Macau WTCR: Rob Huff leads Andy Priaulx in Thursday practice

Rob Huff ended Thursday's World Touring Car Cup practice for the Macau Guia Race with the fastest time ahead of three-time world champion Andy Priaulx

Macau WTCR: Rob Huff leads Andy Priaulx in Thursday practice

Sebastien Loeb Racing driver Huff is chasing a record 10th win at the Guia circuit this weekend, and stormed to top spot in the second practice session with a 2m29.422s lap in his Volkswagen Golf GTI.

That effort briefly put him eight tenths clear of the opposition, and even at the end of those runs he was six tenths clear of the WRT Audi RS3 LMS of Jean-Karl Vernay.

Priaulx, a two-time winner of the Guia Race, was one of a handful of drivers to improve in the final minutes before the end of the session, ending up 0.253 seconds down in his Cyan Lynk & Co 03.

Vernay's time remained good enough for third, ahead of Yann Ehrlacher's Lynk & Co - which had briefly topped the times - and another Audi, that of Comtoyou driver Frederic Vervisch.

Thed Bjork made it three Lynk & Cos in the top 10 with the sixth-fastest time, while behind him BRC Racing Hyundai pair Nicky Catsburg and Norbert Michelisz were split by the lead Honda Civic Type R of Tiago Monteiro.

Title hopeful Michelisz topped the morning's opening 45-minute practice session with a 2m30.460s, besting four-time world champion Yvan Muller's effort by 0.133s.

The driver Michelisz is chasing in the points, Munnich Motorsport Honda's Esteban Guerrieri, had two difficult sessions.

His running in practice one - in which he placed 23rd - was affected by a loose engine mounting, while he improved a single position in second practice, lapping 2.6s off the pace.

Three red flags were shown across the two practice sessions - one in first practice when Gabriele Tarquini crashed at Police, and two in second practice when wildcard drivers had dramas.

KCMG Honda driver Jim Ka To crashed at Paiol, causing significant damage to the front-right corner of his car, while a session-ending red flag was shown with less than two minutes on the clock when Billy Lo spun his Audi at Fisherman's Bend, damaging the car's rear wing, moments after Kwai Wah Wong stopped in the runoff area at Maternity.

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Practice one times

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Norbert Michelisz BRC Squadra Corse Hyundai 2m30.460s - 17
2 Yvan Muller Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 2m30.599s 0.139s 15
3 Jean-Karl Vernay WRT Audi 2m30.751s 0.291s 16
4 Rob Huff SLR VW Motorsport Volkswagen 2m30.894s 0.434s 14
5 Yann Ehrlacher Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 2m31.060s 0.600s 15
6 Tom Coronel Comtoyou Cupra Cupra 2m31.128s 0.668s 14
7 Andy Priaulx Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 2m31.365s 0.905s 15
8 Nicky Catsburg BRC Racing Team Hyundai 2m31.428s 0.968s 15
9 Mikel Azcona PWR Racing Cupra 2m31.435s 0.975s 16
10 Mehdi Bennani SLR VW Motorsport Volkswagen 2m31.494s 1.034s 13
11 Frederic Vervisch Comtoyou Audi Audi 2m31.526s 1.066s 15
12 Thed Bjork Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 2m31.649s 1.189s 13
13 Robert Dahlgren PWR Racing Cupra 2m31.673s 1.213s 15
14 Tiago Monteiro KCMG Honda 2m32.108s 1.648s 14
15 Kevin Ceccon Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo 2m32.192s 1.732s 16
16 Ma Qinghua Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo 2m32.224s 1.764s 14
17 Gordon Shedden WRT Audi 2m32.426s 1.966s 16
18 Aurelien Panis Comtoyou Cupra Cupra 2m32.488s 2.028s 13
19 Nestor Girolami Munnich Motorsport Honda 2m32.617s 2.157s 14
20 Niels Langeveld Comtoyou Audi Audi 2m32.985s 2.525s 15
21 Luca Engstler BRC Racing Team Hyundai 2m33.166s 2.706s 15
22 Benjamin Leuchter SLR Volkswagen Volkswagen 2m33.169s 2.709s 16
23 Esteban Guerrieri Munnich Motorsport Honda 2m33.311s 2.851s 12
24 Attila Tassi KCMG Honda 2m33.530s 3.070s 13
25 Johan Kristoffersson SLR Volkswagen Volkswagen 2m33.934s 3.474s 9
26 Gabriele Tarquini BRC Squadra Corse Hyundai 2m34.938s 4.478s 3
27 Billy Lo Tian Shi Zuver Team Audi 2m35.669s 5.209s 12
28 Jim Ka To KC Motorgroup Honda 2m36.046s 5.586s 12
29 James Tang Team TRC Honda 2m40.514s 10.054s 15
30 Arthur Law Team TRC Honda 2m41.540s 11.080s 8
31 Kwai Wah Wong Son Veng Racing Team Volkswagen 2m42.835s 12.375s 15
32 Terence Tse Team TRC Honda 2m53.177s 22.717s 14

Practice two times

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Rob Huff SLR VW Motorsport Volkswagen 2m29.422s - 9
2 Andy Priaulx Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 2m29.675s 0.253s 9
3 Jean-Karl Vernay WRT Audi 2m30.081s 0.659s 10
4 Yann Ehrlacher Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 2m30.234s 0.812s 10
5 Frederic Vervisch Comtoyou Audi Audi 2m30.237s 0.815s 10
6 Thed Bjork Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 2m30.352s 0.930s 10
7 Nicky Catsburg BRC Racing Team Hyundai 2m30.440s 1.018s 10
8 Tiago Monteiro KCMG Honda 2m30.444s 1.022s 10
9 Norbert Michelisz BRC Squadra Corse Hyundai 2m30.856s 1.434s 8
10 Mikel Azcona PWR Racing Cupra 2m30.930s 1.508s 11
11 Yvan Muller Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 2m30.979s 1.557s 9
12 Aurelien Panis Comtoyou Cupra Cupra 2m31.082s 1.660s 9
13 Johan Kristoffersson SLR Volkswagen Volkswagen 2m31.093s 1.671s 10
14 Gordon Shedden WRT Audi 2m31.137s 1.715s 8
15 Tom Coronel Comtoyou Cupra Cupra 2m31.281s 1.859s 10
16 Luca Engstler BRC Racing Team Hyundai 2m31.286s 1.864s 9
17 Mehdi Bennani SLR VW Motorsport Volkswagen 2m31.466s 2.044s 9
18 Ma Qinghua Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo 2m31.511s 2.089s 10
19 Kevin Ceccon Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo 2m31.551s 2.129s 9
20 Attila Tassi KCMG Honda 2m31.682s 2.260s 9
21 Robert Dahlgren PWR Racing Cupra 2m31.730s 2.308s 10
22 Esteban Guerrieri Munnich Motorsport Honda 2m32.045s 2.623s 10
23 Gabriele Tarquini BRC Squadra Corse Hyundai 2m32.145s 2.723s 10
24 Niels Langeveld Comtoyou Audi Audi 2m32.155s 2.733s 9
25 Benjamin Leuchter SLR Volkswagen Volkswagen 2m32.270s 2.848s 10
26 Nestor Girolami Munnich Motorsport Honda 2m32.857s 3.435s 10
27 Billy Lo Tian Shi Zuver Team Audi 2m35.374s 5.952s 10
28 James Tang Team TRC Honda 2m41.209s 11.787s 9
29 Kwai Wah Wong Son Veng Racing Team Volkswagen 2m41.976s 12.554s 7
30 Arthur Law Team TRC Honda 2m44.204s 14.782s 7
31 Terence Tse Team TRC Honda 2m48.248s 18.826s 9
32 Jim Ka To KC Motorgroup Honda - - 1


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