With two of the scheduled races for round 4 of the Formula Masters Asian Series scheduled on Saturday at China’s Zhuhai International Circuit, the weekend’s action had an early morning kick-off with Race 1 followed by the afternoon’s Race 2.
Singapore’s Danial Nielsen Frost was able to collect valuable points following a sixth place finish in Race 1. Starting Race 2 from pole position, Frost rounded off the day with his maiden win with a lights-to-flag victory in the afternoon’s 7-lap race.
Starting from the fourth row of the grid from P7 for the morning’s Race 1, Frost got off to the storming start, gaining two spots in the opening stages of the race. Though losing a spot to Japanese Tomoyo Takahashi (SuperLicense) on the second lap, Frost did demonstrate his pace to fight for the position through to the mid-way point of the race.
Despite his best effort to overtake Takahashi, a small mistake from Frost did see him lose a position, eventually finishing the 12-lap race in seventh. The results were later revised following a penalty involving another driver with Frost classified as finishing sixth.
The youngster’s pace in the race also saw him lay down a series of quick laps, that produced a scorching lap and the fastest lap of the race with his effort of 1:37.497s. That would prove crucial as that also meant that Frost had earned a pole position start for the second race of the day.
“Although results-wise I am not too pleased in Race 1,” said Danial. “I am really happy with the pace in the race and getting the fastest lap of the race in Race 1 was a huge boost for me, especially going into Race 2 with the pole position start.
In the second race, I was a little nervous at the start especially with (Tomoki) Takahashi starting beside me. I am not sure what happened to him but I did come under some pressure from Daniel (Lu) at the start but after the second lap I was able to pull out a gap and pull away, staying consistent and focused. I am really pleased to win today! Thank you to everyone on the team, my parents and my sponsors!”
With a front row start, Frost made it a memorable Race 2 in the scorching afternoon heat when he drove a near-perfect race completing the 7-lap sprint race with his first race victory of the season. Though the teenager did come under pressure at the start from championship protagonist Daniel Lu (Absolute Racing), Frost leveraged on his quicker pace to open up a one-second gap to the rest of the field by the mid-way point. Maintaining the momentum, Frost was able to make it a lights-to-flag victory, his first in the series.
Coming off the back of his maiden Formula Masters Asian Series race victory in Race 2 on Saturday, Singapore’s Danial Nielsen Frost campaign continued on Sunday morning with the aim of collecting as many points as possible from the round.
Starting from fourth on the grid for the mid-morning race, Frost once again produced a stellar start, gaining a spot on the opening lap. Unfortunately, the youngster was not able to retain the position for long on the subsequent lap, relinquishing the position to move back into fourth. An incident at the start did bring out a brief safety car period, which allowed Frost to remain within reach of the trio of drivers ahead of him. Unfortunately, at the restart, Frost was involved in a tangle with another driver, which did see the youngster lose significant pace from damage sustained to his car.
Despite a valiant effort to stay in fourth, the teenager eventually surrendered the position to his Eurasia Motorsports teammate Kurt Hill, finishing the 12-lap race in fifth place to consolidate his commendable points haul from the round.
Speaking about his race weekend, it was mixed emotions for Danial. “I really wanted to carry on the momentum from yesterday’s victory into the third race today. I was really happy with the start and was able to gain a position. Unfortunately, I could not hold on to the advantage for long. When the safety car came out, there was another opportunity to try and gain ground but I got tangled up with another driver and there was damage to my car. After a while though, I started losing pace in the car and it took everything I had to nurse the car home.
It is definitely not what I had wanted, results-wise, but overall on the positive side, it has been a good weekend especially with yesterday’s win and that I managed to collect points from all three races. Now, we focus on the final round of the season in Shanghai in September and consolidate my position in the overall championship. I want to thank my parents who have been absolutely incredible and always believed. My gratitude also goes out to my sponsors Leighton-Nielsen, Denjet and Marlborough College. My thanks to the team, my engineer and mechanics who have worked hard all weekend.”
The season finale and fifth round of the Formula Masters Asian Series will take place from 22 to 24 September at the Shanghai International Circuit.