Imola Superstars: Tonio Liuzzi dominates practice sessions

Tonio Liuzzi dominated the Superstars International Series practice sessions at Imola, gapping the field by almost a full second in free practice two

Imola Superstars: Tonio Liuzzi dominates practice sessions

The Romeo Ferraris Mercedes driver made his intentions clear enough in free practice one, leading home the Roma Racing Mercedes of Luigi Ferrara by 0.228s.

But it was in the second session that Liuzzi really flew, bettering his FP1 time by than six tenths with a 1m48.825s lap six minutes from the end of the half-hour session.

Ferrara was once again second, although this time the margin was blown out to a whopping 0.977s.

Max Mugelli was the best non-Mercedes entry in both sessions. The Dinamic BMW driver was third fastest in FP1, before finishing fourth in FP2 after swapping positions with Liuzzi's team-mate Thomas Biagi.

While Biagi was hardly on the ultimate pace - he finished FP1 0.9s behind his team-mate and FP2 a full 1.6s in arrears - he did fare much better than his title rival Gianni Morbidelli.

The Audi Italia driver could only manage seventh and eighth across the two session, his best of a 1m51.960s a long way off the pace of the front-running Mercedes.

Francesco Sini (Solaris Chevrolet) and Giovanni Berton (Dinamic Berton) had fifth and sixth places locked down throughout the morning, Berton edging Sini in the first session, before the pair swapped places in the second.

 Practice one Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps 1. Tonio Liuzzi Ferraris Mercedes 1m49.482s 10
2. Luigi Ferrara Roma Mercedes 1m49.710s +0.228 9
3. Max Mugelli Dinamic BMW 1m49.951s +0.469 14
4. Thomas Biagi Ferraris Mercedes 1m50.454s +0.972 13
5. Giovanni Berton Dinamic BMW 1m51.274s +1.792 13
6. Francesco Sini Solaris Chevrolet 1m51.480s +1.998 10
7. Gianni Morbidelli Audi Italia 1m52.038s +2.556 10
8. Andrea Bacci CAAL Mercedes 1m52.711s +3.229 12
9. Davide di Benedetto Audi Italia 1m52.717s +3.235 15
10. Mauro Trentin Dinamic BMW 1m53.514s +4.032 14
11. Giuseppe Cipriani Audi Italia 1m55.321s +5.839 13
12. Alessandro Battaglin MRT Chrysler 1m56.041s +6.559 11
13. Gianni Giudici Giudici BMW 1m56.663s +7.181 9
14. Camilo Zurcher Todi BMW 1m56.740s +7.258 13
15. Alessandro Battaglin MRT Chrysler 1m57.034s +7.552 6 Practice two

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1. Tonio Liuzzi Ferraris Mercedes 1m48.825s 8 2. Luigi Ferrara Roma Mercedes 1m49.802s +0.977s 9 3. Thomas Biagi Ferraris Mercedes 1m50.442s +1.617s 13 4. Max Mugelli Dinamic BMW 1m50.921s +2.096s 11 5. Francesco Sini Solaris Chevrolet 1m50.998s +2.173s 8 6. Giovanni Berton Dinamic BMW 1m51.211s +2.386s 11 7. Andrea Bacci CAAL Mercedes 1m51.241s +2.416s 13 8. Gianni Morbidelli Audi Italia 1m51.960s +3.135s 10 9. Mauro Trentin Dinamic BMW 1m52.750s +3.925s 14 10. Davide di Benedetto Audi Italia 1m52.781s +3.956s 14 11. Giuseppe Cipriani Audi Italia 1m53.469s +4.644s 13 12. Leonardo Baccarelli CAAL Mercedes 1m55.217s +6.392s 13 13. Gianni Giudici Giudici BMW 1m55.826s +7.001s 7 14. Camilo Zurcher Todi BMW 1m56.146s +7.321s 12 15. Alessandro Battaglin MRT Chrysler


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