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Ma Quing Hua heads Lynk & Co 1-2 in Zhuzhou opener

Ma Quing Hua headed a decisive Shell Teamwork Lynk & Co Motorsport 1-2 with team-mate Lu Wei in the first round of the 2020 TCR China championship race at the Zhuzhou International Circuit.

The former WTCR driver started from pole position and claimed the lead instantly, with team-mate Wei making a strong start from third to claim second position from MG driver Rodolfo Advila.

Advila found himself under pressure from Audi driver Yang Xi at the beginning of the race but was able to stay ahead as the top four drivers spread out.

Wei got closer to Hua as the race neared its end, but never got close enough to challenge his Lynk & Co colleague.

Advila finished a distant third for MG XPOWER Team, seven seconds behind, with Champ Motorsport driver Xi in fourth, 16 seconds behind.

Cui Yue finished fifth for MG while He Xiaole fought his way to sixth position, surviving a tough fight with Zhang Ziyi of Autohome Racing Team.

Wu Yifan crossed the finishing line in eighth and last position.

The second of four races this weekend starts at 17:19 local time/11:19 CEST today.