Baldi's qualifying best puts him into ESports WTCC contention

06.10.2017: ...as title rivals struggle FIA WTCC Race of China, 13-15 October 2017

...as title rivals struggle



FIA WTCC Race of China, 13-15 October 2017
FIA World Touring Car Championship 2017, Rounds 13 and 14 of 20


Gergo Baldi will be the driver to beat when a virtual Shanghai International Circuit hosts the latest eSports WTCC multiplayer event on Sunday (8 October).



Driving a Volvo S60 Polestar, the Wauters Automotive driver topped the qualifying leaderboard with Kévin Leaune, whose SDL team is now supported by WTCC Official Series Partner Oscaro, second in another Volvo.



However, while Baldi celebrated, championship leader Alexander Dornieden languished in P28 and announced he would be forced to miss the race. And it wasn’t the perfect qualifying for Jan Stange and Márk Nándori either. Currently second and third in the standings respectively, German Stange was P22 with Hungarian Nándori P12.



Despite being 47 points behind Dornieden, Baldi has now emerged as an outsider for the title. Elsewhere, Germany’s Malte Schneider was the fastest rookie in P24 with Joaquin Rossi Silva from Argentina topping Division 2.



Tim Heinemann proved he hasn’t lost any of his speed in third place on his return to action in his Honda. Gaetan Goarant and Andre Fossto rounded out the top five in their Volvos.



 Bencé Banki (Citroën) and Dirk Knatz (Chevrolet) ensured four manufacturers were represented in the top 10. Sunday’s race will be streamed live on the WTCC Facebook page and YouTube channel from 19h00 CET.



James Kirk and Robert Wiesenmüller will provide their usual expert commentary.





- Richard Rodgers-

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