Advantage BMW In Portimão Test

Andy Priaulx set the pace in the first practice session for the ninth and tenth rounds of the World Touring Car Championship, in Portimão. His time of 1:56.810 was the fastest of the day, as the majority of the field had their first taste of the Autodromo Internacional de Algarve.

It would have been a BMW Team RBM 1-2 if it wasn’t for Rob Huff, as on his final lap he set a time of 1:56.890 to go second, just piping Augusto Farfus’ time of 1:56.890. Local hero Tiago Monteiro was fourth with a time of 1:57.149 with series newcomer, Independent Colin Turkington putting in an impressive fifth with a 1:57.189.

Chevrolet team mates Yvan Muller and Alain Menu were sixth and seventh with times of 1:57.191 and 1:57.376 respectively with SEAT team mates Jordi Gene and Gabrielli Tarquini eighth and ninth clocking 1:57.797 and 1:57.821. Darryl O’Young rounded out the top ten with a time of 1:58.172 to finish top rookie.

Brit Harry Vaulkhard finished the session twelfth with a time of 1:58.548, making him the second fastest rookie. Stefano D’Aste only managed to complete five laps before spinning out, missing the remainder of the session.

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