Gabriele Tarquini was comfortably fastest in the first World Touring Car free practice session at Marrakech on Saturday morning
The reigning champion rose to the top of the timesheet mid-way through the half hour and remained there throughout, repeatedly improving his time throughout the session.
He finished more than half a second clear of Andy Priaulx's BMW, with his SEAT team-mate Tiago Monteiro posting the third fastest time after throwing his Leon ultra-aggressively over the high kerbs at the street circuit's chicanes.
Augusto Farfus was fourth quickest in the second of the BMWs, ahead of Alain Menu in the first of the Chevrolets, Tom Coronel's SEAT and leading independent Franz Engstler's BMW.
Norbert Michelisz, who set the pace in testing yesterday, was eighth this morning, with Jordi Gene and Rob Huff rounding out the top 10. Championship leader Yvan Muller was just 13th.
The session's only major incident was local hero Mehdi Bennani crashing his BMW into the wall at Turn 4 on his first flying lap.
Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps 1. Gabriele Tarquini SEAT 1m46.975s 13 2. Andy Priaulx BMW 1m47.589s +0.614 12 3. Tiago Monteiro SEAT 1m47.663s +0.688 13 4. Augusto Farfus BMW 1m47.886s +0.911 13 5. Alain Menu Chevrolet 1m47.894s +0.919 10 6. Tom Coronel SEAT 1m47.991s +1.016 13 7. Franz Engstler BMW 1m48.034s +1.059 12 8. Norbert Michelisz SEAT 1m48.055s +1.080 7 9. Jordi Gene SEAT 1m48.070s +1.095 11 10. Rob Huff Chevrolet 1m48.073s +1.098 10 11. Michel Nykjaer SEAT 1m48.321s +1.346 10 12. Fredy Barth SEAT 1m48.958s +1.983 11 13. Yvan Muller Chevrolet 1m49.013s +2.038 8 14. Stefano D'Aste BMW 1m49.579s +2.604 11 15. Sergio Hernandez BMW 1m50.373s +3.398 7 16. Harry Vaulkhard Chevrolet 1m50.804s +3.829 11 17. Andrey Romanov BMW 1m52.504s +5.529 14 18. Ismail Sbai Chevrolet 1m53.115s +6.140 11 19. Darryl O'Young Chevrolet 2m08.690s +21.715 3 20. Mehdi Bennani BMW no time 1
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