Asia: Team Meritus Okayama race one report

BAMBER CONTINUES STUNNING FORM OKAYAMA (OCT 25): The Pizza Company Team Qi-Meritus driver, Earl Bamber, claimed his third pole to flag win of the Formula V6 Asia season today at Okayama International Circuit. The 19-year old maintained a fast...

BAMBER CONTINUES STUNNING FORM

OKAYAMA (OCT 25): The Pizza Company Team Qi-Meritus driver, Earl Bamber, claimed his third pole to flag win of the Formula V6 Asia season today at Okayama International Circuit.

The 19-year old maintained a fast pace close to the pace he set during the qualifying session held earlier in the day.

"It was a good race and I'm delighted to have finished first," said the New Zealander, who took part in his first GP2 Asian race last weekend.

"Driving in a GP2 car last weekend was a a great experience for me and helped me today. The car is fantastic, the engineering team did a great job so hopefully we can do the same thing tomorrow."

It was a clean 17-lap race held in cool conditions where the practice session of the World Touring Car Championship helped to lay some rubber for grip on the otherwise slippery circuit. The only casualty was Kevin Chen whose steering was misaligned after rubbing tyres with Hafiz Koh at the start.

The rolling start served Bamber well giving him the chance to pull away instantly from the start of the race.

"It was a good race. We were leading into the first corner and we managed to pull a gap in the first lap and after that I just concentrated on keeping a good pace. We managed to get close to our qualifying time and maintained the pace throughout the race," he said.

Bamber's teammate and fiercest rival, Thailand's James Grunwell took home second place but was not happy with the pace of his car. Grunwell had to fend off the constant attack of Australian driver Isa-Ro Charlez right from the start of the race.

"From the moment we set foot on the track we didn't have the best pace. To hold Charlie off, who was obviously quicker than me the whole race means we did a good job. It's going to be a long night of looking at the data and to do a track walk or two to see where we are losing time and then get out there and challenge Earl because it shouldn't be like this, or this far at least. Hopefully tomorrow, Charlie and I can bring the race to Earl" said Grunwell. Team boss Firhat Mokhzani said: "It was a great result for the team as we are pulling away from our rivals. Earl drove a great race while James pushed him all the way.

"Having said that, I am confident we can still improve on our times. Maybe we can go quicker in tomorrow's race."

The 28-lap Round 8 Formula V6 Asia race will be held tomorrow.

-credit: meritus

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Hafiz Koh , James Grunwell , Earl Bamber