Subic Bay, PHILIPPINES, April 8th, 2001 A NEW INDIAN F1 HOPEFUL IN THE MAKING Indian ace, Karun Chandhok, stormed off from the starting grid in Rd 1 & 2 of today's Asian Formula 2000 (AF2000) and was virtually untouchable throughout the ...
Subic Bay, PHILIPPINES, April 8th, 2001
A NEW INDIAN F1 HOPEFUL IN THE MAKING
Indian ace, Karun Chandhok, stormed off from the starting grid in Rd 1 & 2 of today's Asian Formula 2000 (AF2000) and was virtually untouchable throughout the 15-lap races during the Asian Festival of Speed (AFOS) in Subic International Raceway. He won both races in the premier FIA-sanctioned Asian single seater racing car built specially to cultivate young talents and to provide a bridge to the higher echelon of motorsport such as Formula 1.
"I had a good weekend here in Subic and winning two races is the perfect way to start my international racing career." said the driver who is supported by JKT and Kingfisher Beer. Driving for SMR Team India, Chandhok clocked 31m28.05s in Rd.1 and 31m39.87s in Rd.2 to collect full points for his 2001 AF2000 championship assault.
Denis Lain of team EZ-Import.com made a clean start in Rd.1 and managed to overtake Indonesian driver, Meckel Ali before the first turn. The Singapore driver climbed a step higher to third along the back straight on the opening lap to finish the race behind Asif Nazir.
Coming into the second last corner of the lap 3, local driver Mike Potenciano, misjudged the last chicane (Turn 8) and lost control of his car ahead of Nick Thomas forcing the latter to swerve to the left to avoid the spinning car No.33 driven by Potenciano. Unfortunately, Thomas corrected his car too aggressively causing his to spin 20m ahead with several cars following closely behind. Luckily the dramatic incident did not result in any collision and the two cars rejoined the race with Thomas at the back of the field and finished 3 places up in 7th.
In Rd.2 of the race, Karun again dominated the race but all eyes were on the Singaporean Denis Lian and Asif Nazir who were fighting for the second step on the podium. Lian overtook second place starter, Asif Nazir, on the first lap and did well to maintain that position until the end of the race. Despite making several attempts to pass Lian, Nazir was never close enough to mount a serious attack until a failed menouvre at the last corner.
Following behind the top three were Meckel Ali, Nick Thomas, N.Sathyanarayanan, K.Haritha, Barry Forth and Thoru Jitsukawa.
The next stop for the Asian Festival of Speed will be in Johor, Malaysia on 19th-20th May followed by Shah Alam and Sepang before moving on to Thailand, Korea, China and Macau. 2001 AFOS is supported by Michelin, Snap-On, PanGlobal Insurance and Adobe System Incorporated.