WUHAN, China, Oct. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Fancy motorcycles and monster trucks were performing acrobatics at the opening ceremony of the first motor sports convention on the night of Oct. 2 in the development zone in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, according to the Publicity Department of Wuhan Development Zone Working Committee (Hannan District Committee).
It is another major international game that Wuhan has created in the city, in addition to a marathon, a horse race, a water marathon and the world fly-in expo.
It is jointly hosted by the Federation of Automobile and Motorcycle Sports (FAMS) and the city government of Wuhan.
The convention is consisted of seven competitions, three performances, one show and interaction activities for the public. The competitions included the World Touring Car Race (WTCR), China Touring Car Championship (CTCC), FIA F4 China Championship, China GT, China Truck Racing Championship, Car Endurance Championship (CEC) and Car Drifting Championship (CDC), with several of them authorized by the FIA.
Six of the competitions were held in the downtown areas instead of traditional race tracks, with over 360 top racers belonging to more than 80 teams from 30 plus countries including the US, the UK, France, New Zealand, Australia, Italy, Japan, Belgium, Czech and Switzerland. There were 697 judges and 37 special purpose vehicles to provide all kinds of professional services.
During the 6-day event, contestants competed with one another sometimes just within milliseconds. Many citizens recorded the games and posted them on WeChat, which gained instant thumbs-up. A music festival, a classic cars and sports auto show and a food festival were also held in the meantime.
Zhan Guojun, the FAMS chairman, said it was the largest comprehensive game for automobiles and motorcycles so far in China.
The successful holding of the event fully demonstrates the city image of Wuhan and has a practical and strategic meaning for the city's development zone to build a sound auto consumption and service system and exploration of the running of an automobile aftermarket that is based on the Internet.
Dongfeng Automobile Group is headquartered in the Wuhan development zone, which is also home to 54 Fortune 500 companies, seven vehicle enterprises and over 500 auto parts companies. The zone has strong capacity in automobile manufacturing, research and development, and its new energy and intelligent auto base is under construction. Aiming at Hubei's first trillion-yuan industry, the development zone's world-class automobile industry cluster is in full swing.