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Challenging Weekend In Lausitzring For Weiron Tan
Posted by: newsla on May 27, 2014 - 03:50 PM
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Challenging Weekend In Lausitzring For Weiron Tan


Weiron Tan headed to Lausitzring in Germany for his second weekend in Formula 3 in the ATS Formel 3 Cup. Racing for Van Amersfoort Racing, the 19-year-old Malaysian scored points in all three races to leave the weekend sixth in the championship.

 

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Weiron drove for the first time on the 3.478km circuit on Friday morning as the F3 field hit the track for free practice. He completed a useful 24 laps of testing, finishing eighth fastest in the session. The afternoon saw Weiron compete for qualifying position for races 1 and 3, with the fastest time set by each driver used to establish race 1 starting order, and the second fastest time securing starting slots for race 3. Weiron set a fastest lap time of 1:16.904, and a second best time of 1:16.983, securing him a fourth row start in both races from seventh in an extremely competitive session.

Starting from seventh in Saturday morning’s race 1, Weiron battled hard in the action-packed race. He fought for his place to the end and, despite sustaining damage to the car during the race and losing a position to championship leader Markus Pommer, his grit earned him a sixth place finish which converted to pole position for race 2 on Saturday afternoon.

In Saturday afternoon’s reverse grid race, with a front row start from pole to his benefit, Weiron maintained the lead into the first lap but was then pushed into second by Pommer. On lap two he had an off-track excursion onto the grass, avoided a spinning Andres Mendez, and slipped to sixth. He faced pressure in the closing minutes from Nabil Jeffri and, after a tense battle in which they exchanged positions twice, he was leading the battle until the final lap, when he pushed into a spin by Jeffri, demoting him to seventh, the position in which he crossed the finish line. He was later promoted to sixth after Jeffri was handed a post-race penalty for causing the collision.

Race 3 turned into another highly competitive 20-minute affair, with the order shaken up at the start. Weiron began well from seventh, and raced strongly throughout. He withheld pressure in the last third of the race from Nicolai Sylvest to finish in seventh.

After two weekends and six races, Weiron is sixth in the championship with 32 points and maintains fourth in the rookie classification. Rounds 7, 8 and 9 will take place at the Red Bull Ring in Austria on 6-8 June.

Weiron Tan: “It was a very disappointing weekend. We struggled to find the pace similar to Oschersleben, but I did learn a lot from the races, so there are at least some positives. I had a rear tyre puncture in Race 1, but during the race I thought it was rear suspension damage, which couldn’t be fixed for the duration of the race. We’re working very hard at the moment to find a solution. We’re not there yet but big thanks to the team for not giving up and for their hard work.”

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