Yvan Muller dominates first practice at Valencia for Chevrolet

World Touring Car champion Yvan Muller got his Valencia weekend off to a great start in his quest to overturn RML Chevrolet team-mate Rob Huff's points lead by topping first practice on Saturday morning

Yvan Muller dominates first practice at Valencia for Chevrolet

In the final European round before the three end-of-season flyaways, Muller lapped in 1m42.936s, 0.6 seconds faster than his Cruze team-mates Alain Menu and Huff. They were closely matched, 1m43.579s versus 1m43.610s.

Best of the rest was BMW privateer Tom Coronel (ROAL), who was right on the non-Muller Chevy pace on 1m43.673s. Robert Dahlgren's Polestar-run Volvo was next up, a couple of tenths off Coronel.

Former champion Gabriele Tarquini was sixth fastest, and first SEAT, but ended his session in the Turn 1 gravel trap after losing it under braking at the end of the start/finish straight. Another to bin it here was Franz Engstler, who spun his BMW into the gravel after setting what would stand as the eighth fastest time, behind ex-Formula 1 racer Tiago Monteiro (SEAT).

Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Yvan Muller Chevrolet 1m42.936s 2. Alain Menu Chevrolet 1m43.579s + 0.643s 3. Rob Huff Chevrolet 1m43.610s + 0.674s 4. Tom Coronel ROAL BMW 1m43.673s + 0.737s 5. Robert Dahlgren Polestar Volvo 1m43.885s + 0.949s 6. Gabriele Tarquini SUNRED SEAT 1m44.041s + 1.105s 7. Tiago Monteiro SUNRED SEAT 1m44.183s + 1.247s 8. Franz Engstler Engstler BMW 1m44.593s + 1.657s 9. Norbert Michelisz Zengo BMW 1m44.695s + 1.759s 10. Michel Nykjaer SUNRED SEAT 1m44.921s + 1.985s 11. Javier Villa Proteam BMW 1m45.078s + 2.142s 12. Fredy Barth SUNRED SEAT 1m45.091s + 2.155s 13. Pepe Oriola SUNRED SEAT 1m45.201s + 2.265s 14. Stefano D'Aste Wiechers BMW 1m45.204s + 2.268s 15. Aleksei Dudukalo SUNRED SEAT 1m45.416s + 2.480s 16. Yukinori Taniguchi Bamboo Chevrolet 1m45.758s + 2.822s 17. Kristian Poulsen Engstler BMW 1m45.857s + 2.921s 18. Mehdi Bennani Proteam BMW 1m46.021s + 3.085s 19. David Sigacev KK BMW 1m47.123s + 4.187s 20. Fabio Fabiani Proteam BMW 1m50.231s + 7.295s 
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