Rob Huff - Photo Credit: fiawtcc.com

Rob Huff - Photo Credit: fiawtcc.com

Rob Huff claimed first blood in the World Touring Car Championship decider at Macau with the fastest time of the test session on Thursday.

The Brit was 0.868 seconds quicker than the next best driver, his Chevrolet teammate and title rival Yvan Muller. Muller leads Huff by 20 points in the drivers' standings.

The session began on a damp track, but the surface dried as the session wore on which led to the times falling considerably in the closing stages. Muller went fastest with his final attempt as the checkered flag came out, but Huff then improved significantly on that.

Darryl O'Young was a strong third quickest in his bamboo-run car to complete a top three lockout for the Chevrolet Cruze. He was 1.8s adrift of Huff though. Tiago Monteiro and Alain Menu followed closely behind.

Franz Engstler was the best of the Yokohama Trophy runners in sixth, with his teammate and Trophy points leader Kristian Poulsen just behind. Two of his rivals – Norbert Michelisz and Michel Nykjaer – were next up, with Mehdi Bennani completing the top ten.

The session began 30 minutes late due to barrier repairs necessitated by a crash in another category's practice session. After it got underway it had to be red flagged with 20 minutes remaining after Charles Ng hit the barriers at the Melco Hairpin and was forced to come to a halt a little further down the track.

Test session times:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 2:34.681   8
2 Yvan Muller Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 2:35.549 0.868 8
3 Darryl O’Young Bamboo Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 2:36.466 1.785 9
4 Tiago Monteiro Sunred Sunred SR Leon 1.6T 2:36.542 1.861 9
5 Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 2:36.590 1.909 9
6 Franz Engstler Engstler BMW 320 TC 2:38.452 3.771 10
7 Kristian Poulsen Engstler BMW 320 TC 2:39.065 4.384 8
8 Norbert Michelisz Zengo BMW 320 TC 2:39.318 4.637 10
9 Michel Nykjaer Sunred Sunred SR Leon 1.6T 2:39.512 4.831 8
10 Mehdi Bennani Proteam BMW 320 TC 2:39.603 4.922 10
11 Fredy Barth Sunred Sunred SR Leon 1.6T 2:40.115 5.434 10
12 Gabriele Tarquini Sunred Sunred SR Leon 1.6T 2:40.445 5.764 7
13 Pepe Oriola Sunred Sunred SR Leon 1.6T 2:41.111 6.430 9
14 Tom Coronel ROAL BMW 320 TC 2:41.733 7.052 8
15 Javier Villa Proteam BMW 320 TC 2:46.596 11.915 7
16 Aleksei Dudukalo Sunred Sunred SR Leon 1.6T 2:47.029 12.348 8
17 Robert Dahlgren Polestar Volvo C30 Drive 2:53.338 18.657 5
18 Joseph Merszei Engstler BMW 320si 2:54.715 20.034 7
19 Filipe De Souza Corsa Chevrolet Lacetti 3:00.927 26.246 6
20 Lo Ka Chun 778 Auto Peugeot 308 3:01.181 26.500 9
21 Philip Ma Proteam BMW 320si 3:15.285 40.604 8
22 Mak Ka Lok RPM BMW 320si 3:15.861 41.180 5
23 Gary Kwok Wiechers BMW 320 TC 4:25.725 1:51.044 6
24 Andre Couto Sunred Sunred SR Leon 1.6T 19:21.822 16:47.141 3
25 Charles Ng Engstler BMW 320 TC 44:07.583 41:32.902 1
26 Kuok Io Keong Corsa Chevrolet Lacetti