Rainey He Caps off a Fantastic Season Despite Missing out on Drivers’ Championship Title

Source:Changan Ford Racing Team   Post:2016-11-07

Changan Ford Racing Team Captain Rainey He’s consecutive fourth place finishes of the day was good enough for the overall runner-up spot in the Drivers’ Championship of the 2016 China Touring Car Championship Super Production 2.0T class. The final race turned out to be anything but the nail-biting finish it was anticipated to be as 5 laps were completed under safety car.

The He-led foursome, who also included Andy Yan, Martin Cao, and Dan Wells, were full of confidence after securing the much-coveted Manufacturers’ title with a race to spare but the individual championship was still very much up for grabs with the top three racers, including He and Yan, separated by 16 points. However, a few on track incidents between other drivers effectively ended the expected pursuit among the three title contenders. He, who joined Changan Ford Racing Team back in 2007, finished with 147 points for the season, only 5 points behind the eventual champion. Yan, who is the reigning driver’s champion of the Super Production 1.6T class, finished one spot behind with 131-points.

Guoqian Zhong, Team Manager of Changan Ford Racing Team, said:"We are a little disappointed we weren’t able to help Rainey secure the Drivers’ Championship because we had a genuine opportunity to do so today with the points being so tight at the top. The final race ended up being a bit of an anticlimax but decisions taken by the race officials and organizers must be respected and we should focus on the positives, which we have had so many of this season. Just like Changan Ford’s motto, we must keep looking forward and not let disappointments hold us back. We have had a wonderful 2016 with the Manufacturers’ Championship title and it was only our first foray into the Super Production 2.0T class, we can only get even better next year. We must take pride in this team effort and I cannot thank the management team, the engineers, the mechanics and our talented drivers enough for all that they have contributed.”

The eight-stop China Touring Car Championship season started in May at the Jiansu Wanchi International Circuit and included a stop in Korea for the first time. In all, 35 international and regional racing drivers representing four Manufacturer teams participated in the Super Production 2.0T class. Changan Ford Racing Team led from start to finish and win the Manufacturers’ Championship in convincing fashion with a total of 391 points, a 70-point margain over its nearest rival.