Prodrive Golf wins Chinese Rally Championship with Atkinson
Prodrive is celebrating victory in the Chinese Rally Championship – the first full season for its Volkswagen Golf SCRC.
The Banbury-built Golf won the title on the delayed final Chinese round, the Jixi Rally, earlier this month. While the cars are prepared by Prodrive, they are run in the CRC by the FAW-VW team, with Chris Atkinson as lead driver and local Chen Dean as number two. Atkinson won five from seven 2015 rounds, but the Australian is not eligible for the drivers’ title, which can only be won by a Chinese driver.
Prodrive engineer Richard Thompson, who leads the programme, said: “This is a prestigious title for the local Chinese VW joint venture to win. With our technical support and a brand new car, the VW Golf SCRC, built specifically to the regulations, the team and driver have now been able to achieve their goal. It has been a great team effort with Prodrive and FAW-VW engineers and technicians working alongside each other.
“We have now set our sights on retaining the title in 2016 and have already started work on building a fourth VW Golf SCRC in Banbury.”