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Alon Doubled Victories in AFR Championship Shanghai Race The first pointed race of AFR Championship 2009 took place at Shanghai International Circuit on the weekend of May 23/24th, as the support event for opening race of China Touring Car ...

Alon Doubled Victories in AFR Championship Shanghai Race

The first pointed race of AFR Championship 2009 took place at Shanghai International Circuit on the weekend of May 23/24th, as the support event for opening race of China Touring Car Championship 2009. Alon Day of March3 Racing doubled his victories just as he did in Pan Delta Super Racing Festival in March, his teammate Zhang Zhiqiang won the 3rd of Asian category in round 2.

Marh3 showed very strong competitive power during the whole race weekend, in the free practice session on Saturday morning, Alon and Zhang were the 2nd and 3rd fastest with timing in 1 minute 49 seconds. In the following qualifying, Alon made the lap time of 1 minute 47 seconds 773 and got the pole position of round 1, meanwhile he was the only drivers in 1 minute 48 seconds. Zhang Zhiqiang was 4th with 1 minute 48 second 702. Round 1 on Saturday afternoon, Alon didn't meet any difficulty until saw the checkered flag, Zhang closely followed Rio Haryanto of ART team, finished in 4th. But due to his violating formation lap procedure, he got the penalty of 30 seconds added, missed the trophy of runner-up of Asian category. In Round 2, Alon continued his victory, Zhang started from 9th and successfully overtook the cars in front, in 1 lap, he got to 6th and passed the finish line in this position, 3rd in Asia category. This weekend, 16 year-old girl driver from Venezuela, Samin Gomez who raced with March3 last year come back, her positions in qualifying, round 1 and round 2 were 13th,10th, 8th, improved session by session. What was valuable was that in the same weekend, she also raced in Formula West and was the overall winner of two rounds with 3rd in round 1 and 1st in round 2.

After this race, in the international drivers standings, Alon and Zhang Zhiqiang ranked in 1st and 7th , March3 was 2nd in the team standings, with 16 points, 4 points less than ART.

The next race of AFR Championship 2009 will go to Beijing Golden Port International Circuit on June 27-28.

-credit: m3

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Rio Haryanto , Alon Day , Samin Gomez