Shanghai, Tests: Muller edges Coronel in testing

Muller tops the test session

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By Olivier Ferret

1 November 2013 - 06:10
Shanghai, Tests: Muller edges (...)

Yvan Muller’s RML Chevrolet Cruze set the fastest lap in today’s test at Shanghai. The freshly crowned WTCC champion posted a time of 1:55.643 with only a handful of minutes left on the clock.

Soon afterwards, James Thompson’s LADA hit a pile of tyres at Turn 4b and pushed it in the middle of the track, which forced the race director to wave the red flag twenty seconds before the end. This spoiled Rob Huff’s last attempt that looked good enough for second place.

The 2012 champion and his SEAT car seemed very much at ease on the Shanghai track and topped the session in the early stages, improving the fastest lap several times down to 1:57.327.

Halfway through the test Muller made his first appearance on top with a lap of 1:56.827; however he was soon demoted to third by Alex MacDowall’s 1:56.476 and Tiago Monteiro’s 1:56.538, before eventually regaining the first position.

Tom Coronel posted the second fastest lap of 1:55.836, with Tom Chilton in third (1:56.051) and Pepe Oriola in fourth (1:56.156). Thompson placed fifth with a lap of 1:56.269, ahead of MacDowall, Gabriele Tarquini, Monteiro, James Nash and Darryl O’Young.

Rickard Rydell ranked 11th, with Marc Basseng the best of the SEAT drivers in 12th and the Volvo of Thed Björk in 15th.

Mehdi Bennani did not post any time, as he was stuck in the garage while the Proteam crew was investigating on a supercharging problem.

Saturday will see the WTCC field take to the track for two thirty-minute Free Practice sessions, before the two-stage Qualifying begins at 14.10 local time (7.30 CET).

Pos. Driver Car Time
1 Yvan MULLER Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:55.643
2 Tom CORONEL BMW 320 TC 1:55.836
3 Tom CHILTON Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:56.051
4 Pepe ORIOLA Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:56.156
5 James THOMPSON Lada Granta 1:56.269
6 Alex MACDOWALL Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:56.476
7 Gabriele TARQUINI Honda Civic 1:56.481
8 Tiago MONTEIRO Honda Civic 1:56.538
9 James NASH Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:56.592
10 Darryl O’YOUNG BMW 320 TC 1:57.016
11 Rickard RYDELL Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:57.091
12 Marc BASSENG SEAT Leon WTCC 1:57.219
13 Rob HUFF SEAT Leon WTCC 1:57.327
14 Fredy BARTH BMW 320 TC 1:57.503
15 Thed BJORK Volvo C30 1:57.738
16 Stefano D’ASTE BMW 320 TC 1:57.844
17 Tom BOARDMAN SEAT Leon WTCC 1:58.187
18 Norbert MICHELISZ Honda Civic 1:58.603
19 Fernando MONJE SEAT Leon WTCC 1:58.701
20 Charles NG BMW 320 TC 1:58.785
21 Franz ENGSTLER BMW 320 TC 1:58.891
22 Hugo VALENTE SEAT Leon WTCC 1:59.460
23 Mikhail KOZLOVSKIY Lada Granta 1:59.572
24 René MUNNICH SEAT Leon WTCC 2:00.184
25 Filipe de SOUZA Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 2:02.122
26 Kin Veng NG Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 2:03.334
27 Jeronimo BADARACO Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 2:03.570
28 Yukinori TANIGUCHI Seat Leon WTCC 2:03.680
29 Ka Lok MAK BMW 320 si 2:04.569
30 Henry HO BMW 320 si 2:05.374
31 Mehdi BENNANI BMW 320 TC -.—.---

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