20 Apr 2021 Steady performance: Lin Xue-Jun takes ZMA Touring Car Class B victory
Lin Xue-Jun performs steadily
On 18 April, 2021 Zhuhai Motorsports Association Club Race welcomes the ZMA Touring Car Class B main race. In the end, Gaoge Racing #77 Lin Xue-Jun performed steadily and took overall victory in ZMA Touring Car Class B race.
In the qualifying session in the morning, due to numerous accidents, all the drivers are affected, in the end, Foshan Xiongji Racing #38 Chen Bing-Xiong set the fastest lap overall of 1:47.013 to take pole position. #22 Wu Wen-Fa follows closely and #55 Chen En-Dong qualified third.
At 16:19, ZMA Touring Car Class B race main race is staged. The race distance is 12 laps. There are 17 drivers taking part. At the start after passing T1, #38 Chen Bing-Xiong is in the lead, with #22 Wu Wen-Fa closely following. The latter makes a pass at T14 successfully and is now in the overall lead.
Behind the leaders, the second group is also competing fiercely. #7 Zhong Yong-Qiang sadly has to retire from the race due to mechanical troubles. #55 Chen En-Dong, #77 Lin Xue-Jun and #33 Zhou Yun-Jie are second to fifth respectively. On lap 4, Chen Bing-Xiong puts pressure on leader Wu Wen-Fa, the gap is just 0.29 second. At T7, #88 loses control and stops on the grass. The race officials show the yellow flag and the race continues.
At half distance, #22 and #38 clash at T11. Both cars lose control and go into the gravel area. The race officials deploy the safety car. Afterwards, #22 has to retire from the race, but #38 is able to return to the track and continue. During the safety car procedure, #35 made a overtaking move and is penalized 30 seconds.
After 3 laps the safety car returns to the pit lane. Now the leaders are #77 Lin Xue-Jun, #55 Chen En-Dong and #33 Zhou Yun-Jie. #38 Chen Bing-Xiong begins his fight back and is now up to fourth place.
On the last lap, #77 Lin Xue-Jun extends his lead and is certain of claiming overall victory. #38 Chen Bing-Xiong makes another overtaking move and rises to third place overall. In the end there are no more order changes. The top 3 are #77 Lin Xue-Jun, #55 Chen En-Dong and #38 Chen Bing-Xiong.
In the various classes, B1 class top 3 are Gaoge Racing #77 Lin Xue-Jun, Gaoge Racing #55 Chen En-Dong and Foshan Xiongji Racing #38 Chen Bing-Xiong. In B2 class, top 3 are Zhongshan SRC #86 Lin Ju-Xiong, Star Cars Star Chase Racing #28 Ouyang Zhun-Wei and Zhongshan SRC #35 Wu Jiu-Cheng. B3 class top 2 are FRD Racing #23 Huang Yi and Star Cars Star Chase Racing #13 Liang Xue-Bin.
Post Race Interview
After the race, overall winner Lin Xue-Jun said, “I started in fourth place and ended up winning. I am satisfied with my performance today. But hopefully in the next race there will be no accidents and everyone can just race from start to finish.”
Second overall Chen En-Dong said, “I am racing in class B for the first time. I give myself 85 points, because my rhythm in the latter stages of the race was not good and I made some mistakes and used up the tyres. I will certainly continue to race in this series because this is a really fun race.”
Third overall Chen Bing-Xiong said, “I actually really enjoyed today’s race. There are very good competitors out there. But this is racing, sometimes accidents are unavoidable. But I am still very happy, hopefully I can get better results next time.”
ZMA Touring Car Class B Race Highlights