Race of China - 25-27/09/2015
Shanghai International Circuit hosted the second of two Chinese WTCC rounds last year, with the first taking place at Goldenport Park in Beijing. Home to the Chinese Grand Prix since 2004, it was Shanghai that retained its place on the WTCC calendar for 2015. This circuit was built specifically to host a grand prix, but has also staged MotoGP and the World Endurance Championship events as well as welcoming the WTCC, which races on a shorter configuration of the GP circuit. Last year’s races were notable for Citroën taking the manufacturers’ title, and Moroccan driver Mehdi Bennani scoring his and Proteam Racing’s first WTCC win. It was also Honda’s first victory of the season.
1: Ma Qing Hua, who is taking part in his first full season of WTCC competition with Citroën Racing in 2015, is a Shanghai native.
2: Michael Schumacher holds the lap record on the full 5.451-kilometre Grand Prix circuit of 1m32.238s set in 2004 in a Ferrari F2004.
3: Franz Engstler was a happy man in Shanghai last season after he wrapped up the Yokohama Trophy following a dominant season in his BMW 320 TC. He won both races in the category for older-spec cars.
4: China is widely accredited with the invention of football in the second and third centuries BC. Linzi, the capital of the ancient Chinese state of Qi, is said to be the birthplace of “cuju” – “kick ball with foot”.
5: Superstition and numerology are prevalent in Chinese culture – a 13th floor is often absent from hotels and commercial buildings and vehicle licence plates and phone numbers are often devoid of the number four.Official Website
Race distance: 2 x 14 laps
Qualifying: José María López (Citroën C-Elysée WTCC), 1m48.782s (152.33kph), 11/10/2014
Race: Ma Qing Hua (Citroën C-Elysée WTCC), 1m50.833s (149.511kph), 12/10/2014
Pole: José María López (Citroën) – 1m48.782s
Race 1: 1. J. López (Citroën) – 2. M. Qing Hua (Citroën) – 3. Y. Muller (Citroën)
Race 2: 1. M. Bennani (Honda) – 2. T. Monteiro (Honda) – 3. J. López (Citroën)