OHara and Jones crash out at dramatic start for 2004 final
race. Jones AF3 Champion
were expected and we certainly got them. Jones made a good start,
OHara an average start and he moved over, Schumacher style,
on a fast closing Jones within meters of the start. Heavy contact
was made and both cars slammed into the wall. Mikola went on
to win the race.
led all the way but had to soak up a lot of pressure from
John Pettit. Tyson Sy had been right up there but fell back
as the race progressed content in the knowledge he was wrapping
up the Promotions Class Series. Pettit made a real charge
with four laps to go but pushed just a little too hard and
speared off into the barrier at Turn 4. This left Sy in second
with Marave making it all the way to the podium from tenth
on the grid.
Dado Pena took a fine fifth overall, second in Promotions
Class, just ahead of Oliver Turvey whose gears were jumping
out. Enzo Pastor just beat Muira for seventh place whilst
Soeprapto assaulted Joson on the final lap, the latter coming
home ahead of his assailant. Don Pastor completed the finishers.
Hermoso retired after 7 laps whilst Mark Goddard failed to
complete the warm up lap with a broken second gear.
live TV was able to provide the Stewards with plenty of playbacks
of the start line incident and OHara was given a hefty
US$10,000 fine for his part in the accident.
therefore wins the 2004 Asian Formula Three Series by five
points, although its all provisional subject to an appeal
which OHaras team have lodged with the FIA Court
of Appeal regarding their drivers one minute penalty for the
start line incident in Round six at Beijing.
takes the Promotion Class and the AF3 Promotions Driver of
the Year Award. John OHara will receive the AF3 Driver
of the Year Award.