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*WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO heads to China’s Motor City
*Exciting street racing venue hosts the action during Golden Week celebrations
*World championship battle finely balanced following Ningbo races
*Part two of China double-header, counting for rounds 22, 23 and 24 of the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO (5-7 October)

*China is the largest car market in the world with 12 million new sales between January and June

*Event part of Golden Week celebrations, the traditional holiday period in China

*Wuhan International Street Circuit extended and upgraded for 2018 to host first FIA event

*Only Rob Huff, a multiple winner on the streets during the World Touring Car Championship era, has Wuhan race experience but that was prior to the track tweaks

*Championship race wide open with nine races remaining until the end of the season. Indeed, the top three (Gabriele Tarquini, Thed Björk and Yvan Muller) are covered by nine points

*Ma Qing Hua will fly the Chinese flag after making his WTCR debut in Ningbo, driving a Honda Civic Type R for Boutsen Ginion Racing.

*Denis Dupont arrives in Wuhan after breakthrough WTCR podium, finishing Race 3 at Ningbo in third place following strong showing by his Comtoyou Racing team

*Race 2 podium for Mehdi Bennani signalled a return to form for the Volkswagen-powered Moroccan and his Sébastien Loeb Racing team

*Double DTM champion Timo Scheider twice denied a points finish in Ningbo on WTCR debut

*WTCR race-winning Frenchmen Yann Ehrlacher and Jean-Karl Vernay Wuhan-bound after tough Ningbo weekends
*Wuhan is one of four street tracks on the WTCR OSCARO calendar for 2018. So far this season, Tarquini has taken two wins, Björk, Mato Homola and Vernay one each
*Team Mulsanne’s Kevin Ceccon is something of a street-racing expert having claimed two Monaco podiums in three attempts during his single-seater career
*Pepe Oriola also has form when it comes to racing on the streets after landing top-three finishes in Marrakech and Vila Real for Team OSCARO by Campos Racing
The title fight
*Thed Björk was the big mover in the title fight, his two Ningbo victories propelling him from sixth to second in the standings, eight points behind leader Gabriele Tarquini. Björk’s YMR team-mate Yvan Muller, who won Race 2 in Ningbo, is just one point further back

*Norbert Michelisz arrived in China in third, 26 points behind his BRC Racing Team team-mate Tarquini. Despite strong qualifying performances, the Hungarian managed just 17 points over the Ningbo weekend and drops to fourth position and 46 points off the championship lead.
*By non-scoring for the first time in 2018, Vernay (Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team) slips from fifth to seventh and is now faced with a 75-point deficit to Tarquini to overcome.
*While Ningbo proved tough for Ehrlacher, his ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport team-mate Esteban Guerrieri bagged a podium double to remain in the title fight. The Argentine is sixth in the table, 67 points behind Tarquini and four down on Ehrlacher.
Wuhan International Street Circuit, 2.984 kilometres: WTCR OSCARO will visit the largest car market on the planet not once but twice in 2018 with Wuhan following Ningbo as part of the China double-header. The challenging street track is a popular fixture on the China Touring Car Championship calendar and is located adjacent to a major sports stadium complex. The capital of Hubei province and 900 kilometres east of Shanghai on the banks of the Yangtze River, Wuhan is a major transportation and industrial hub. It’s home to several car manufacturing plants including Honda, Hyundai and Peugeot, plus an expanding population of more than 15 million people.
Key timings (provisional, subject to change)
5 October: Free Practice 1: 13h00-13h30; Free Practice 2: 15h30-16h00
6 October: First Qualifying: 10h30-11h10; Race 1: 16h00 (18 laps)
7 October: Second Qualifying Q1: 09h00-09h30; Second Qualifying Q2: 09h35-09h50; Second Qualifying Q3: 10h00 (first car starts); Race 2: 15h45 (18 laps); Race 3: 17h05 (21 laps)
Who’s on the grid?
World Touring Car champions: Thed Björk, Rob Huff, Yvan Muller, Gabriele Tarquini
WTCC Trophy winners: Mehdi Bennani, Tom Coronel, Norbert Michelisz
WTCC race winners: Yann Ehrlacher, Esteban Guerrieri, Ma Qing Hua, Pepe Oriola 
British Touring Car and DTM champions: Fabrizio Giovanardi, Gordon Shedden
DTM champion: Timo Scheider
TCR title winners: Aurélien Comte, Jean-Karl Vernay
Young racing hopefuls: Kevin Ceccon, Denis Dupont, John Filippi, Mato Homola, Norbert Nagy, Aurélien Panis, Zsolt Szabó
International racers: Nathanaël Berthon, Frédéric Vervisch
All you need to know about WTCR Race of China-Wuhan: Click here for the event guide, timetable and other essential information
Who’s in it to win it? Click here to find out more about the WTCR drivers
WTCR explained? Click here to find out more
Standings: Click here to find out who is in front after the opening three races
For everything else… Go to the online WTCR Media Centre by clicking here
Rob Huff’s guide to Wuhan: Click here for Rob Huff’s guide to Wuhan
Pre-event press conference: 14h00-16h00, Thursday 4 October, LS Racing Center (150 metres west of intersection of Beihuan Road and Fuqiang Road, Caidian District, Wuhan)



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