All you need to know about WTCR Race of China

All you need to know about WTCR Race of China

06.09.2019: THE ESSENTIALS Rounds: 19-21 of 30 Venue: Ningbo International Speedpark Date: 13-15 September 2019 Location: Yanhai Middle Road, Chuanxiao, Ningbo, Zhejiang, China Length: 4.010 kilometres Time zone:GMT +8 hours

THE ESSENTIALS

Rounds: 19-21 of 30
Venue: Ningbo International Speedpark
Date: 13-15 September 2019
Location: Yanhai Middle Road, Chuanxiao, Ningbo, Zhejiang, China
Length: 4.010 kilometres
Time zone:GMT +8 hours




Race 1 distance: 13 laps (52.130 kilometres)
Race 2 distance: 13 laps (52.130 kilometres)
Race 3 distance: 16 laps (64.160 kilometres)



WTCR qualifying lap record:


Thed Björk (Hyundai i30 N TCR), 1m50.371s (130.70kph), 30/09/18
WTCR race lap record:
Thed Björk (Hyundai i30 N TCR), 1m51.640s (129.30kph), 30/09/18




THE CHALLENGE



Located in Chunxiao in the rapidly-expanding Beilun coastal development near Ningbo – a major port and industrial city with a population of more than seven million – in Zhejiang province, the track opened in time for WTCC Race of China in October 2017 following more than a year of construction work at a cost of 950-million CNY (122 million euros).



Around 500 people were involved in turning what was a disused quarry into a state-of-the-art venue, which is built to FIA and FIM Grade 2 standards. It runs in an anti-clockwise direction, is between 12-18 metres in width and features 21 turns.






FIVE NINGBO FACTS




1: Ningbo is one of two tracks on the WTCR / OSCARO calendar to run in an anti-clockwise direction. Circuit Moulay El Hassan, venue of WTCR Race of Morocco, is the other.


2: Opening in 2017, it’s the work of Alan Wilson, a designer of more than 20 circuits worldwide.


3: Nine of the 26 drivers contesting WTCR Race of China have no experience of the Ningbo circuit.


4: Ningbo’s 4.010-kilometre layout, which is between 12-18 metres in width, features 21 corners.


5: Thed Björk holds Ningbo’s qualifying and race lap records, standards set driving a Hyundai i30 N TCR in September 2018.






 Richard Rodgers, photo FIA WTCR

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