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Farfus quickest in FP1
1 January 1901
Augusto Farfus continued to lead the way as official practice got underway for the final round of the World Touring Car Championship in Macau.
Having topped the free test session yesterday, Farfus was once again in charge around the infamous Guia circuit, the Brazilian slicing a second off his best lap time to emerge a comfortable two tenths up on team-mate Jorg Muller.
The German made big gains over his efforts in testing to join his BMW counterpart at the head of the timesheets and confirm the marque as being the one to beat this weekend.
As was the case yesterday, James Thompson in the Honda provided their sternest challenge to the top spot, the Brit once again showing well in the N.Technology machine just three tenths adrift.
Of the title protagonists, Yvan Muller was the best placed in fourth position, the Frenchman also classified as the leading SEAT driver. With team-mate and rival Gabriele Tarquini in eighth place, he was happy with how the event was working out so far.
“The car feels very good,” he said. “We are taking things step by step and not taking any risks. Of course I have to be conservative this weekend. I am not here to win the race, I am here to win the championship.”
Outgoing champion Andy Priaulx made it three BMWs in the top five in fifth, with Nicola Larini and Alain Menu leading the Chevrolet charge in sixth and seventh. Ravaglia BMW pair Felix Porteiro and Alex Zanardi rounded out the top ten.
In the Independents' Trophy, Franz Engstler moved to the top of the timesheets in 16th position overall, although his cause was aided by championship leader Sergio Hernandez crashing off at Faraway and causing a lengthy red flag period.
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