Shanghai, FP1: The Volvo creates surprise

Björk leads with his Volvo C30

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2 November 2013 - 01:40
Shanghai, FP1: The Volvo creates (...)

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.

Pos. Driver Car Time
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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