Reigning champion Yvan Muller became the first driver to top a session on the new Marrakech street circuit when he went fastest in the first practice session today
The SEAT driver shaded Alain Menu's Chevrolet Cruze by just four thousandths of a second during the first blast around the high-speed, 4.5km track.
Rickard Rydell's Leon was third quickest, albeit six tenths slower than the lead pair, with Rob Huff continuing a strong start to the weekend for RML's Chevrolets in fourth place.
Four more SEATs followed next, the works cars of Gabriele Tarquini, Jordi Gene and Tiago Monteiro, and the SUNRED car of Tom Coronel. The first of the BMWs was only ninth fastest with Alex Zanardi just ahead of Stefano D'Aste's independent 320si.
Schnitzer's BMWs were only 11th and 12th, Augusto Farfus just ahead of Jorg Muller, with RBM's Andy Priaulx 13th.
Local driver Mehdi Bennani was best of the rest, 14th in his independent SEAT Leon. just ahead of independent championship leader Felix Porteiro's BMW.
Pos Driver Car Time Gap 1. Yvan Muller SEAT 1m50.694s 2. Alain Menu Chevrolet 1m50.698s +0.004 3. Rickard Rydell SEAT 1m51.345s +0.651 4. Rob Huff Chevrolet 1m51.380s +0.686 5. Gabriele Tarquini SEAT 1m51.425s +0.731 6. Jordi Gene SEAT 1m51.640s +0.946 7. Tiago Monteiro SEAT 1m51.679s +0.985 8. Tom Coronel SEAT 1m51.869s +1.175 9. Alex Zanardi BMW 1m51.998s +1.304 10. Stefano D'Aste BMW 1m52.427s +1.733 11. Augusto Farfus BMW 1m52.432s +1.738 12. Jorg Muller BMW 1m52.864s +2.170 13. Andy Priaulx BMW 1m52.903s +2.209 14. Nicola Larini Chevrolet 1m52.919s +2.225 15. Mehdi Bennani SEAT 1m53.367s +2.673 16. Felix Porteiro BMW 1m53.438s +2.744 17. Vito Postiglione BMW 1m53.853s +3.159 18. Sergio Hernandez BMW 1m53.984s +3.290 19. Jaap van Lagen Lada 1m54.130s +3.436 20. Kristian Poulsen BMW 1m54.173s +3.479 21. Franz Engstler BMW 1m54.188s +3.494 22. Viktor Shapovalov Lada 1m55.174s +4.480 23. George Tanev BMW 1m55.666s +4.972 24. Marin Colak SEAT no time 25. Kirill Ladygin Lada no time
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