The final part of
the season begins in China
The final part of WTCR's
inaugural season begins with two back-to-back events in China; this
weekend the Ningbo International Speedway hosts Rounds 13 and 14, then
the teams will move to Wuhan International Circuit for Rounds 15 and 16.
Gabriele Tarquini arrives to China as the leader of the standings, as he
jumped back on top following his victory in Race 2 at the Slovakia Ring.
However, the Italian is shadowed by Yvan Muller who has a gap of just
Norbert Michelisz completes a trio of Hyundai drivers on top of the
standings, as he lies third, 26 points from Tarquini and five ahead of
With four events and twelve races remaining, the list of the title
contenders is still long and includes Jean-Karl Vernay, Thed Björk, Pepe
Oriola, Esteban Guerrieri and Rub Huff, which means that five different
brands - Hyundai, Honda, Audi, Cupra and Volkswagen - are represented by
at least one driver.
Two newcomers will join the WTCR field for the Chinese events: Timo
Scheider and Ma Qing Hua both at the wheel of Honda Civic cars. Scheider
replaced James Thompson at Münnich Motorsport and Ma took over from
Benjamin Lessennes at Boutsen Ginion Racing.
Track time at Ningbo
Friday, 28 September - 12:40 (06:40 CET), Free Practice 1
Friday, 28 September - 15:20 (09:20 CET), Free Practice 2 (30 min.)
Saturday, 29 September - 11:00 (05:00 CET), Qualifying 1 (30 min.)
Saturday, 29 September - 15:30 (09:30 CET), Race 1 (13 laps)
Sunday, 30 September - 09:00 (03:00 CET), Qualifying 2 (Q1 + Q2 + Q3)
Sunday, 30 September - 14:20 (08:20 CET), Race 2 (13 laps)
Sunday, 30 September - 15:40 (09:40 CET), Race 3 (16 laps)
Local time GMT +8