Absolute Racing Driver Daniel Lu proved unbeatable at the Sepang International Circuit, Winning the first two races of the season.
Qualifying was held on a damp track and in Qualifying 1 (determining the starting position of race 1) most cars were on wet tires except for Takashi Hata from Super license and Luo Kailuo from Linky Racing, who qualifying 3rd and 8th respectively on Slicks. But Daniel Frost from Eurasia Motorsport managed to take the first pole of the season. The Absolute Racing drivers who had dominated free practice seemed to have struggled a little in the damp conditions during qualifying.
For Race 1, Daniel Lu started from 4th on the grid. After 3 laps, Tayler Cockerton from Cebu Pacific Air by Pinnacle Motorsport who qualified 2nd and James Yu from Absolute Racing came together at T2 after James Yu optimistically dived in the inside of Cockerton. After the race, the stewards handed Yu a 3 race grid penalty for race 2 for causing an avoidable collision.
“The first race of the season in the first round was really good,” said an excited Lu. “I had a good start, the pace was good, I managed to over take third and second and the safety car came out, so it helps me a little bit to catch up with Daniel Frost and managed to overtake him and got to steal the win.”
Cockerton’s strong qualifying result did not deliver the points he hoped for, as his race was instantly over. James Yu came to a halt at T5 as well from the damage sustained. Resulting in the safety car coming out on lap 6. The safety car was called in a lap later, but slowed down the pack just before entering the pits, which hindered Frost getting a good restart, Lu managed to get past on the restart and finished first with Frost in second and Arvin Esmaeili from Absolute racing in third.
Isyraf Danish from Eurasia Motorsport started last after spinning out during the first lap in qualifying and to make matters worse, jumped the start, resulting in a drive through penalty. But the young Malaysian was determined to show his competitors he will be a force to be reckoned with this season, by setting a blistering fastest lap of 2:05:992 which earned him pole for Race 2.
Isyraf Danish who was starting from pole for Race 2 unfortunately stalled at the start, handing the lead immediately to Danial Lu, who then led the race until the finish. Never far behind were Arvin Esmaeili and Taylor Cockerton who finished in 2nd and 3rd. A little further down the field Daniel Frost and James Yu were locked in a tight battle for 4th place, Frost finishing 4th and Yu 5th and new Philippine driver Ben Grimes from Cebu Pacific Air by Pinnacle Motorsport finished in a fine 6th place.
We expect to see a lot more from him as the season progresses. Spanish Driver Antolin Gonzalez and Australian Kurt Hill crossed the finish line less then 2 tenths of a second apart in 7th and 8th place.
In the Masters Class, Zhang Ya Qi and Hu Nan both from China and driving for Linky Racing, took a win each.
The Formula Master Series has is a very strong driver line up this year and the season is shaping up to become a very competitive one in this very international field of young professional drivers.
Race 1 result:
|1||55||Daniel LU||CHN||Absolute Racing||22:14.193|
|2||66||Danial FROST||MAL||Eurasia Motorsport||22:15.246|
|3||27||Arvin ESMAEILI||SWE||Absolute Racing||22:15.667|
|4||13||Antolin GONZALEZ||ESP||Cebu Pacific Air by
|5||12||Ben GRIMES||PHI||Cebu Pacific Air by
|6||9||Manuel CABRERA||MEX||Absolute Racing||22:17.747|
|7||96||Kurt HILL||PHI||Eurasia Motorsport||22:18.221|
|8||44||LUO Kailuo||CHN||Linky Racing||22:21.776|
|9||19||Isyraf DANISH||MAL||Eurasia Motorsport||22:25.594|
|10||7||Takashi HATA||JPN||Super License||22:27.012|
|11||14||ZHANG Ya Qi (M)||CHN||Linky Racing||22:37.712|
|12||8||HU Nan (M)||CHN||Linky Racing||22:48.535|
|Not classified （75%=7 laps）|
|DNF||11||Taylor COCKERTON||NZL||Cebu Pacific Air by
|DNF||5||James YU||CHN||Absolute Racing||6:29.721|
|Best lap Time|
|19||Isyraf DANISH||MAL||Eurasia Motorsport||2:05.992|
Race 2 result:
|1||55||Daniel LU||CHN||Absolute Racing||21:11.713|
|2||27||Arvin ESMAEILI||SWE||Absolute Racing||21:14.838|
|3||11||Taylor COCKERTON||NZL||Cebu Pacific Air by
|4||66||Danial FROST||MAL||Eurasia Motorsport||21:21.592|
|5||5||James YU||CHN||Absolute Racing||21:21.700|
|6||12||Ben GRIMES||PHI||Cebu Pacific Air by
|7||13||Antolin GONZALEZ||ESP||Cebu Pacific Air by
|8||96||Kurt HILL||PHI||Eurasia Motorsport||21:27.928|
|9||19||Isyraf DANISH||MAL||Eurasia Motorsport||21:34.981|
|10||9||Manuel CABRERA||MEX||Absolute Racing||21:36.996|
|11||7||Takashi HATA||JPN||Super License||21:39.363|
|12||44||LUO Kailuo||CHN||Linky Racing||21:41.661|
|13||14||ZHANG Ya Qi (M)||CHN||Linky Racing||21:41.971|
|14||8||HU Nan (M)||CHN||Linky Racing||22:27.413|
|Best lap Time|
|11||Taylor COCKERTON||NZL||Cebu Pacific Air by