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WTCC Race of China - 13-15/10/2017

TRACK GUIDE IN 100 WORDS

Ningbo International Speedpark is a new destination for the FIA World Touring Car Championship in 2017 and replaces the Shanghai International Circuit – a facility some 215 kilometres to the north – as the new home of WTCC Race of China. With construction work due to be completed in the first half of the year following the laying of the 4.00-kilometre circuit itself, the China F4 Championship is expected to race at Ningbo in the summer – following the usual inspection process – when the track will be inaugurated. A major port and industrial hub, Ningbo has a population of more than seven million.

WHAT HAPPENED IN 2016?

Thed Björk claimed a dramatic maiden FIA World Touring Car Championship victory, taking the lead two corners from the finish in his Volvo S60 Polestar TC1. What was also a first WTCC win for Chinese-owned Volvo was part of a weekend of celebration, which began with Citroën landing the WTCC Manufacturers’ crown for a third year in succession on Saturday and ended with Mehdi Bennani winning the WTCC Trophy title. Norbert Michelisz took second for Honda in the Opening Race with Yvan Muller and José María López third and fourth for Citroën. López won the Main Race from the DHL pole position with Muller second to move 31 points ahead of Tiago Monteiro in the battle to finish runner-up to provisional overall champion López. Behind third-placed Bennani, Nicky Catsburg finished fourth for LADA having qualified an impressive second.

Opening Race DHL Pole Position: John Filippi (Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1)
Main Race DHL Pole Position: José María López (Citroën C-Elysée WTCC)
TAG Heuer Best Lap Trophy: José María López (Citroën C-Elysée WTCC) 1m52.224s
WTCC MAC3 winner: Team Honda

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TRACK ESSENTIALS

Name: Ningbo International Speedpark
Location: Coming soon
Website: Coming soon
Length: 4.000 kilometres
Opening Race distance: Coming soon
Main Race distance: Coming soon
Lap record (qualifying): To be established
Lap record (race): To be established
WTCC appearances: 0 (previously took place at Tianma Circuit and Shanghai International Circuit)
Time zone: GMT +2 hours
Sunrise/sunset: To follow
Average temperature: To follow
Nearest airport: Coming soon

THE WINNERS

2016: Opening Race: Thed Björk (Volvo S60 Polestar); Main Race: José María López (Citroën)
2015: Race 1: José María López (Citroën C-Elysée); Race 2: Yvan Muller (Citroën C-Elysée)
2014: R1: José María López (Citroën C-Elysée); R2: Mehdi Bennani (Honda Civic)
2013: R1 Tom Chilton (Chevrolet Cruze); R2: Tiago Monteiro (Honda Civic)
2012: R1: Alain Menu (Chevrolet Cruze); R2: Rob Huff (Chevrolet Cruze)
2011: R1: Alain Menu (Chevrolet Cruze); R2: Yvan Muller (Chevrolet Cruze)

THE VENUES

2017: Ningbo International Speedpark
2012-2016: Shanghai International Circuit
2011: Tianma Circuit

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