The local hero set the fastest lap of 1:54.900 in his Zengö Motorsport Honda Civic in the 15-minute warm-up session ahead of the two 12-lap afternoon races.
Rob Huff’s SEAT (1:54.985), Yvan Muller’s Chevrolet (1:55.250) and Mehdi Bennani’s BMW (1:55.411) ranked second, third and fourth respectively.
The LADA Granta of James Thompson, fifth in 1:55.502 completed a quintet of five different manufacturers on top of the timesheet.
Franz Engstler was given a black flag for repeatedly trespassing beyond the track limits.
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