Alfa Romeo was the fastest team over two days at the WTCC test at Monza, with driver Augusto Farfus setting the best time overall
The young Brazilian set a lap of 1:58.783, and was the only driver to go under the 1 min 59 second mark. Teammate Gabriele Tarquini was just behind him, while BMW's Dirk Mueller was the best of the rest.
Alfa Romeo and BMW ruled the test, which doubled as the media launch for the series, with Roberto Colciago (Honda Civic) and Jordi Gene (SEAT Toledo) the only other cars in the top ten.
Ford and Chevrolet were notably off the pace, while SEAT's performance slumped from that seen in recent tests held at Magny-Cours and Silverstone. 33 drivers took part in the test, utilising 29 different cars.
A number of WTCC cars will be shown at a fan day in Piazza del Duomo, Milan on April 7, just ahead of the season opening race in Monza.
WTCC Test Times from Monza, Italy (Combined Day 1 and 2):
Pos Driver Team Time 1. Augusto Farfus Alfa 1:58.783 2. Gabriele Tarquini Alfa 1:59.094 3. Dirk Mueller BMW 1:59.335 4. Jorg Mueller BMW 1:59.525 5. James Thompson Alfa 1:59.681 6. Fabrizio Giovanardi Alfa 1:59.707 7. Antonio Garcia BMW 1:59.807 8. Roberto Colciago Honda 1:59.841 9. Andy Priaulx BMW 2:00.100 10. Jordi Gene SEAT 2:00.163 11. Rickard Rydell SEAT 2:00.166 12. Alessandro Zanardi BMW 2:00.178 13. Stefano D'Aste BMW 2:00.193 14. Peter Terting SEAT 2:00.463 15. Gianluca De Lorenzi BMW 2:00.613 16. Salvatore Tavano Alfa 2:00.885 17. Andrea Larini Alfa 2:01.219 18. Carl Rosenblad BMW 2:01.345 19. Thomas Engstrom Honda 2:01.595 20. Giuseppe Ciro BMW 2:01.660 21. Adriano De Micheli Honda 2:01.964 22. Stefano Valli BMW 2:02.719 23. Adam Lacko BMW 2:02.974 24. Alain Menu Chevrolet 2:03.018 25. Aivis Othla Honda 2:03.273 26. Robert Huff Chevrolet 2:03.411 27. Nicola Larini Chevrolet 2:03.515 28. Adam Lacko Alfa 2:04.425 29. Thomas Klenke Ford 2:04.574 30. Thomas Jaeger Ford 2:04.828 31. Alessandro Balzan SEAT 2:04.837 32. Slim Borgudd Honda 2:08.617 33. Jens Hellstrom Honda 2:14.425
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