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Former touring car champion detained for racing on downtown overhead in Porsche , clocking 187 kph

Program Code: 0909346160722006 Source: Autovvv

A former China Touring Car driver has been detained along with another driver for racing on Middle Ring Road on Saturday afternoon, police said on Monday.  

Zhang Zhendong, a member of the racing team “Lingrui 300+” and a former China Touring Car Championship winner, clocked 187 kilometers per hour in a Porsche GT3 near Zhongyuan Road, where the speed limit is 80 kilometers per hour.

Another driver, Yang Zhengxing, a car mechanic, chased Zhang in an Infinity car from Handan Road Tunnel to the Pudong exit of the Jungong Road Tunnel, police said.

The duo covered about 11 kilometers in less than 10 minutes on the elevated road zigzagging among traffic. They face multiple charges of illegal lane changing besides speeding and could be put in detention for one to six months and fined.

Yang told police he did not know Zhang personally but chased him when he saw a Porsche speeding in front of him at the Handan Road Tunnel.

“All I thought about was to race the Porsche for sheer excitement,” he said.

Zhang said he was very familiar with the GT3 he was driving because he had tested it on a race track.
“Many other drivers on the road had to brake when I made my way past them,” he told police.

Both Zhang and Yang were driving other people’s cars, police said.

The Porsche with a Jiangsu plate belongs to one Yang Ke, a resident of Wuxi city who met Zhang at a Porsche club. The car owner said he had rented the car to his friend who is Zhang’s father and the owner of an auto 4S shop.

The Infinity car with a Shanghai plate belongs to Li Yuandan, who said she parked the car in the 4S shop owned by her friend where Yang works. Police said the owner of the shop, Chen Jiajia, was sitting in the car when Yang was speeding.

Both owners said they were not aware that Zhang and Yang would use their cars for speeding.
Video logs of the chase from Yang’s car were uploaded to the internet on Saturday evening and went viral at once. 


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