Qualifying for the World Touring Car Championship has been postponed until race day after an accident a support event at the Shanghai International Circuit caused damage to the barriers.

Following two free practice sessions, qualifying for the 10th WTCC round of the season in China was due to tae place 15.30, but damage to the inside barrier just before turn one presented a lengthy repair that left the series no time to run the session.

Indeed, the smash, caused by a McLaren driver in the GT Asia series, was so severe it pulled the struts out of the ground, meaning no track action could take place until it was repaired as per FIA safety regulations.

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"Safety will always remain the number one priority and we cannot ever compromise on it," said Fran?ois Ribeiro, the WTCC General Manager. "This is obviously not ideal for the teams, the spectators and broadcasters but we have had to postpone qualifying in the last 10 years due to exceptional circumstances and we still put on a successful event. It will be the same here in Shanghai."