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Race 14 -F3 Asian Championship 2018

Second victory for sensational Liam Lawson as Raoul Hyman closes in on title

•16-year-old New Zealander takes second dominant win in F3 debut for Pinnacle Motorsport
•Dragon HitechGP driver Hyman just nine points away from first F3 Asian Championship as title chase goes down to the wire
•Newcomer Tairoku Yamaguchi takes Masters win for B-Max Racing Team

Sepang, Malaysia (November 24, 2018) – Pinnacle Motorsport’s Liam Lawson continued his astonishing Asian and Formula 3 debut today with a second dominant victory in the penultimate race of the 2018 F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA. The 16-year-old New Zealander took the flag more than 20 seconds ahead of second-placed finisher on track and championship contender Raoul Hyman of Dragon HitechGP who had started from fourth on the grid. 

However, Hyman was later handed a five second penalty for a late-race move on ZEN Motorsport’s Yu Kuai. The penalty promoted Absolute Racing’s Ye Yifei to second, while Hyman collected 15 points for third. That means the fight for the inaugural title will go right down to the wire in the final race of the season.

Another newcomer, B-Max Racing Team’s Tairoku Yamaguchi took the Masters victory in just his second race with the championship, leading home BlackArts Racing’s Thomas Luedi and Super License driver Takashi Hata.

While Dragon HitechGP’s Jake Hughes still tops the drivers’ championship leaderboard, team mate Hyman is closing in on the title. Nine points stand between him and the inaugural F3 Asian Championship crown. American Jaden Conwright remains third in the championship, 15 points clear of Macau’s Charles Leong in fourth. A single point separates Absolute Racing’s Akash Nandy in fifth and sixth-placed Super License driver Tomoki Takahashi, each podium finishers this season.

Race 14

Starting from pole for the second time, Lawson got off to a clean start and immediately pulled away from the chasing pack. He was uncontested throughout the 13-lap race, taking the flag well clear of second placed Hyman.

It was not the easiest of starts for Hyman from the second row, who dropped down to fifth after starting from the slippery side of the track. He quickly recovered his pace to pile the pressure on team mate Harrison Scott, who made an impressive start from seventh, before passing him at the end of lap one for fourth, leaving Scott to battle for position with Akash Gowda of M-Sport Asia and Louis Prette of BlackArts Racing. 

Hyman then set his sights on Yu Kuai of ZEN Motorsport, taking the inside line at turn 15. The pair made contact and Yu spun before rejoining, with Hyman now up to third.

Hyman quickly caught up to Ye and, at the end of lap 10, he once again dived on the inside. The duo were two abreast on the main straight and into turn one, but Hyman out-maneuvered Ye to snatch second place before the flag. 

Behind them, in the Masters class, Yamaguchi was untroubled on his way to his maiden series win, leaving the heated battle for second behind him. Luedi and Hata swapped positions several times throughout the second half of the race and on the last lap, Luedi made one last overtake and held on to second as the chequered flag fell.

The final race of the 2018 F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA season gets underway at 12:45 local Malaysian time on Sunday 25th November, with Lawson again starting from pole. The race will be live streamed on www.f3asia.com and on Facebook.

Driver Quotes: Race 14

Liam Lawson (Pinnacle Motorsport) – Race 14 winner
“It’s definitely hotter today. Once again our car was unbelievable. From the start I felt as the tyres go off, the balance gets better and better and it was really nice to drive but I’m really struggling in this heat.”

Raoul Hyman (Dragon HitechGP) – Race 14 2nd
“Today was a good race. We struggled quite a bit on pace from Thursday so it’s really good to see that the hard work we put in yesterday, especially the team and the engineering team, to turn it around. We managed to do that to an extent and I am really grateful for their work. The drivers left the track at 11.30pm yesterday and the team left at 2am. 

“Going into tomorrow I think we need to just keep everything clean and to get as far ahead as I can. I don’t really want to think about the championship too much and just score the points that I need. We will see how it goes.”

Ye Yifei (Absolute Racing) – Race 14 3rd 

“Today I had a good start. I managed to get P2 from the beginning but after that we started to struggle with the tires, with the heat and the temperatures in the tires, so towards the end of the race we really struggled with the pace. We have to work hard to find the issues to get better for tomorrow’s race.”

Tairoku Yamaguchi (B-Max Racing Team) – Race 14 Masters winner

“First of all I want to thank everyone in the F3 Asian Championship, I am really happy to race this weekend and I am really happy and grateful to win this race today.”

F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA
Race 14 Results

Pos

#

Name

Nat

Team

Results

1

10

Liam LAWSON

NZL

Pinnacle Motorsport

27:01.933

2

16

YE Yifei

CHN

Absolute Racing

+22.764

3

27

Raoul HYMAN*

GBR

Dragon HitechGP

+25.036

4

5

YU Kuai

CHN

ZEN Motorsport

+29.052

5

4

Louis PRETTE

HKG

BlackArts Racing

+36.609

6

34

Harrison SCOTT

GBR

Dragon HitechGP

+40.171

7

33

Akash GOWDA

IND

M-Sport Asia

+41.107

8

29

Akash NANDY

MAL

Absolute Racing

+45.898

9

8

Jeremy WAHOME

KEN

SVC Asia

+59.937

10

95

Tom BECKHÄUSER

CZE

BlackArts Racing

+1:02.124

11

28

Tairoku YAMAGUCHI (M)

JPN

B-Max Racing Team

+1:03.261

12

9

Thomas LUEDI (M)

HKG

BlackArts Racing

+1:08.545

13

2

Takashi HATA (M)

JPN

Super License

+1:24.345

14

80

Jaden CONWRIGHT

USA

Absolute Racing

+1:34.290

DNF

11

Charles LEONG

MAC

Dragon HitechGP

+10 laps

DNF

30

DRAGON (M)

JPN

B-Max Racing Team

+8 laps

DNF

3

YIN Hai Tao (M)

CHN

ZEN Motorsport

+6 laps

DNF

7

Tomoki TAKAHASHI

JPN

Super License

+2 laps

* 5 seconds penalty for causing a collision
Fastest Lap: Liam Lawson/Pinnacle Motorsport/2:03.938/Lap 5

Championship 2018 Drivers Classification after Race 14 

Pos

#

Driver

Team

Points

1

34

Jake HUGHES

Dragon HitechGP

225

2

27

Raoul HYMAN

Dragon HitechGP

217

3

80

Jaden CONWRIGHT

Absolute Racing

158

4

11

Charles LEONG

Dragon HitechGP

143

5

29

Akash NANDY

Absolute Racing

125

6

7

Tomoki TAKAHASHI

Super License

124

7

5

YU Kuai

ZEN Motorsport

76

8

4

Louis PRETTE

BlackArts Racing

64

9

10

Liam LAWSON

Pinnacle Motorsport

50

10

34

Ben HINGELEY

Dragon HitechGP

43

11

16

YE Yifei

Absolute Racing

33

12

8

Jeremy WAHOME

SVC Asia

32

13

33

Akash GOWDA

M-Sport Asia

27

14

0

Chase OWEN

Chase Owen Racing

24

15

3

YIN Hai Tao

ZEN Motorsport

15

16

6

LIU Ze Xuan

Emc2 Racing

14

16

34

Harrison SCOTT

Dragon HitechGP

14

18

5

Kang Ling

ZEN Motorsport

12

19

55

Daniel CAO

Pinnacle Motorsport

7

20

32

Presley MARTONO

BlackArts Racing

6

21

2

Takashi HATA

Super License

2

22

95

Tom BECKHAUSEER

BlackArts Racing

1

F3 Asian Championship 2018 Masters Classification after Race 14

Pos

#

Driver

Team

Points

1

3

YIN Hai Tao

ZEN Motorsport

251

2

6

LIU Ze Xuan

Emc2 Racing

192

3

2

Takashi HATA

Super License

178

4

30

DRAGON

B-Max Racing Team

84

5

9

Thomas LUEDI

BlackArts Racing

62

6

28

Tairoku YAMAGUCHI

B-Max Racing Team

43

 

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