Double celebrations as Ma Qinghua lands #WTCR2019SUPERGRID place on Chinese New Year
Shanghai’s Ma Qinghua has double reason to celebrate today. Not only does 5 February mark Chinese New Year, it’s also the day that Team Mulsanne has confirmed that the history-making racer will form part of its WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO line-up.
Ma, 31, will pilot a second Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR by Romeo Ferraris in WTCR / OSCARO, partnering Italian Kevin Ceccon at the race-winning Team Mulsanne outfit.
He becomes the first Chinese to embark on a full-season WTCR / OSCARO campaign having started eight races in a Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR in 2018.
François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events, the WTCR / OSCARO promoter, said: “With a Chinese car – the Lynk & Co 03 TCR from Geely Group Motorsport – competing for the first time this season, to welcome a Chinese driver as well is a momentous day for the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO. We are therefore delighted that Ma Qinghua will be on the #WTCR2019SUPERGRID.
“Ma Qinghua is a proven winner in touring cars – including in the Alfa Romeo Giulietta – and he’s a good character. He’ll also a great asset, especially when we visit Ningbo in September for WTCR Race of China. And we are in no doubt that he’ll attract a big following among our viewers in China as we prepare to announce details of an exciting live broadcast package in the country.”