Team Strategy Key to Keep Title Dream AliveSource：Changan Ford Racing Team   Post：2017-08-05
Changan Ford Racing Team’s Rainey He, Andy Yan, Martin Cao, and James Nash will tackle their two races at the Shanghai International Circuit tomorrow with an adjusted approach after lessons learnt from the Qualifying Race earlier today.
Following four rounds of the 2017 China Touring Car Championship on short and sharp circuits, the drivers will face a different set of challenges this weekend at the much longer course in Jiading. With Balance of Power (BOP) and 360kg of Success Ballasts, the team’s experienced drivers are fully aware that it will require a lot more than raw speed to get them on the podium tomorrow.
Renowned for its team work, the engineers and technicians will need to get the cars absolutely right so the drivers can focus solely on the strategy of racing as a team, helping each other to defend rival attacks and creating opportunities to improve positions.
Brian Ma, Team Technical Director of Changan Ford Racing Team, said:
“There were a lot of lessons learnt from the Qualifying Race today, which actually creates a lot of opportunities for us tomorrow in terms of what we should be doing at different parts of the track. While the times and starting positions secured by our drivers might not appear to be all that spectacular but we experimented with a few things, which have given us fresh ideas for tomorrow.
We are well aware that the BOP and Success Ballasts will not be in our favour at the Shanghai International Circuit and we know we are unlikely to out-accelerate anyone if it comes down to it. Tomorrow isn’t going to be about individual fast times for us but a concerted Changan Ford Racing Team group effort that will get us the right results. We know this track extremely well having raced on it over two weekends last season, the first of which we scored maximum points in both races. We are confident about tomorrow.”
Changan Ford Racing Team welcomes back James Nash as the fourth driver this week. The 31-year-old Brit raced and scored spectacularly for the team at round 2 and 3 in Zhaoqing and Guiyang City respectively. Captain He start the first race at 8:43am tomorrow at ninth position on the grid with Cao, Yan, and Nash closely behind.