wins incident filled Zhuhai race
Mikola took a lights to flag win, in the Zhuhai Pan Delta
Super Racing Festival,from Dado Pena and Christian Jones.
Greg Murphy won the Promotions Class with Lee Farrell second.
The race was punctuated by the safety car which was required
after Avila and Marave clashed.
drama began in qualifying with Pena losing fifth gear on his
first lap out. The team changed the gear and got him out for
the last ten minutes of qualifying. He repaid them with fourth
on the grid. Less fortunate was Tyson Sy whose engine lost
a cylinder and with only two hours between QTT and the race
Speedtech were unable to remove it from their 398 car and
fit it to Sys car on time. Sy would sit out the race
but will join Sundays event.
Mikola qualified first from Christian Jones and James Winslow,
these three covered by one tenth of a second. Moreno Soeprapto
was first in the Promotions Class from Farrell and Murphy.
John OHara suffered a misfire and was unable to post
a sensible time.
Jones left his pit garage to start his sighting lap before
the race he lost first gear. Jones was destined to be very
slow away at the start, having to use second gear, and would
spend the race playing catch up. The start saw Mikola take
an immediate lead from Winslow and Pena, however an electrical
problem for the former saw Pena blast by at turn 11 on lap
one. Moreno and Farrell both stalled at the start allowing
Murphy to build up a good Promotions Class lead.
safety car bunched the field up when Avilas car was
left in the middle of the track after Marave had used him
as a brake. Marave was given a fine by the Stewards for his
part in the incident. Christian Jones had worked his way up
to third but had the lapped Pastor between himself and second
placed Pena at the restart. Pena was able to hold Jones off
to take a well earned second place. John OHara finished
fourth from Marave, Murphy, Tuason, Pastor and Farrell. Moreno
finished his race in the gravel whilst Winslows electrical
problems were terminal. Renan Morales suffered an engine failure.
Tuasons car failed the airbox test after the race promoting
Farrell to second in class.