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Yvan Muller leads in Marrakech practice

Frenchman Yvan Muller continued his trend of topping the times in every single session of the 2013 World Touring Car Championship season so far by posting the quickest time in second practice in Morocco.

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Muller continued his imperious 2013 form to beat English team-mate Tom Chilton to the top time by 0.059 seconds. In the warmer midday sun times had tumbled by around 1.2 seconds since first practice, allowing Muller to edge closer to Pepe Oriola’s lap record of 1:44.617 from 2012.

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Young Brit Alex MacDowall was third fastest, ensuring a Chevrolet 1-2-3 around the Marrakech street circuit, which was always expected to be a track to favour the Chevrolets.

Honda finished the session fourth and fifth, with Tiago Monteiro fourth and Gabriele Tarquini fifth, 0.289 and 0.313 seconds off the pace respectively. Although it was a solid session for the works cars, Hungary’s Norbert Michelisz had a troubled session and ended in 23rd after a fire in the pitlane.

Michel Nykjaer was a strong sixth, ahead of James Nash and Oriola, who ended the session as the top SEAT driver in eighth.

LADAs James Thompson and top BMW driver Tom Coronel completed the top ten.

On his first ever weekend in the WTCC, young Russian Mikhail Kozlovskiy ended the session in 19th, having to get used to both the car and the circuit.

Münnich Motorsport endured another challenging session along with the other SEAT runners, with German Marc Basseng the team’s top driver in 14th. Reigning champion Rob Huff had earlier endured an oil leak in FP1 and ended FP2 in 16th.

Special Tuning Racing’s Tom Boardman, who had shown flashes of pace in FP1 before breaking his front-right suspension on the circuit’s kerbs, ended the session down in 21st.

Qualifying is scheduled to take place at 15:30 WET (16:30 GMT; 17:30 CET).

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