Shanghai, October 23, 2020 – Wu Yifan and 326 Racing have a crucial nine days ahead of them, with a condensed programme of three double-header rounds of the 2020 TCR China held across two race tracks from October 24 to November 1. Second in both the TCR China Am Drivers Cup and the Audi Sport Asia Trophy standings, a strong run by the on-form Wu could see him top both leaderboards by the start of next month. Joining Wu in a T.A. Motorsport-entered Audi RS 3 LMS is Macanese driver Filipe Souza, who makes his 2020 series debut ahead of the season finale at his home Macau Grand Prix from November 19-22.
“After a slow start to the year, we are seeing customer racing in China back full force with events coming thick and fast for our teams and drivers,” said Alexander Blackie, Manager of Audi Sport customer racing Asia. “Wu Yifan has a great chance to make a move on both the TCR China Am class and the inaugural Audi Sport Asia Trophy. We also extend a warm welcome back behind the wheel of the Audi RS 3 LMS to Filipe Souza. We wish both drivers and teams the best of luck.”
Having taken Am victories in races two and four at August’s opening TCR China events held at the Zhuzhou International Circuit, Wu is just seven points off the lead in the race for the Am Drivers Cup, and sixth in the overall driver standings. In the Audi Sport Asia Trophy, he lies second behind Ma Ka Chun, but just a single TCR China second-place finish would see him overtake Ma to go top of the leaderboard.
With travel restrictions now eased between the Chinese mainland and the Macau SAR, Filipe Souza will be chomping at the bit to get behind the wheel of the T.A. Motorsport-prepared Audi RS 3 LMS, with which he won the Circuit Hero One TCR Championship at Zhuhai International Circuit last year. For the experienced touring car driver, the condensed forthcoming TCR China bonanza could not provide better preparation for his home Macau Grand Prix season-closer in November.
Following round three of TCR China at the 2.063km Shanghai Tianma Circuit this weekend, the series moves to the Jiangsu Wantrack International Circuit for rounds four and five - a four-race thriller from October 30 to November 1. The season then closes out at the Macau Grand Prix on November 19 to 22.