Thed Bj?rk's Volvo C30 might not be eligible for points this weekend in the China round of the 2013 WTCC season, but that didn't mean that it couldn't impress by topping the timesheets in first practice on Saturday morning at Shanghai International Circuit.

In foggy conditions, Bj?rk set an unbeatable 1:55.323 on only his second flying lap attempt, saying afterwards: "It was a pretty good start. Of course, I was on new tyres, while most of the others were on used tyres. However, I think that this track suits our car that is especially quick on the straight."

Pepe Oriola did not post any times in the session due to a power-steering failure, while Mehdi Bennani completed only a few laps because of a broken driveshaft having already missed Friday's's test session due to an issue with his BMW's supercharging.

Practice 1 times

1. #40 Thed Bj?rk Volvo Polestar Racing Volvo C30 1:55.323s (14 laps) T
2. #3 Gabriele Tarquini Castrol Honda WTC Team Honda Civic WTCC 1:55.934s + 0.611s (13 laps)
3. #69 Rickard Rydell Nika Racing Chevrolet Cruze 1:55.977s + 0.654s (11 laps)
4. #12 Yvan Muller RML Chevrolet Cruze 1:56.075s + 0.752s (11 laps)
5. #5 Norbert Michelisz Zengo Motorsport Honda Civic WTCC 1:56.132s + 0.809s (13 laps)
6. #15 Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC 1:56.150s + 0.827s (15 laps)
7. #73 Fredy Barth Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 TC 1:56.178s + 0.855s (11 laps) I
8. #18 Tiago Monteiro Castrol Honda WTC Team Honda Civic WTCC 1:56.231s + 0.908s (10 laps)
9. #10 James Thompson LADA Sport Lukoil Lada Granta 1:56.544s + 1.221s (11 laps)
10. #23 Tom Chilton RML Chevrolet Cruze 1:56.574s + 1.251s (11 laps)
11. #1 Rob Huff All-Inkl.com M?nnich Motorsport SEAT Leon WTCC 1:56.636s + 1.313s (11 laps)
12. #9 Alex MacDowall bamboo engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1:56.763s + 1.440s (13 laps) I
13. #20 Hugo Valente Campos Racing SEAT Leon WTCC 1:56.821s + 1.498s (13 laps) I
14. #38 Marc Basseng All-Inkl.com Munnich Motorsport SEAT Leon WTCC 1:56.949s + 1.626s (13 laps)
15. #6 Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC 1:57.138s + 1.815s (14 laps) I
16. #26 Stefano D'Aste PB Racing BMW 320 TC 1:57.161s + 1.838s (7 laps) I
17. #14 James Nash bamboo engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1:57.193s + 1.870s (13 laps) I
18. #8 Mikhail Kozlovskiy LADA Sport Lukoil Lada Granta 1:57.231s + 1.908s (14 laps)
19. #22 Tom Boardman Special Tuning Racing SEAT Leon WTCC 1:57.396s + 2.073s (12 laps) I
20. #55 Darryl O'Young ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC 1:57.669s + 2.346s (14 laps) I
21. #37 Rene Munnich All-Inkl.com Munnich Motorsport SEAT Leon WTCC 1:57.686s + 2.363s (13 laps) I
22. #19 Fernando Monje Campos Racing SEAT Leon WTCC 1:57.841s + 2.518s (11 laps) I
23. #25 Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC 1:58.031s + 2.708s (6 laps) I
24. #33 Yukinori Taniguchi Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 TC 1:58.092s + 2.769s (14 laps) I
25. #7 Charles Ng Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC 1:59.571s + 4.248s (8 laps) I
26. #60 Filipe de Souza China Dragon Racing Chevrolet Cruze LT 1:59.583s + 4.260s (10 laps) I
27. #88 Henry Ho Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC 2:00.988s + 5.665s (13 laps) I
28. #61 Kin Veng Ng China Dragon Racing Chevrolet Cruze LT 2:01.305s + 5.982s (8 laps) I
29. #66 Jeronimo Badaraco Son Veng Racing Chevrolet Cruze LT 2:01.532s + 6.209s (12 laps) I
30. #77 Ka Lok Mak RPM Racing BMW 320si 2:03.291s + 7.968s (11 laps) I
31. #74 Pepe Oriola Tuenti Racing Team Chevrolet Cruze No time (0 laps)

Total Laps: 350I denotes Yokohama Independent Trophy competitorT denotes not eligible to score points

 

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