Changan Ford Racing Team Vows to Bounce Back after Testing WeekendSource：Changan Ford Racing Team   Post：2017-08-06
Changan Ford Racing Team will head into the eight-week summer break of the 2017 China Tour Car Championship with plenty to think about after a hard-fought battle at the Shanghai International Circuit. The experienced quartet of Rainey He, Andy Yan, Martin Cao, and James Nash had arrived in Jiading knowing they would face by far the biggest challenge thrown at them this season with Balance of Performance and a total of 360kg of Success Ballasts assigned to their vehicles.
The Qualifying Round yesterday had indicated to the team that on speed alone, the 4.6km circuit would favour the lighter vehicles and so a decision was made to execute a team focused strategy where the four drivers would need to use all the guile to complement each other to defend against rivals coming up from behind and help each other to move up to secure as many points as possible.
Race one saw most drivers finish in similar positions to where they started on the grid. Cao, who was the overall leader in the Drivers’ Championship after four rounds, once again impressed by gaining four places to claim ninth place. The 24-year-old was the first one home for Changan Ford Racing Team, as he coped best amongst his team mates with the additional weight
With one last opportunity to score valuable points before the mid-season interval, the team’s strategy for race two was to keep it tight, and to minimise the closing of the gap between Changan Ford Racing Team and the rivals. Cao, Captain He, and Nash were impressive and didn’t disappoint as they made up a lot of ground between them to ensure they would not leave Jiading empty handed. Yan had to sit out after only two laps because of a collision.
Brian Ma, Changan Ford Racing Team Technical Director, said:
“It was a difficult day for us in terms of point scoring but I am full of admiration for our drivers who kept to the game plan and showed their class in the final race to collect as many points as they did. It is easy when a team dominates all the races and win when everything is going their way, but I believe true champions learn in times of adversity and ride out the storms in order to find a way to emerge victorious in the toughest of battles. We have the expertise and resolve, and Changan Ford Racing Team will come back stronger than ever before after the break. I am looking forward to it.”
With the team’s determined efforts, Changan Ford Racing Team is only eight points adrift in the Manufacturers’ Championship, which Martin Cao sits nicely in 2nd place in the Drivers’ Championships, a mere 3.5 points behind the current leader.
The 2017 China Touring Car Championship will resume on 1st October when Wuhan will play host for round six at the street.