Morbidelli comfortably fastest in damp first Superstars practice at Donington Park

Gianni Morbidelli has comfortably topped the first Superstars Series practice session at Donington Park

Morbidelli comfortably fastest in damp first Superstars practice at Donington Park

The Audi Sport Italia driver took full advantage of his RS5's four-wheel-drive system in the damp conditions to set a best time of 1m40.456s. The next best was Team Dinamic BMW driver Thomas Biagi, who was almost exactly a second adrift after a last-gasp lap on the chequered flag.

After a flurry of late times, hometown hero Johnny Herbert finished the session third in the Team Swiss Maserati, setting his best of a 1m44.266s in final minute of the session. Fellow Brit Tom Onslow-Cole snagged fourth spot after the chequered flag with a 1m44.622s in the Ferlito Motors Jaguar.

Stefano Gabellini finished fifth in the second Team Dinamic BMW, ahead of Audi driver Thomas Schoffler, the German having been fourth fastest with less than a minute to go.

The CAAL Racing Mercedes duo of Max Mugelli and Tonio Liuzzi were seventh and eighth respectively, while Max Pigoli (Ferlito Motors Jaguar) and Domenico Caldarola (Roma Racing Mercedes) rounded out the top 10.

Pos Driver Team/Car Time 1. Gianni Morbidelli Audi Italia 1m40.456s 2. Thomas Biagi Dinamic BMW 1m41.476s + 1.020s 3. Johnny Herbert Swiss Maserati 1m44.266s + 3.810s 4. Tom Onslow-Cole Ferlito Jaguar 1m44.622s + 4.166s 5. Stefano Gabellini Dinamic BMW 1m45.465s + 5.009s 6. Thomas Schoffler Audi Italia 1m45.874s + 5.418s 7. Max Mugelli CAAL Mercedes 1m46.324s + 5.868s 8. Tonio Liuzzi CAAL Mercedes 1m46.920s + 6.464s 9. Max Pigoli Ferlito Jaguar 1m47.983s + 7.527s 10. Nico Caldarola Roma Mercedes 1m49.105s + 8.649s 11. Paolo Meloni W&D BMW 1m49.406s + 8.950s 12. Andrea Larini Romeo Mercedes 1m49.415s + 8.959s 13. Andrea Boffo Romeo Mercedes 1m49.930s + 9.474s 14. Walter Meloni W&D BMW 1m50.341s + 9.885s 15. Sandro Bettini Dinamic BMW 1m51.893s + 11.437s 16. Mauro Cesari Swiss Maserati 2m00.708s + 20.252s 17. Francesco Sini Solaris Chevrolet 2m21.735s + 41.279s 
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