Rydell sets pace in practice at Puebla

SEAT stepped up the pace in Saturday's first World Touring Car free practice session at Puebla, with Rickard Rydell going nearly a second quicker than the fastest time in yesterday's test session

Rydell sets pace in practice at Puebla

The Swede's benchmark is 2.7 seconds faster than last year's pole position time and SEAT filled the first four places this morning, although none of Gabriele Tarquini, Yvan Muller and Jordi Gene were able to match his pace.

Augusto Farfus was the fastest BMW in fifth place, the Brazilian took half a second off his time from yesterday but is still six tenths adrift of Rydell.

A trio of BMW's followed with Andy Priaulx, Jorg Muller and lead independent Felix Porteiro slotting in ahead of the fifth SEAT of Tiago Monteiro. Alex Zanardi completed the top 10 ahead of Tom Coronel and Sergio Hernandez.

Nicola Larini was first of the Chevrolets in 13th, two places ahead of team-mate Alain Menu, while Rob Huff's session ended abruptly after two corners of his out lap thanks to an oil leak.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap 1. Rickard Rydell SEAT 1:38.138 2. Gabriele Tarquini SEAT 1:38.473 +0.335 3. Yvan Muller SEAT 1:38.596 +0.458 4. Jordi Gene SEAT 1:38.617 +0.479 5. Augusto Farfus BMW 1:38.793 +0.655 6. Andy Priaulx BMW 1:38.909 +0.771 7. Jorg Muller BMW 1:39.050 +0.912 8. Felix Porteiro BMW 1:39.278 +1.140 9. Tiago Monteiro SEAT 1:39.349 +1.211 10. Alex Zanardi BMW 1:39.625 +1.487 11. Tom Coronel SEAT 1:39.626 +1.488 12. Sergio Hernandez BMW 1:39.703 +1.565 13. Nicola Larini Chevrolet 1:39.962 +1.824 14. Franz Engstler BMW 1:40.064 +1.926 15. Alain Menu Chevrolet 1:40.191 +2.053 16. Stefano D'Aste BMW 1:40.277 +2.139 17. Kristian Poulsen BMW 1:41.128 +2.990 18. Marin Colak SEAT 1:41.151 +3.013 19. George Tanev BMW 1:41.442 +3.304 20. Jaap van Lagen Lada 1:41.538 +3.400 21. Tom Boardman SEAT 1:41.660 +3.522 22. Kirill Ladygin Lada 1:41.926 +3.788 23. Viktor Shapovalov Lada 1:42.579 +4.441 24. Robert Huff Chevrolet no time
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