·Championshipleader Jake Hughes leads Dragon HitechGP charge
·Team mate RaoulHyman just 12 points behind with six races remaining
·Nine countries andterritories represented on international grid of bright young talent
Shanghai,China (October 11, 2018) – The race for theinaugural F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA title shifts into high gearwith this weekend’s penultimate triple-header at China’s Ningbo International Speedpark. With six races remaining in the groundbreaking championship’s debutseason, there is everything still to play for as the competition for what willbe an historic first title intensifies.
Despite Hughes’ dominance, having won every F3 Asian Championship race he has started this season, the Briton acknowledges hisrivals are closing in as they gain valuable track time. In addition, he will beone of only two drivers amongst the entry not to have raced before on the 4.101km Ningbo track.
“I feel that everyone is getting more and moreused to the cars,” he says. “Maybe, with my experience, I got on top of [thecar] really quickly. I’m already close to the limit and everyone else isgaining on me. That’s what it feels like to me.”
With four different winners and sevendifferent podium finishers already this season, the competition throughout thefield has been intense. GP3 Series top 10 runner Hughes leads the championshipstandings following a perfect weekend last month in Shanghai. Twelve pointsbehind Hughes is team mate Raoul Hyman, who was second in two of the three Shanghai races.
Currently third on the leaderboard is AmericanJaden Conwright of Absolute Racing. Conwright converted his pole position intoa debut championship victory in Ningbo last time and, having tasted victory there,the 19-year-old will be hungry for more. Fourth in the title chase is 17-year-old Dragon Hitech GP driver Charles Leong of Macao, while Absolute Racing driver Akash Nandy of Malaysia rounds out the top five.
On brilliant form last month in Shanghai wherehe took two podium finishes, Japanese driver Tomoki Takahashi of Super Licenseis on the hunt for his debut Asian F3 victory. Black Arts Racing’s Louis Prettereturns to resume his championship campaign, as does India’s Akash Gowda of M-Sport Asia. Kenya’s Jeremy Wahome of SVC Asia makes his debut at Ningbo along with Hughes having missed out on the previous visit.
Leading the Masters class is ZEN Motorsportdriver Yin Hai Tao of China, who will look to bounce back to winning form thisweekend in Ningbo. Super License’s Takashi Hata of Japan is second in thecategory, while China’s Ryan Liu of Emc2 Racing is third, having made astorming entrance to the series in Ningbo last month, and winning three of thesix races he has contested so far.
The weekend officially gets underway on Friday, October 12 with two one-hour test sessions, followed by a single Free Practice session. Saturday opens with two 15-minute qualifying sessions at 10:20 local time which will determine the grid for the round’s first and third races.The opening race is scheduled for 14:20 local time, with the race’s fastestlaps determining the grid for the Sunday’s Race 2. Race 2 is scheduled for 09:55local time, with the weekend’s final 25-minute race at 15:10.
All three raceswill be live-steamed on the official website (www.f3asia.com) and Facebook page @F3AsianChampionship.
F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA
Provisional Entry List – Rounds 10-12
|2||Takashi HATA (M)||JPN||Super License|
|3||YIN Hai Tao (M)||CHN||ZEN Motorsport|
|4||Louis PRETTE||HKG||BlackArts Racing|
|6||LIU Zexuan (M)||CHN||Emc2 Racing|
|7||Tomoki TAKAHASHI||JPN||Super License|
|8||Jeremy WAHOME||KEN||SVC Asia|
|11||Charles LEONG||MAC||Hitech Dragon GP|
|27||Raoul HYMAN||GBR||Hitech Dragon GP|
|29||Akash NANDY||MAL||Absolute Racing|
|33||Akash GOWDA||IND||M-Sport Asia|
|34||Jake HUGHES||GBR||Hitech Dragon GP|
|80||Jaden CONWRIGHT||USA||Absolute Racing|