Bizarre Race Can Not Halt Changan Ford Racing Team Progress

Source:Changan Ford Racing Team   Post:2017-07-09
Changan Ford Racing Team has come through the test of Songjiang to stay atop of the Manufacturers’ Championship rankings at the half way mark of the 2017 China Touring Cars Championship. With scenes that resemble a battlefield more than a touring car race, Andy Yan fought like a true gladiator to come through a barrage of crashes and a restart to secure a well-deserved third place for the team.


In a race with as many DNF’s as finishers, round four at the Shanghai Tianma Circuit will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. Changan Ford Racing Team’s Captain Rainey He was one of the first casualties who crashed out following an ill-conceived passing attempt by a rival vehicle soon after the start. In all, seven drivers were back at the pit by the time lap one was all over.


Unfrazed by it all, Martin Cao once again demonstrate his driving skill to carve through the field, moving up nine places to third and maintained it all the way to the final lap. Just when the 24-year-old thought he would end the week on a high note with a podium finish, he was punted off track on the last lap by the fourth-place car. He eventually came home in eighth, still a highly commendable effort. Teammate Andy Yan, who worked his way up steadily from seventh at the start, took his chance amongst the chaos in the closing stages and grabbed his first top-three finish this season.


Peter Li ended his first campaign for Changan Ford Racing Team in ninth, another improvement from his previous outing. It is a positive sign for the comeback kid and Changan Ford Racing Team wishes him all the best for the rest of the year.   


Brian Ma, Team Technical Director, commented:


“That was something we do not see every day. We knew it was a tight circuit, and there would likely be more contacts between the cars, but to see so many drivers out before the completion of the first lap was rather unusual and unsettling. It was unfortunate that Rainey was caught up in all that craziness and it is never good for the team to see one of our car go out so early in a race. However, we have an experienced and talented team and Andy and Martin did not disappoint.


Martin has been on fire for quite a few weeks now and it was great to see his maturity and skill come through yet again as he moved his through the field so quickly. He was very unlucky to be on the receiving end of a poor passing attempt by a competitor so close to the finish, which caused him a few places, but it was a great effort nonetheless. We are extremely pleased for Andy, his first podium finish of the season. He stayed calm, knew what he had to do, saw an opportunity and took it. We cannot ask for more than that.”


When asked about all the retirements during the final race, Yan commented at the post race press conference:


“The Shanghai Tianma Circuit is known to be a narrow and tight track, and with the technical aspects of all the cars being so even, it seems to be reasonable. However, to see what happened during the first lap was not pleasant for the drivers nor the spectators. Our sport prides itself on sportsmanship and team spirit, and I look forward to competing in many more exciting and competitive races the rest of this season where I hope to see all talented drivers being able to finish their races with minimal number of DNF’s.”


Changan Ford Racing Team will now have three weeks before it returns to Shanghai to compete at the International Circuit in round five of the 2017 China Touring Car Championshp.