In the sixth round of the China Touring Car Championship in
Guangdong Circuit, 2 Tiidas from the DongFeng Nissan Ghia Sports team
took part in the 1600cc class race, finishing in 2nd and 7th places.
Driver Lin Lifeng took 2nd, the same position his Dongfeng Nissan Ghia
Sports Team took in the teams' division.
of the highlights of the final round of the 2009 CTCC was the new
Guangdong China Circuit, located in the suburbs of Guangzhou city,
Guangdong province, where the company and manufacturing plant that
produces and markets the Nissan Tiida stands. As the country's sixth
4-wheeled racing circuit, the final round of the CTCC season was the
opening race at the just-completed Guangdong Circuit.
warm weather a track temperature of 33 Celsius and air temperature of
23 degrees was recorded. The season's final race began after a gorgeous
opening ceremony. Lin Lifeng in the #2 Tiida started the race in 6th
place while teammate Guo Haisheng in Tiida #1 started from 9th on the
grid. In the opening stages on lap 3, the #5 VW Polo spun out, stopping
in the middle of the track. The Safety Car quickly appeared for one
lap. Immediately after the race was restarted, the #6 VW Polo in 2nd
place took over the lead, passing the #12 HYUNDAI Elantra. The #1 and
#2 Tiidas had been running in 4th and 5th places respectively, but
after the restart, the #1 Tiida made contact with the #4 KIA Cerato and
fell to 13th place.
Meanwhile, the #2 Tiida passed
the #9 HAIMA3, squeezing into 3rd place on the first corner of the 17th
lap. On lap 21, the #1 Tiida passed the #3 KIA Cerato to recover to
ninth. Then on lap 22, the #1 car gained one more position to reach
8th. On the 25th and final lap of the race, the #2 Tiida overtook the
#12 HYUNDAI Elantra #12 to snatch 2nd. The #1 Tiida also gained another
spot, finishing the race 7th place. The pair of Nissan Tiida entries
both finished the race in the points.
* China Touring Car Championship (CTCC)
The touring car series held in China was known as the CCC (China
Circuit Championship) series until 2008. The Dongfeng Nissan Ghiasports
team is represented in the 1600cc class with a pair of NISSAN Tiidas,
with Nissan/Nismo providing engineering support. This year's
championship took place over 6 races at the following circuits:
Shanghai F1, Shanghai Tienma, Beijing and Guangdong.