History-maker Ma is Macau WTCR-bound
Ma Qing Hua will return to Boutsen Ginion Racing for the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO season showdown in Macau from 15-18 November.
The 30-year-old, who became the first Chinese driver to score points in WTCR OSCARO when he placed seventh in Race 3 at WTCR Race of China-Wuhan last month, will take over the Honda Civic Type R TCR Tiago Monteiro used to make his heroic comeback from injury in Japan recently.
Monteiro isn’t racing in Macau as he continues his preparations for a full-time return in 2019, which has handed Shanghai-based Ma another opportunity to showcase his potential as a top touring car driver.
“I am very happy to return to the WTCR and to race the Honda Civic Type R TCR again,” said Ma. “Boutsen Ginion Racing are a strong team and made me feel very welcome in the events I did in China. Having been through that familiarisation period will help me get up to speed much more quickly at Macau, as will the fact that this is the first track I’ll have raced the car at this year at which I have prior experience. Together we’ve already finished in the top 10 so the aim is to have a strong weekend and continue the progress shown in Ningbo and Wuhan.”
Ma took part in the China WTCR OSCARO double-header with Boutsen Ginion Racing, which gave him his first opportunity to race in Ningbo and Wuhan as well as drive the JAS Motorsport-developed Honda.
“We’re very happy to welcome Ma Qing Hua back into the team for Macau,” said Olivia Boutsen, Team Manager of Boutsen Ginion Racing. “Despite being unfamiliar with us, the car and the circuits in China, he settled in extremely well and did a very good job to show top-10 pace everywhere and take a well-deserved seventh place in Wuhan. This is our first time racing on the streets of Macau, so having two drivers in Ma and Tom [Coronel] who know the circuit, will be a big help to us. Our aim is to use this to finish the season on a high.”
Ma contested the Macau Guia Race in 2014 and 2017 when it formed part of the FIA World Touring Car Championship schedule. A former Formula One test and reserve driver, Ma has raced in GP2, Formula E and World Rallycross.