolo Meloni         W&D BMW            1m58.194s  + 3.127s
10.  Stefano Gabellini    Dinamic BMW        1m58.334s  + 3.267s
11.  Nico Caldarola       Roma Mercedes      1m58.358s  + 3.291s
12.  Gianni Morbidelli    Audi Italia        1m58.859s  + 3.792s
13.  Max Mugelli          CAAL Mercedes      1m58.958s  + 3.891s
14.  Mauro Cesari         Swiss Maserati     1m59.188s  + 4.121s
15.  Thomas Schoffler     MTM Audi           2m00.177s  + 5.110s
16.  Simone Monforte      MRT Lexus          2m01.070s  + 6.003s
17.  Walter Meloni        W&D BMW            2m01.712s  + 6.645s
18.  Sandro Bettini       Dinamic BMW        2m02.128s  + 7.061s
19.  Francesco Ascani     Todi BMW           2m02.174s  + 7.107s
20.  Riccardo Bossi       Giudici BMW        2m02.879s  + 7.812s
21.  Leonardo Baccarelli  Todi BMW           2m02.961s  + 7.894s
22.  Marco Fumagalli      Giudici BMW        2m10.904s  + 15.837s
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