WELLS STARS ON CHINESE TC BOW
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