Macao’s Helder Assunção Wins Suncity Group Chinese Racing Cup

Macao driver Helder Assunção took victory in the 10-lap Suncity Group Chinese Racing Cup, taking the chequered flag in his Baic D50 TCR ahead of China’s David Zhu, also in a Baic D50 TCR, by 11.933 second margin. Third on the podium was Brian Lee of Chinese Taipei. Rounding out the top five were Macao’s Liu Lic Ka in a Seat LEON and Henry Lee Junior of Hong Kong.


On the opening lap, pole-man Zhang Zhi Qiang of China got away cleanly, but an incident behind him at the first turn brought out the red flags. The race soon restarted behind the Safety Car and on lap 3, racing resumed with Zhang in a Baic D50 TCR holding the lead, compatriot Zhu second and Assunção third in the order.


Zhang began to build a gap and by the end of the third lap he was five seconds ahead Zhu. Mid-way through the race, Assunção got past Zhu to go second, but Zhang was now nearly 10 seconds ahead.


However, just as it looked as though victory was assured, Zhang encountered a problem and slowed on lap 6. Assunção and Zhu sailed past, with the Macao driver taking the lead and Zhu following close behind. Zhang was forced to retire, prematurely ending what had been a strong weekend.


Assunção began pulling away from Zhu, with Brian Lee now in third. The three remained in that order for the final few laps of the dramatic race, before an ecstatic Assunção took the chequered flag.