The young Spaniard proved he will be the man to beat during the Italian weekend as he was the only one to break the two-minute wall, posting fastest laps of 1:59.322 in the first session and 1:59.350 in the second.
Monje left the rest of the field nearly two seconds behind. Norway’s Stian Poulsen and his SEAT León Cup (2:01.198) were second fastest overall and topped the Single-Make Trophy class, while Czech driver Petr Fulín at the wheel of his BMW 320si set the third fastest lap – the second in the S2000 category – of 2:01.594.
Two other SEAT cars, Urs Sondereregger’s (2:01.882) second in SMT, and Igor Skuz’s (2:01.907) third in S2000, emerged as fourth and fifth fastest overall of the day respectively.
In the Super 1600 class, local racer Paolo Necchi set an impressive fastest lap of 2:13.013, inflicting a 1.7-second gap to Ronny Reinsberger (2:14.798). Kevin Krammes, who is currently leading the standings took part in the second – and much slower – session in which he posted the second fastest lap (2:17.544) behind the Chevrolet Aveo of Diego Romanini (2:17.167).
Super Production competitors took part in the second test only. The Honda Civic of Russia’s Nikolay Karamyshev (who has already clinched the category’s title) set a fastest lap of 2:09.489 ahead of Fabio Fabiani’s BMW 320i (2:11.763).
The FIA ETCC will hit the track again tomorrow, with one 30-minute free practice at 8.30 and the 30-minute qualifying at 15.00.