AP: ART Motorsports confident for new year

Asia Racing Team (ART) Motorsports will take part of Asian Formula Renault Challenge first round at Zhuhai International Circuit on the 15th and 16th of March. The Macanese team based in Zhuhai will line up five cars in the first race event of the...

Asia Racing Team (ART) Motorsports will take part of Asian Formula Renault Challenge first round at Zhuhai International Circuit on the 15th and 16th of March. The Macanese team based in Zhuhai will line up five cars in the first race event of the year.

Lining up for the first race of the year always gives the team a good feeling and this is no different. For the next weekend race, ART Motorsports will run five Formula Renault 2.0, giving to the drivers a great chance to accomplish extra miles in a real racing environment at the wheel of the car they will contest the upcoming season. The team line up will be a mix of very young and talented drivers with experienced gentleman drivers.

Fifteen years old Indonesian Gokart ace Rio Haryanto, sixteen years old Israeli motorsport hope Alon Day, and seventeen years old former Formula Azzura's French competitor Thomas Santin will line up together with "IFC Trophy" contenders Douglas Moore and Michael Choi.

Despite being new to the Jinding track, the three "rookie" drivers will approach the race in a very workmanlike and focused way. Haryanto, Santin and Day are looking forward a good result during the weekend, after showing well in pre-season testing.

Hong Kong based Canadian Douglas Moore and Hong Kong native Michael Choi will also be looking for overall fine results but they will be mainly focus to score points for IFC Trophy. In addition to the general classification, a Gentlemen Drivers classification called "IFC Trophy" will be held. Drivers that have obtained an "International Driver License" with age over 35 years old and have little international experience will be eligible to score points.

Reflecting on the Pan Delta Super Racing Festival meeting, ART Motorsports Team Manager Philippe Descombes commented "this is an extra race for our drivers but it's a very good opportunity to get them warmed-up before the real season! The grid will be around 22-25 cars, and this is our home track so I do expect good result even despite the fact that three of our drivers are still very fresh..."

The weekend's action kicks off with official free practice at the circuit on Friday prior to official qualifying on Saturday at 10.50. The first race will be held on Saturday at 14.15m and the second race is scheduled to take place on Sunday at 14.15 (GMT+8).

-credit: art-motorsports.com

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Rio Haryanto