AFR: Asian Racing Team Shanghai preview

ASIA RACING TEAM targets strong Shanghai weekend Asia Racing Team is targeting a strong weekend at the stunning Shanghai International Circuit this weekend as the AFR Championship season reaches the halfway point. While the team hopes to carry...

ASIA RACING TEAM targets strong Shanghai weekend

Asia Racing Team is targeting a strong weekend at the stunning Shanghai International Circuit this weekend as the AFR Championship season reaches the halfway point.

While the team hopes to carry the good momentum into this weekend's third season round, before heading back to home soil at Zhuhai, 16th-18th September, it will do so with the services of Sandy Stuvik, Tin Sritrai, Naomi Zhang Ran and the recently signed Chi Cong Li.

The Macau's Zhuhai based team objective for the weekend is to come home with as many points as possible to keep the advantage in both Drivers' and Teams' standings. Stuvik has built a leading margin of 32 points ahead of the second best, while teammate Sritrai lies fourth, a further 40 points behind. The Hermann Tilke-designed track, home of the Chinese Grand Prix, is a new challenge for the 15 years old Thai driver who is looking to score heavy points to consolidate his leadership in the AFR Championship.

Reigning Asian Karting Champion Sritrai has been having an up and down season - his first in single seaters. The talented Thai driver still has plenty to fight for as the season's midpoint approaches, and he will look to step onto the top of the AFR Championship podium in the "Super Challenge Show of Shanghai".

Following her single seater debut in Chengdu, Naomi Zhang Ran has been working hard to improve her performance, having tested in Zhuhai and Shanghai in this past two weeks. The Beijing-born Ran hopes to get a solid finish in both races and some good points on the board this weekend.

17 year-old Chi Cong Li proved himself one to watch in 2010 in only his second year of formula racing. The Chinese youngster won the second race of the 2010 season, and will join Asia Racing Team for the very first time at Shanghai.

Speaking about the weekend ahead, Asia Racing Team's Team Manager Philippe Descombes said, "The team is as motivated as ever to do well. Whilst we have high hopes for the weekend, but we must keep our feet firmly on the ground, because as we all know, motorsport is a highly unpredictable sport. Each and every member of the team will do his job to 100% of his ability and we will see where that takes us by Sunday evening."

Track action for the AFR competitors will start on Thursday with six 30-minute non-official free practices until Friday afternoon. The official free practice will follow on Saturday morning, with the Qualifying session taking place from 14.20. The first of the two 10 lap races is on Sunday 09.00 and race two is at 11.55.

-source: art

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