Esteban Guerrieri leads Münnich Honda 1-2 in second WTCR practice

Esteban Guerrieri lead a Münnich Motorsport 1-2 in second practice for the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) on the streets of Marrakech, with Honda team-mate Yann Ehrlacher just 0.052 seconds behind.

Guerrieri jumped to the top of the times in the final seconds of the wet practice session, pipping French team-mate Ehrlacher by just half a tenth of a second.

“It’s quite tricky overall,” said Guerrieri. “You need to find progressively the limits of the track, just to get the speed up with this kind of car on a street circuit.

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“It’s never easy, even more so in these conditions. It’s a progression towards qualifying – it doesn’t count for much yet – but in the end we are looking good. We’re very much concentrating on what is going to happen next.”

Ehrlacher had earlier hit the top of the times after 20 minutes, before going even quicker at the end as the track continued to dry, before Guerrieri went marginally faster.

The morning’s early pace setter Thed Björk was third in the leading YMR Hyundai, three tenths off the pace, ahead of the BRC-run Hyundai of Gabriele Tarquini in fourth.

Pepe Oriola was once again in the top five in the Campos Racing CUPRA, whilst WRT’s Jean-Karl Vernay was the leading Audi driver in sixth.

Sébastien Loeb Racing’s Rob Huff was seventh in his Volkswagen, with the Brit being the last driver inside a second of the pace. Aurélien Comte was eighth quickest in the leading Peugeot.

Completing the top ten were the Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda of Benjamin Lessennes and the second WRT Audi of Gordon Shedden, with the latter having solved the brake problems that blighted his first practice session.

The biggest change compared to first practice was that of the Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeos, with neither Fabrizio Giovanardi (15th) or Gianni Morbidelli (23rd) able to crack the top ten.

BRC Racing’s Norbert Michelisz caused an early red flag when the Hungarian stopped on the track after around ten minutes, with his Hyundai suffering from a technical issue that left it unable to return to the pits.

Qualifying for race one takes place at 13:00 BST (14:00 CEST) with the first race then following at 17:00 BST (18:00 CEST).

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 86 Esteban GUERRIERI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic TCR 14 1:31.655 0.000
2 68 Yann EHRLACHER ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic TCR 17 1:31.707 0.052
3 11 Thed BJÖRK YMR Hyundai i30 N TCR 14 1:31.956 0.301
4 30 Gabriele TARQUINI BRC Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 13 1:32.173 0.518
5 74 Pepe ORIOLA Team Oscaro by Campos Racing CUPRA TCR 14 1:32.545 0.890
6 69 Jean-Karl VERNAY Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi RS3 LMS 16 1:32.605 0.950
7 12 Rob HUFF Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 16 1:32.632 0.977
8 7 Aurélien COMTE DG Sport Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 17 1:32.675 1.020
9 63 Benjamin LESSENNES Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda Civic TCR 16 1:32.787 1.132
10 52 Gordon SHEDDEN Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi RS3 LMS 17 1:32.855 1.200
11 15 James THOMPSON ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic TCR 15 1:32.878 1.223
12 48 Yvan MULLER YMR Hyundai i30 N TCR 14 1:32.930 1.275
13 9 Tom CORONEL Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda Civic TCR 16 1:32.948 1.293
14 25 Mehdi BENNANI Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 16 1:32.965 1.310
15 88 Fabrizio GIOVANARDI Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 14 1:33.187 1.532
16 21 Aurélien PANIS Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS 14 1:33.269 1.614
17 8 Norbert NAGY Zengő Motorsport CUPRA TCR 14 1:33.310 1.655
18 70 Mat’o HOMOLA DG Sport Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 15 1:33.367 1.712
19 27 John FILIPPI Team Oscaro by Campos Racing CUPRA TCR 14 1:33.394 1.739
20 20 Denis DUPONT Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS 18 1:33.417 1.762
21 23 Nathanaël BERTHON Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS 16 1:33.568 1.913
22 66 Zsolt Dávid SZABÓ Zengő Motorsport CUPRA TCR 13 1:33.635 1.980
23 10 Gianni MORBIDELLI Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 14 1:33.655 2.000
24 22 Frédéric VERVISCH Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi RS3 LMS 14 1:34.269 2.614
25 5 Norbert MICHELISZ BRC Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 2 1:41.446 9.791
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