Al Fardan Takes Win in Changing Weather Round 3 of the Formula V6 Asia started out in the rain and finished 12 laps later under scorching conditions but Hamad Al Fardan maintained his cool to claim his third consecutive win of the season. Less...
Al Fardan Takes Win in Changing Weather
Round 3 of the Formula V6 Asia started out in the rain and finished 12 laps later under scorching conditions but Hamad Al Fardan maintained his cool to claim his third consecutive win of the season.
Less than two hours before the race, heavy rain started to pour down soaking the track leaving the teams to change to wet tyres before the race. But as the race began, the sun started to come out to heat the track and immediately changing the conditions from wet to dry in a matter of three laps.
"It was a difficult race today because it was not a stable condition. We started the race in the wet and I thought it was going to stay wet but only three laps into the race it started to dry out. I thought it was a bit of a mistake that we chose the wets but it was the same for everyone" said Al Fardan, who despite the changing conditions managed to take pole position starter and Dyna Ten Motorsports teammate, Ro-Charlz, at the start to claim the win.
"I had a pretty good start. As soon as the lights turned green, I put on the throttle and I found myself in third position. It was difficult for me but I just kept on the right side of the track and tried to push from the beginning. It was a good battle between me and Charlie" said Al Fardan at the Post-Race Press Conference.
For pole starter, Charlz, the start of the race was the turning point for the weekend. He and Al Fardan have been trading fastest laps with one another over the weekend and a missed gear at the start may have just cost him his first race win.
"I made a bit of a mistake at the start. I got stuck in gear and it wouldn't shift into second so the car got stuck between gears at the beginning so I just lost out straight away and there was not much I can do" said Charlz at the Press Conference.
The changing track conditions also made it a more difficult race. "I wanted to switch to dry tyres at the beginning but we didn't have enough time so we went with the wets. In the beginning of the race it was quite close, I was faster in some parts and he was faster in certain parts but my tyres went bad 2 laps before him. I just couldn't keep up with him. He drove a good race and in those conditions there wasn't much you can do anyway" he concluded.
(he raced last event, do you still want to call him a newcomer?) In third was newcomer to the series, driving for Champ Motorsports, Geoffrey Erik Kwong, who drove a brilliant race to maintain his third placed start all the way to the chequered flag. "It was a very challenging race, using the wet tyres on a drying track. Its actually more slippery than driving in the rain, so it was quite difficult to keep it on the track. I didn't want to push too hard and risk going out. I was already in third from the start so I was trying to maintain that position.
"Towards the end of the race, it was like driving on ice or mud" concluded Kwong.
Michael Ho of Champ Motorsports crossed the line in fourth while Malaysian Keifli Othman completed the top five for Dilango Racing.
Round 4 of the Formula V6 Asia will be held at Sepang International Circuit on Sunday, 21 June at 1.30pm local time.