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Qualifying Races 1 and 3-F3 Asian Championship 2018

Jake Hughes takes first pole positions of new championship for Hitech Dragon GP

       Hughes on pole for Races 1 and 3

       16-year-old Macau youngster Charles Leong to start P2 and P3

       Trouble-free sessions as new F3 era gets underway in Malaysia

Sepang, Malaysia (July 13, 2018) – Hitech Dragon GP’s Jake Hughes took pole position for Races 1 and 3 of the new F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA today at Malaysia’s 5.543km Sepang International Circuit. The Briton was the only driver to lap under the 2:04 second mark in the first of the two 15-minute sessions, beating team mates Charles Leong and Raoul Hyman to the top spot. Hughes bettered his time in the second session, but local hero Akash Nandy of Absolute Racing will start Race 3 alongside him having separated the Hitech Dragon GP squad.

For the start of the opening race of the Championship, Hyman and Akash Nandy will line up on the second row behind Hughes and Leong, Hitech Dragon GP having made a clean sweep of the top three spots. BlackArts Racing’s Louis Prette, quickest in the morning Free Practice, and Texan Chase Owen make up the third row. Sunday’s Race 3 will see Leong and Hyman once start from the second row, but this time Nandy’s team mate Jaden Conwright of the USA and Super License driver Tomoki Takahashi start from P5 and P6.

 

The new 270hp F3 car, a collaboration between Tatuus and Autotecnica Motori, took to the track in anger for the first time, and has been hailed as a resounding success by the teams and drivers with Hughes also praising the new single engine, single chassis F3 format.

The teams, drivers and car all acquitted themselves well as they embarked upon a new era of Formula 3, both sessions uninterrupted and without incident.

Race 1 of the F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA starts 09:55 (GMT+8) tomorrow, followed by Race 2 at 15:00, and Race 3 on Sunday at 11:45. All races will be live streamed on www.f3asia.com and the championship’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Live timing is at https://livetiming.getraceresults.com/sepang#screen-results

 

Driver quotes:

Jake Hughes/GBR/Hitech Dragon GP/ – Pole position Races 1 and 3

“We’re really happy to get double pole, considering I didn’t do practice because I couldn’t get out of bed this morning [with a stomach bug]. I was in the medical centre when the track went green! I rushed into the car, did three laps and we got pole. The second session was a bit more civilized. I’m really happy to get pole. It’s not my first time in Malaysia but it is my first time in an Asian championship. I really enjoyed it but I’m not used to this humidity – I’m from Birmingham!

 “I think all things considered the car has been thought out quite well. It’s weird having a halo for the first time but it doesn’t seem to be an issue as you don’t really notice it’s there. FIA Euro F3 as it is right now is far too expensive for the majority of people, so to get something like this is I think is more along with what you need nationally, in Europe as well. Things like British F3, German F3, you never know they might start using the car and come back to fruition a bit more. I think that for what it’s been made for, it does the job.”

 

Charles Leong/MAC/Hitech Dragon GP – P2 and P3

“I’m not very happy with both of the sessions as I made a small mistake in both. My second run at turn 1, I locked up the rear pretty badly when I went through there, and obviously that hurt my exit at turn 2. I should have done a lot better. The standards I set for myself are much higher. I want to be a really good driver. I don’t feel [any more pressure being a Macau driver] because we have Jake on the team and he finished in sixth in Macau so is obviously a good driver. I have things to learn from the team.”

 

Akash Nandy/MAL/Absolute Racing – P4 and P2

“The car in the second qualifying felt pretty good. It’s a very big improvement from the team and myself from Tuesday. Every session we’re making a step forward and just getting better each time out. At first, I thought the halo would bother me, but when I started driving it’s not that much different compared to not having it. The car feels good to drive; it’s a very well-built car. We’ll see how the season goes. We’ll definitely get faster, so let’s go racing!”

 

Results

Qualifying Race 1

 

#

Name

Nat

Team

 

1

34

Jakes HUGHES

GBR

Hitech Dragon GP

2:03.800

2

11

Charles LEONG

MAC

Hitech Dragon GP

+0.299

3

27

Raoul HYMAN

GBR

Hitech Dragon GP

+0.469

4

29

Akash NANDY

MAL

Absolute Racing

+0.566

5

4

Louis PRETTE

HKG

BlackArts Racing

+0.639

6

00

Chase OWEN

USA

Chase Owen Racing

+0.708

7

7

Tomoki TAKAHASHI

JPN

Super License

+0.747

8

80

Jaden CONWRIGHT

USA

Absolute Racing

+0.873

9

5

James YU

CHN

Chase Owen Racing

+1.705

10

32

Presley MARTONO

INA

BlackArts Racing

+1.782

11

2

Takashi HATA (M)

JPN

Super License

+2.052

12

33

Akash GOWDA

IND

M-Sport Asia

+2.106

13

55

Daniel CAO

CHN

Pinnacle Motorsport

+2.262

14

8

Jeremy WAHOME

KEN

SVC Asia

+2.932

15

10

ZHENG Jianian

CHN

ZEN Motorsport

+3.031

16

3

YIN Hai Tao (M)

CHN

ZEN Motorsport

+3.049

17

30

DRAGON (M)

JPN

B-Max Racing Team

+5.066

Qualifying Race 3

 

#

Name

Nat

Team

 

1

34

Jakes HUGHES

GBR

Hitech Dragon GP

2:03.265

2

29

Akash NANDY

MAL

Absolute Racing

+0.472

3

11

Charles LEONG

MAC

Hitech Dragon GP

+0.511

4

27

Raoul HYMAN

GBR

Hitech Dragon GP

+0.743

5

80

Jaden CONWRIGHT

USA

Absolute Racing

+0.854

6

7

Tomoki TAKAHASHI

JPN

Super License

+0.858

7

4

Louis PRETTE

HKG

BlackArts Racing

+1.109

8

00

Chase OWEN

USA

Chase Owen Racing

+1.264

9

5

James YU

CHN

Chase Owen Racing

+1.544

10

32

Presley MARTONO

INA

BlackArts Racing

+1.749

11

33

Akash GOWDA

IND

M-Sport Asia

+1.866

12

55

Daniel CAO

CHN

Pinnacle Motorsport

+2.133

13

2

Takashi HATA (M)

JPN

Super License

+2.271

14

8

Jeremy WAHOME

KEN

SVC Asia

+2.737

15

3

YIN Hai Tao (M)

CHN

ZEN Motorsport

+2.877

16

10

ZHENG Jianian

CHN

ZEN Motorsport

+3.525

17

30

DRAGON (M)

JPN

B-Max Racing Team

+4.804

 

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