CTCC Race 4: Ford team - Martin Cao's results excluded This Sunday's race was a tough one for the Ford team: cars No.12 & 15 experienced mechanical problems, and while the young driver Martin Cao captured 2nd with an excellent ...
CTCC Race 4: Ford team - Martin Cao's results excluded
This Sunday's race was a tough one for the Ford team: cars No.12 & 15 experienced mechanical problems, and while the young driver Martin Cao captured 2nd with an excellent performance, his results were excluded after the post-race arbitration meeting. As a result of Cao's penalty, Rainey He wound up moving up from 6th to 5th to bring the team 4 points. Tengyi Jiang and Andy Yan retired from the race.
Sunday's race was held at 2:40pm under cloudy skies. During the race's first lap, Martin Cao moved from 5th to 3rd, with Ken Look and Song Jiancheng in the lead. After a few laps, Rainey He overtook several cars but Tengyi Jiang & Andy Yan retired from the race. In the mid-stage, Huang Yang driver Liang Daming experienced technical problems and stopped in the middle of the track at the last turn and the safety car was sent out. As the safety car lead the race for three laps, Martin Cao took the opportunity to shorten the gap with the car in front. When the race restarted, Cao managed to overtake Song Jiancheng and was aiming to pass Ken Look. Look's gearbox experienced problems in the last few laps and Cao moved into position to pass, but didn't have enough laps to move to the lead and he settled for 2nd. What was disappointing was that as a result of arbitration, Cao's result was excluded and Rainey He received a 10-second penalty. The 2009 season still has two more races to go and the title competition is getting fiercer.
The Ford team indicated that they still have objections to the arbitration results and will file an appeal next week. As for now, the race results will remain and the team is prepared for a tough last two races. The race schedule has been amended and CTCC will travel back to Shanghai in November for Race 5.