Sweden's Tomas Engstrom recorded the fastest time in Friday's test sessions for the European Touring Car Cup at the Salzburgring in Austria.

The first of the two hour-long sessions was held in the rain, with only some of the field choosing to take to the track in the conditions.

Of those that did go out, Fabrizio Giovanardi completed plenty of laps as he familiarised himself with the circuit and reacquainted himself with the Honda Accord that he last raced in 2006. The Italian posted the fastest time, half a second ahead of Michel Nykjaer. The Danish WTCC driver and two-time former ETC Cup winner was trying to get to grips with the Chevrolet Cruze that he is racing for the first time this weekend. Pepe Oriola was third in his SEAT Leon TDI.

Engstrom only completed a handful of laps in his Honda, which meant he ended up 2.687s down in fourth. He was still able to shade fellow Honda driver Wolfgang Treml and BMW pilot Jens Guido Weimann who completed far more laps.

In the afternoon session, on a much dryer circuit, Giovanardi led the way again, but outbraked himself at the chicane and ended his session a little early in the gravel.

This enabled Engstrom to post the fastest time, with Giovanardi hanging on to second three tenths behind.  Oriola was third, just three thousandths of a second behind Giovanardi. Nykjaer was fourth, ahead of Weimann and Treml.

Ibrahim Okyay was seventh, with the Rikli Motorsport Hondas of Christian Fischer and Peter Rikli in eighth and ninth. Aleksander Tosic was the best of the Super Production runners in tenth in his Honda Civic.

Test session 1 results:

Pos Class Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 S2000 Fabrizio Giovanardi Honda Accord Euro R 1:38.812   17
2 S2000 Michel Nykjaer Chevrolet Cruze LT 1:39.316 0.504 20
3 S2000 Pepe Oriola SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI 1:39.476 0.664 15
4 S2000 Tomas Engstrom Honda Accord Euro R 1:41.499 2.687 8
5 S2000 Wolfgang Treml Honda Accord Euro R 1:41.618 2.806 19
6 S2000 Jens-Guido Weimann BMW 320si 1:42.074 3.262 20
7 S2000 Christian Fischer Honda Accord Euro R 1:42.596 3.784 17
8 SP Aleksandar Tosic Honda Civic Type-R 1:54.925 16.113 12

Test session 2 results:

Pos Class Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 S2000 Tomas Engstrom Honda Accord Euro R 1:29.882   19
2 S2000 Fabrizio Giovanardi Honda Accord Euro R 1:30.216 0.334 21
3 S2000 Pepe Oriola SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI 1:30.219 0.337 23
4 S2000 Michel Nykjaer Chevrolet Cruze LT 1:30.877 0.995 22
5 S2000 Jens-Guido Weimann BMW 320si 1:30.974 1.092 24
6 S2000 Wolfgang Treml Honda Accord Euro R 1:31.331 1.449 21
7 S2000 Ibrahim Okyay BMW 320si 1:31.500 1.618 25
8 S2000 Christian Fischer Honda Accord Euro R 1:33.118 3.236 13
9 S2000 Peter Rikli Honda Civic FD 1:33.452 3.570 23
10 SP Aleksandar Tosic Honda Civic Type-R 1:38.260 8.378 21
11 S1600 Erwin Lukas Ford Fiesta ST 1:42.453 12.571 16
12 S1600 Igor Skuz Ford Fiesta 1.6 16V 1:42.482 12.600 30
13 SP Fabio Fabiani BMW 320i E46 1:42.666 12.784 20
14 S1600 Ulrike Krafft Ford Fiesta 1.6 16V 1:43.053 13.171 24
15 S1600 Klaus Bingler Ford Fiesta ST 1:43.784 13.902 26