Ma Qing Hua remained on top of the times in second practice for the World Touring Car Championship in Shanghai, as Craft-Bamboo Racing’s Grégoire Demoustier was a shock second quickest.
Demoustier, the leading Chevrolet driver in second, put in his best practice performance of the season, although such was Ma’s pace at the front he was still 0.604 seconds slower.
Completing a strong session for the Chevrolets, ROAL Motorsport duo Tom Chilton and Tom Coronel ended up third and fourth, and were the last drivers to be within a second of the Chinese drivers pace.
Championship leader José María López was fifth fastest, 1.090 seconds off the pace, ahead of Campos Racing’s Hugo Valente in sixth, with the Frenchman making his first foray into the top ten this weekend.
LADA’s Rob Huff was seventh, ahead of Citroën’s Sébastien Loeb in eighth, the duo being separated by just two hundredths of a second.
Completing the top ten were Campos Racing’s John Filippi, who made it five Chevrolets in the top ten, and Sébastien Loeb Racing’s Mehdi Bennani.
All three of the Honda Civics, which had shown strong pace early on in the weekend, were outside the top ten, with Gabriele Tarquini the quickest in the Japanese cars in 11th.
|1||33||MA Qing Hua||Citroën Total WTCC||Citroën C-Elysée WTCC||11||1:51.217||0.000|
|2||11||Y||Grégoire DEMOUSTIER||Craft-Bamboo Racing||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||11||1:51.821||0.604|
|3||3||Y||Tom CHILTON||ROAL Motorsport||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||11||1:52.113||0.896|
|4||4||Y||Tom CORONEL||ROAL Motorsport||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||12||1:52.180||0.963|
|5||37||José María LÓPEZ||Citroën Total WTCC||Citroën C-Elysée WTCC||9||1:52.307||1.090|
|6||7||Y||Hugo VALENTE||Campos Racing||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||9||1:52.311||1.094|
|7||12||Rob HUFF||LADA Sport Rosneft||LADA Vesta WTCC||11||1:52.393||1.176|
|8||9||Sébastien LOEB||Citroën Total WTCC||Citroën C-Elysée WTCC||11||1:52.414||1.197|
|9||27||Y||John FILIPPI||Campos Racing||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||12||1:52.490||1.273|
|10||25||Y||Mehdi BENNANI||Sébastien Loeb Racing||Citroën C-Elysée WTCC||10||1:52.529||1.312|
|11||2||Gabriele TARQUINI||Castrol Honda WTC Team||Honda Civic WTCC||9||1:52.851||1.634|
|12||26||Y||Stefano D’ASTE||ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||12||1:52.886||1.669|
|13||68||Yvan MULLER||Citroën Total WTCC||Citroën C-Elysée WTCC||11||1:53.135||1.918|
|14||5||Y||Norbert MICHELISZ||Zengő Motorsport||Honda Civic WTCC||12||1:53.148||1.931|
|15||10||Nick CATSBURG||LADA Sport Rosneft||LADA Vesta WTCC||11||1:53.876||2.659|
|16||18||Tiago MONTEIRO||Castrol Honda WTC Team||Honda Civic WTCC||11||1:54.012||2.795|
|17||47||Nicolas LAPIERRE||LADA Sport Rosneft||LADA Vesta WTCC||13||1:54.147||2.930|