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Abt heads foggy second practice session

Daniel Abt ensured a practice whitewash for Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler as he topped the times in FP2, with team-mate and FP1 pace-setter Lucas di Grassi making it a 1-2 for the German squad.

Heavy fog descended over the Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan, but didn’t interrupt proceedings as drivers made their final preparations ahead of qualifying for the Marrakesh E-Prix.

Similarly to the first practice session, the dusty track proved problematic with drivers running wide or straight on, with Antonio Felix da Costa beautifully holding a drift through turn ten, while Luca Filippi did a carbon copy of Felix Rosenqvist’s earlier excursion by running off at turn seven.

Abt set the early pace in his #66 Audi and held the top of the times until five laps from the end, when a flurry of 200kW laps saw an ever-changing order and a number of drivers taking turns in P1.

Panasonic Jaguar Racing looked like they could have finished with a 1-2 finish themselves as Mitch Evans and Nelson Piquet Jr bested the lap times of Alex Lynn, Jose Maria Lopez and Rosenqvist but final 200kW laps saw Sebastien Buemi top the table as the first man to dip under the 1:20s mark.

With their final laps, di Grassi and then Abt soared to the top two positions, the latter setting another new lap record of 1:19.760s.

The Techeetah duo of Jean-Eric Vergne and Andre Lotterer put both of their cars into the top ten.

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