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Zhang and Wong wins last two races as Zhu claims 2022 TCR Asia title

Shell Teamwork Lynk & Co Racing claimed all three titles and both victories of the TCR Asia season finale at the Shanghai Tianma circuit, with David Zhu crowned drivers’ champion following two second place finishes.

The first race saw outgoing champion Jason Zhang starting from pole, holding the lead from lights to flag with Lynk & Co team-mate Zhu second, just over two seconds behind.

The race was interrupted by two safety car sessions, with the first one on the opening lap as Ruan Cunfan was left stationary on track with his Audi RS 3 LMS II.

The race resumed on lap nine after a lengthy recovery process which involved a forklift.

The second safety car session came when the race restarted as MG driver Zhang Zhen Dong hit Liu Zichen, contact which resulted in a broken suspension for Zhang Zhen Dong and another lengthy safety car session.

The race resumed with five minutes left and Zhang won the race ahead of Zhu and 326 Racing Team driver Wu Yi Fan.

The second race saw Lin Cheng Hua starting from pole ahead of Wong who snatched the lead as soon as the lights went out.

While Wong had a quiet race up top, there was plenty of action behind which culminated on the last lap.

MG driver Cao Hong Wei fought hard to keep Lynk & Co driver Zhu behind in the fight for second place during the last five laps.

But it all went front for Cao Hong Wei who suffered a left-rear puncture on the very last lap, enabling Zhu to sneak past and make it a Teamwork 1-2 behind Wong.

Cao Hong Wei managed to salvage the final podium position with a crabbing MG, finishing right ahead of Zhang and MG XPower team-mate Juan Carlos Zhu.