- Double win for Daniel Lu
- Two podium finishes for Arvin Esmaeili
- Absolute Racing takes lead of teams’ standings
Absolute Racing started the defence of its Formula Masters Series Driver and Teams’ titles with two superb wins at Sepang. Daniel Lu took the honours of the championship today, winning the first two races of the season. Teammate Arvin Esmaeili also climbed to the podium twice in Malaysia. Manuel Cabrera and James Yu scored precious points for the championship.
Tricky track conditions plagued Friday’s qualifying for the team but this Saturday was a much different story for the Absolute Racing quartet.
From fourth on the grid in race one of the weekend, Lu moved quickly to third to be in a position to challenge for victory. Lu was already second when the Safety-Car came out with four laps to go, helping to shorten the distance to the race leader. With two laps to go, Lu completed his overtaking manoeuvre for the first place, claiming his maiden single-seater win.
Starting from sixth on the grid for the 10-lap race, on his first ever single-seater race, Esmaeili nosed his way to the third position in a great effort.
Manuel Cabrera meanwhile is doing a strong progress in his first Asian race weekend. The Mexican started from seventh on the grid to finish sixth in an encouraging race for the Formula Master Series newcomer.
Yu had an accident at Turn 2, ending up his race prematurely.
Round 2 on Saturday afternoon began with Lu second on the grid and Esmaelli in third place, while Cabrera was scheduled to line-up in 7th position and Yu in 12th position.
When the lights turned green, the pole-position car stalled, opening up a window of opportunity for the first 1-2 finish of Absolute Racing cars this season.
Lu did not waste the chance, being quick to launch and defending his lead extremely well as the field made their way in to the first corner. The 15-year-old Chinese racer then led from start to finish to get his maiden Formula Masters Series season off to the best possible start, setting race’s fastest lap in the process.
Esmaeili immediately moved into second off the line. The Singaporean-born driver tried everything to keep his teammate under pressure but ultimately had to settle for second.
Yu made it three Absolute Racing cars in the top five, taking fifth place across the line, following a flawless back to front race. Cabrera stalled the car at start, ending the contest in 10th place.
Team Director Ingo Matter said, “After a winter of hard work I’m delighted to see the team rewarded with two wins. We had a tough qualifying session yesterday but we worked through it today. The results of today will give us confidence for tomorrow’s races.”
The drama will no doubt continue tomorrow with one 6-lap race and one 10-lap race to look forward to.