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Weiron Tan Shows Promise In Oschersleben
Posted by: newsla on Apr 28, 2014 - 04:44 PM
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Weiron Tan Shows Promise In Oschersleben

Malaysian racing driver Weiron Tan made his Formula 3 debut this weekend in Oschersleben, Germany. Racing in the ATS Formel 3 Cup with Van Amersfoort Racing, the young racer showed great promise across the weekend’s races, finishing all three rounds and taking home a top five finish in Sunday’s final race.


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Demonstrating impressive pace in Friday’s free practice session, Weiron set the third fastest lap time out of all the rookie racers and was confident of strong grid positions going into qualifying. However complications in the qualifying session meant he would start eighth for races one and three, with race two start positions based on a reverse grid of the eight best-placed drivers from race one.

The first race of the weekend took place on Saturday morning and saw Weiron make a good start. With trouble brewing near the front of the grid Weiron kept his car on track and out of trouble, continuing to battle for valuable seconds around the 3.696km track. With few overtaking opportunities Weiron found himself in ninth where he stayed up until the chequered flag.

Weiron made a good start in Saturday’s second race, making up a few positions off the start line to then settle down in eighth at the end of the first lap behind Russian Nikita Zloblin. Weiron was soon on the charge and after an incident near the front of the field, he found himself in seventh hunting down Sam Macleod. Just as the 18-year-old was gaining pace one of the front-runners, Maximillian Hackl, fell down the order after spinning on track. Weiron was then promoted up into sixth where he crossed the line, seeing the Malaysian take further points towards the championship.

Once again starting from eighth, Weiron had a great start in the 22-lap final race and by the end of the first lap was sat in fifth place. The young racer maintained a stunning pace, consistently beating his personal best times in all sectors and catching the pack ahead. Mid-race sixth placed Nicolai Slyvest was putting pressure on Weiron, with both coming nose to tail as they battled it out for fifth. Weiron held on, defending his position and pulling out a lead as he approached the chequered flag to take his best finish of the weekend in fifth.

Weiron Tan: “My debut in F3 did not turn out as expected, it was a very difficult weekend for us. I approached the weekend in a manner which was too enthusiastic and did not benefit me and the team, and I apologise to them for that. It really wasn't how we wanted to start the season, but I learn from my mistakes, and hope to not repeat them in the future. We learn more on our bad days than the good days, if we don't make mistakes we are not human. In a way, as bad as it sounds, I'm glad these few days did happen the way it did because it really helped me and the team learn how to prevent a repeat of this frustrating weekend and approach the next rounds in a better manner. The team did a great job keeping their spirits up and I am very impressed with that, big thank you to them! We will work harder and hopefully able to perform much better in the future!”

After the weekend’s opening races Weiron sits sixth overall in the championship and fourth in the rookie classification. Rounds 4, 5 and 6 will take place at the Lausitzring 23-25 May.

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