Malaysian racing driver Weiron Tan began his 2015 Pro Mazda Championship campaign this weekend, but suffered a challenging season opener at St Petersburg in Florida. Driving the #22 car for the championship winning Andretti Autosport team, Weiron showed pace straight out of the box as he finished third fastest in first practice out of the 18-strong field.
On the St Petersburg track qualifying was crucial due to difficulties overtaking on the tricky street circuit. In an extremely competitive session which saw lap times tumbling in the final minutes, Weiron- who ran as high as second- set the ninth fastest lap after suffering with tyre pressure issues and a broken rear bar in the closing stages of the session.
weiron1Beginning from ninth in the first race Weiron started well moving up to fifth after the start. Unfortunately he suffered brake problems throughout the race until lap 12 when the brakes failed, forcing him into the tyre wall at turn 4 and putting an end to his race.
In the second race Weiron was pushed into an accident on the opening lap which caused another DNF for the 20-year-old. He will now turn his focus to the next round which will take place at Avondale in LA on 11-12 April, and which was the location of a race victory and two second places for Weiron in the recent ProMazda WinterFest competition.
“St. Pete is a fantastic circuit,” said Weiron. “It was my first time driving on a street course this weekend and it was a good place to start, the fans were really cool and the atmosphere was good. Unfortunately the first race was disappointing. We had a problem with overheating brakes and it caused us problems in the turns around the whole track. Then at one turn basically the brakes just failed and it hurt us. In the second race there was a problem on the blind corner and I was cornered into an accident and was out of the race. It’s disappointing that I couldn’t pick up points after the WinterFest results were so good, but now we just look forward to the next race, a track I’ve already scored one win and two podiums on this year.”
Ben Potter

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