The Clio Cup China Series heads into the second half of the season, and the first race took place at the Shanghai International Circuit. There was a total of 14 MK3 and MK4 competing in this race, including two “Road to Champion” drivers. Although this is their first time to compete in the series, they had some experience before the race, especially Class B 2nd grid position Jay Wong.
Pole driver Kenneth Lim made a mistake from the start and got overtaken by Leona Chin and Yu Kam Cheong, but he managed his pace so well and took back the first place immediately, clocking the overall best lap of 2:32.914 during the 8th lap.
Both Road to Champion drivers Jay Wong and Louis Lai had bad luck in the first race, where Jay was suffering from a broken drive shaft and Louis had serious contact with Lu Tingyu, and all three drivers had to retire.
In the end Kenneth Lim took his 7th win in the series, and Leona was second. With Yu Kam Cheon in third. Class B champion goes to experienced driver Frank Yee, Hu Nan took the 2nd and Leo Lam got his 2nd -runner up since Zhuhai race in March.
Renault Clio Cup China Series second round started on Sunday with Kenneth Lim keeping his pace clocking a 2:31.853 fastest lap among the group, which is also the fastest during the weekend, and the difference between the 2nd best lap time was over 2.5s.
Malaysian female driver Leona Chin was still having pressure from Yu Kam Cheong in the beginning of the race. But Yu was suffering from a tyre problem and lost a place to Huang Yi in the middle of the race. In the end Kenneth Lim kept his winning streaks since the first race of 2016 Clio Cup China Series. Leona Chin took the double runner up in the weekend and Huang Yi took this first ever trophy since 2015 series.
Class B defending champion driver Frank Yee got a double win in Shanghai also. He expressed that he felt satisfied after not getting into racing for years. But the exciting scene came from Leo Lam and Jay Wong who fought for 2nd place. They battled since the first lap and Leo won with a second gap in total. Jay Wong was the first time winning the series trophy home.
Leona expressed that, “Shanghai International Circuit was the second track that I first ever drive after Thailand, while SIC is more challenging with lots of combination corners, and critical sharp corners after long straightway. I hope that I can race again in this track in the future.”
Frank Yee expressed that, “SIC is a very technical circuit, while combination corners and sharp corners after fast straightway was fun but also challenging. The winning point will be focus on the braking point, which is fun and a track full of history for me. I will keep up my pace and hopefully I can defend my champion in next round.”