Chinese young drivers' most desired platform
In 2009, Changan Ford Mazda Automobile Ltd. (CFMA) and Formula Racing Development Ltd. (FRD) collaborated on the Changan Ford Racing Team project for another brilliant year. The team successfully fulfilled its promise to race fans by clinching the 2009 CTCC championship and setting many CTCC records.
During the 2009 season, CFMA and FRD took a risk and signed a very young team line-up: Rainey He, Tengyi Jiang, Martin Cao and Andy Yan, which brought energetic blood and new possibilities to the championship. Meanwhile, signing this young line-up signified another bold move towards CFMA & FRD's goal of developing young drivers in China. Tengyi Jiang, the former A1 GP driver and Martin Cao, the 16 year old, are two young drivers known for their good performance in formula races and via the solid platform provided by Changan Ford Racing Team, they showed good capability in touring car races. Martin Cao set a new CTCC youngest driver record and set the CTCC youngest pole-sitter record in race 2 at Tianma Circuit; Andy Yan joined the Championship in race 2 and won his first CTCC race as soon as he hit the championship, also a brand new CTCC record set by Ford drivers. In race 5, Martin Cao grabbed his first winner trophy in CTCC and also became the youngest race winner in CTCC history; Rainey He, the lead driver in the team, showed his typical consistency and won the driver runner-up trophy for 2009.
Changan Ford Racing team is no doubt the most desired team/driver platform for young drivers in China. "Developing young drivers in China" is one of the mutual goals shared by CFMA and FRD and the two parties will keep working together to prepare young talented Chinese drivers for competition of a higher level.
Changan Ford Racing team project director Paul Hui said:" FRD is a strong believer of developing young drivers in China and we are happy to form a partnership with Changan Ford who shares the same thinking and provides to us the opportunity to use the 2000 cc program as the next step for our young drivers coming out from the Formula Campus program.
I was criticized at the beginning of the season for taking such a huge risk by putting three young drivers into the line-up but I truly believe that all successes have to take some calculated risks and have to stay on the charted course. I am happy that we proved to everyone that our plan is working and our young drivers will become the leaders of the next generation racing drivers in China. But we will not stop there. FRD will continue to work hard on generating future opportunities for them to advance to higher level motor racing internationally."