For the third session in a row, Munnich Motorsport’s Rob Huff has topped the testing times with the fastest time so far. The Citroen driver completed 33 laps, with a fastest time of 1:52.497 and was over a second faster than second place Tom Chilton. Tom Coronel would put his Chevrolet into third with a 1:53.926 just 2 tenths behind Chilton.
Nestor Girolami was fastest of the Volvos in 4th, on a 1:54.107, having only completed 4 laps in the 3.5 hour morning session. Girolami would be the only of the two Volvos to record a time, as Muller and Bjork ran without transponders. It wouldn’t be a trouble free morning for the Blue S60s. Girolami would suffer an on going power steering fault, while Muller stopped on track bringing ot the red flags. He woudln’t be the only one to suffer a problem as Tom Coronel would go off earlier in the morning.
It would be a slow start for Honda, as they filled the final three places in the time sheets with Monteiro fastest of the three. The team are continuing their parts and aero evaluations on Monza’s long straights. Will we see the true pace of the Japanese team during the final session today? Hopefully their new parts will bridge the gap to the privateer run Citroens.
Absent from the time sheets are both the Zengo Motorsport Hondas and the RC Motorsport Lada. Yann Ehrlacher showed promise during yesterday’s afternoon session, while Zengo have failed to turn a wheel so far. The team are present at Monza, however will not be testing. For those teams running, testing continues throughout the afternoon.