NISSAN Tiida takes lights-to-flag victory!
Round 3 of the "China Circuit Championship" or "CCC" took place at Beijing's Golden Port Circuit (1 lap, 2.39kms), continuing the closely-fought battle from the last round in the series. The winner in the 1,600 class was a NISSAN Tiida, run by the DongFeng NISSAN Ghia Team, driver #4Lin Li Feng taking a lights-to-flag victory.
After taking 2nd in the opening round, and then an unfortunate retirement in the following race, this event saw the #4Lin's car turn up with 20kgs success ballast. Showing perfect consistent of speed in qualifying, pole position was duly snatched. In the warm-up session held on the morning of race day, his rivals also demonstrated quick lap times, but it was no worry for Lin ahead of the final race. On this day, Beijing's Golden Port Circuit was blessed with fine weather. Just prior to race start, the temperature stood at 33 degrees Celsius, with the track surface measured at 43 C which was like day on midsummer. A total of 17 cars left the line together for the start of the race, Lin calmly holding on to the lead.
Over the course of the opening lap, he built up a gap over the ensuing pack. Later on, last year's championship-winning Volkswagen and Kia Cerato gave chase, but Lin gradually moved further and further away. He ran at the head of the field for the duration of the 33-lap event. It was a lights-to-flag victory, his first win of the season.
Meanwhile, his teammate and 2006 series champion #3Guo Haisheng was saddled with a colossal 120kgs success ballast in qualifying, relegating him to a fifth-place start. Guo fought for position with the 4th-place starter, the #7 Kia Cerato throughout the opening lap, finally taking the position after a daring move on the back straight stuck at the last corner. Heavy side contact however meant that the cars spun out. Both machines ended up in the gravel bed and went into retirement.
Winner Lin Li Feng "Over the course of the first 10 laps, I was a little worried when the following cars made up some ground. Over the final 10 laps however, I was able to ease off a little as I had built up a bit of a margin. The handicap weight has now become 100kgs - still very heavy. The next round is at Zhuhai, our home circuit, so somehow we'll have to finish on the podium. I really want to fight to be this year's champion. Today, we got support from over 500 Tiida Owner's Club members. It's really very gratifying, thank you all very much."
The season has now reached its halfway point, with Wang(Kia) leading on 20 points. Lin (NISSAN Tiida) sits in 2nd with 2 points down. Also, in the tie for 3rd is Guo (NISSAN Tiida) and the top VW, with the battle set to continue.
China Circuit Championship (CCC) The CCC is a touring car series in China. The Dongfeng Nissan Ghia Team has two Tiidas entered, with technical support provided by Nissan/Nismo. The Championship consists of 6 races, run at circuits in Zhuhai, Shanghai, Beijing and Chengdu for this year's championship. Only drivers born in China can enter the 1600cc class, designed to increase the skill level of Chinese drivers. The 1600cc class also allows a wide range of modifications, which makes the technical challenge exciting, so it is becoming the main category of Chinese national touring car-based races.