Recently crowned European Touring Car champion Andy Priaulx experienced an up-and-down day of practice as he quickly made his presence felt in the Guia race yesterday. But it was not the kind of day he had been hoping for. Fastest in free practice in the morning with a time of two minutes and 34.927 seconds, the British driver endured a frustrating afternoon qualifying session as his hopes of recording the fastest time were blighted by traffic, one red flag and backmarkers. He was also caught up in an incident with Tom Coronel in the closing minutes of the session before he was fourth fastest in qualifying. Priaulx, who is one of the most high-profile drivers in the field of 36, felt he could have gone a lot quicker in his BMW 320i than the 2:35.285 he recorded at the end of the session. It's his second attempt at the Guia race. Last year, his car suffered mechanical problems and he had to retire early. 'For the first session, I was quickest and that was brilliant, but this session was not good. We just had a lot of traffic and tomorrow I've got to have a good day,' said Priaulx, who switched to touring cars after a successful stint in F3 four years ago. 'Half of the session was traffic and then a late pit stop meant we couldn't do a timed lap really. We got it all to do tomorrow. I got some work to do. I can work on it, trying to find some grip [on the track]. I feel I can do a low 34 [two minutes and 34 seconds]. I didn't get a clear lap and that's possible and with a bit of a set-up we can get into 33. We'll see.' Asked about the incident with Coronel, Priaulx said: 'I was slipstreaming Tom [Coronel] and Dirk Muller down the main straight and as we came to brake, my foot got caught half on the throttle. So I braked too late and I had a choice to hit them both or tap Tom into a spin. It was a bit of a nightmare, but I didn't do it on purpose.' 'I didn't really do a time really because every time I went for a fast lap I was either in traffic, or somebody was in the way or there was a red flag.' Meanwhile, Jorg Muller grabbed provisional pole position in the Guia race as he edged out his BMW Team Germany teammate Dirk Muller by 1.033 seconds. The German admitted there was still plenty of work to do despite his dominance. 'The car is still not perfect,' said Muller. 'But when you're fastest, it is always quite difficult not to be happy. It was hard out there trying to find some free space on the track and I think I have work to do on the set-up.' Dirk Muller, who is making his Macau debut, had a relatively untroubled time to set the second-fastest time, ahead of Sweden's Rickard Rydell. Duncan Huisman, who is chasing a fourth straight victory in the Guia race, was eighth quickest, but the Dutchman admitted his car would need some set-up changes ahead of today's second qualifying session.