China’s Ma Qinghua makes history with touring car win
Agence France-Presse in Moscow
Ma Qinghua, driving a Citroen, made history on Sunday by becoming the first-ever Chinese driver to win a race of a FIA World Championship.
Ma won the 16-lap Race 2 of the World Touring Car Championship in Moscow.
“When I crossed the finish line of race two, it was history for my country and also for motor sport to see the first Chinese driver standing on the top of the podium in a world championships,” Ma said.
“It was a special moment for the country, for everything. I’m really happy, it’s a really fantastic feeling.”
Ma, 26, has an impressive racing pedigree, having been a test driver for the Caterham Formula One team last year and the HRT Formula One team the year before, as well as appearing in British and Spanish Formula 3 championships.
“It wasn’t easy in practice and qualifying, but gradually we managed to improve,” Ma said.
“For the races the car was just perfect. At the start of the second race I had a good scrap with Norbert Michelisz for second place, which soon became first place, once the leader had to pit.
“I did my very best to make a clean pass which took a few laps, and after that I could enjoy the race from the front.”