Jason Zhang completes Teamwork double in Shanghai

Teamwork Motorsport’s Jason Zhang took victory in another rain-affected TCR Asia / China race at Shanghai, with MG’s Rodolfo Avila and Teamwork team-mate Ma Qing Hua completing the podium.

As the lights went out, on a damp circuit under dark grey skies, front-row starter Samuel Qiu stalled his Volkswagen Golf, forcing several drivers to take evasive action, as reverse-grid pole-sitter Jason Zhang Zhi Qiang made a clean getaway.

Liu Zi Chen held second at the start, just ahead of the Teamwork Motorsport Lynk & Co of Sunny Wong, who had moved from seventh on the grid to third by the first corner.

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MG’s Zhang Zhendong claimed third from Wong at Turn 7 on the opening lap, as further back Saturday’s race winner Ma Qing Hua was up to seventh by halfway around the opening tour.

Zhang Zhendong then passed Liu for second as the field started the second lap, with the rain beginning to intensify at the Shanghai circuit, with Jason Zhang at this stage holding a lead of several seconds.

Wong took third from Liu at Turn 6 on the second lap, with MG’s Rodolfo Avila following through, but at this stage the rain was becoming torrential in places.

Ma, meanwhile, had worked his way up to fourth at this point and went around the outside of Avila for fourth at Turn 1 on lap three, although Avila reclaimed the place at Turn 9 later in the lap.

In by now torrential conditions, Wong then aquaplaned into Zhang Zhendong at the Turn 14 hairpin on lap three, taking both out of the race and bringing out a lengthy safety car intervention.

Yifan Wu also aquaplaned his Audi off at the end of the third lap.

After four laps behind the safety car, racing resumed on lap eight for a three-lap dash to the finish, with Jason Zhang leading Avila, Ma, Martin Cao’s MG and Yang Xi’s Audi.

Teamwork Huff Motorsport’s Xi was then biffed out of fifth on the penultimate lap at Turn 1 by the CTCC-spec Volkswagen Lamando of Nathan Lu, dropping Xi to 12th.

Little changed at the front in the final laps, with Jason Zhang going on to claim his first TCR China win since the season finale in Macau last year.

Avila was initially the best MG in second, but he was later given a post-race ten-second penalty for overtaking Ma under the safety car, dropping him to fourth. Championship leader Ma thus inherited second, with Martin Cao completing the podium in his MG.

Avila was ultimately classified in fourth, ahead of Lu in fifth and Z.Speed’s Yang Xiao Wei in sixth.

The next TCR China / Asia event takes place at the ZhouZhou International Circuit on 7 – 10 October for a double-header event with four races.

Amended* race results

POS NO CL NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 36 ZHANG Zhi Qiang Shell Teamwork Lynk & Co Racing Lynk & Co 03 TCR 10 30:34.765 2:33.076 1
2 55 MA Qing Hua Shell Teamwork Lynk & Co Racing Lynk & Co 03 TCR 10 5.101 2:35.088 10
3 88 Martin CAO Hongwei MG XPOWER MG6 TCR 10 6.300 2:36.932 22
4 20 Rodolfo AVILA* MG XPOWER MG6 TCR 10 12.770* 2:35.168 9
5 63 Nathan LU Wenhu SAIC Volkswagen 333 Team Volkswagen Lamando CTCC 10 14.041 2:37.431 18
6 17 YANG Xiao Wei Z.Speed Audi RS3 LMS TCR 10 17.062 2:37.374 5
7 11 LIU Zi Chen 326 MMK Racing Team Audi RS3 LMS TCR 10 18.422 2:40.493 3
8 26 SUN Chao SAIC Volkswagen 333 Team Volkswagen Lamando CTCC 10 22.407 2:38.164 11
9 15 Ken TIAN Huffsport TM Audi RS3 LMS TCR 10 26.126 2:38.369 16
10 601 Tao WANG AHRT Autohome Racing Team MG6 TCR 10 26.439 2:37.744 12
11 7 YAN Chuang MG XPOWER MG6 TCR 10 27.494 2:38.941 13
12 3 Yang XI Huffsport TM Audi RS3 LMS TCR 10 34.291 2:36.206 6
13 66 CHEN Ze Xun Z. Speed CUPRA TCR 10 39.190 2:41.489 19
14 100 Liang QI AHRT Autohome Racing Team MG6 TCR 10 39.430 2:39.088 20
15 22 Xiaole HE SAIC Volkswagen 333 Team Volkswagen Lamando CTCC 10 41.301 2:40.055 17
16 77 Samuel QIU Z. Speed Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 10 43.497 2:40.815 2
17 10 MAI Yi Bo Elegant Racing Team Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 10 47.082 2:39.578 21
18 16 RUAN Cun Fan ZZRT Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 10 48.932 2:40.744 15
R 92 ZHU Yuan Jie SAIC Volkswagen 333 Team Volkswagen Lamando CTCC 8 DNF 2:43.276 14
R 18 Zhendong ZHANG MG XPOWER MG6 TCR 3 DNF 2:34.257 8
R 12 Sunny WONG Yat Shing Shell Teamwork Lynk & Co Racing Lynk & Co 03 TCR 2 DNF 2:36.177 7
R 51 Yifan WU 326 MMK Racing Team Audi RS3 LMS TCR 2 DNF 2:37.926 4
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