Shanghai, FP1: The Volvo creates surprise
Björk leads with his Volvo C30
In a foggy morning Thed Björk and his Polestar Volvo C30 car created a surprise posting the two fastest laps in the first free practice session.
On his first lap out of the pits, the new Swedish Touring Car champion was clocked at 1:55.382, that he immediately improved to a 1:55.323 that was not to be beaten.
“It was a pretty good start. Of course, I was on new tyres, while most of the others were on used tyres. However, I think that this track suits our car that is especially quick on the straight,” Björk commented.
All the fastest laps were set in the early stages of the thirty-minute session, with Gabriele Tarquini second quickest in his Honda Civic (1:55.934) and the Nika Racing’s Chevrolet of Rickard Rydell third (1:55.977).
None of the other drivers was able to break the 1:55 wall. Yvan Muller ranked fourth (1:56.075) followed by Norbert Michelisz (1:56.132), Tom Coronel in the first BMW (1:56.150), Fredy Barth (1:56.178) the best of the Yokohama Trophy competitors, Tiago Monteiro (1:56.231) and James Thompson’s LADA (1:56.544).
Tom Chilton (1:56.574) completed the top ten, with Rob Huff 11th (1:56.636) in the first of the SEAT cars.
Pepe Oriola did not post any timed lap due to a power-steering failure, while Mehdi Bennani – who missed yesterday’s test session due to a supercharging problem – completed only a few laps because of a broken driveshaft.
Free Practice 2 is scheduled to start at 11.10 local time (4.10am CET) with the two-stage Qualifying session due to begin at 14.10.
|1||Thed BJORK||Volvo C30||1:55.323|
|2||Gabriele TARQUINI||Honda Civic||1:55.934|
|3||Rickard RYDELL||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||1:55.977|
|4||Yvan MULLER||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||1:56.075|
|5||Norbert MICHELISZ||Honda Civic||1:56.132|
|6||Tom CORONEL||BMW 320 TC||1:56.150|
|7||Fredy BARTH||BMW 320 TC||1:56.178|
|8||Tiago MONTEIRO||Honda Civic||1:56.231|
|9||James THOMPSON||Lada Granta||1:56.544|
|10||Tom CHILTON||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||1:56.574|
|11||Rob HUFF||SEAT Leon WTCC||1:56.636|
|12||Alex MACDOWALL||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||1:56.763|
|13||Hugo VALENTE||SEAT Leon WTCC||1:56.821|
|14||Marc BASSENG||SEAT Leon WTCC||1:56.949|
|15||Franz ENGSTLER||BMW 320 TC||1:57.138|
|16||Stefano D’ASTE||BMW 320 TC||1:57.161|
|17||James NASH||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||1:57.193|
|18||Mikhail KOZLOVSKIY||Lada Granta||1:57.231|
|19||Tom BOARDMAN||SEAT Leon WTCC||1:57.396|
|20||Darryl O’YOUNG||BMW 320 TC||1:57.669|
|21||René MUNNICH||SEAT Leon WTCC||1:57.686|
|22||Fernando MONJE||SEAT Leon WTCC||1:57.841|
|23||Mehdi BENNANI||BMW 320 TC||1:58.031|
|24||Yukinori TANIGUCHI||Seat Leon WTCC||1:58.092|
|25||Charles NG||BMW 320 TC||1:59.571|
|26||Filipe de SOUZA||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||1:59.583|
|27||Henry HO||BMW 320 si||2:00.988|
|28||Kin Veng NG||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||2:01.305|
|29||Jeronimo BADARACO||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||2:01.532|
|30||Ka Lok MAK||BMW 320 si||2:03.291|
|31||Pepe ORIOLA||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||-:—.---|
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