Ma Qing Hua to make rally de­but in China

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For­mer For­mula 1 de­vel­op­ment driver Ma Qing Hua will make his World Rally Cham­pi­onship de­but at Septem­ber’s China Rally, his home round.

The 28-year-old, who also spent two years as a fac­tory Citroen FIA World Tour­ing Car driver win­ning two races, will work with the Adapta Rally Team, run by Mads Ost­berg’s fa­ther Morten.

Ost­berg Sr is in ne­go­ti­a­tions with M-sport, Hyundai and Citroen for a seat on the Bei­jing-based event.

Qing Hua is an ac­com­plished race driver, but he has never com­peted in a rally be­fore.

“We have been work­ing on this for quite a long time now,” said Ost­berg Sr. “Be­cause he hasn’t done any ral­ly­ing at all, we need to work on every­thing with him. We will teach him the same pacenote sys­tem as Mads is us­ing – a gear-re­lated sys­tem. Af­ter that we will do some test­ing in an R5 car in Scan­di­navia and then an as­phalt event in Europe to get used to com­pe­ti­tion.

“Clearly he can drive a car and he’s a tal­ented guy, so I’m sure he will be able to adapt quickly to ral­ly­ing.”

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