WELLS STARS ON CHI­NESE TC BOW

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Bri­tish racer Dan Wells will con­test a fur­ther three rounds of the Chi­nese Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship this sea­son af­ter mak­ing his de­but in the class at Nan­jing last week­end.

Wells sealed a late deal to join the Changan Ford team to han­dle one of its two-litre Ford Fo­cus ma­chines in the dou­ble­header. Wells qual­i­fied on pole for race one be­fore fin­ish­ing fourth. He re­tired from race two af­ter be­ing hit by team­mate Martin Cao while run­ning third.

The 24-year-old be­gan his ca­reer rac­ing For­mula Ford 1600 and For­mula Re­nault in the UK be­fore mov­ing to Asia to chase new op­por­tu­ni­ties. He dom­i­nated last year’s For­mula Re­nault Asia Cham­pi­onship driv­ing for the KCMG team, win­ning 10 races in a row from the 12 rounds.

Chi­nese Tour­ing Car rules re­strict in­ter­na­tional entries to just four of the eight rounds, with Wells’ deal in­clud­ing a fur­ther three out­ings.

Wells said: “It is a great achieve­ment to be rac­ing for a man­u­fac­turer this year and the CTCC has so much ex­cite­ment and fan en­gage­ment. Rac­ing a tour­ing car is com­pletely dif­fer­ent to any­thing I’ve done be­fore.

“I had no idea where I stood against the com­pe­ti­tion, so to qual­ify on pole and lead a Ford 1-2-3-5 was just fan­tas­tic. It was dis­ap­point­ing to suf­fer the dif­fi­cul­ties in race two, but that’s rac­ing and I’m look­ing for­ward to work­ing with Ford in the fu­ture.”

Dou­ble Volk­swa­gen Rac­ing Cup cham­pion Aaron Ma­son will make his Bri­tish GT de­but af­ter se­cur­ing a seat with Team Hard.

Tony Gil­ham’s squad has parted com­pany with Wil­son Thomp­son af­ter a dif­fi­cult start to the cam­paign, with Thomp­son and team-mate Robert Barrable fail­ing to fin­ish ei­ther of the open­ing two rounds in their Ginetta G55 GT4.

Ma­son, who won the VW Cup ti­tle in both 2013 and 2015, will part­ner Barrable for the rest of the cam­paign, start­ing at Oul­ton Park this week­end.

“I’ve never done Bri­tish GT or rear-wheel drive, so it’s go­ing to be an eye-opener, but a great chance,” said Ma­son, who is also con­test­ing the Creven­tic 24 Hour Se­ries in a SEAT Leon this year.

“I’ll only have one test day be­fore Oul­ton so I have a lot to adapt to, but I’ve got good ex­pe­ri­ence of rac­ing from the VW Cup and I know

Wells (c) took Ford pole

Thomp­son had a tough start to Bri­tish GT sea­son with team

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