Yvan Muller recorded the fastest time in the World Touring Car Championship test session at Donington Park for Chevrolet, but Robert Dahlgren showed promise in the Polestar Volvo by topping the timesheets for much of the session before ending up second to Muller.
Alain Menu set the early pace on his first timed lap, but was soon displaced by standings leader Rob Huff. The Briton remained there until Dahlgren went fastest with his second effort just before the halfway point in the session.
The Swede stayed on top until the closing stages of the session, when Muller went fastest and bettered Dahlgren's lap by nine tenths of a second. Dahlgren improved on his personal best before the end of the session to remain second, ending up 0.285s behind Muller.
Menu got ahead of Huff into third place, nine tenths away from Muller, with Huff over a second down in fourth place.
Tom Coronel was the best of the BMWs in fifth position, half a tenth ahead of Gabriele Tarquini in the first of the SUNRED cars. Javier Villa was the leading Yokohama Trophy contender in seventh, just ahead of Michel Nykjaer. Returnee Colin Turkington was ninth for Wiechers-Sport and Pepe Oriola was tenth.
Tiago Monteiro failed to complete a timed lap due to engine troubles in his SUNRED Leon.
Test session results:
|1||Yvan Muller||Chevrolet||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||1:37.194||15|
|2||Robert Dahlgren||Polestar||Volvo C30 Drive||1:37.479||0.285||11|
|3||Alain Menu||Chevrolet||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||1:38.125||0.931||13|
|4||Robert Huff||Chevrolet||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||1:38.223||1.029||14|
|5||Tom Coronel||ROAL||BMW 320 TC||1:38.585||1.391||15|
|6||Gabriele Tarquini||SUNRED||Sunred SR Leon 1.6T||1:38.640||1.446||13|
|7||Javier Villa||Proteam||BMW 320 TC||1:38.664||1.470||15|
|8||Michel Nykjaer||SUNRED||Sunred SR Leon 1.6T||1:38.764||1.570||11|
|9||Colin Turkington||Wiechers||BMW 320 TC||1:38.813||1.619||15|
|10||Pepe Oriola||SUNRED||Sunred SR Leon 1.6T||1:38.839||1.645||14|
|11||Norbert Michelisz||Zengo||BMW 320 TC||1:38.949||1.755||14|
|12||Kristian Poulsen||Engstler||BMW 320 TC||1:39.174||1.980||17|
|13||Darryl O’Young||Bamboo||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||1:39.414||2.220||17|
|14||Aleksei Dudukalo||SUNRED||Sunred SR Leon 1.6T||1:39.980||2.786||14|
|15||Mehdi Bennani||Proteam||BMW 320 TC||1:40.067||2.873||15|
|16||Fredy Barth||SUNRED||Sunred SR Leon 1.6T||1:40.261||3.067||6|
|17||Franz Engstler||Engstler||BMW 320 TC||1:40.370||3.176||14|
|18||Yukinori Taniguchi||Bamboo||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||1:41.487||4.293||9|
|19||Fabio Fabiani||Proteam||BMW 320si||1:45.642||8.448||9|
|20||Tiago Monteiro||SUNRED||Sunred SR Leon 1.6T||–||–||3|