ATCC: Zhuhai rounds 13, 14 race report

ZHUHAI, CHINA : A back to back win in the Asian Touring Car Championship (ATCC) secured by Team WK Longman's drivers earned them 2000 Entrant Championship Title. It was certainly a sweet victory for the team which is based at the Zhuhai ...

ZHUHAI, CHINA : A back to back win in the Asian Touring Car Championship (ATCC) secured by Team WK Longman's drivers earned them 2000 Entrant Championship Title. It was certainly a sweet victory for the team which is based at the Zhuhai International Circuit.

Rd.13 of ATCC was a nail biting affair when championship contenders, Charles Kwan and Henry Lee Jr. collided on lap 7 while leading the race. Kwan, of EKS Motorsports, started from the front and continued to lead despite several overtaking attempts by Lee Jr. which eventually leads to the collision.

The accident caused Kwan 20 precious points and he rejoined the race to finish 7th. Officials of the race meet studied the incident and penalised Lee Jr. with 1 minute and that effectively demoted him to 4th place. Reigning British National Saloon Car Champion, Toni Roukunen, won Rd. 13 in 18mins 40.169secs in his Peugeot 306. Roukunen who is replacing WK Longman regular driver, C.Nattavude from Thailand, is happy with the result on his first visit to this 4.32km Zhuhai International Circuit.

Second and third went to Hong Kong drivers, Lo Ka Chun and Albert Au driving their Honda Integra.

The following Rd.14 race saw even more action and incidents. The race started with Kwan on pole and followed by Roukonen and Lee Jr. The three ace drivers competed bumper to bumper on the first 3 laps. Going into their third lap, Kwan found himself sandwiched between Roukonen and Lee Jr. All not willing to make way squeezed each other into turn 5 of the circuit. However, an unfortunate tyre puncture on lap 3 caused Kwan to retire from the race.

Another driver, Chen Yu I, lost control of his car coming in to the last corner spun and over turned his Honda Civic. He survived the crash unhurt and walked back to his pit.

Henry Lee Jr. won the race and following closely through the chequered flag was his team mate.

"We are very happy to win Entrant Championship Title in our home circuit. We will now put all our effort and resources to help Henry win the Driver Championship Title." said its ecstatic team principle, Edwin Tso.

With the championship title for ATCC still wide open, for the Lee Jr. and Kwan, a showdown is expected at the final races in Macau in two weeks time.

The Asian Festival of Speed (AFOS), organised by Motorsport Asia Ltd, is the biggest and most watched Asian motorsport event with a viewership of approximately 338 million households in 61 countries worldwide. The 2000 season, supportted by Michelin tyre, which kicked off in the Philippines in May and will finish as part of the Macau Grand Prix in two weeks.

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