Shanghai, 24th September 2017 – Absolute Racing celebrated the second consecutive Teams’ Championship on the Shanghai-based squad’s home circuit during an action-packed 2017 Formula Masters Series season finale.
Daniel Lu and James Yu were in title contention ahead of the last event of the season at the Shanghai International Circuit but title chances ended early for Yu after an accident on Saturday’s opening race. The Chinese driver car was not repairable in time for the second contest of the day.
Following a great effort from Absolute Racing technical crew overnight, the #5 Tatuus was back on track on Sunday. Round 17 pole-sitter Yu scored two eight-place positions, finishing fourth in the Drivers’ championship standings.
Daniel Lu started the weekend off with an absolute high, conquering the pole-position for the first race, which he won with ease. However the weekend mixed weather conditions did not play in favour of Lu, who concluded the second race in fourth.
Rain fell from early morning on the following day on Sunday. Starting from the front row for the third race of the weekend, Lu found difficulties to keep the front-runners’ pace, finishing fourth place. The fourth and final race of the weekend did not go any better, with Lu crossing the finish line in fifth.
16-year-old Lu still managed to take the title of Vice-Champion on his impressive single seater rookie season.
Ever-improving Arvin Esmaeili rounded out the top-five of the drivers’ championship standings. The Singapore-based rookie driver endured a tough weekend in Shanghai, despite showing a great pace in the first qualifying session, earning a sixth and a seventh place finishes as best weekend results.
Contrary to his team-mates, Manuel Cabrera felt quite comfortable in the rain. The Mexican driver finished sixth on Round 15 and 17 and was fifth at the flag in Round 18, concluding ninth in the Drivers’ Championship standings on his rookie season in Asia.
Scoring twelve wins in eighteen rounds, Absolute Racing dominantly won the Teams’ title.
Team Director, Ingo Matter said, “We are very happy to win the Teams’ Championship for a second consecutive year. The aim this weekend was to win the outright drivers too and we came very close but full credit to our opponents. We won two-thirds of the races this season and placed three drivers in the top-five in the championship standings. I would like to congratulate the whole team for their hard work over the season.”
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