Absolute Racing celebrates first win
Absolute Racing celebrated a victorious weekend at Ningbo during the second event of F3 Asian Championship, with Jaden Conwright taking his maiden win of the season.
Heading into Saturday afternoon’s qualifying session off the back of a strong Free Practice performance, Conwright claimed the pole position for the opening race and for Sunday’s race ahead of team-mate Akash Nandy.
On Saturday’s morning race both Absolute Racing drivers had a poor start. Conwright immediately lost three places, but then he enjoyed a good run to recover two positions during a thrilling first lap. The American showed a strong pace, setting the fastest lap of the race, but was just unable to put himself in a position to secure his first win in the series.
At the start, Nandy also lost three places. The Malaysian bounced back and joined the third place battle, eventually finishing in a highly commendable fourth place.
With the fastest lap times from the first race of the weekend determining the grid for race two, Conwright again started from pole, while Nandy lined up from fifth on the grid. This time, as the lights went green, Conwright held onto P1 with ease. The 19-year-old Californian driver would hold the position for nearly thirteen laps before slipping back to second at the unfurling of the chequered flag.
Nandy found himself battling for a podium position again throughout most of the race, taking the final podium position in the late stages of the race with a courageous overtaking manoeuvre.
With confidence levels high team mates Conwright and Nandy drove to the Sunday race grid determined to show the rest of the pack they are a force to be reckoned with. Conwright made a clean start and pulled clear of the field. Not only did the American driver took full advantage of his pole position to lead brilliantly from start to finish, but Conwright also picked up the maximum points for his efforts, which have seen him move two positions in the championship standings.
Nandy just missed out on the podium finish, after finishing fourth the last race of the weekend to add 12 further championship points to the 55 already scored earlier this season. Conwright is now second in the drivers’ standings with 85 points. He has narrowed the gap to only 13 points, while Nandy remains well placed in fourth. Sitting second second in the teams’ standings, the weekend’s results have helped Absolute Racing to close the gap to the team in front.
Absolute Racing-run Emc2 Racing entry impressed on championship debut. China’s Liu Zexuan collected one win and two second-place finishes in the Masters Class.
The F3 Asian Championship heads to Shanghai in three weeks time, for the third round of the year.