Ma Qing Hua wins rain-affected TCR Asia / China race one in Shanghai

Teamwork Motorsport’s Ma Qing Hua was the dominant victor in the third race of the 2021 TCR Asia / China season in Shanghai, as rain affected the race and forced drivers to pit mid-race for a tyre change.

At the start, Teamwork Motorsport’s Ma Qing Hua assumed the lead from pole position, as his team-mate Sunny Wong moved into second from fourth on the grid with a pass on Zhendong Zhang’s MG.

Macanese racer Rodolfo Avila had started from second on the grid, but the MG driver had a slow getaway and dropped to fourth at the start behind team-mate Zhang.

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Zhang re-took second from Wong at Turn 6 on the opening lap, and as Avila tried to follow through he made contact with the Lynk & Co, spinning Wong in front of the pack.

The helpless Wong was then collected by the Audi of Yifan Wu, taking both drivers out of the race and requiring a safety car interruption to recover Wong’s Lynk & Co, as Wu limped back to the pits to retire.

The safety car was on track for one lap, and racing resumed on lap three, as rain began to fall and drivers had to turn on their wipers.

Avila quickly re-passed team-mate Zhang for second, and by the end of the lap conditions had become fully wet, with spray from all cars.

Avila was clearly relishing the conditions and passed Ma for the lead at Turn 13 on lap four, but then the safety car was called again, and Ma dived for the pitlane to change tyres, along with several other drivers, including series newcomer Liu Zi Chen, Tao Wang and Ruan Cun Fan.

Most of the rest of the field pitted for wet tyres on the next lap, with the exception of Jason Zhang Zhi Qiang and six other drivers, who remained out on track on slick tyres.

Racing resumed on a wet track on lap seven, with Jason Zhang making a dive for the pits for wet rubber, with the leading sextet all running on the wrong tyres.

Ma at this stage was in fifth already and quickly breezed past the leading drivers, leading by the exit of the Turns 1 and 2 complex.

Liu Zi Chen assumed second at Turn 13 on the same lap, but had no answer to Ma’s pace, who pulled out a lead of over 22 seconds by the end of the race.

It marks Ma’s third win in a row, as he has won all races to-date in the interrupted 2021 season.

Chen claimed second, ahead of Tao Wang in third, who had been a beneficiary of the early decision to switch to wet tyres, having started from 11th on the grid.

Jason Zhang could only take the finish in 11th, whilst Avila ended up in 15th after suffering from pitting a lap too late for his own wet tyres.

Race two is scheduled to get underway at 13:25 on Sunday (06:25 BST, 07:25 CEST).

Race results

POS NO CL NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 55 MA Qing Hua Shell Teamwork Lynk & Co Racing Lynk & Co 03 TCR 11 32:33.128 2:20.881 1
2 11 LIU Zi Chen 326 MMK Racing Team Audi RS3 LMS TCR 11 22.367 2:24.499 8
3 601 Tao WANG AHRT Autohome Racing Team MG6 TCR 11 22.453 2:25.400 11
4 17 YANG Xiao Wei Z.Speed Audi RS3 LMS TCR 11 26.709 2:23.801 6
5 100 Liang QI AHRT Autohome Racing Team MG6 TCR 11 29.028 2:34.066 20
6 92 ZHU Yuan Jie SAIC Volkswagen 333 Team Volkswagen Lamando CTCC 11 29.647 2:24.262 13
7 10 MAI Yi Bo Elegant Racing Team Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 11 32.589 2:37.099 21
8 16 RUAN Cun Fan ZZRT Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 11 33.780 2:25.268 14
9 26 SUN Chao SAIC Volkswagen 333 Team Volkswagen Lamando CTCC 11 37.706 2:27.381 10
10 77 Samuel QIU Z. Speed Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 11 39.637 2:26.677 19
11 36 ZHANG Zhi Qiang Shell Teamwork Lynk & Co Racing Lynk & Co 03 TCR 11 1:04.156 2:21.241 9
12 18 Zhendong ZHANG MG XPOWER MG6 TCR 11 1:06.457 2:21.661 3
13 3 Yang XI Huffsport TM Audi RS3 LMS TCR 11 1:11.806 2:23.091 5
14 63 Nathan LU Wenhu SAIC Volkswagen 333 Team Volkswagen Lamando CTCC 11 1:14.996 2:25.529 17
15 20 Rodolfo AVILA MG XPOWER MG6 TCR 11 1:49.902 2:20.760 2
16 7 YAN Chuang MG XPOWER MG6 TCR 11 1:59.214 2:25.364 12
17 22 Xiaole HE SAIC Volkswagen 333 Team Volkswagen Lamando CTCC 11 2:08.612 2:23.876 16
18 88 Martin CAO Hongwei MG XPOWER MG6 TCR 11 2:23.468 2:20.949 22
19 15 Ken TIAN Huffsport TM Audi RS3 LMS TCR 10 + 1 LAP 2:35.690 15
20 66 CHEN Ze Xun Z. Speed CUPRA TCR 10 + 1 LAP 2:47.287 18
R 51 Yifan WU 326 MMK Racing Team Audi RS3 LMS TCR 1 DNF N/A 7
R 12 Sunny WONG Yat Shing Shell Teamwork Lynk & Co Racing Lynk & Co 03 TCR 0 DNF N/A 4
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