Jason Zhang takes points lead with double win at Zhuzhou
Jason Zhang has claimed the TCR Asia points lead from Teamwork Motorsport team-mate Ma Qing Hua after winning both races at Zhuzhou International Circuit today.
The Lynk & Co driver started the first race from pole and headed the field from lights to flag.
His team-mate Ma Qing Hua meanwhile had trouble defending second place from MG drivers Rodolfo Ávila and Zhang Zhen Dong.
Ávila managed to get past to finish second while Zhang Zhen Dong retired due to a suspension issue.
The race was interrupted by a safety car period following an incident between Ma Qing Hua and MG driver Martin Cao, resulting in a damaged suspension and retirement for the MG driver.
Jason Zhang won the race close to 12 seconds ahead of Ávila and Ma Qing Hua, with Sunny Wong and Audi driver Yang Xiao Wei rounding off the top five of the TCR category.
Volkswagen driver Jiang Tengyi crossed the line first as winner of the Super Cup class.
The reversed grid second race saw Sunny Wong starting from pole position with his Lynk & Co 03 TCR.
The Teamwork Motorsport driver was however quickly passed by MG driver Zhang Zhen Dong and team-mates Ma Qing Hua and Jason Zhang.
Jason Zhang then got past Ma Qing Hua and set after leading driver Zhang Zhen Dong, making the move for the lead on lap 11 after a safety car period caused by one of the Super Cup class Volkswagens.
Ma Qing Hua had trouble defending second place, being passed by MG drivers Zhang Zhen Dong and Martin Cao.
Jason Zhang won the race by close to five seconds ahead of Zhang Zhen Dong and six seconds over Martin Cao in third.
Ma Qing Hua was fourth, seven seconds adrift, while Rodolfo Ávila rounded off the top five.
Jason Zhang’s strong result this weekend with three victories in total has brought him up into the points lead, four points ahead of former points leader and team-mate Ma Qing Hua.
MG driver Rodolfo Àvila heads the TCR China standings, eight points ahead of Yang Xiao Wei.
The next TCR Asia/China race will take place at Tianma on November 6-7.