More victories at Ningbo keep Teamwork in the title fight
Teamwork Motorsport have had?a great weekend at the Ningbo International Speedpark, the second visit to the one-year-old circuit of the 2018 TCR China Touring Car Championship, with the team scoring both pole positions and a taking a third consecutive endurance race victory.
In Friday's qualifying session, both Alex Hui and Sunny Wong put their Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR on the top spot of the time sheets for Saturday's two sprint races, while Paul Poon, making his first TCR outing of the season for the team in an Audi RS 3 LMS, put his car fifth on the grid for both events as well.
Although Alex Hui had a good start in Race 1, he still fell behind two rivals, but quickly regathered himself to take back the lead. But after leading much of the race, fell back in the later stages to third after a tough battle with title rival Henry Ho, but picked up good points with the final spot on the podium.
Paul Poon also enjoyed a solid run to finish his first race in sixth, just 15 seconds from the race lead.
In Race 2, Sunny Wong had a sluggish start and lost four positions, but was making his way back up the order when he struck a kerb and punctured the left-rear tyre of his Golf. A quick tyre?change and Wong was able to continue on to finish the race in seventh, one lap down, but picking up critical points in the championship.
Paul Poon's second race ended early with an engine issue which precluded him from taking any further part in the day's events.
In the one-hour endurance race, closing off a busy day of three races, the team drew fourth on the grid, with Wong starting the car. The Hong Kong driver was quickly up to second, chasing the CUS Racing entry during the first half of the race.
A perfectly coordinated pit stop for the team meant Alex Hui emerged in the lead, which he managed to extend up to 45 seconds at one point, before eventually managing his tyres and coming home a safe 25 seconds clear of Filipe de Souza's Audi, with Teamwork Motorsport now having won every endurance race this season.
Sunny Wong said:
"I think it just shows how good the cooperation is within the team that we're able to keep winning these endurance races. Alex and I have a great race symmetry and understanding of how to set-up the car, and it works fantastically well for us on these long runs.
"We're also really strong at the driver change, and the team is also very strong as a whole when it comes to pacing the race as well as the tyre change during the pit stop sequence.
"Hopefully it's just a matter of time before some luck comes our way in the sprint races as well, as that'll be key to being able to win the championship."
Wong and Hui are now just nine points behind the Honda pair of Eurico de Jesus and Henry Ho, heading to the next round of the 2018 TCR China Touring Car Championship on October 4th-5th at the Shanghai International Circuit.