Podium finish and good points for Sunny Wong on UK debut
2018 TCR China drivers' champion Sunny Wong enjoyed a strong start to his TCR UK Touring Car Championship campaign, after the Hong Kong driver picked up a podium finish in his first race with Teamwork Huff Motorsport, and leaves the event second in the drivers' championship in his Volkswagen Motorsport Golf GTI TCR.
In a one-day race meeting, it was all about learning the Oulton Park circuit as quickly as possible. Wong had a great qualifying session, improving on every lap as he adapted to both the track and the Dunlop tyres, with his final time good enough to put him fourth on the overall grid, and third in the TCR UK class.
Wong had a sluggish start and dropped behind James Turkington, whose SEAT was being run by Teamwork Huff's technical support arm Ciceley Motorsport and was effectively his team-mate, but was able to get back ahead quickly and was running in fifth overall by the end of lap one.
From there, Sunny had a consistent race, again producing his best lap time on the final lap of the race as he learned the Cheshire circuit.
A final lap drama up front between the two race leaders saw Wong promoted to third overall, and second in the TCR UK drivers' classification at the finish, sealing a brilliant first result of the day.
With the Race 2 grid set by Race 1's result, Wong started from third on the grid, but was now carrying 57kg of success ballast and was passed by both Ollie Taylor's Cupra and Turkington's SEAT into Old Hall, the first corner.
From there, Wong's race was a 13-lap battle with Turkington, trying to find his way past the Northern Irishman around the tricky-to-pass Oulton Park circuit, but with no success.
Wong would have to settle for fifth, but with his rivals having an inconsistent weekend, the reigning Macau Touring Car Cup winner finds himself second in the championship, ten points behind Carl Swift heading to the next round.
The second round of the TCR UK championship takes place at Donington Park, but clashing commitments in the Nurburgring 24 Hour race means Wong will be treating that event as their dropped score round, and focussing on the third round of the season at Croft on July 6th-7th.