Shanghai, Qual.: López celebrates Citroën WTCC title with China pole
Catsburg on the front row
José María López made sure that Citroën provisionally clinched the FIA World Touring Car Championship manufacturers’ title* in style with pole position for WTCC Race of China.
Without any Hondas making it into Q3, and therefore unable to take any points from the session, Citroën’s success was already sealed before the shootout for the DHL-presented pole position for the Main Race got underway in Shanghai.
As the quickest man in Q2, López was the last of the five drivers to shoot for pole, and managed to better the benchmark set by LADA driver Nicky Catsburg by 0.161 seconds.
Catsburg produced a great lap at the start of Q3 to claim a place on the front row, four tenths clear of third-placed Yvan Muller in the second factory Citroën.
Mehdi Bennani was the top performer in the WTCC Trophy in qualifying in fourth place, only 0.033s behind Muller, while Thed Björk completed the top five with another Q3 appearance for Polestar and Volvo.
Gabriele Tarquini narrowly missed out on a Q3 place in sixth for LADA, ahead of Volvo returnee Fredrik Ekblom. Tom Chilton was eighth, while Norbert Michelisz was the best-placed Honda driver in ninth. John Filippi rounded out the top 10, and took the Opening Race pole position.
Filippi’s fellow Chevrolet RML Cruze drivers Tom Coronel and James Thompson were 11th and 12th respectively after making the cut for Q2, something that was missed by Hugo Valente in the third LADA and Honda’s Tiago Monteiro and Rob Huff.
|Pos.||Driver||Team||Car||Q1 time||Q2 time||Q3 time|
|1||Jose Maria Lopez||Citroen Total WTCC||Citroen||1:50.279||1:49.524||1:49.339|
|2||Nicky Catsburg||LADA Sport||Lada||1:50.405||1:50.310||1:49.500|
|3||Yvan Muller||Citroen Total WTCC||Citroen||1:50.864||1:50.248||1:49.911|
|4||Mehdi Bennani||Sebastien Loeb Racing||Citroen||1:50.795||1:50.109||1:49.944|
|5||Thed Bjork||Polestar Cyan||Volvo||1:51.070||1:50.164||1:50.677|
|6||Gabriele Tarquini||LADA Sport||Lada||1:50.634||1:50.393|
|7||Fredrik Ekblom||Polestar Cyan||Volvo||1:50.532||1:50.439|
|8||Tom Chilton||Sebastien Loeb Racing||Citroen||1:50.761||1:50.498|
|9||Norbert Michelisz||Honda Racing Team JAS||Honda||1:51.039||1:50.787|
|10||John Filippi||Campos Racing||Chevrolet||1:50.919||1:50.809|
|11||Tom Coronel||ROAL Motorsport||Chevrolet||1:51.251||1:50.825|
|12||James Thompson||Munnich Motorsport||Chevrolet||1:51.254||1:50.917|
|13||Hugo Valente||LADA Sport||Lada||1:51.399|
|14||Tiago Monteiro||Honda Racing Team JAS||Honda||1:51.404|
|15||Rob Huff||Honda Racing Team JAS||Honda||1:51.523|
|16||Grégoire Demoustier||Sebastien Loeb Racing||Citroen||1:51.848|
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