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SHANGHAI, China — Following a two-month summer break, the Changan Ford Racing Team has continued to dominate the 2011 China Touring Car Championship (CTCC), winning its fourth race of the season to put the team on track to win the championship.
At the CTCC's fifth race this year, held at the high-speed Shanghai International Circuit on September 18, Changan Ford was first across the line to secure victory for both the racing team and driver.
Scaled weights were added to the four Ford Focus racing cars for this leg of the championship, making the race even more challenging for the drivers.
Race five revved into gear at the season's longest circuit with Rainy He making the perfect start by taking the lead on lap 1, followed by team mate, Andy Yan. On lap five, He and Yan still held their leading positions, but due to some racing car clashes, the safety car was sent out, which shortened the distance between He’s leading Focus and other racing cars. But He managed to maintain a small lead ahead of competing drivers after the safety car left the track on lap 14.
With things calming down on the track, Rainy He eased his Focus across the finish line in first place with an outstanding performance. Andy Yan finished second.
“Despite the weights added to the Focus, it could not stop us from winning. With its great handling and performance, my Focus gave me a big advantage in this race,” said He.
The victory added another 43 points to the Changan Ford racing team, bringing its total for the season to 199 points, 71 points ahead of the second place racing team, Kia. There are three more races left in the year.
Around 100 Ford Focus owners from Shanghai and other nearby cities went to the circuit to help boost the morale of the Changan Ford Racing Team. Chantel Lenard, vice president, Marketing, Ford Asia Pacific and Africa, also attended the race, and had the opportunity to experience a Focus racing car on the track.
Ahead of the CTCC race, a number of activities were organised on www.weibo.com to generate support for the team and promote the Focus Owners Clubs in Xi’an, Chongqing, Shanghai, Beijing and Chengdu. A live broadcast of the race was available on the website.
The next leg of the CTCC series will still be held in Shanghai but at a different circuit from October 1-2.
|Changan Ford was first across the line to secure victory for both the racing team and driver.
||Changan Ford racers Rainey He and Andy Yan took first and second place.
||Chantel Lenard, vice president, Marketing, Ford Asia Pacific and Africa, experienced a Focus racing car on the track.|
|He and Yan opened a bottle of champagne to celebrate the victory.
||A Ford Focus owner shows off his modified black Focus online.
||A fleet of Focus cars on the way to the Shanghai International Circuit. |
|Nearly 100 Ford Focus owners from Shanghai and other nearby cities went to the circuit to support the Changan Ford Racing Team.|