Ma scores China’s first WTCR points
Ma Qing Hua became the first Chinese driver to score points in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO at WTCR Race of China-Wuhan yesterday.
Shanghai-based Ma finished eighth in Race 2 after contact on the opening lap dropped him out of a potential podium place from the front row of the grid, only for a penalty for a clash with Rob Huff to leave him outside the top 10. However, he didn’t leave WTCR Race of China-Wuhan empty handed with seventh in Race 3 on only his second WTCR OSCARO appearance.
“It’s been a good day,” said the Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda driver. “I got into Q2 and had strong pace in both races. I think two points finishes were a good reward for the team, who did a fantastic job this weekend.
“We needed to change some things with the set-up for today and the Honda was much better.
“Starting second in Race Two, I got a push at Turn One and had to go off and lose many positions, but I overtook some cars and finished eighth before the penalty.
“To get seventh in Race Two was even better. To achieve this against the WTCR drivers, who really are the best touring car drivers in the world, is satisfying.”