Tarquini’s shows pace at second Sonoma practice

Gabriele Tarquini’s SEAT emerged as the fastest car in the second practice, a session that saw the León cars (both SEAT and Sunred) consistently among the top positions, proving that they can fight with Chevrolet on equal footing.

Tarquini’s shows pace at second Sonoma practice

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2012 Slovakia SEAT Tarquini

After Yvan Muller (1:47.501) and Tarquini (1:47.422) had set the pace in the opening minutes, Fernando Monje jumped on top with an impressive lap of 1:47.224 that eventually placed him eighth.

A few other drivers alternated in the lead as the session went on: Alain Menu (1:47.210), Aleksei Dudukalo (1:47.136) and Tom Boardman (1:46.885). Then, in the last part of the session, Tarquini completed a lap of 1:46.457 that was going to stay the fastest until the end.

Muller improved to 1:46.852 and moved up to second, while Tiago Monteiro claimed third place with a lap of 1:46.881. Boardman retained a brilliant fourth place, ahead of Rob Huff (1:46.987), Menu (1:47.080), Dudukalo and Monje. The two Ford cars of James Nash (1:47.308) and Tom Chilton (1:47.369) rounded off the top ten.

Norbert Michelisz was the best of the BMW divers in 12th position. The German cars struggled to find the grip and a few drivers – Stefano D’Aste, Alberto Cerqui, Franz Engstler and Tom Coronel – all spun at Turn 2.

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