The promising pace shown in practice and qualifying in the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup mid-season round (4-7 August) rewarded Aidan and teammate Eurasia graduate Tanart Sathienthirakul a podium in Saturday’s race, but was turned into misfortune by a drive shaft failure during the Sunday race.
On Saturday Aidan and Tanart qualified the LMP3 WINEURASIA on the first row for both races. A strong first stint was thwarted somewhat by traffic, denying the Australian with a chance of victory. Still, the 17-year-olds consistent pace during was up to the task and he secured the podium finish. “It was quite a tricky race, but good nonetheless. “- Aidan said on the first race – “Tanart did a great job in the first stint, with the speed he had and fought with James for the lead. In the pitstops, we lost a bit of time to James, so when I drove out of the pits, I had a bit of a gap and from there it was quite difficult to manage the car through the traffic, and after the oil went down, had some slight car issues, so it was about bringing the car to the finish. We know from practice and qualifying that we have a good pace in the car, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s race.”
A mechanical failure on the Ligier put on an early stop on the second race. “A tough end to the weekend for Eurasia, mechanical dramas for both cars. For us, a driveshaft seizure ended our second race early on.” Aidan said.
“We had promising speed in free practice and qualifying, but missed the chance to prove it on race day. I’ve finished this weekend a better driver for sure, and with another solid podium finish. I’m proud of the effort put in by Eurasia once again. We’ll be back for more in round 4 of the Formula Masters China Series next weekend.”
Aidan will stay in Malaysia for the Formula Masters China Round 4 this weekend (13-14 August). The third and last round of the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup will take place in 3 weeks (2-4 September).