On July 12th, the second race of the AFR Championship was held at Beijing Goldenport International Circuit (BGIC) as the main race for the Beijing Northern Race Super Series (BNRSS), the new circuit event of BGIC. For this race, another ...
On July 12th, the second race of the AFR Championship was held at Beijing Goldenport International Circuit (BGIC) as the main race for the Beijing Northern Race Super Series (BNRSS), the new circuit event of BGIC. For this race, another record is broken that the race is joined by drivers coming from 9 different countries and regions.
The first round started at 11:00am. The Short straight after the starting line is always a concern for the start but all cars started safely off the line and finishing the first lap basically in a single line formation similar to the starting grip.
The biggest fight of the race occurred between Alon Day and Benjamin Rouget. Rouget followed Day closely from the start and by lap 10, he found an opportunity out braking Day at the end of the front straight, then they exchanged lead the following two corners. Day spun and Rouget took the lead, didn't look back and captured his first win of the season. Alon Day finished second and Zhang Zhi Qiang finished third.
For the Asian group, Zhang Zhi Qiang captured first and the two Changan Ford CTCC drivers, He Xiao Le and Jiang Teng Yi captured second and third places respectively. Another driver that showed a lot of progress is Li Zhi Cong of PTRS team. He started from grip position 12 and climbed all the way to 8. All drivers can take a quick rest getting ready for the second race of the day in the afternoon.
The 2nd round started in the afternoon under clear sky and even higher temperature. Based on the result of race 1, Benjamin Rouget and Alon Day started from row one and everyone was expecting a tough fight between the two. On lap one at the end of the back straight, He Xiao Le and Luis Sa Silva touched and He Xiao Le went straight to the tire wall and retired. In lap six, Alon Day spun and that dropped him to the rear of the front pack. This left a relatively good gap between Benjamin Rouget and another M3 driver Zhang Zhi Qiang. Rouget also recorded the best lap time of the race in lap 7. Taking the opportunity of drivers dropping out, Jiang Teng Yi moved up the grid and eventually finished the race third place gaining valuable points for the FRD racing team.
After round 3 and 4, Benjamin Rouget took the lead with Alon and Luis Sa Silva following very closely behind. As for the Asian group, Zhang Zhi Qiang is leading with Jiang Tengyi occupying the second place.
AFR will travel to SIC joining the August 23 C1 event. C1 August is featuring AFR, ET.China Asian GT Masters, Formula Campus and the new Clio Cup China.