An unusual fog wrapped up the Dubai Autodrome in the early morning at the start of the first 30-minute session.
Luca Engstler posted the fastest lap of 2:09.941 in the Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi, ahead of his occasional teammate Mat’o Homola (2:11.137).
The third fastest lap was set by Luigi Ferrara’s Top Run Subaru WRX (2:11.344) who was followed by the three other Engstler cars: Brandon Gdovic (2:11.812), Stefan Goede (2:11.991) and Filip Sládecka (2:12.524).
The Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta driven by Michela Cerruti ranked in seventh (2:12.708), while James Kaye only covered two very cautious lap in the CadSpeed Racing Audi RS 3 LMS.
The Red Camel-Jordans.nl SEAT did not take part in the session.