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Di Grassi Sets Pace in First Practice at Marrakesh

Lucas di Grassi claimed the fastest time in the first track session ahead of the Marrakesh E-Prix this afternoon…

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Lucas di Grassi was quickest in the first official track session ahead of this afternoon’s Marrakesh E-Prix.

The Brazilian set the pace in the 45-minute session, turning a lap of 1:20.310 on full 200kW qualifying power in his Audi e-tron FE04.

Di Grassi’s lap was the fastest-ever on the E-Prix circuit, as Audi set down a clear marker to its opposition ahead of qualifying.

He was a full 0.9 seconds ahead of Jerome d’Ambrosio, the only other driver to set a full 200kW qualifying simulation lap, in his Penske EV-2.

Daniel Abt in the second of the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler entries was third and the first of the drivers to set a 180kW race power lap.

Mitch Evans set a last minute lap to take fourth for Panasonic Jaguar Racing, while 2016 Marrakesh E-Prix winner Sebastien Buemi rounded out the top five in his Renault Z.E 17.

Hong Kong race two runner-up Edoarado Mortara finished the session in last after recovering from an early spin in his Venturi.

Mortara then appeared to have a battery shutdown on track before resetting and being able to continue.

Other incidents notable incidents included Nelson Piquet Jr. lightly clipping the wall in his Jaguar, Maro Engel suffering multiple brief stoppages on track and Andre Lotterer also having to reset his system after also stopping on circuit.

The second practice session is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. local time.

RESULTS: Practice 1

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