- Absolute Racing achieved the 11th victory of the season
- The team picks up two more wins
- Lu and Yu on title hunt with one event to go
Shanghai, 30th July 2017 – Zhuhai International Circuit played host to the penultimate rounds of the Formula Masters Asian Series last weekend with both Daniel Lu and James Yu in contention for the 2017 championship title. Between the pair they were looking for a good haul of points in order for them to be in a strong position for the final rounds in two month’s time.
Absolute Racing has continued its hot form with a front-row lockout for the Race 1 and Race 3 on Friday. In the first qualifying, Yu lowered the best lap to 1:37.387s to beat team-mate Lu to the pole award by 0.101s.
In Qualifying 2, Daniel Lu led a team sweep of the top three positions. The Series leader was 0.392 seconds quicker than Yu, with Arvin Esmaeili completing the top three for Sunday’s Race 3. Manuel Cabrera rounded out the top 10 in both sessions.
Saturday began with a great lights to flag victory for James Yu in the first race of weekend. The Chinese racer, who would finish fourth in the second race of the day, recorded the 10th Absolute Racing win in the season.
Series leader Daniel Lu secured a second place finish in Race 2, extending his championship lead over the rest of the field. The Shanghai racer also took the chequered flag in second place in Race 1 but he was subsequently demoted to 10th due to a thirty-second penalty for overtaking out of the track limits.
Arvin Esmaeili put in two hard-fight races to make his way up the order, claiming P7 and P6 respectively.
Mexico’s Manuel Cabrera crossed the finish line in fifth in Race 1 but he did not manage to finish in the second race of the day due to an unfortunate spin.
For the final showdown of the weekend, on Sunday, Lu started from second but snatched the lead at the start when pole-sitter Yu stalled as the lights went out. The 16-year-old Chinese driver held the advantage from then on despite his opponents’ best efforts. The result means Lu’s title lead is up to 16 points with four races to go.
Yu was never really able to recover in full from his stall at the start of the race and finished sixth.
Cabrera was forced to retire on the second lap of the race with technical problems, while Esmaeili was hit by an opponent on lap five.
Team Director, Fabien Fior said, “We can be very satisfied with our performance this weekend. James and Daniel won races and Arvin and Manuel showed improvements even if the results do not illustrate it in full. Now we head to Shanghai with two drivers with chances to be champion. For us, as a team, our job is simple: to give the boys a perfect, fault-free car to battle it out on track and that will be the entire focus of our preparations.”
There is just one event remaining this season with rounds 15, 16, 17 and 18 of the Formula Masters Asian Series being held at Shanghai International Circuit on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of September.
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