Jason Zhang and Martin Cao share wet Zhejiang victories
Jason Zhang (Lynk & Co) and Martin Cao (Hyundai) claimed one win each as the TCR China championship raced at very wet Zhejiang.
The rain was so heavy that the final part of qualifying was red flagged and times from the Q1 session set the grid instead, meaning pole position for Zhang.
Dongfeng Honda Racing driver Jack Young was fastest in Q1 but received a ten-place grid penalty for having switched car from the FK7 Honda Civic to the new FL5 model.
The first race was started behind the safety car due to the very wet conditions.
Zhang headed the field as the safety car headed into the pits, leading Honda driver André Couto and Team Hyundai N driver Zhang Zhen Dong.
The safety car was soon back on track following two separate incidents for Chan Chun Leung and Liu Zi Chen.
The race was ended behind the safety car, with Zhang winning ahead of Couto and Zhang Zhen Dong.
The second race was also started behind the safety car, this time with reversed grid pole sitter Andy Yan at the front ahead of Team Hyundai N team-mates Max Hart and Cao.
Cao made strong progress early on in the race, making his way past both Hart and Yan.
The race was red flagged on lap six due to a multi-car incident further down the field.
The restart saw Cao pulling away in the lead ahead of Lynk & Co driver Zhu who soon came under attack from Honda driver Young.
Young made the move stick for second place at Turn 1 as the race neared its end.
Cao won the race by close to two seconds over Young while Zhu completed the podiu,.
Zhu heads the drivers’ championship for Shell Teamwork Lynk & Co Racing on 71 points, with team-mate Zhang seconds on 64 points and Hyundai’s Cao third on 62 points.
The next TCR China race takes place at the Zhuzhou International Circuit on July 15-16.