- Yu scores hat-trick of wins
- Lu wins Races 2 and keeps the lead
- Esmaeili and Cabrera take valuable points
Kuala Lumpur, May 6th, 2017 – Absolute Racing youngsters stole the show in the second round of Formula Masters Series. James Yu, with a hat-trick of wins, and Daniel Lu swept the second weekend of the series at Sepang International Circuit.
Looking very strong last event but missing out on a podium was James Yu, who arrived in Malaysia ready to turn around his fortune. The Chinese driver took pole position for both of this weekend’s races, leaving his teammate and current points leader Lu in second and fifth for Race one and Race three respectively. Sweden’s Arvin Esmaelli qualified P9 for both races, whilst Mexico’s Manuel Cabrera qualified 12th and 11th.
Absolute Racing emerged Saturday’s double-header with two victories, courtesy of Yu and Lu. Race one saw James Yu taking a pole-to-win victory, achieving his first ever win in the series. Yu made a superb getaway, maximizing his pole position advantage, setting the fastest lap time in the process.
Teammates Cabrera, who did his best result so far this year, and Esmaelli were P5 and P6 respectively at the flag.
Race favorite Lu had to serve a drive-through penalty for a jump-start and finished P8.
Starting from second-place in the grid in the second race, Lu went to the front on the opening lap and was unreachable, scoring his fourth win in the series this season. Yu accompanied his teammate on the podium in third place.
Arvin Esmaelli worked his way through from tenth to seventh to pick up key points in the championship. Manuel Cabrera crossed the finish line in P8.
In the afternoon’s 10-lap race, Yu maturely handled pressure from the get-go, defending boldly to his first position to achieve his third win of the weekend.
After starting from P9, in a race interrupted by the Safety Car once, Lu made up five places to finish fourth.
Showing a race pace more consistent this weekend, Mexican Manuel Cabrera scored P9 and P6 on Sunday’s races. Arvin Esmaeili finished P6 in Rnd 7 and P9 in Round 8, after being hit by an opponent in the opening lap.
With 106 points Lu is leading the championship standings with a good eleven-point lead over Yu. Esmaeli is fifth with 44 points, and Cabrera lies in seventh in the standings on 29-points.
Team Director, Fabien Fior said, “Winning four races out four is a great feeling for everyone in the team Daniel had a tough weekend but he is such a huge talent that he still managed to come out on top on race two. James wins were fantastic. We have put a lot of effort into James’s development so we’re really pleased with the result. We hope to see the same kind of improvement from Arvin and Manuel in the upcoming races. We are leading the teams’ and drivers’ championships but we will keep our feet on the ground and keep pushing for the next race in Zhuhai.”
The Asian region’s premier international junior single–seater championship returns on June 17-18 at Zhuhai International Circuit.
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