The second day of the curtain-raiser round of the 2017 Formula Masters China Series (FMCS) got underway on Saturday with two of the four races. Singapore’s Danial Nielsen-Frost capped off a strong day with a podium finish following his second place finish in Race 1, and fourth-place in Race 2.
Starting from pole position following his stellar qualifying on Friday, young Singaporean ace Danial Frost managed to secure a podium finish in the Saturday morning’s race with a strong second place. Held in dry conditions, the youngster had led most of the race until a brief safety car period produced a battle for the lead in the closing stages of the race. Frost eventually finished in second position after a strong fight back en route to his first FMCS podium of the season.
Having clocked in the fourth quickest lap time in Race 1, Frost started Race 2 from the second row of the grid from P4. A good start saw the youngster gain a position on track to move up into P3, a position he held on to for most of the race. However, he did come under pressure from behind and had to relinquish the position to eventually finish the 10-lap race just outside of the podium in fourth position.
Danial Nielsen-Frost (Car #66, Eurasia Motorsports) – P2 Race 1, P4 Race 2: “I started from pole position for Race 1 and managed to get off to a really good start. From there I managed to pull out a gap in the lead to the rest. From that point on, I concentrated on putting together consistent lap times to maintain the gap. Unfortunately, there was a short safety car period, and I lost all the advantage and that helped the guys behind me to close in on me. After that I had to really defend but lost two positions towards the end, first to Daniel (Lu) and Arvin (Esmaeili). But I managed to fight back to regain P2 from Arvin. Overall, I am happy with this result as it is a good start to my FMCS campaign.
“I had a more difficult race in Race 2, though I managed to gain a position at the start,” said Danial. “I tried to push to keep my laptimes consistent but came under pressure from Taylor (Cockerton), who passed me in the final couple of laps. It is not the result I was expecting, but I know that there are areas that the team and 1 have to work on for tomorrow’s races, which are my main focus. More importantly, I am happy to collect points for the championship.”