- Home race for Absolute Racing
- Lu and Yu on the hunt for more silverware
- Esmaelli and Cabrera aiming for podiums
Shanghai, 13th June 2017 – The third round of the Formula Masters Asian Series will launch back in to action this weekend as teams and drivers head to People’s Republic of China to compete around the Zhuhai International Circuit.
Topping the leaderboard as the Formula Masters Asian Series head to the “home of Chinese motorsport” is Absolute Racing’s Daniel Lu, whose impressive four race wins record makes the 16-year-old the driver to beat. The Shanghai based driver knows reasonably well the Zhuhai circuit, where he drove the Tatuus-Volkswagen for the first time during the pre-season testing.
After a strong weekend of points scoring last time out Chinese racer James Yu, whose campaign is now gathering momentum and producing the kind of performances that his pace in pre-season promised, lies second in the standings. Having seized three spectacular wins in the last round at Sepang, Yu will be looking to emulate the performance on a track he raced last season.
Arvin Esmaelli based racer, who currently lies fifth in the standings, showcased his racecraft with some thrilling battles in the pack. The Swedish born Singaporean landed twice on the podium on his series debut in April and he is determined to return to the podium this weekend on a track he knows from the winter testing.
Formula PANAM race winner Manuel Cabrera will continue his learning curve within the Formula Masters Asian Series. The Mexican driver will be on the hunt for his first overall podium finish on a circuit he’s never driven on but where his team is particularly strong.
With the Absolute Racing headquarters situated within the Zhuhai International Circuit premises, this is a “home race” for the team. Absolute Racing cars have always enjoyed strong performances in the highly competitive championship at Zhuhai, with Philip Hamprecht and Alessio Picariello winning four out of six races in the past two seasons.
The race weekend will commence on Friday 16th June with two free practice sessions along with two qualifying sessions. Saturday morning will feature two qualifying sessions for the Absolute Racing team while Saturday afternoon will host the race one of the weekend. The two remaining races will be held on Sunday.
#5 James Yu
“I hope I can gain valuable experience in Zhuhai this time. I want to learn more with the team. There are new challenges to go through and I am looking forward to go racing and I hope we can do well.”
#9 Manuel Cabrera
“My expectations for this race are to learn the track quickly, have a good qualification and to be in the top 5 for the start of the weekend. I’m hoping to bring a podium for the people of Mexico.”
#27 Arvin Esmaelli
“I’m hoping to build on the experience I have gained from the first two rounds. In my opinion Zhuhai will see super close racing and lap times as we saw from last round at Sepang. I expect this to be the hardest race yet, but I do think several podiums and possibly race wins is possible with the help of the team, because as a team we are very experienced in Zhuhai.”
#55 Daniel Lu
“Having been to Zhuhai before I know my way around, so hopefully I can improve on what I learnt last time and get a good result in this race. Obviously our aim is always to be fighting for the wins so we will be pushing hard for the top places.”
ABSOLUTE RACING CHINA CO.LTD.
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