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Shanghai WTCC: Bjork quickest in FP1 for Volvo

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Shanghai WTCC: Bjork quickest in FP1 for Volvo
Sep 24, 2016, 2:20 AM

Thed Bjork put Volvo on top in the first free practice session of the FIA World Touring Car Championship weekend at Shanghai International Circuit.

The Polestar Cyan Racing driver lapped the circuit in 1m59.999s and was just over two tenths of a second faster than reigning champion Jose Maria Lopez and three tenths faster than Citroen’s Yvan Muller in third.

Norbert Michelisz was fastest of the Honda drivers in fourth position, 0.558 seconds from P1, while Fredrik Ekblom made it two Volvos in the top five on his return to the championship.

Nicky Catsburg headed Lada team-mate Gabriele Tarquini in sixth and seventh position, while Rob Huff rounded off the top eight.

The session proceeded without any incidents, although with the start of the session being delayed by 15 minutes due to track preparations.

FP1 results:

ClaDriverChassisLapsTimeGap
1 Thed Björk Volvo 9 1'51.999  
2 Jose Maria Lopez Citroën 8 1'52.200 0.201
3 Yvan Muller Citroën 10 1'52.346 0.347
4 Norbert Michelisz Honda 12 1'52.557 0.558
5 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo 12 1'52.562 0.563
6 Nicky Catsburg LADA 13 1'52.649 0.650
7 Gabriele Tarquini LADA 10 1'52.758 0.759
8 Rob Huff Honda 11 1'52.917 0.918
9 Tom Chilton Citroën 8 1'53.016 1.017
10 Mehdi Bennani Citroën 13 1'53.258 1.259
11 Tom Coronel Chevrolet 11 1'53.388 1.389
12 Hugo Valente LADA 11 1'53.399 1.400
13 John Filippi Chevrolet 11 1'53.580 1.581
14 Tiago Monteiro Honda 10 1'53.682 1.683
15 James Thompson Chevrolet 12 1'53.737 1.738
16 Daniel Nagy Honda 11 1'54.561 2.562
17 Ferenc Ficza Honda 11 1'54.990 2.991
18 Grégoire Demoustier Citroën 13 1'55.612 3.613

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Series WTCC
Event Shanghai
Location Shanghai International Circuit
Drivers Thed Björk