Shanghai, FP1, FP2 : Volvo strikes first

Both Bjork and Ekblom dominate the two sessions

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By Emmanuel Touzot

24 September 2016 - 05:25
Shanghai, FP1, FP2 : Volvo strikes (...)

Thed Björk has set the pace in Free Practice 1 at FIA WTCC Race of China this morning, lapping the 4.603-kilometre Shanghai International Circuit in a time of 1m51.838s in his factory Volvo S60 Polestar TC1.

World champion José María López was second for Citroën, 0.201s adrift, with the Argentine’s team-mate Yvan Muller third.

Norbert Michelisz was the quickest works Honda driver in fourth with Fredrik Ekblom fifth for Volvo followed by LADA’s lead driver Nicky Catsburg. Gabriele Tarquini and Rob Huff with WTCC Trophy title contenders Tom Chilton and Mehdi Bennani completing the top 10 for Sébastien Loeb Racing.

Polestar Cyan Racing’s Fredrik Ekblom marked his return to the FIA World Touring Car Championship in style with the fastest time in Free Practice 2 at WTCC Race of China.

Driving a Volvo S60 Polestar TC1, Ekblom clocked a best lap of 1m51.400s around the 4.603-kilometre Shanghai International Circuit, which compared favourably to the 1m51.999s effort from his team-mate Thed Björk in Free Practice 1 earlier this morning.

“We learned quite a few things,” said Ekblom, whose last WTCC race outing was in Russia in early June. “We tried some new stuff on the car but above all we had some better tyres for my sake and that made difference. I don’t have a lot of experience on this track but the car felt good, it was quick on the straight, it turns good and the traction is okay. Also, it’s quite warm so the long straight is a good time to relax a little bit.”

WTCC Trophy contender John Filippi had been on course to top the session in his Campos Racing Chevrolet before Ekblom’s late effort demoted him to second. Björk continued Polestar Cyan Racing’s strong start to its ‘home’ event in third with Mehdi Bennani fourth, Tom Coronel fifth, Tiago Monteiro sixth for Honda, Tom Chilton seventh and Norbert Michelisz eighth.

Gabriele Tarquini was the fastest of the works LADA driver in ninth with world champion José María López P10 for Citroën.

FP1:

Pos. Driver Team Car Time
1 Thed Bjork Polestar Cyan Volvo 1:51.999
2 Jose Maria Lopez Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 1:52.200
3 Yvan Muller Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 1:52.346
4 Norbert Michelisz Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 1:52.557
5 Fredrik Ekblom Polestar Cyan Volvo 1:52.562
6 Nicky Catsburg LADA Sport Lada 1:52.649
7 Gabriele Tarquini LADA Sport Lada 1:52.758
8 Rob Huff Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 1:52.917
9 Tom Chilton Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 1:53.016
10 Mehdi Bennani Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 1:53.258
11 Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet 1:53.388
12 Hugo Valente LADA Sport Lada 1:53.399
13 John Filippi Campos Racing Chevrolet 1:53.580
14 Tiago Monteiro Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 1:53.682
15 James Thompson Munnich Motorsport Chevrolet 1:53.737
16 Daniel Nagy Zengo Honda 1:54.561
17 Ferenc Ficza Zengo Honda 1:54.990
18 Grégoire Demoustier Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 1:55.612

FP2:

Pos. Driver Team Car Time
1 Fredrik Ekblom Polestar Cyan Volvo 1:51.400
2 John Filippi Campos Racing Chevrolet 1:51.867
3 Thed Bjork Polestar Cyan Volvo 1:51.924
4 Mehdi Bennani Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 1:51.956
5 Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet 1:52.257
6 Tiago Monteiro Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 1:52.298
7 Tom Chilton Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 1:52.420
8 Norbert Michelisz Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 1:52.486
9 Gabriele Tarquini LADA Sport Lada 1:52.498
10 Jose Maria Lopez Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 1:52.604
11 Nicky Catsburg LADA Sport Lada 1:52.606
12 James Thompson Munnich Motorsport Chevrolet 1:52.817
13 Yvan Muller Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 1:52.827
14 Rob Huff Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 1:52.955
15 Hugo Valente LADA Sport Lada 1:53.754
16 Grégoire Demoustier Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 1:53.828
17 Ferenc Ficza Zengo Honda 1:54.239
18 Daniel Nagy Zengo Honda 1:55.804

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