2010 AFR Series champions aim for lightning on season farewell
A long, hard season comes to an end for Asia Racing Team with the last race of 2010 AFR Series, also known as Asian Formula Renault Championship, at the Zhuhai International Circuit. After 10 tough races, Asia Racing Team have already won the Drivers and Teams' Championship titles, but Sandy Stuvik, Tin Sritrai, Chi Cong Li, Suriya Bala and Naomi Zhang Ran will be giving their all to end the season on a positive note.
Stuvik had done enough to secure the first position championship standings with two races to go. The 15 years old from Thailand didn't miss a podium position since the season start, and is not willing to miss the chance to write history in the series as the very first driver to finish all the AFR Series races in the podium. The 2010 AFR Series Champion emerges as the favorite to win both races this weekend.
With the battle for the other championship positions still on-going, Asia Racing Team will be drawing on a wealth of experience attained in seven years of Formula Renault racing. The fight for the silver medal position is still wide open with Sritrai currently staying on a privileged position with five points and half ahead of his biggest opponent. The Thai driver arrives to Zhuhai motivated by his first ever single seater victory in the last AFR Series event and with Supercar Thailand 1500cc category title in the pocket.
For Chi Cong Li, Round 11 & 12 will provide the Guangzhou native with the opportunity to end his championship-winning season on a high note in front of friends and family. The Chinese rising star have little chances to reach the Top-3, but two podium results will be enough to settle the fourth position in the championship.
Suriya Bala enters the season-finale seeking to not only end the year on a high-note, but also to add to his career win total. While Suriya is not in contention for any championship position, the Singaporean, who started his 2010 season in Formula BMW Pacific, is more than capable of playing the role of spoiler.
After making her series debut with Asia Racing Team at Chengdu, Zhang Ran will return to the cockpit of the No.6 red and black entry in Zhuhai. Racing at her favorite testing track, she will attempt to better is 8th place finish in Round 10.
The Macanese Zhuhai based team has won three in ten of all races entered, and set 53% of all podium positions.
The AFR Series season-finale at Zhuhai commences on Thursday, December 9th, with a pair of promoter's test days. One day later, the Asia Racing Team quintet and the rest of the field will officially begin posting times via two 30-minute practice sessions. Following morning qualifying on Saturday, December 11th, the eleventh race of the 12-race calendar will commence with the AFR Series car launching from the standing start in the afternoon. As part of "Circuit Hero 500" weekend, the last race of the 2010 season is scheduled for Sunday, December 12th.