AP: ART Motorsports Zhuhai summary

No one stop us Asia Racing Team (ART) Motorsports continued its winning streak clinching a double victory on Asian Formula Renault Challenge at Zhuhai International Circuit. Indonesian Rio Haryanto won both wet races by a comfortable ...

No one stop us

Asia Racing Team (ART) Motorsports continued its winning streak clinching a double victory on Asian Formula Renault Challenge at Zhuhai International Circuit. Indonesian Rio Haryanto won both wet races by a comfortable margin.

After 48 hours of intense work of the ART Motorsports mechanics group led by Yannick Mazier to transform a Racing School car into a winner Race car, Rio dominated Saturday's Qualifying to claim a stunning "smash and grab" Pole-Position ahead of the first race of the weekend.

In Race 1, the 15 years old Indonesian driver kept his cool despite the treacherous conditions that caused the race to start behind the "Safety Car". As the lights went out, Rio made a good start, maintaining a steady pace and easily pulled a twenty second gap to the 2nd car. Rio would also set the best lap time of the race which was one second faster than the rest of the field.

Having been quick throughout the weekend, Rio dominated again the early stages of the Race 2, managing the gap to the 2nd car. Due to the track conditions the race was red flagged with two laps remaining and Rio celebrated the second victory of the day under amber rainstorm warning signal.

Commenting on his first single-seaters wins, Rio said, "I am very happy with the results. In both races I was able to push really hard in the first few laps and build up a good gap from the 2nd. Track conditions were a bit of a problem today but I drove the car without making any mistakes. This race belongs to the team too. They worked hard to give me a car to win".

ART Motorsports Team Manager Philippe Descombes added "We had an excellent weekend after having done a lot of work on the car but hard work paid off. Rio did well and his pace on Qualify was brilliant. It was one point which he had to improve and I can say that he made a good step forward. We still need to do even better because the next upcoming races will be tough. Hopefully we can build on this at the next Formula Asia 2.0's event at Shanghai".

-credit: art-motorsports.com

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Rio Haryanto