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Dongfeng Race Team won the Grand Champion of the in-port race in Auckland

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Mar. 15, 2018 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/– Six race teams are currently docked in Auckland. The Team of China — Dongfeng Race Team won the Grand Champion of the in-port race in Auckland. With over half of the race completed, Dongfeng Race Team ranked the second in the total standings. The competition is becoming more and more intense. The teams will depart from the port on March 18 and set off for the seventh leg which will bring double points in terms of standings.

The skipper Charles Caudrelier said that it was not easy. There were many unexpected things during the windy weather of the first leg, but Dongfeng Race Team always focused on the lead during the race and endeavored to find their weaknesses, surpassing them again and again and leaving other teams behind.

Dongfeng Race Team is a “union team”, consisted of members from France, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Australia, the United Kingdom, China and other countries. The crew of various countries and cultures keep learning from each other and have developed navigation skills through the course of the race. They also work together to cope with the worst weather conditions on the planet and devote all their efforts to each leg, accepting challenge and pressure for performance.

Skipper Charles, considered as the soul of Dongfeng Race Team, plays an important role in the race. He is responsible for the other eight crew members on board. On the shore, he has to assist Bruno Dubois, the General Manager of Dongfeng Race Team, to manage the team of up to 45 people. Dongfeng Race Team is indeed a big team gathering talents from logistics, nutrition, sports psychology, sailing skills, weather analysis, marketing, and communications.

Dongfeng Motor Corporation and Dongfeng Race Team have all worked hard to become benchmarks in their fiercely competitive fields. Dongfeng Motor Corporation continues to lead the auto field while Dongfeng Race Team stands out in the Volvo Ocean Race. According to Bruno Dubois, the general manager of Dongfeng Race Team, “We did not complete the task last season, so we came back and we launched a new initiative on the Volvo Ocean Race to re-challenge this epic adventure. But our goal is different this time, Dongfeng’s trust and support allow us to focus on the race more than ever before and go all out.”

Dongfeng Motor Corporation and Dongfeng Race Team have always been working as one team. In the rest of the race, their stories will continue.

Source: Dongfeng Motor Corporation

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