China TCC: Ford BGIC preview

CTCC BJ race: Ford team aiming for three-peat on lucky track China Touring Car Championship (CTCC) race 4 is traveling to Beijing Goldenport International Circuit (BGIC) on August 15th and 16th. In race 3, the Changan Ford racing team...

CTCC BJ race: Ford team aiming for three-peat on lucky track

China Touring Car Championship (CTCC) race 4 is traveling to Beijing Goldenport International Circuit (BGIC) on August 15th and 16th. In race 3, the Changan Ford racing team captured two winner trophies and 15 points. Changan Ford racing team is now leading the driver and team points tables.

BGIC is a lucky venue for the Ford team: the team first started to race at BGIC in 2006 and has achieved many double wins and podiums at BGIC ever since. CTCC race 4 will be the Ford team's first race at BGIC for the 2009 season, and the team is very confident it will extend its championship lead at the lucky venue. After race 3, the team stayed at FRD's SIC work base for four days and worked on its four Focus race cars to eliminate possible trouble. Car No.10 and No.15's problems were located and solved. Since race 3, there has been significant progress with regards to gearbox issues. The team has a lot of valid data for the Beijing track and will choose a set-up plan after creating further tyre data. While most of the 2000cc teams have rear wings, the Ford team did some rear wing testing on cars No.10 & 12 during practice and qualifying sessions in SIC. The team will continue testing its rear wing in Beijing and there is a good chance that the Ford team will add a rear wing in race 4. With the current unstable weather in Beijing, the Ford team manager said:" We seized the test opportunity in Shanghai in Shanghai and got some good data under wet conditions. The data showed that the Ford Focus racing cars can perform steadily in the rain and if it's going to be a wet race, the team is still very confident it can stay in the lead."

Rainey He, the leader of 2000cc points table, will drive the heaviest car (1200kg) in the CTCC race weekend. The team indicated that with Rainey He's steady driving style, the team can cope with the additional burden. The 16 year old young driver Martin Cao retired from the past 3 races due to unexpected incidents and is now preparing himself both physically and mentally in hopes of bringing points to the team. Martin Cao is a fast driver and the team has high hopes for him in the qualifying session. Tengyi Jiang is progressing gradually just as the team has anticipated and the team is expecting more good results from him. Andy Yan, who amazed us in his first ever CTCC race by winning the at Tianma circuit, retired from the last race due to lack of experience. Andy Yan is very sensitive to car set-up and knows how to protect his tyres and engine. He is exactly the type of driver that every team would welcome. The BGIC track is very demanding on tyres and there is a good chance that Andy Yan will amaze the public again in the later stages of the race.

-credit: frd

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Drivers Tengyi Jiang , Rainey He , Martin Cao