SEAT quickest in Saturday practice

SEAT found its pace during Saturday morning practice at Zolder, with its drivers leading the way in both sessions

SEAT quickest in Saturday practice

Tiago Monteiro led a Leon 1-2-3 in the damp FP1, ahead of Tom Coronel and Jordi Gene, before the order switched in the second session with Gene topping the timesheet ahead of Monteiro.

Augusto Farfus's BMW was the only non-SEAT in the top six in FP1, with the Chevrolets of Alain Menu and Yvan Muller seventh and eighth.

Andy Priaulx and Stefano D'Aste were black-flagged during FP1 for not respecting the track limits.

Muller and Menu were third and fourth in FP2, ahead of Harry Vaulkhard's independent Chevrolet Lacetti and Priaulx's BMW.

The SEATs of Norbert Michelisz and reigning champion Gabriele Tarquini were seventh and eighth quickest, ahead of Vaulkhard's Bamboo Engineering team-mate Darryl O'Young.

Final practice was red-flagged three minutes short of the full distance when Tarquini's engine blew, leaving a line of oil on the approach to the Terlamenbocht chicane.

Franz Engstler also spun into the gravel at Lucian Bianchibocht at the end.

Home drivers Pierre-Yves Corthals and Vincent Radermecker finished the final practice session in 15th and 16th.

FP1
Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1. Tiago Monteiro SEAT 1m44.492s 15 2. Tom Coronel SEAT 1m44.585s +0.093 8 3. Jordi Gene SEAT 1m44.881s +0.389 10 4. Augusto Farfus BMW 1m44.941s +0.449 14 5. Fredy Barth SEAT 1m45.116s +0.624 12 6. Gabriele Tarquini SEAT 1m45.456s +0.964 11 7. Alain Menu Chevrolet 1m45.534s +1.042 13 8. Yvan Muller Chevrolet 1m45.712s +1.220 13 9. Franz Engstler BMW 1m45.919s +1.427 13 10. Sergio Hernandez BMW 1m45.966s +1.474 15 11. Robert Huff Chevrolet 1m46.046s +1.554 12 12. Pierre-Yves Corthals SEAT 1m46.159s +1.667 14 13. Norbert Michelisz SEAT 1m46.500s +2.008 12 14. Kristian Poulsen BMW 1m46.690s +2.198 12 15. Michel Nykjaer SEAT 1m46.810s +2.318 7 16. Andy Priaulx BMW 1m47.536s +3.044 12 17. Harry Vaulkhard Chevrolet 1m48.252s +3.760 11 18. Darryl O'Young Chevrolet 1m48.590s +4.098 13 19. Mehdi Bennani BMW 1m48.769s +4.277 14 20. Stefano D'Aste BMW 1m52.063s +7.571 7 21. Vincent Radermecker Chevrolet 1m52.170s +7.678 6 22. Andrey Romanov BMW 1m52.802s +8.310 14
FP2
Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1. Jordi Gene SEAT 1m40.046s 7 2. Tiago Monteiro SEAT 1m40.080s +0.034 12 3. Yvan Muller Chevrolet 1m40.093s +0.047 8 4. Alain Menu Chevrolet 1m40.249s +0.203 10 5. Harry Vaulkhard Chevrolet 1m40.255s +0.209 11 6. Andy Priaulx BMW 1m40.395s +0.349 12 7. Norbert Michelisz SEAT 1m40.519s +0.473 11 8. Gabriele Tarquini SEAT 1m40.535s +0.489 8 9. Darryl O'Young Chevrolet 1m40.550s +0.504 12 10. Michel Nykjaer SEAT 1m40.569s +0.523 10 11. Tom Coronel SEAT 1m40.580s +0.534 8 12. Augusto Farfus BMW 1m40.592s +0.546 11 13. Robert Huff Chevrolet 1m40.675s +0.629 9 14. Kristian Poulsen BMW 1m40.683s +0.637 13 15. Pierre-Yves Corthals SEAT 1m40.783s +0.737 10 16. Vincent Radermecker Chevrolet 1m41.010s +0.964 9 17. Fredy Barth SEAT 1m41.103s +1.057 11 18. Franz Engstler BMW 1m41.215s +1.169 12 19. Stefano D'Aste BMW 1m41.344s +1.298 10 20. Sergio Hernandez BMW 1m41.430s +1.384 12 21. Mehdi Bennani BMW 1m41.533s +1.487 12 22. Andrey Romanov BMW 1m44.470s +4.424 14
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