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SHANGHAI, China — Despite already securing their fourth consecutive Manufacturer’s title during the penultimate round of the China Touring Car Championships (CTCC), the Changan Ford Racing team continued to show their relentless pursuit of success in the season’s final stop.
Andy Yan delivered a stunning fightback from eighth place during the second last lap to be the first to salute the chequered flag at the Shanghai International Circuit, helping secure a 47-point lead over its nearest rival.
Changan Ford has now won five CTCC titles over the past seven years. The defending champion had to fight off several adversities this season including the newly-implemented compensation rule, under which well performing teams are obliged to carry extra weight.
“This year, 2012, is a very special year for our racing team and for Changan Ford,” said Marin Burela, president, Changan Ford Mazda Automobile (CFMA), during the celebration ceremony attended by the guests from Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) and Federation of Automobile Sports of China.
“It is hard enough to win one championship, but to win five in seven years really tells the story of the energy, the passion, and the hard work that has been delivered by our team. It takes an enormous amount of work. You must have special people, a great product, absolutely committed sponsors, a tremendous company and factory that support it, and then of course, you need to have special drivers that bring it all together on the race track. We in Changan Ford are blessed to have all of these.”
Siding with the drivers throughout the season, the new Focus proved its reliability by offering excellent stability and control when tackling extreme weather conditions at the curvy tracks.
The legend of the world’s best-selling nameplate has continued in the past three months in China, hitting a record high sales volume of 33,614 in October.
“The Focus story is one of success, and not only on the race track,” said Burela, “It is an incredible story here in China having sold over one million Focus’s since the introduction of the car in 2005.”
After the race, Burela also chatted with the Focus car owners from Focus fans club in Shanghai.
“Changan Ford is not only successful with its racing team, but also a winner in the marketplace with our customers who love Ford and Focus.”