Ye Xing Ping takes two wins home for his return to the Series
HE Racing driver Ye Xing Ping has started his 2018 Renault Clio Cup Asia Series championship perfectly after winning Race 2 in Zhuhai this morning. Vincent Wu did a super start making his way from 6th to 2nd, just behind polesitter Frank Yee. Wu made an attempt to overtake by outbraking Frank at turn 1 on lap 2 but lost control of his car and made contact with leader Frank, relegating both cars towards the back of ...the field. The Race 1 winner Ye Xing Ping then inherited the lead by calmly avoiding the incident ahead.
Yang Chun Lei ended up a close 2nd place for the HiRacer team, with Huang Yi finishing 3rd making HE Racing occupying 2 spots on the podium after resisting intense pressure from Harry Chai throughout the whole race. Chai ended the race in spectacular fashion as he managed to get his S&D Motorsports car 2 side wheels in the air and slide into the gravel trap on the final lap. Ma Hon Wah inherited 4th and Hao Hao Wang rounded out the top 5.
In Elite Class, Ou Yang Zhen Wei took the win after impressive early leader Chuang Yi Fung unfortunately span on lap 6. Jason Fung took the final podium spot.
Ye Xing Ping opens the 2018 Renault Clio Cup Asia Series with victory in Race 1
Ye Xing Ping took a close first place as the 2018 Renault Clio Cup Asia Series got underway in Zhuhai this afternoon, with Frank Yee finishing less than a second behind. Rookie Vincent Wu finished a strong 3rd place in his first Clio Cup race.
An early mistake from polesitter Ma Hon Wah gifted 1st and 2nd to Ye Xing Ping and Frank Yee, who then proceeded to trade fastest laps and open up a gap to ...the rest of the field. Ye Xing Ping appeared to lose the lead after a lockup at Turn 1 on lap 9, with Frank Yee diving down the inside, but a spirited Ye Xing Ping managed to draw his HE Racing car level at Turn 5 before slipstreaming past his rival’s S&D Motorsports machine to re-take the lead.
Huang Yi brought his HE Racing car home in 4th, with HiRacer’s Yang Chun Lei rounding out the top 5.
In Elite class, a last lap overtake saw Chuang Yi Fung finish just a quarter of a second ahead of Ou Yang Zhen Wei, with
Jason Fung in 3rd.
Frank Yee knocks Ma Hon Wah off the top spot to take pole in Q2
S&D driver Frank Yee will start on Pole Position in Race 2 of the Renault Clio Cup Asia Series. Already claimed the Pole Position for Race 1, Ma Hon Wah sets the fastest lap early in the session and opted to stay in the pits for the final 10 minutes. With 8 minutes to go in the session, Yee wrestled the top spot from Ma posting the fastest lap of 1:53.536, meaning Ma will start at 2nd position on race 2. When as...ked why he elected to remain in the pits, Ma exclaimed, "I was confident with my time and satisfied with starting on the front row."
The session proved to be extremely competitive, with the top 6 positions separated by less than half a second. In the mix of the session, Ye Xing Ping of HE Racing proved he was pushing the limits of his MK4 with a spin late in the session, the Chinese driver secured 3rd position for Race 2. Meanwhile, Yang Chun Lei of HiRacer topped timesheet early on but ended up 5th position, 0.01 seconds off Huang Yi in 4th.
Vincent Wu of KRC overcame an early spin and put his MK4 in 6th position, making it 5 different teams in the top 6 starting positions.
Chuang Yi Fung claimed an easy Pole Position for the Elite class in his MK3 with a 2 seconds gap, with Ou Yang Zhen Wei in 2nd Position and Jason Fung starting in 3rd.
Successful P3 test sees Tim Zimmermann confirmed for S&D Motorsports
FRD Motorsports organised a successful test at the Shanghai International Circuit today, with German Formula 4 and TCR racer Tim Zimmermann testing the Ligier JSP3 prototype car for the first time. S&D Motorsports’ new signing for the 2018
China Endurance Series was delighted with the day and is already eager for the season to get underway.
“That was an impressive day! I really enjoyed the JSP3 car for the first time, it felt really good. It’s somewhere between a
GT3 and a Formula 3 car. I think it’s going to be a great season, racing for a great team, and I can’t wait for the season to
The 2018 China Endurance Series starts in Shanghai on April 26th
GONZALEZ TAKES FIRST AFR WIN IN TIGHT OPENER
Antolin Gonzalez took first honours in the Formula Renault Asia AFR Series for 2018, leading from lights to flag in Race 1 at Zhuhai International Circuit today.
But it wasn't easy for the Black Arts Racing driver. With two safety car periods during the 30 minute race, he had to correctly execute two restarts to hold of Luo Kai Luo from S&D Motorsports Malaysia....
One of the pre-race favourites, Perdana Putra Minang from Asia Racing Team had a race to forget, with a misjudged start seeing him drop from second to seventh on lap 1. It only got worse for the Indonesian, after a sustained attack from Stephen Hong of Team KRC, the result was both cars ending in the Turn 4 gravel trap on Lap 3. The contact was ruled a racing incident. Both cars have suffered only minor damage.
Following the Lap 7 restart, the Top 5 remained within 5 seconds, with Gonzalez, Luo Kai, Daniel Cao of Black Arts Racing, Louis Prette of PS Racing, and Kurt Hill of Eurasia Motorsport all remaining in lockstep until the second safety car on Lap 9 when Elite driver David Lau was stuck at Turn 10.
The second restart saw no change in the final result with Gonzalez taking his first AFR win by 2.6 seconds over Luo Kai Luo, with Daniel Cao 0.7 further behind.
Eurasia Motorsport's AFR debut ended with a fifth place for Kurt Hill, making it four teams in the top 5. Akmal Ashibli of Asia Racing Team won the Elite Class executing an outside pass on Jimmy Cheung for the win at Turn 1. David Pun held off Black Arts stablemate Thomas Luedi in Masters Class.
It all sets up an intriguing Race 2 tomorrow, where Prette starts from pole on newer tyres, saving a set for his charge from Pole Position. Gonzalez starts third with Daniel Cao second.
The Sunday race is at 15:57 local time (UTC+8), and will be streamed online with live timing at https://livetiming.getraceresults.com/zhuhai
RACE 1 TOP 5
88 Antolin Gonzalez (Black Arts Racing) 15 Laps
44 Luo Kai Luo (S&D Motorsports Malaysia) +2.68
55 Daniel Cao (Black Arts Racing) +3.30
27 Louis Prette (PS Racing) +5.35
96 Kurt Hill (Eurasia Motorsport) +6.55
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GONZALEZ ON POLE FOR AFR OPENER
The mirrors are purple and the sectors match on the 88 Black Arts Racing Formula Renault of Antolin Gonzalez, taking pole for Race 1 of the AFR Series at Zhuhai this morning.
Gonzalez time, a 1:33.848, is significant considering both the gap of 0.21 seconds to his nearest rival. The gap between P2 and P5 in what is shaping up to be the closest Formula Renault Asia season in years, was only 0.12 seconds....
After leading the running on Friday, Perdana Putra Minang put the Asia Racing Team car in second position, followed by Luo Kai Luo of S&D Motorsports, and Louis Prette in fouth position for PS Racing.
Luo Kai Luo's lap was particularly special, having been set while suffering from a loose from right wing flap, which the team resolved mid-session.
Highlighting the evenness of the series, Kurt Hill's 6th place time for Eurasia Motorsport placed five teams in the top 6.
The Provisional Race 2 grid based on the second fastest lap time sees a different order entirely, with Prette starting pole, then Daniel Cao from Black Arts Racing, then Gonzalez and Luo Kai Luo.
Jimmy Cheung has pole for the Elite Class, after an investigation cleared him after appearing to set his best time while a local yellow flag was displayed. That yellow flag was for Daniel Miranda's Eurasia Motorsport car, which had a throttle issue. Team KRC's Stephen Hong also suffered mechanical issues during the session.
Race 1 is this afternoon at 14:17, Race 2 at 15:57 Sunday. Both races will be live streamed, with live timing at https://livetiming.getraceresults.com/zhuhai
RACE 1 PROVISIONAL GRID
88 Antolin Gonzalez (Black Arts Racing) 1:33.84
1 Perdana Putra Minang (Asia Racing Team) +0.21
44 Luo Kai Luo (S&D Motorsports) +0.29
27 Louis Prette (PS Racing) +0.30
55 Daniel Cao (Black Arts Racing) +0.34
RACE 2 PROVISIONAL GRID
27 Louis Prette (PS Racing) 1:34.20
55 Daniel Cao (Black Arts Racing) +0.01
88 Antolin Gonzalez (Black Arts Racing) +0.07
44 Luo Kai Luo (S&D Motorsports) +0.19
1 Perdana Putra Minang (Asia Racing Team) +0.20
Start your engines for the China Endurance Series
Following the highly successful debut year of the FRD LMP3 Series, FRD is pleased to announce the rebranding of the series to the China Endurance Series. This series is organized and certified by Federation of Automobile and Motorcycle Sports of People’s Republic of China (CAMF) and is certain to become one of the three great race series in China, alongside the China Touring Car Championship and China Rally Championship.
The ...China Endurance Series will feature some of the most thrilling races in China. Every race will take place on international, FIA-grade circuits and use top-spec racing cars. With full support from CAMF, the series will allow the most talented drivers from Asia and the wider world to start their journey towards some of the highest-level races in the world.
As part of the China Endurance Series, drivers and teams will battle it out for the also-rebranded FRD P3 Trophy, as well as the FRD P3 Mix Trophy for Chinese driver – non-Chinese driver combinations and the FRD P3 Cup for Bronze – Bronze driver combinations.
The China Endurance Series will kick off in Shanghai in April and it’s already set to eclipse the excitement of last year. With the grid set to expand, the number of rounds will go up to 5; 10 different races amounting to over 9 hours of exhilarating racing. The new race schedule is for this new series. The finale race will be held on the newly-built Zhengzhou International Circuit in October. The updated calendar is shown below:
April 27-29 Shanghai International Circuit
May 25-27 Ningbo International Circuit
July 6-8 Zhuhai International Circuit
September 14-16 Zhuhai International Circuit
October 19-21 Zhengzhou International Circuit
Driver and team positions are quickly being filled up, but a few spaces are still available – any new drivers or teams should email their interest to email@example.com.
Linking of HK-ZH-Macau Benefit to Motorsport
With the new Hong Kong – Zhuhai – Macau Bridge slashing the driving time to the Zhuhai International Circuit down to 45 minutes. For the first time, Hong Kongers will be able to drive to the cir...cuit in the morning, drive racing cars around the track during the day, and be home by the evening.
To celebrate, FRD are pleased to offer a massive 20% off all of our driver training and racing academy programs for the first month after the bridge opens. Places are limited, so if you are interested, email Patrick.firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know your details.
See you at the track!
Renault F1 teams up with Alibaba’s Tmall
Formula One outfit target increased brand awareness in China with new partnership.
The Renault Formula One team have announced a partnership with Alibaba-owned Tmall for the 2018 season....
The deal will see the Chinese-language website’s logo displayed prominently on the French outfit’s race car, with more details of the agreement expected to be announced ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in March.
The tie-up is part of Renault’s wider strategy to target the Chinese market, with a specific focus on improving brand awareness and opinion in the region. The financial terms of the deal have not yet been made public.
“One of the key objectives of returning to Formula One was to leverage its global platform for Groupe Renault,” said Renault Sport Racing’s managing director Cyril Abiteboul. “China has been identified as a market of strategic importance and partnering with high-profile companies like Alibaba’s Tmall will provide opportunities to significantly improve Renault brand awareness and opinion in China, with a strong presence over the Chinese Grand Prix in April, but also throughout the year.”
Wei Yu, general manager of Tmall Auto, added: “We are excited to partner with the Renault Sport Formula One Team to make our activity around the Chinese Grand Prix a success and to be working closely together to bring one-of-a-kind experiences with the Renault Sport Formula One Team to our customers.”
The Australian Grand Prix takes place in Melbourne on 25th March, when Renault will be hoping to kick-start an improvement on last year’s finish of sixth in Formula One’s constructors’ championship.