Denis Dupont positive over strong Wuhan pace

Denis Dupont positive over strong Wuhan pace

Denis Dupont
Photo: Marc de Mattia / DPPI

Denis Dupont was pleased with his performance on the streets of Wuhan in the World Touring Car Cup races, which saw the Comtoyou Racing driver take a second podium finish in as many meetings.

Dupont followed fellow Audi drivers Gordon Shedden and Frédéric Vervisch home in the final race of the weekend to take another podium finish, although the Belgian could have been better than third had he not made a mistake whilst running in second which saw him hit the tyres at the chicane and career into race leader Shedden.

The 25-year-old apologised to Shedden for the incident, which caused some superficial damage to his car, although both drivers were able to continue in podium positions.

“It must have been a good show and I’m sorry for Gordon at first because it was not what we wanted,” said Dupont. “I hit the tyres after the long left and I didn’t want to hit him, so I went straight into the tyres that finally hit him!

“But the pace was really good at the beginning which is very positive. It was better than race two actually because the pace was not there, but we made changes and that was very positive.”

Having taken a podium in each of the Chinese events, moving him up to 15th overall in the drivers’ championship standings, Dupont is looking forward to the next event in Japan in three weeks’ time.

“I think [Suzuka] should suit our Audis on the straights, but we will see also with the BoP and the compensation weights and so on.

“But Comtoyou has done a very good job and I’m pretty sure we will be as competitive as we can be.”