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SHANGHAI -- The heavy rain on Sunday afternoon resulted in an even more unpredictable race. Tengyi Jiang won the home round clinching his first ever winner trophy in touring car race. Three other Changan Ford drivers Andy Yan, Martin Cao and Rainey He captured 4th, 5th and 6th, respectively. Changan Ford racing team was the team winner of 2010 CTCC race 1 and a double win certainly was a brilliant start of the season.
The race started half hour ahead of the original schedule in order to avoid the forecasted heavy rain. The 29-laps’2000cc race started under wet condition with Tengyi Jiang, Rainey He on the front row, Martin Cao on 2nd row and Andy Yan on 4th. Three Focus cars led the fleet into T1. KIA 778 driver Lo Ka Fai moved up and passed Martin Cao. In lap 4, KIA 778 team Shaofeng Wang and his teammate Lo Ka Fai contacted, Lo retired from the race with his car stopped in the middle of the track. Safety car was sent to lead the race.
At the restart of the race, both leading Focus accelerated and followed the racing line into turn one. Wah Yuen Honda driver Michael Ho late braked into turn 1 and used the leading Ford car Tengyi Jian as his additional brake then moved into the lead. Jiang, will a definitely more superior car, managed to close the gap and took back his lead with a clean pass in T1 again after a few laps. In the end, Tengyi Jiang won the race. Rainey He got off to a good start but his windshield fogged up and he had to go back to pitlane to fix that. Rainey He restarted from the end of the fleet when he rejoined the race and captured a convincing 6th in the end. Andy Yan shown again his good consistence, started 8th and finished 4th. Martin Cao overcame all the unexpected incidents and got 4 points. Michael Ho and Lo Ca Chun finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively. With so many cars failed to finish the race, all Focus finished the race demonstrating the strong reliability and competitiveness of the Ford vehicles.
Jiang indicated at the after race press-con:” When the safety car left, I still thought it was my teammate driving behind me and I was surprised when Michael moved up to the lead. Good thing was there were still enough laps for me to fight back. I would thank again my team for preparing such a good car and I am happy with the result.”