The 2009 AFR graduates, what have they been up to? After a very successful season featuring good grid and close fight in 2009, the AFR championship marched into the 11th season in 2010. With many new faces attracting our attention in the...
The 2009 AFR graduates, what have they been up to?
After a very successful season featuring good grid and close fight in 2009, the AFR championship marched into the 11th season in 2010. With many new faces attracting our attention in the new season, the championship would like to update you news from some of the 2009 AFR graduates. As a formula driver, the ideal path for him/her would be Karting-entry level single- seater (Campus, Formula Ford, etc)-mid-level (AFR, F-BMW)-F3-GP2 to the ultimate Formula One, and AFR is the only active series in China for single- seater drivers to move their career to the next level.
Shanqi Zhang, the young Chinese driver who has raced with AFR for several years, launched his F3 debut at the Australian Formula 3 Championship. Zhang got off to a rough start of the season and in just 4 events' time, he managed to move up gradually to 5th on the driver ranking. Apparently, Zhang is experiencing a very efficient learning curve and what he has learnt from the AFR years prepared him well for the higher-level competitions.
2009 AFR champion Alon Day and runner-up Luis SA SILVA marched directly from AFR to the German F3, which features packed grid and young drivers mainly from Europe. In 2009 AFR, Luis SA SILVA won not only the trophy but also his sponsor's confidence to further assist him on his single-seater career path. The 19 years old Angolan is gradually working his way up and marked himself at Germany F3 by finishing 9th in the most recent race, with a poor start yet a hard-to-believe overtaking show (He overtook 11 cars during the race). 2009 AFR title owner Alon Day teamed up with another AFR graduate Felix Rosenqvist, representing the Performance Racing Team at 2010 German F3. Day finished the recent race in style of position 10 for round 1 and position 4 for the 2nd round, with good potential shown. "We are confident that both our two Formula 3 rookies have what it takes to win races and ultimately the championship." said Bobby Issazadhe, the team principle of Performance Racing team. "We believe the AFR championship is a good and cost effective series that serves well in preparing drivers for the European racing scene." The good connection between Performance Racing and AFR can be traced back to the year 2004, Rodolfo Avila was the first AFR driver being sent to the team, followed by Cheng Congfu, Day and Rosenqvist.
The AFR championship will have its' 2nd points race in CTCC race weekend at Chengdu International Circuit in June 26th & 27th. The championship will have vehicles ready for more "F3 potential stock" come and challenge the current AFR line-up.