Josh Burdon on the podium in second weekend for Changan Ford

Josh Burdon bolstered Changan Ford FRD Team’s championship challenge with a second—place finish in the second race of the weekend at Wuhan, finishing behind Britain’s Adam Morgan in the 21-lap event.

The Australian driver has been drafted in as the Ford team’s international wild card for the two events where the manufacturer has debuted the new fourth generation Ford Focus, with he and team-mates Rainey He and Martin Cao scoring podium results across the weekend for the new car.

“We had a good start and went from fifth to fourth, and then pushed through to second on lap two,” said Burdon to TouringCarTimes. “After that it was about managing the front tyres as I’ve never driven the car for that long a stint before.

“We kept the gap with the leader, but it wasn’t really moving which was kind of frustrating, but I’m happy to get a podium in my third race in this type of car.”

There was a minor scare late in the race when Burdon locked up as he closed on Morgan’s Senova, but he maintained position ahead of Colin Turkington’s VW333 Racing Lamando GTS.

“I was starting to close the gap in the last few laps and I knew I had a bit of a gap back to third, so I gave it a little bit more than I should have to try and close the distance and locked up at one point.”

Ford have now jumped to second in the manufacturers’ standings, and trail the Dongfeng Kia Racing team by 29 points going to the next round at Tianma on October 27th.