Teamwork Motorsport battle hard at Ningbo
The fourth round of TCR China started off on a positive note for Teamwork Motorsport this weekend (28-29 October) as the series travelled to Ningbo International Speedpark with the team finding good setups for their GRANTT supported VW Golf TCRs. However, qualifying and the races themselves proved to be disappointing on this occasion, despite some strong results.
For the first race, #62 Alex Fung qualified second while #31 Alex Hui was close behind in third. The third entry of #58 Andrew Lo was eighth.
The second qualifying session saw Alex Hui fastest of all but his time was deleted due to a track limit violation but still managed to clinch a second on the grid. #62 Sunny Wong was less fortunate, with a fuel pressure problem on his car Wong had to settle with third while #58 Andrew Lo improved again to sixth.
The first race started off well for Fung in the #62 as he held position initially before dropping to third behind the #81 Audi half way around the opening lap. The duo battled race-long before Fung successfully passed Audi with just two laps remaining to claim the runner-up position. Hui meanwhile had a tough start, dropping to the tail of the field before he mounted a comeback in the #31 to finish an impressive fourth. Lo finished in sixth, a gain of two positions.
Hui’s bad luck continued into the second race where a collision at turn two saw him drop to the tail of the field once again, while Wong also lost ground in his #62 entry initially but was soon back up to second position. A drive-through penalty soon followed for a jump start and Wong had it all to do again from eighth position. Lo meanwhile was fighting hard in midfield in fifth position with Hui sixth and Wong eighth at the chequered flag.
The final race of the weekend saw Wong make a good start to shadow the race leader in his #62 car with #31 Hui and #58 Lo sixth and seventh respectively. The battle at the front continued through the first stint with Wong gapping those behind.
Wong pitted the #62 for the mandated 60-second stop with Fung taking over driving duties and despite his best efforts – including the fastest lap of the race – was unable to make the pass for the lead and finished in second.
#31 Hui and #58 Lo battled midfield, but the former soon had contact and was awarded a pit stop penalty and he was forced to settle for seventh. Lo had an easier run to fourth position and took the Class B victory.
With four rounds concluded, Teamwork Motorsport now look forward to the challenge of Macau where they will also join the 1.6T CTM Cup. Six-time winner Paul Poon, Samson Fung, Alex Fung, will aim to win for Suncity Group for the third consecutive time.