Chinese driver Ma Qing Hua won the 2020 TCR China Championship title after a second-place finish in the Macau Grand Prix season finale Qualifying Race marked by several interruptions and red flags, with Guia Race master British driver Rob Huff cruising to another pole-to-the-victory race.
“I’m very happy to race in Macau again this year, so thanks to the race organisers […] It’s a difficult time but we appreciate it. It’s a complicated weekend for me since championship points are most important and the priority. On the race yesterday and today it was difficult to manage the traffic on the track, but it was so as I managed a reasonable time,” the Teamwork Lynk & Co Motorsport driver stated after the race.
“Starting [the qualifying race] not he starting grid. We have been very comfortable with our starts this season. I was fighting with Rob on the first lap […] I did not want to take too many risks to the opening lap. I’ll have another chance to battle it out with Rob.”
On track for his 10th win in the Guia Race, Huff admitted the start of the race was not top-notch but was happy the end result was as expected.
“Luckily I managed to get one lap this morning and qualify for a pole position. I made a horrific start but luckily Ma was kind to me on the exit to D2. I’m here as a guest driver, I just want to win but Ma has a championship to win. Of course, I will not get on the ay of that. In the end a fantastic result for the team,” Huff added after the race.
Macau driver Filipe de Souza from T.A. Motosport finished third, with former title challenger and Huff’s teammate in MG XPower team, Rodolfo Ávila, coming to a halt after a collision with Hong Kong veteran Henry Lee Jr.
Despite a collision on the first lap, Souza managed to still end on the podium as the race ended up being shortened from eight to five laps after several red flags.
“I’m very happy to be on the podium. To be honest this race is very tough because I have two top-level driver sup front but this is my home so I’m very comfortable. The car setup this week was very good and I could have a good pace. I just tried to follow them,” Souza stated