Fantastic pace but little reward for Teamwork in Shanghai
Teamwork Motorsport had a strong third round to the 2019 TCR Asia International Series, with the two Audi RS 3 LMSs impressing in qualifying.
For a time, Sunny Wong, making his first TCR Asia appearance of the season, was actually classed as the pole-sitter, until his rival was given his lap back.
Nevertheless, Wong had showed great pace and had qualified ahead of TCR Asia champion and current points leader Luca Engstler for the first race, while Alex Hui was fourth.
The strong pace in qualifying didn't transform into the best results in Saturday's race unfortunately.
Hui's race lasted three corners before he was taken out by one of the Chinese championship Cupras, while Wong was on course to finish in fourth behind the three leading Hyundais before a turbo issue saw him retire with just three laps to go.
In Race 2, Wong bogged down at the start and fell to dead last, and did well to recover to tenth, while Alex Hui had a stable run to fifth overall, again trailing four of the Hyundais.
Alex Hui said:
"We showed great speed this weekend, but it wasn't quite what it could have been. The Hyundais are still very strong here, so to be mixing it with them in qualifying was a huge step forward; unfortunately, in race mode, they're still some way ahead of us.
"My first race wasn't very long, and it's unfortunately to get caught up in an accident that early on, but the team did a fantastic job to repair the car, and to try and extract the most out of the car, and we picked up some good points on Sunday."
Sunny Wong said:
"It was great to be back in TCR Asia - the highlight was definitely qualifying. To be second behind of the Hyundais was great news, it felt great when team told me I was on pole until Diego Moran got his deleted lap back in the final results..
"We had a good run in Race 1 and looked set for a good finish before the turbo problem. The team did an amazing job, we still had a problem on the way to the start grid on Sunday morning, and that puts things in motion which meant I messed up the start, but then had a good, fun race working my way forwards.
"To finish tenth and DNF aren't really the results we were expecting after qualifying, but overall I'm happy with the pace we showed this weekend."