Shanghai WTCC: Ma Qing Hua leads practice at home for Citroen

Citroen's Ma Qing Hua set the pace in both free practice sessions at the Shanghai International Circuit ahead of this weekend's World Touring Car Championship round

Shanghai WTCC: Ma Qing Hua leads practice at home for Citroen

The home favourite ended the second session six tenths quicker than second place man Gregoire Demoustier's Craft-Bamboo Chevrolet with a time of 1m51.217s, after having also dominated the earlier practice session from start to finish.

Tom Chilton made a three-tenth improvement on his practice one time of 1m52.494s to end the second practice session in third place.

Chilton's ROAL team-mate Tom Coronel, though running without the updates of the sister car, ended the second session in fourth with a time of 1m52.180s.

Championship leader Jose Maria Lopez rounded off the top five with a time of 1m52.307s.

Further down the order there was confusion for the Hondas of Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro as both drivers tumbled down the timesheet in the second of the two sessions.

They ultimately placed 11th and 16th respectively - despite a stronger showing in the earlier run when both were in the top five and Monteiro was Ma's closest rival.

PRACTICE ONE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Ma Qinghua Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 1m51.706s - 11
2 Tiago Monteiro Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 1m51.837s 0.131s 11
3 Jose Maria Lopez Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 1m52.042s 0.336s 9
4 Gabriele Tarquini Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 1m52.190s 0.484s 10
5 Mehdi Bennani Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 1m52.339s 0.633s 11
6 Tom Chilton ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet 1m52.494s 0.788s 9
7 Norbert Michelisz Zengo Motorsport Honda 1m52.562s 0.856s 9
8 Rob Huff LADA Sport Rosneft Lada 1m52.629s 0.923s 10
9 Yvan Muller Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 1m52.668s 0.962s 11
10 Nicky Catsburg LADA Sport Rosneft Lada 1m52.749s 1.043s 11
11 Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 1m52.920s 1.214s 10
12 Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet 1m52.941s 1.235s 11
13 Hugo Valente Campos Racing Chevrolet 1m52.947s 1.241s 9
14 Nicolas Lapierre LADA Sport Rosneft Lada 1m53.193s 1.487s 13
15 Gregoire Demoustier Craft-Bamboo Racing Chevrolet 1m53.656s 1.950s 12
16 John Filippi Campos Racing Chevrolet 1m53.907s 2.201s 9
17 Stefano D'Aste All-Inkl.com Munnich Motorsport Chevrolet 1m54.032s 2.326s 12

PRACTICE TWO TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Ma Qinghua Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 1m51.217s - 11
2 Gregoire Demoustier Craft-Bamboo Racing Chevrolet 1m51.821s 0.604s 11
3 Tom Chilton ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet 1m52.113s 0.896s 11
4 Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet 1m52.180s 0.963s 12
5 Jose Maria Lopez Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 1m52.307s 1.090s 9
6 Hugo Valente Campos Racing Chevrolet 1m52.311s 1.094s 9
7 Rob Huff LADA Sport Rosneft Lada 1m52.393s 1.176s 11
8 Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 1m52.414s 1.197s 11
9 John Filippi Campos Racing Chevrolet 1m52.490s 1.273s 12
10 Mehdi Bennani Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 1m52.529s 1.312s 10
11 Gabriele Tarquini Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 1m52.851s 1.634s 9
12 Stefano D'Aste All-Inkl.com Munnich Motorsport Chevrolet 1m52.886s 1.669s 12
13 Yvan Muller Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 1m53.135s 1.918s 11
14 Norbert Michelisz Zengo Motorsport Honda 1m53.148s 1.931s 12
15 Nicky Catsburg LADA Sport Rosneft Lada 1m53.876s 2.659s 11
16 Tiago Monteiro Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 1m54.012s 2.795s 11
17 Nicolas Lapierre LADA Sport Rosneft Lada 1m54.147s 2.930s 13


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