An early start for the final day of Round 3 of the Formula Masters Asian Series on Sunday saw Singapore’s Danial Nielsen-Frost and his fellow competitors begin the day with Race 2 before closing out the round with Race 3 in the afternoon.
Starting from pole position for Race 2, courtesy of his fastest lap from Race 1 on Saturday, the youngster managed to add to his championship points-haul after finishing a valiant sixth in an incident-filled 7-lap sprint race in the semi-dry Zhuhai International circuit.
The teenager had initially led the race in the opening lap of the race until the safety car period on the first lap. At the restart, Frost and Daniel Lu (Absolute Racing) quickly found themselves in a duel for the race lead. That duel would unfortunately end Lu’s race and see Frost drop down the order when he too went slightly off. Though able to recover, the youngster had it all to do from P10. After a succession of quick laps, Frost quickly made up ground moving up into P6 by the final lap, settling in on the position at the flag though he had closed in on the driver in P5.
The erratic weather conditions that had plagued the weekend had seemed to improve during the morning race, but did take a turn for the worse with the return of the heavy downpour by mid-morning, one that only began to ease before the afternoon’s Race 3. Starting from pole position for the afternoon’s race after a stellar qualifying 2 effort on Saturday, a gamble to switch to slick tyres proved a costly one as the young teenager was caught out by the variable track conditions as he was forced to retire after losing control of his car during the formation lap.
Danial Frost (Eurasia Motorsports): P6 Race 2 | DNF Race 3: “Starting from pole position for the sprint Race 2, my strategy was to ensure a good getaway off the line and make sure I kept everyone else behind me. Unfortunately, the safety car period did make it tough, as we had to do it all over again. Daniel (Lu) is a fierce competitor and I really had to defend. Unfortunately, he had a moment and went off, as did I, but I was able to recover but I lost so much ground. From that point, the goal became about salvaging what I could and recover as much points as possible.”
“I am really quite disappointed with the outcome of Race 3 as the gamble we took did not pay off. It is hard and bitter pill to swallow and not how we wanted to end the weekend especially with the non-finish from Race 1. But, I know this is part of the learning and I can only learn from them and try to take the positives. We know we have the pace as we were the quickest all weekend, so the focus is on working on the areas to be better and stronger for the next Zhuhai round. Thank you to the team for their belief in me, my coach, mechanics, my sponsors Leighton-Nielsen, Denjet and Marlborough college, and of course, my parents whose support is beyond any measure of words.”
Round 4 of the series will continue at China’s Zhuhai International Circuit next month from 28 – 30 July.