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Martin Cao and Jack Young victorious in eventful Zhuzhou races

Martin Cao and Jack Young claimed one win each in an eventful TCR China round at Zhuzhou, with Cao now heading the standings.

The first race saw Hyundai driver Cao making a strong start from third on the grid and sailed into a comfortable lead he was not to lose.

Martin Xie Xin Jie had started from pole position ahead of Dongfeng Honda team-mate Young who stalled and dropped down the order.

Lynk & Co driver Sunny Wong made a strong start and was up to third from sixth on the grid on the first lap.

Wong came under pressure from Zhang Zhen Dong, who snatched third from him on the penultimate lap.

Former points leader David Zhu had a dreadful race and had to retire with a technical issue.

Zhu Yuan Jie (Lynk & Co) started from pole position in Race 2 and there was drama as soon as the lights went out.

The nightmare continued for Zhu who stalled as the lights went out and was collected by Zhou Hao Wen who rolled his Hyundai on the main straight, fortunately escaping without injury.

This brought out the red flags for a full 30 minutes.

The race was restarted behind the safety car, but it was not long until the red flags were brought out again.

Zhang and Cao clashed, with Zhang hitting the barriers hard and was taken to hospital for check-ups.

The field was released once again with just five minutes left of the race, seeing Andy Yan crossing the finishing line first ahead of Cao, only for both to be penalised and dropped to sixth and third position respectively for contact earlier in the race.

This meant a maiden TCR China victory for Young, just over two seconds ahead of Martin Xie, while Race 1 winner Cao rounded off the top three.

Cao heads the standings despite his penalty on 106 points, 20 more than Young and 26 more than Zhang.

The next TCR China race is scheduled for September 8-10 at the Shanghai International Circuit.