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Thursday, June 21 2018 - 11:30
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Dongfeng Race Team goes all out to make the final dash
GOTHENBURG, Sweden, June 21, 2018 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/--

The Volvo Ocean Race, which has 12 stopovers in total, has just completed its 
10th leg. Seven teams have reached Gothenburg in Sweden on the early morning of 
June 15, local time. Dongfeng Race Team which has been leading since set off 
from Cardiff however was left behind and turned out to be the fourth team 
crossing the finish line. The result has rewritten the total standings -- 
Dongfeng Race Team has to share the first place with two rival teams. After the 
10th leg, Team Brunel and MAPFRE tied for the first place with a total score of 
65 points, but considering that the Dongfeng team (64 points) will receive one 
additional bonus point for finishing the race in the shortest time, the three 
teams have exactly the same total points! In other words, their performance 
during the last leg ending in The Hague will determine the final result of this 
edition.

Approaching the end of the race, the change in the ranking of the 10th leg 
means the last leg will be the most crucial and fierce race. As Skipper Charles 
said: "We have been surpassing other teams all the way, but the race has always 
been full of unpredictability, you will not know it untill the last minute, 
this is the charm of the event."

A few days ago, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit was held in 
Qingdao, Shandong province, putting the city under worldwide attention. Qingdao 
is also known as one of the world's sailing capital and many boats sail from 
here to pursue their dreams. Many talented sailors are also trained here, one 
of them is Liu Xue, who is a Qingdao native and also a crew member of Dongfeng 
Race Team. On the day of the summit, Dongfeng Race Team also embarked on the 
10th leg. Liu Xue, this 25 years old young boy, and his teammates set sail from 
Cardiff, UK to Gothenburg, Sweden.

Liu Xue said: "During the 10th leg, we have a leading position in the first 
half of leg. But we were overtaken by four teams in the middle of the leg. We 
immediately did some technical inspection and adjustment to catch up with other 
teams. Although we lost our leading position, we still stand a great chance for 
the championship, the final leg becomes the make or break opportunity for us."

Dongfeng Race Team won the third place in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, making 
history by becoming the first Chinese team to stand on the podium of the event. 
The team will continue to make its mark in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 with 
full support of Dongfeng Motor Corporation. 

Source: Dongfeng Motor Corporation

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