Asian Formula Renault championship: Bravo to SA SILVA Asian Formula Renault championship's Chengdu race held its 2nd round at 12:15 on Sunday under full rain conditions. After 13 laps of competition, Luis SA SILVA had no difficulties winning the...
Asian Formula Renault championship: Bravo to SA SILVA
Asian Formula Renault championship's Chengdu race held its 2nd round at 12:15 on Sunday under full rain conditions. After 13 laps of competition, Luis SA SILVA had no difficulties winning the race. Alon Day from Top Speed racing team captured 2nd, while Zhang Zhiqiang (March 3) was 3rd to pass the finish line. Rainey He from Ghiasports racing team finished 4th. As the race started, the track was still slick and the drivers were prepared for a tough race. SA SILVA got off to a good start and managed to lead the race to T1, while Alon Day, who started from P3 was overtaken by one car when entering T1 yet managed to move to 2nd after one lap. When the race entered its 3rd lap, SA SILVA and Day were leading the race by 4 seconds. SA SILVA and Day started a good fight and had close competition (0.6-0.8 seconds' difference) for almost 10 laps, yet SA SILVA didn't give Day chance to overtake him. By lap 10, Rainey He was following Benjamin Rought's cars very closely with only 0.2 seconds' difference for 2 laps. In the last lap, Rought's car ran off the track and that moved Rainey He to 4th. In the end, SA SILVA won the race, while Day and Zhang Zhiqiang finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
Race winner SA SILVA indicated after the race that he liked the Chengdu circuit very much. SA SILVA also said: "During the mid-stage, I could feel the pressure from Alon Day and my performance was good enough to not give him any space to pass me. After this weekend, I feel more confident about my future in this championship. "
Alon Day said:"SA SILVA is a very fast driver and the track is very technical. T1 offers good passing opportunities on this track, yet I couldn't go close enough with SA SILVA on the front straight, so it was hard to pass him in T1. I am aiming for the champion title and I will spare no effort in the coming rounds."