Pro­drive Golf wins Chi­nese Rally Cham­pi­onship with Atkin­son

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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.”

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