Alain Menu - Photo Credit: fiawtcc.com

Alain Menu - Photo Credit: fiawtcc.com

Alain Menu recorded the fastest time in the Friday test session ahead of the WTCC Race of China at Shanghai's Tianma Circuit.

The Chevrolet driver moved ahead of Robert Dahlgren and Colin Turkington at the very end of the session with a time of 1:05.978.

That lap was 0.039s quicker than Volvo's Dahlgren and 0.125s better than Wiechers BMW driver Turkington's.

Title rivals and Chevrolet teammates Rob Huff and Yvan Muller were fourth and fifth respectively, separated by just 0.015s. In all, the top five were covered by just 0.153s.

Tom Coronel was sixth off the back of his victory for ROAL in Suzuka, ahead of Engstler BMW duo Kristian Poulsen and Franz Engstler. Home favourite Darryl O'Young was ninth ahead of Javier Villa, despite the Spaniard ending up in the gravel and bringing out the red flags.

Test Session times:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:05.978   18
2 Robert Dahlgren Polestar Volvo C30 Drive 1:06.017 0.039 19
3 Colin Turkington Wiechers BMW 320 TC 1:06.103 0.125 19
4 Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:06.116 0.138 16
5 Yvan Muller Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:06.131 0.153 17
6 Tom Coronel ROAL BMW 320 TC 1:06.757 0.779 20
7 Kristian Poulsen Engstler BMW 320 TC 1:06.982 1.004 22
8 Franz Engstler Engstler BMW 320 TC 1:07.334 1.356 18
9 Darryl O’Young Bamboo Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:07.344 1.366 20
10 Javier Villa Proteam BMW 320 TC 1:07.466 1.488 16
11 Gabriele Tarquini SUNRED Sunred SR Leon 1.6T 1:07.485 1.507 16
12 Tiago Monteiro SUNRED Sunred SR Leon 1.6T 1:07.552 1.574 21
13 Yukinori Taniguchi Bamboo Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:07.621 1.643 19
14 Mehdi Bennani Proteam BMW 320 TC 1:07.777 1.799 21
15 Norbert Michelisz Zengo BMW 320 TC 1:07.843 1.865 23
16 Charles Ng KK BMW 320 TC 1:08.351 2.373 23
17 Fredy Barth SUNRED Sunred SR Leon 1.6T 1:08.844 2.866 16
18 Pepe Oriola SUNRED Sunred SR Leon 1.6T 1:08.981 3.003 19
19 Michel Nykjaer SUNRED Sunred SR Leon 1.6T 1:08.992 3.014 10
20 Aleksei Dudukalo SUNRED Sunred SR Leon 1.6T 1:09.508 3.530 20
21 Fabio Fabiani Engstler BMW 320si 1:10.910 4.932 22
22 Philip Ma Proteam BMW 320si 1:13.674 7.696 10