The Main Race of the FIA World Touring Car Championship’s round in China was red-flagged after just four laps as weather conditions deteriorated at the Ningbo circuit.

The rain that has lashed the brand new circuit all weekend dramatically intensified in the 90-minute gap after the day’s earlier Opening Race, won by Campos Racing’s Esteban Guerrieri.

Once again, the field started behind the Safety Car, but it was quickly apparent that conditions were too dangerous to race.

Münnich Motorsport driver Rob Huff peeled into the pits after the first lap behind the Safety Car, with his Citroën still carrying damage from his Opening Race collision with Tom Chilton.

After three laps of running behind the Safety Car, the race was red-flagged. With two laps having technically been completed, polesitter Néstor Girolami was declared the victor ahead of Honda’s Norbert Michelisz. Girolami’s Polestar Cyan Racing teammate Thed Björk completed the podium.

Half points were awarded for the championship standings, putting Björk into the lead of the Drivers’ Championship standings by half a point over Honda’s Tiago Monteiro who is missing in action this weekend as he continues his recovery from a testing accident last month. Monteiro’s teammate Michelisz sits third overall, a further 1.5 points adrift.

Image via FIA WTCC Media

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