Tom Coronel beats Rob Huff to top spot in Marrakech WTCC practice

Tom Coronel set a blistering pace in the second World Touring Car Championship practice session in Morocco to deny Honda's Rob Huff

Tom Coronel beats Rob Huff to top spot in Marrakech WTCC practice

Huff's team-mate Tiago Monteiro had set the pace in first practice and Honda looked set to top both sessions until Coronel improved on his final tour in FP2.

The Dutchman set the fastest time of the weekend so far with a 1m21.824s lap of the redesigned Circuit Moulay El Hassan street track, beating Huff's benchmark time by a quarter of a second.

Friday testing pacesetter Huff had edged out leading Citroen driver Jose Maria Lopez halfway through the session by 0.067 seconds.

Lopez wound up third quickest, with both he and fourth-placed Norbert Michelisz opting not to attempt any late improvements.

Nicky Catsburg was sixth for Lada, with Fredrik Ekblom top Volvo in 11th.

In a tight opening session, Monteiro led from team-mate Michelisz after a late improvement.

Monteiro's best time, a 1m22.081s, was just 0.003 seconds faster than Michelisz's, the Hungarian having led his team-mate by a similar margin into the final five minutes of the session.

Lopez prevented a Honda 1-2-3 - having also done so during Friday's test session - with the third-fastest time, just 0.003s faster than Huff.

Thed Bjork was the only other driver to get within a second of the pace in fifth in his Volvo S60 Polestar, ahead of Catsburg and his Lada team-mate Hugo Valente.

Yvan Muller finished the opening session at the back of a tight midfield pack in the second works Citroen C-Elysee, 1.421s off the pace, although the Frenchman did improve his placing in the second session, recording the seventh-fastest time.

PRACTICE ONE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Tiago Monteiro Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 1m22.081s 16
2 Norbert Michelisz Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 0.003s 15
3 Jose Maria Lopez Citroen Racing Citroen 0.377s 17
4 Rob Huff Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 0.380s 15
5 Thed Bjork Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo 0.630s 14
6 Nicky Catsburg LADA Sport Lada 1.003s 16
7 Hugo Valente LADA Sport Lada 1.077s 15
8 Mehdi Bennani Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 1.098s 16
9 Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet 1.201s 15
10 Gabriele Tarquini LADA Sport Lada 1.205s 15
11 Fredrik Ekblom Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo 1.272s 15
12 Tom Chilton Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 1.347s 13
13 James Thompson Munnich Motorsport Chevrolet 1.406s 14
14 Yvan Muller Citroen Racing Citroen 1.421s 19
15 Gregoire Demoustier Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 2.548s 16
16 Ferenc Ficza Zengo Motorsport Honda 2.954s 8
17 John Filippi Campos Racing Chevrolet 3.475s 14

PRACTICE TWO TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet 1m21.824s 14
2 Rob Huff Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 0.252s 16
3 Jose Maria Lopez Citroen Racing Citroen 0.319s 14
4 Norbert Michelisz Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 0.400s 13
5 Tiago Monteiro Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 0.424s 15
6 Nicky Catsburg LADA Sport Lada 0.599s 15
7 Yvan Muller Citroen Racing Citroen 0.814s 13
8 Gabriele Tarquini LADA Sport Lada 0.857s 16
9 James Thompson Munnich Motorsport Chevrolet 0.883s 14
10 Mehdi Bennani Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 1.042s 16
11 Fredrik Ekblom Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo 1.156s 15
12 Thed Bjork Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo 1.238s 14
13 John Filippi Campos Racing Chevrolet 1.416s 17
14 Hugo Valente LADA Sport Lada 1.428s 14
15 Tom Chilton Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 1.523s 12
16 Gregoire Demoustier Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 2.254s 16
17 Ferenc Ficza Zengo Motorsport Honda 2.476s 10


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