Stefan Johansson brings Craft Eurasia Ford GT3 home in 6th place
Former Ferrari and McLaren F1 star, Stefan Johansson, brought home the Craft Eurasia Ford GT3 car in 6th place at the MME 12 Hour race held at the Sepang F1 Circuit in Malaysia. After an eventful race with no less than four collisions resulting in pit stops to repair damage, Johansson, driving alongside Frank Yu and Alain Li, crossed the line in 6th place in a battered and bruised car.
Regarded as South East Asia's most prestigious endurance event, the MME 12 Hours featured a strong GT entry with works supported cars from several manufacturers. Stefan Johansson started the race in Frank Yu's GT Asia car and the team were hopeful of a good showing considering the Ford GT3's ability to look after its tyres and its extremely good fuel consumption. However in the second hour the leading works supported Audi tapped Frank Yu into a spin.
The Audi was given a drive through penalty and Yu continued until the end of the stint when a holed radiator had to be replaced due to stone damage. This dropped the car to 28th place but two fast stints from Alain Li and Johansson saw the car climb back into the top ten. However Frank Yu was again unlucky to be hit by an errant back marker resulting in other unscheduled stop to repair damage. Once again good stints from Yu and Johansson saw the team claw their way back into the top ten before another back marker side swiped Alain Li forcing yet another stop to make repairs.
Another climb back through the field, now in darkness, the race starting at midday and ending at midnight, saw the team back into the top ten before a back marker forced Frank Yu off the road in the fast turn six corner. The trip through the scenery ripped off the front splitter and all of the front under body. Grass and debris caused a brief fire in the pit stop but once under way Alain Li put in a great drive with no front aero grip back up to 6th place before handing over to Johansson to bring the crippled car home.
"It was an event to remember, drivers and team did a fantastic job to drag the car to the finish and in the circumstances a 6th place finish felt like a win" reported Craft Eurasia's Mark Goddard. "As expected Stefan was fast, very professional and did a fantastic job for us. Alain Li once again demonstrated he is one of the best 'gentleman' drivers in GT racing and Frank Yu also drove extremely well in every stint albeit very unlucky with the back markers."
Next GT event for the team will be at Macau in November.
Padayachee fourth, Aaron Chang survives huge accident
Duvashen Padayachee finished fourth in the first of two JK Racing Asia Series races supporting the Singapore F1 GP. Team mate, Aaron Chang, survived a huge accident when he was tipped into a roll and into the Turn 8 wall by an over optimistic lunge by Lucas Auer. Chang was running in a competitive third place when the accident happened and he was lucky to walk away from his completely destroyed car.
Padayachee started third with Natasha Seatter alongside in fourth and Chang from the fifth spot on the grid. Pasin Lathouras started from eighth on the competitive grid. Chang made a good start to finish the first lap in third glued to the gearbox of Jeffri in second. Chang seemed to have more pace than his rival but was unable to get past on the tight Singaporean track. This allowed Lucas Auer to close in and at the tight turn 8 right hander he dived up the inside of Chang and side swiped Aaron's right rear wheel with his left front. The car was launched into the air and hit the outside wall on the corner's exit at a ninety degrees, cockpit side to the wall. The car was totally destroyed but the driver was virtually uninjured once again demonstrating the strength of the Formula JK chassis.
The safety car was deployed whilst Aaron was extracted from the car and at the re-start another large accident saw the race end under the safety car. Padayachee took the flag in fourth whilst Natasha Seatter and Pasin Lathouras rued tardy starts which saw them drop to eighth and ninth.
"It was a disappointing race for us which promised so much but ended with a destroyed car. Lucas Auer apologised to the team after the race, which demonstrated great character, but we are appalled that the stewards considered it a racing incident and took no action. The accident was replayed to me in slow motion several times and I think I need my eyes tested as I am obviously not seeing the same incident they appeared to see" reported Eurasia's Mark Goddard. "We trust the officials to ensure driving standards are upheld and in this case I believe they have failed us. The message given is that even if your whole car is behind at the turn in point you can still fire up the inside and barge your competitor out of the way. What is worse they made their decision first prior to talking to any of the parties involved which is rather mystifying."
Race two takes place on Sunday afternoon with Natasha Seatter and Pasin Lathouras starting 3rd and 4th with Padayachee 6th and Chang in 8th, although the latter is likely to be a non-starter, a decision will be made on Sunday morning.
Podium finish for Padayachee at Singapore F1 GP event
Duvashen Padayachee finished third in a hard fought round 12 of the JK Racing Asia Series held at the Singapore F1 GP event. Team mate, Natasha Seatter was fifth, a personal best finish, with Pasin Lathouras in eighth after pitting to change a punctured tyre.
Natasha Seatter, starting from third on the grid, ended the first lap in that position with Padayachee in fourth whilst an unlucky Lathouras limped back to the pits to change a punctured rear tyre after Lucas Auer had tagged him at the start.
Auer passed Seatter and Padayachee on lap two with the latter also overtaking his Eurasia team mate just before the safety car was deployed. Racing recommenced on lap four with the top four pulling away from the field before another safety car on lap 7 closed the field up again. Auer was called in to replace a damaged front wing which promoted Padayachee to third and Seatter to fifth. A single lap of racing was left once the safety car was in and Padayachee and Seatter came home with great personal best finishes for the season. Pasin Lathouras recorded the fourth fastest race lap on his charge back to 8th in the competitive field.
"This was a great result for Duvashen and I am confident we will now see him on the podium many more times this season. Natasha has improved beyond recognition in the past year and it can only be a matter of time before we see her on a JK Racing Series Asia podium" stated Mark Goddard of Eurasia Motorsport. "Pasin was really unlucky to suffer a puncture but once back on track he drove a great race and his fourth fastest race lap demonstrated his fourth place on the grid was well deserved. It was a shame Aaron Chang was unable to start due to his accident in Saturday's race but he is recovering well and will come back stronger at the next event which supports the Indian F1 GP."
Formula Pilota seat available at Shanghai and Sepang
Eurasia Motorsport has a seat available in our Formula Pilota China team for the November 6th Shanghai Circuit World Touring Car support race and the end of season November 27th race at the Sepang F1 Circuit in Malaysia plus the December 3 non-championship event, also at Sepang. It's a great way to race a Formula Abarth at F1 circuits in hot weather in a competitive series. Download our driver guide on our website or paste this link into your browser for details:
"We are entering two cars for the three events and we already have one driver for the Sepang races:" reports Eurasia Motorsport's Mark Goddard. " Known as Formula Abarth in Europe these are state of the art junior Formula cars and these three events are a great way to set yourself up for 2012. We are happy for a driver to sign up for a one off event or of course preferably all three events."
The team employs the Championship winning race engineer from the 2010 Formula Abarth Series and we are the 2010 Formula BMW Pacific Champions. A driver cannot get any better back up than this and if you are good enough you can follow in the footsteps of Daniel Ricciardo, the F1 driver happy to state that the grounding he received with Eurasia Motorsport was instrumental in his subsequent success.
Padayachee 5th in first Delhi F1 support race
A twenty car Formula JK Racing Asia Series field put on a great display at the Delhi F1 Grand Prix event. Eurasia's Duvashen Padayachee finished 5th after a fraught race which saw his team mates, Aaron Chang, Pasin Lathouras and Natasha Seatter all involved in contact incidents.
Aaron Chang posted third fastest time in practice at the Buddh International Circuit in New Delhi. The new circuit, which is hosting the Indian F1 GP this weekend, is a great challenge and undoubtedly the best new permanent F1 circuit built in recent times.
Aaron was disappointed to qualify 7th for race one with team mate, Duvashen Padayachee in 8th. Both drivers rued mistakes on their fast laps which cost them a top six time. Pasin Lathouras was 14th with Natasha Seatter in 15th.
The first two laps of the race saw series leader, Lucas Auer, storm away into a huge lead helped by his team mate for the weekend, Camplese, who appeared to hold the rest of the field at bay until Auer's main championship rival, Afiq Ikhwan, lost patience and tried to get by only to have his front wing removed by Camplese. Most observers felt it was a cynical use of team tactics.
All this left Afiq with a car that was very fast down the long straights, due to the loss of his front wing, but little grip in the corners. A huge traffic jam developed behind him causing chaos with Natasha Seatter coming off worse after being hit by errant cars from all sides. Lathouras was also in the wars and bundled down the field by over aggressive drivers. Padayachee had looked to have escaped the confusion until running wide at T11 and rejoining behind the Afiq traffic jam, just in front of Chang. They began to work their way up to the front of the queue and in a great piece if opportunistic driving Padayachee forced his way past Khushlani and Afiq at T15. Chang took a couple more laps to find a way past Afiq, eventually finishing 7th after an eventful race. Lathouras was 14th with Seatter in 15th, both suffering with bent suspension as a result of the early race contacts.
The second race of the weekend takes place on Sunday before the F1GP.
Aaron Chang finishes 7th on Formula Pilota debut
Eurasia's Formula JK driver, Aaron Chang, sampled turbo power for the first time at the Shanghai Tianma Circuit World Touring Car Championship Formula Pilota China support event. He acquitted himself well with a seventh place finish in the strong 17 car field.
Chang steadily grew in confidence during practice and qualified within the top ten for the first of two 24 lap races on the twisty Tianma Circuit. In a tight first race he was embroiled in a four car battle for 5th place. Several place changes saw the Malaysian driver drop to 9th but then claw his way back to 7th at the flag.
The second race was wet and Aaron was pushed into the gravel and retirement by a rival. "Aaron adapted very quickly to the more powerful car demonstrating that Pilota is the next step in Asia after Formula JK." reported Eurasia's Mark Goddard. "Its a tough field with talented drivers from both Europe and Asia which gives young drivers a real test of their skill"
Next race is at the Sepang F1 Circuit on November 27th followed by a non-championship at the same track on December 3. Eurasia has one car available for both races. Interested drivers should contact Mark Goddard at email@example.com
58th Macau GP launched with GT Cup Display
The 58th Macau Grand Prix was officially launched with a display of the Star River Windsor Arch Macau GT Cup cars in Macau. The Craft Eurasia Ford GT3 cars of regular drivers, Samson Chan and Frank Yu, were joined by the team's Aston Martin DBRS9 GT3 which will be driven by NISMO driver, Tomonubu Fujii.
Samson Chan recorded a fourth place finish in last year's race, the first of the regular GT Asia drivers. This year the race will be the final round of the GT Asia Series and Chan hopes to again record maximum points to end the season on a high. Frank Yu has been very competitive in GT Asia with his Ford this season and he should also be competitive at a track which should suit the characteristics of the Ford. Fujii joins a list of competitive guest drivers who include two times Macau F3 Champion, Edoardo Mortara, Danny Watts, Rodolfo Avila and last year's race winner, Keita Sawa.
Each season the Macau GT grows in prestige and this year sees the race length increased to 12 laps for the 36 entries. This will be Tomonobu Fujii's first visit to the street circuit but the SGT300 star is confident of a good showing in the Aston Martin. Practice begins on Thursday November 17th with two qualifying sessions, one on Friday and the second on Saturday. The race will be held on Sunday before the World Touring Car race.
Tomonobu Fujii finishes 5th in Macau GT Cup
In the most dramatic Macau GT Cup race seen in recent history Japanese driver, Tomonobu Fujii, brought his Craft Eurasia Aston Martin DBRS9 home in 5th place, a good result for the Macau novice. Team mates, Frank Yu and Samson Chan, both suffered damaged Ford GT3 cars in an incident filled event which featured a race stopping multi-car accident at the infamous Mandarin Bend.
Two short twenty minute qualifying sessions resulted in finding a clear lap almost impossible. Those drivers lucky enough to be allocated positions at the end of the pit lane were able to join the circuit at the front of the queue after the inevitable session stopping red flags. Unsurprisingly seven of the top ten came from that end of the pit lane. Craft Eurasia was at the wrong end and suffered accordingly. In Qualifying One Fujii spun his Aston at Fishermans bend on his first flying lap, removing the rear wing and damaging the exhaust. His one timed lap, which included his spin, was still good enough for 14th in the 33 car field. Frank Yu was 8th overall, 2nd in the GT Asia Class with Samson Chan 11th overall. Both Ford GT drivers complained of a lack of a clear lap.
Frank Yu recorded a time good for 5th overall, first in GT Asia, in qualifying two but it was removed due to crossing the line just a second after the red light came on to stop the session. Ironically the light was for team mate, Samson Chan, who had slammed into the barrier on the approach to Dona Maria corner. Samson's data logging showed he was also on a lap good for 5th place when he crashed due to running slightly offline in the kink before the turn. Once the mess was cleared up neither Frank Yu nor Tomonobu Fujii could find a clear lap and they ended the session in 9th and 7th places respectively. Samson would be unable to race due to severe damage to the car.
The race start was clean and Edoardo Mortara swept into a lead he would hold to the flag. He was followed by Pro Drivers Keita Sawa, Danny Watts and Rodolfo Avila. Mok Weng Sun was in 5th and leading the GT Asia Class from the Audi of Tsukuki and Fujii in the Aston Martin. Frank Yu was in hot pursuit doing a good job to keep up with the Japanese drivers. It all went wrong on lap three when an oil cooler pipe came adrift on Tsukuki's Audi just before the high speed Mandarin Bend and sprayed copious amounts of oil on the racing line. A closely following Fujii saw flames coming from the back of the Audi and jinked past the slowing car. Frank Yu attempted to slow as much as he could, aware braking on the oil would mean disaster, and it looked like he had made it before he lost the back end on the exit and gracefully spun across the track and slammed into the barrier. "I saw 268kph before Mandarin so it was high speed spin that seemed to go on forever" reported Yu.
Eddie Yau was next up and he slammed into the barrier ending up in the middle of the track. A Ferrari then slammed into the stricken Yau Porsche which destroyed both cars. A couple more cars were involved resulting in a blocked track and a red flag.
It took over an hour to clean up the mess and put down enough cement dust to soak up the oil. A seven lap re-start saw Fujii chase down a 5th placed Mok, taking the place on lap six.
"The Fords were handling really well and with luck Frank and Samson should have been racing for the GT Asia lead" reported Craft Eurasia's Mark Goddard. "Fujii had the speed we think to finish on the podium, it was his first visit to Macau and he was the first Macau rookie home. If he had not crashed in Qualifying One it may have been a different story. We are already looking forward to next year!"
Jordan Oon joins Aaron Chang for Formula Pilota championship final
Australian Jordan Oon will drive for Eurasia Motorsport in the final Formula Pilota Championship event at the Sepang F1 Circuit this weekend. Oon, who competed in last year's Formula BMW Pacific Series, joins current Eurasia Motorsport Formula JK Racing Asia Series driver, Aaron Chang.
"We are really happy to finally have Jordan race in one of our cars" remarked Eurasia's Mark Goddard. "Jordan tested for us in Formula BMW and demonstrated great promise so we are looking forward to see how he performs this weekend."
Aaron Chang returns to the Formula Pilota team after competing in the last round held at the Shanghai Tianma Circuit and he has been posting some good lap times in practice at Sepang.
Qualifying takes place on Friday November 26th and the two races will be run on Sunday 27th.
Daniel Cammish joins Eurasia for Championship final F.JK event
British racing star, Daniel Cammish, has joined Eurasia Motorsport for the Formula JK Racing Asia Series finale at the Sepang F1 Circuit. After minimal track time he qualified in fifth place for the first race to be held on Sunday December 4th at the Malaysian track.
The first time Cammish had sat in a F.JK car and seen the challenging F1 circuit was for a very wet official test on Saturday. He adapted quickly to the car and posted fifth fastest lap in very challenging conditions. Qualifying was dry and he was again fifth fastest just over a second off the pole time. Cammish is confident he will be on the pace for the four races which will be run on Sunday.
Natasha Seatter did a good job to step out of her Formula Pilota Car after a 12 lap race and straight into the Formula JK for qualifying. Eighth fastest time was her reward. Aaron Chan was also car jumping, having finished second in the preceding F.Pilota event but problems consigned him to 13th place.
2011 JK Racing Asia Series ends with four races at Sepang
Eurasia guest driver, Dan Cammish, improved his pace with each of the four races held at the Sepang F1 Circuit in Malaysia, just missing out on three podium finishes in the incident packed races. Team mates Aaron Chang and Natasha Seatter were in the thick of the action and had their own private battle in all four races.
Race one saw Cammish slot into third place after a close battle with Irfan Ilyas. He had opened a good gap with a lap to go when Nabil Jeffri slowed with a mechanical problem and managed to block Cammish allowing his team mate, Ilyas, by into third robbing Cammish of a debut podium. Aaron Chang did well to finish 9th from last on the grid after qualifying problems whilst Natasha Seatter went one place better after a strong drive.
Race two ended in disaster for Aaron Chang on lap two when he ran into the back of team mate Natasha Seatter at turn nine. This put him out of the race whilst Natasha did well to finish 10th with a bent rear wing. Cammish was again in the battle for third place but was forced off the road during the battle with the Petronas duo, Jeffri and Ilyas. He eventually finished a disappointed 6th.
Aaron Chang finished race three a mere .625 of a second in front of Natasha Seatter after a race long battle whilst Cammish was fifth after another close battle with Jeffri and Ilyas. Cammish lost several places at the start of race four but was soon up to fourth place closing on the leaders, at one point almost within striking distance of newly crowned champion, Lucas Auer. However Ilyas lunged past and whilst they battled it allowed Auer to get away. Once clear of Ilyas, Cammish pulled away to finish fourth. Aaron Chang again finished in front of Natasha Seatter, this time by .694 of a second!
"Dan demonstrated the car is on the pace, he was improving every time out after only a wet test session, one dry practice and qualifying before the race. He did a good job having never driven the car or circuit before and he was racing against drivers who have had hundreds of laps around Sepang" remarked Eurasia's Mark Goddard. "Aaron did a great job, getting quicker with each race whilst Natasha again proved she is real racer".
Eurasia gear up for testing
2012 pre- season testing gets into gear at the Sepang F1 Circuit in Malaysia next month. Six days in January, 3-5 and 16-18, are followed by nine days in February, 6-8, 16-18 and 24-26. Places are still available in our Formula JK, Formula Pilota and Formula Three cars. Interested drivers should contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Drivers receive a full driver coaching and data analysis service in our championship winning cars. It is a cost effective way of getting up to speed for next season in warm weather at a current Formula One Circuit, considered one of the best on the F1 calendar
Formula JK expands into Europe
Formula JK will support the Singapore and Indian F1 Grand Prix plus the Spa 24 Hours and Paul Ricard GT events. It will also headline two Asian Festival of Speed events at the Korean F1 Circuit and Sepang in Malaysia. Five current F1 circuits racing in front of F1 and leading GT Teams makes this a truly remarkable and cost effective career move for young drivers. Eurasia Motorsport is testing potential drivers at the Sepang F1 Circuit in Malaysia. Next dates are February 5-8 and 16-18. Email email@example.com to book your seat.
The Series Schedule is:
May 6 Korea F1 Circuit, Asian Festival of Speed
July 1 Paul Ricard, France, GT
July 29 Spa, Belgium, 24 Hours GT
Sept 9 Sepang, Malaysia, AFOS
Sept 23 Singapore F1
Oct 28 Delhi, India F1
(All dates subject to confirmation)
Formula JK receives Worldwide TV coverage as befits a truly international race series. The cars have featured in the early careers of the majority of the leading young F1 and GT drivers, including World Champion Sebastian Vettel and new Toro Rosso F1 signing and Eurasia Motorsport graduate, Daniel Ricciardo.
Pre-season testing is essential for a successful campaign therefore drivers need to book their place as soon as possible.
Successful testing campaign for Eurasia Motorsport
Eurasia Motorsport has now completed the first segment of testing at the Sepang Circuit in Malaysia. Testing at Sepang will recommence after the F1 Grand Prix in March. In use were the teams GT, Formula Three, Formula Pilota and JK Racing Asia Series cars driven by a complete spectrum of drivers from F1 to novices. Testing for GT and F3 cars will re-commence in April at Sepang whilst F. Pilota will test next month in China. An alternative venue will be announced soon for March JK Racing Asia Series car testing.
Sandy Stuvik, British National Class Championship and ex-Eurasia F.BMW driver, Kotaro Sakurai plus Italian Antonio Giovinazzi all sampled the team's Dallara 304 Toyota car. All three posted competitive lap times and found it useful for miles in an F3 car.
The F. Pilota team tested a total of eight different drivers and the current lap record was comprehensively beaten by five of those drivers. The team has one seat only vacant in our 2012 four car F. Pilota team.
A British F.Ford driver joined Hiqmar Danial in the JK team, both drivers setting competitive times in the Mygale chassis.
"The F3 once again proved to be a cost effective manner for drivers to get F3 experience in good weather at a Grand Prix track. It has to be the best F3 value on the planet right now!" reported Mark Goddard of Eurasia. "We had a mix of experienced and novice drivers in our F. Pilota cars and with the former we were able to further fine tune the cars and we are certain we will be a force in this year's championship. We have three drivers signed up already, announcements will be made in due course. The first round of the series is at Shanghai and the cars are on the way to China now. We will have the available test dates very soon".
"Alex Yoong helped us with set up work with our Ginetta G50Z GT3 cars in readiness for the first Malaysian Super Series Race at the F1 Grand Prix at Sepang in March. He did his usual professional job and set some impressively fast times. Frank Yu and Samson Chan will drive the cars at the F1 event."
Eurasia graduates to race at all levels of the sport
Graduates of Eurasia Motorsport will be racing at the highest levels of the sport in 2012 once again confirming the grounding received with Eurasia allows drivers to develop successful careers in the sport. We pride ourselves on giving our drivers the best possible start to their careers and they leave us equipped to move up the motorsport ladder. Daniel Ricciardo races in F1 with Toro Rosso, David Zhu in F2, Marlon Stockinger in GP3, Richard Bradley in the All Japan F3 Championship, Kotaro Sakurai in GP3 and F3 and Natasha Seatter has just won a round of the Formula Gulf Championship.
Duvashen Padayachee is testing in British F3 with a view to race whilst Pasin Lathouras will race in one make GT this season. Aditya Patel is also looking to graduate to GT after a successful touring car campaign in Europe last year.
"I believe its no coincidence that so many of our drivers graduate to higher levels of the sport and it's why we insist our drivers receive the best possible coaching we can give. They leave us equipped to deal with data, engineers and cars at the highest level of the sport" reports Mark Goddard of Eurasia Motorsport.
Eurasia still has one vacancy in the Formula Pilota and two seats in JK Racing Asia Series.
Formula Pilota Testing resumes at Zhuhai Circuit
Testing for Formula Pilota will take place at the Zhuhai International Circuit in China, close to Hong Kong and Macau, this April. Three of the team's four cars are filled for the season. Drivers interested in racing for the 2011 Formula Pilota Maters Champion Team should contact us now to book a seat for testing. Dates are April 2-3 and 16-18.
The Overall Champion and the best Asian driver both receive a place in the Ferrari Academy 'run off' giving drivers the opportunity to impress the iconic team enough to become a member of the Ferrari Driver Development Program.
The Formula Pilota Series takes place over 18 races at six events, one each at F1 circuits Sepang and Shanghai, two events at Zhuhai and one each at Ordos and Taiwan
Sepang JK test dates available
Testing resumes for our JK Racing Asia Series Team at Sepang Circuit once the Malaysian Grand Prix has been held. Dates are April 9-11, 23-26 and May 21-23. The first round of the series will be held at Sepang on May 27th followed by races at Paul Ricard and Spa in Europe before returning to Asia for the Singapore and Indian F1 support events. Final round is at Delhi supporting the GT World Championship. We still have seats for the season, interested drivers should contact us now.
JK Racing Asia Series is a truly international series which offers tremendous value in cars that have launched the careers of many F1 drivers including the current World Champion and an ex-Eurasia race winner Daniel Ricciardo. It offers young drivers the chance to perform in front of motor sport's most influential people at four current F1 circuits.
Craft Eurasia one two at Malaysian GP
Craft Eurasia drivers, Frank Yu and Samson Chan, finished first and second in the GT Race at the Malaysian F1 GP. The two Ginetta G50Z GT3 drivers fought over the lead in a dramatic race which ran several laps under the safety car after a first lap accident.
The first of two races took place on Saturday at the Sepang F1 Circuit. Yu and Chan finished second and third of the Asian GT drivers, the former having spent the entire race defending from Philip Ma in a new Audi GT3. Ma took the place on the last corner of the last lap after an entertaining race.
The second race, held before the F1 GP, saw Dilantha Malagamuwa trigger a multi-car accident on the run up to the first turn at the start. The safety car was deployed for several laps whilst the mess was cleaned up. Philip Ma took the lead from Frank Yu and Samson Chan on the first lap, unfortunately after the safety car was deployed. At the re-start Yu and Chan pushed Ma all the way to the flag although they took no risks on the assumption Ma would receive a penalty. Once the twenty second penalty was applied it left the two Craft Eurasia drivers to take a one-two finish.
New team mate, Francis Onda in his Ferrari 430 GT3, qualified a fine fifth on the grid for race one. However a couple of spins in the race left him with a lowly starting position for race two. He just managed to avoid the lap one carnage and finished 8th out of the 27 starte
Palmer tests Formula Pilota
GP2 driver, Jolyon Palmer, recently tested a Eurasia Formula Pilota car at the Sepang F1 Circuit to learn the circuit prior to the first round of the GP2 Series held at the track over the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix weekend. He shattered the Pilota lap record in the process. Palmer found the car an excellent tool in which to learn the circuit, demonstrating that the Pilota car is an ideal vehicle for a young driver to develop their talent. This was confirmed when he set fastest time in GP2 practice before qualifying 7th.
"As expected we were very impressed with Jolyon. Apart from being extremely fast he was also very professional and his feedback allowed us to further develop the car which will help us in this year's championship" reported Eurasia's Mark Goddard. "Setting fastest time in GP2 practice not only confirms his talent but also the benefit of running with Eurasia Motorsport."
Palmer commented "It went very well, I learned a lot and I really enjoyed the experience and working with Eurasia".
After qualifying 7th for the GP2 race at the Malaysian GP Palmer unfortunately stalled at the start of race one which put an end to his chances of a good race result.
Testing for this year's F.Pilota championship continues in April at Zhuhai Circuit near Hong Kong. The team has one seat still vacant, drivers interested in competing should contact us now at firstname.lastname@example.org
Craft Eurasia one-two in MSS Asian GT
Filed under Featured, Featured News 0diggsdigg Samson Chan and Cyndie Allemann swept to victory in the Malaysian Super Series event held at the Sepang F1 Circuit in Malaysia on May 27th. They were followed by team mates, Frank Yu and Hideto Yasuoka in the one hour, two driver event. This is the second race in a row that the team's Ginetta G50Z GT3 cars have finished first and second at Sepang.
Samson Chan started the race on the front row and spent the first ten laps defending superbly from the Audi R8 Ultra GT3 of Philip Ma. The MSS race was also round of the Asian GT Series and the 'results' for this were taken at the end of lap ten. Once full points had been achieved Samson handed over to Swiss Super GT driver, Cyndie Allemann. She increased her lead to over 40 seconds by the chequered flag.
Frank Yu had started from the back of the grid after the propshaft broke on the first lap of qualifying and handed the car over to Hideto Yasuoka on lap 11. Yasuoka, like Allemann a Super GT driver, continued Yu's rise up the large field to bring the car home in second place.
"The cars ran without any problems at all and Samson did a great job to outdrive the Audi Ultra" reported Craft Eurasia's Mark Goddard. Cyndie and Hideto both drove extremely well and they now know the track very well for the Super GT event which will be held on June 10th".
Hiqmar Danial on JK podium, rookie Josh Raneri impresse
Filed under Featured, Featured News 0diggsdigg Malaysian driver, Hiqmar Danial, started his second season in the JK Racing Asia Series with a fine third place in the third of four races held at the opening round of the Series held at the Sepang F1 Circuit. This was his first podium in the Series and his first event with Eurasia Motorsport. Australian team mate, Josh Raneri, was an extremely impressive rookie finishing in the top ten in all four races. The first time he had sat in a Formula car was race week making his performance all the more remarkable.
Hiqmar had completed only a handful of tests prior to the season but he was immediately on the pace once race week began. He was very disappointed to qualify 7th "Too many mistakes, my theoretical fastest lap on the data was faster than the pole lap" rued Hiqmar. Josh Raneri was just two places behind in 9th place on the starting grid, a remarkable performance considering he had begun the week as a complete novice.
Race one saw Hiqmar climb to 5th place after a spirited battle with Ron Tan. Raneri completed his first Formula car race in 8th place, a fine achievement considering the quality of the 14 car field.
Race two saw Raneri go one place better whilst Hiqmar was pushed off track whilst battling for third place and fell to the back of the field, eventually finishing tenth. Race three was much better for Hiqmar, taking third place on lap three and then holding off a challenge from Afiq Yazid. Raneri finished 7th, his fastest race lap less than a second slower than the race's fastest lap.
Race four saw Hiqmar start from tenth on the grid and he was able to finish 7th just ahead of his team mate. "Hiqmar undertook very little pre-season testing compared to all the guys at the front and yet he still managed his first podium finish. I believe this bodes well for the remainder of the season and I see no reason why he will not be winning races this year. In Josh we seem to have found another Australian star in the making and if he continues to improve at the rate he did at Sepang we will have two potential race winners on our hands this season" reported Eurasia's Mark Goddard.
The next round of the series will be held at Paul Ricard in France on July 1st.
Craft Eurasia qualify first at Le Mans
Filed under Press Releases 0diggsdigg Craft Eurasia drivers, Frank Yu and Tomonobu Fujii, qualified their brand new Aston Martin Vantage GT3 car on pole position for this weekend's Aston Martin Festival support race at the Le Mans 24 Hours. The car was delivered brand new to the team earlier this week and the race is being treated as a shakedown prior to shipping the car to Malaysia for the Sepang MME 12 Hour race. "I love this car" beamed Frank Yu after his first drive in practice and this summed up the feeling of the whole team especially after Fujii set a stunning pole time of 4m 00.8 seconds.
Qualifying saw Frank Yu stop early due to a puncture and with Fujii behind the wheel he pitted after one lap for a pre-cautionary check of the power steering system. Once on his way he was back in the pits with another puncture and he had a few minutes left to qualify once a replacement tyre was fitted. His only flying lap was good for pole.
'We were treating this as a shakedown but the car was so fast out of the box our aim is to race to win on Saturday" reported Craft Eurasia's Mark Goddard. "The car is a huge advance on the DBRS9 GT3 car we ran in 2010 and this has to be best shakedown the team has ever experienced"
The race will take place at 11.15am on Saturday morning
Craft Eurasia first in class, third overall at Le Mans
Filed under Press Releases 0diggsdigg Frank Yu and Tomonobu Fujii finished in a fine third place, first in the GT3 Class, in the Aston Martin Festival support race at the Le Mans 24 Hours. Their brand new Aston Martin Vantage GT3 ran without a hitch in a wet race. A perfect shakedown for the car prior to being shipped to Sepang for the 12 Hour MME event in August.
A constant drizzle resulted in a wet track which put huge pressure on Frank Yu who started the race. He had completed only five laps prior to the race and would start from pole position in a car and at a track he had not seen prior to race week. In treacherous conditions Yu kept up a pace good enough to keep the car in contention. Once the pit lane opened after 15 minutes of the 45 minute race Yu pitted to hand over to Fujii after a fine drive.
Despite the team being one of the first to make the compulsory pit stop the pace of Frank Yu allowed the Japanese driver re-join the race in 9th position which soon bcame fourth after those in front pitted. Within three laps he was up to third place. This soon became second but the GT2 car of Marco Seefried was closing fast. "The tyres were suffering once the track started to dry" reported Fujii, "and I decided to bring the car home for a good finish".
Craft Eurasia were given the Aston Martin "Spirit of Le Mans" award which completed a memorable event for the team. "We have to thank Martin Braybrook of Brookspeed Motor Sport for his help, our mechanics for doing a great job on a brand new car and Aston Martin for their support" stated Craft Eurasia's Mark Goddard. "This was a perfect shake down and we now look forward to the MME 12 Hours at Sepang in August. This car is capable of winning the MME and as Frank Yu yelled over the radio on his first lap in practice, 'I love this car'!"
Filed under Featured, Featured News 0diggsdigg Ghorparde had qualified third behind team mate, Antonio Giovinazzi, and he converted a good start to a race lead which he held for several laps before relinquishing the place. It was a great debut drive for Ghorpade at the Shanghai F1 Circuit. Giovinazzi took third place on the last lap with a late lunge which earned him a 5 place grid penalty for Sunday's race. Sami Luka was 6th, Sean Gelael 7th and Robin Tato 8th.
Sami Luka is steadily improving and finished 6th whilst young Sean Gelael drove well in his first Formula car race to finish 7th. Robin Tato was 13th and completed the Eurasia Motorsport line up. Rounds 2 and 3 will be held on Sunday 17th.
Parth Ghorpade second in opening F.Pilota china round at Shanghai
Sami Luka on podium at Shanghai F.Pilota race two
Filed under Featured, Featured News 0diggsdigg Sami Luka stormed to third overall in round two of the Formula Pilota China Series held at the Shanghai F1 Circuit. Team mate, Sean Gelael, was a fine fifth overall and second in the Asian Driver class. Antonio Giovinazzi was fourth, Robin Tato tenth and Parth Ghorpade was classified fourteenth after losing his front wing in the first lap.
Round three will take place later in the day, Sunday June 17th.
Antonio Giovinazzi second in final Shanghai F. Pilota race.
Filed under Featured, Featured News 0diggsdigg Antonio Giovinazzi finished second overall on the Shanghai F1 circuit in round three of the Formula Pilota China Series. He is now second in the driver's championship whist team mate, Sean Gelael leaves Shanghai second in the Asian Driver Class Championship. Parth Ghorpade finished the race in 5th overall and is placed fourth overall in the series whilst Robin Tato is eighth in the series after another top ten finish. Guest driver, Sami Luka, was placed 8th in round three.
The next Formula Pilota China event takes place at Ordos in China on July 8th.
Frustrating Paul Ricard JK Racing Asia Series for Eurasia
Filed under Press Releases 0diggsdigg Danial Hiqmar had looked competitive in practice for the first European round of the JKRAS but traffic in qualifying saw him line up in 8th place for race one. Raneri suffered an engine problem and would start 11th. Both drivers moved forward in the race but unfortunately contact between the two team mates in a hectic multi-car battle ended Raneri's race and left Hiqmar at the back of the field. Hiqmar's luck was no better in race two, a puncture after contact seeing him drop to the back of the field although his fastest race lap was competitive. Raneri finished tenth from the back of the grid after a good drive.
The next round of the series will take place at Spa on July 28th and the team hope that both drivers can fulfill their potential. "Danial just needs to qualify well, his race pace is good, whilst Josh is very impressive for a complete novice. We hope both drivers will unlock their potential at Spa." reported Eurasia's Mark Goddard.
Podiums galore for Eurasia in Ordos F. Pilota China event
Filed under Featured, Featured News 1diggdigg Sean Gelael came away from Ordos leading the Asia Driver Class with two podium finishes in three races whilst Parth Ghorpade emulated his team mate with an overall podium in addition to a Class win. Anontnio Giovinazzi qualified on the front row for all three races and was second twice. He is now just four points behind the championship leader.
Qualifying for race one was extremely exciting with Dan Wells grabbing pole position by a hundredth of a second from Giovinazzi whilst the second qualifying session, which determines the grid for race three, saw the positions swapped by a similar margin.
Race one saw Giovinazzi finish a close second to Wells whilst Parth Ghorpade starred by grabbing third from fifth on the grid. This gave him Asian Class honours from team mate Sean Gelael. Sami Luka was 8th with Robin Tato 11th in the very competitive field.
Rain just before race two resulted in all but one competitor change to wet tyres on the starting grid. Wells and Giovinazzi initially led in the tricky conditions but it soon became apparent dry tryes were the correct choice as slick shod Yin Hai Tao swept through the field running five seconds a lap faster than the wet weather shod cars by the end of the race.
Race three was dry and Giovinazzi led from start to last lap with a small gap back to Dan Wells. However an electrical problem saw the engine die for over three seconds allowing Wells to sweep past and take the win from Giovinazzi. Sean Gelael drove his best race yet taking his first overall podium and Asian Class honours. Parth Ghorpade had run as high as third but an off course excursion resulted in the 5th place finish whilst Sami Luka was 9th with an engine issue. Robin Tato crashed on lap two after being assaulted from behind at the final turn.
"We were all disappointed for Antonio in the last race, he drove really well and deserved to win" reported Eurasia's Mark Goddard. "Sean is improving with every race, as is Parth who also had a third place finish this weekend. Sami could not show his true potential after his engine problem whilst Robin was really unlucky in the final race"
The next round of the series will again be held at Ordos in August.
Top six for Hiqmar Danial at Spa JK Racing Asia Series event
Filed under Featured, Featured News digg The JK Racing Asia Series held rounds seven and eight at the iconic Spa Francorchamps Circuit in Belgium. The challenging track In the Ardennes as usual threw extremes of weather at the drivers with one dry and one wet race. Danial Hiqmar impressed in race one with a fourth place finish whilst rookie, Josh Raneri, did well to finish eighth in race one and tenth in the wet race two.
Both Eurasia drivers were disappointed with their performance in qualifying giving themselves a lot of work to do in the races. Danial started race one in 8th place and steadily made his way up to fourth at the flag, a fine drive. Josh also made a good start but lost out on the last lap and had to be content with eighth place.
Race two was wet and a daunting prospect for the drivers on the seven kilometer circuit. Danial and Josh both had good pace by the end of the race, their lack of wet weather experience telling in the early stages of the race. Danial finished 7th with Josh in 10th.
Eurasia Motorsport dominate Ordos Formula Pilota China even
Filed under Featured, Featured News digg Eurasia Motorsport's Antonio Giovinazzi left Ordos as championship leader after taking two wins and a third place from the three races. Team Mate, Sean Gelael, increased his lead in the Asian Driver Class with two second overall finishes, both first in class. Parth Ghorpade made it an all Eurasia podium in race two and followed up with a second overall, first in the Asian Driver Class in the final race.
Antonio Giovinazzi led from lights to flag in the first race despite constant pressure from Gelael. Parth Ghorpade had been running in fourth but a quick off relegated him to fourth. The second race saw Antonio just hold Sean at bay from the lights and that is how they finished followed by Parth making it a Eurasia podium lockout.
Sean Gelael started from pole position for race three but lost out to Dan Wells at the start. Parth had started 5th but came by in third at the end of lap one and that became second after Gelael retired with an overheated engine. Giovinazzi cemented his championship lead with third place.
The next round of the series will be held at the Guangdong International Circuit on September 16th.
Frank Yu on podium at Suzuki GT Asia event
Filed under Featured, Featured News digg Frank Yu finished a fine third in the GT Asia support race for the Suzuka Super GT 1000kms event. He had started from 5th place in the Craft Eurasia Racing Ford GT3 and after making an early super fast pit stop was up to third place once all the pit stops had cycled through, setting his fastest lap of the weekend in the process.
Race one on Saturday had seen Yu start from the pit lane after the car selected reverse gear on the grid. He charged up though the field and was first to make a mandatory pit stop, a strategy which made allowed him to gain several places. This plus some outstanding overtaking maneuvers saw him finish the race in fifth position, a great drive from last in the 20 car field.
The next round of the championship will be held at Autopolis Circuit in Japan and Samson Chan will rejoin the series in his Ford GT3 having missed the Suzuka race due to commitments in Europe.
Filed under Featured, Featured News digg Craft Eurasia celebrated its appointment as an Official Aston Martin Racing Partner Team by rolling out its new Vantage GT3 car at the Sepang F1 Circuit in Malaysia in preparation for the MME 12 Hour race which will be held on September 1st. The car was shaken down by Fairuz Fauzy, the experienced Malaysian star setting a competitive race time on his first timed lap. The car will be raced by Frank Yu, Alain Li and Tomonobu Fujii.
Last year the team finished the iconic Asian endurance event in sixth place with the Ford GT3 and we are confident a top three placing is possible with the new car. "If we can stay out of trouble the car has the pace to compete for a podium finish" reported Mark Goddard of Craft Eurasia Racing. "In just one day the new car is setting very competitive lap times and with the great support we are receiving from Aston Martin Racing it gives the whole team confidence that we will be a real factor in this race".
Official practice starts on August 30th with qualifying the following day. The race will start at midday on Saturday September 1st and end at midnight.
Craft Eurasia gear up for the MME 12hr with new Aston Martin Vantage GT3
Craft Eurasia AMR finish fifth in drama filled Sepang MME 12 Hours
The team's new Aston Martin Vantage GT3 ran faultlessly during the race but for an hour lost to repair the car after it was assaulted by another competitor. The accident happened in the third hour and the team fought its way back to fifth place, Tomonobu Fujii posting the fastest lap of the race in the process.
Practice times had seen the car quickest and the team was hopeful of gaining fastest time in qualifying. However a gearbox malfunction intervened and saw the car line up in fourth place for the 12 noon start in blazingly hot conditions. Fujii started and whilst the lead Ferrari sprinted away he was happy to sit on the tail of the two Mercedes cars. The latter had an all-pro driver line-up whilst for this race the team was running only one professional driver therefore outright victory could only be obtained if the Mercedes hit problems.
Fujii handed over to Alain Li for the second stint and he drove well to keep the pro-driver in the now fourth placed LKM Porsche in sight. Frank Yu took over for the third stint and did well to catch and pass the LKM Racing Porsche, now driven by their sole amateur. However in what seemed like a moment of brain fade the driver of the Porsche braked far too late for turn one, slid over the apex grass and harpooned the Aston Martin 'wheel to wheel'. The impact broke the front suspension sub-frame on the car whilst the Porsche survived to continue.
The car was pushed back into the garage and the team did a fantastic job to replace the front sub-frame in 65 minutes. "Amazing" was the opinion of the AMR representative, it's a job that normally requires a whole day and requires the engine to be removed. To applause from the team's supporters the car rejoined the race with Fujii at the wheel. All three drivers then ran faultlessly to the flag, finally taking fifth place with a few minutes to go with Fujii behind the wheel.
"The two Mercedes finished one-two and ironically the Porsche which inflicted the damage on us was third. Fastest lap demonstrated the car has the speed to win and the fact that, accident apart, the car ran faultlessly gives us great confidence for the future" reported Team Principal Mark Goddard. "Fujii demonstrated he is one of the fastest drivers in GT racing and Frank and Alain both demonstrated they are amongst the best amateur drivers in the region. Frank was obviously disappointed after the accident but he was a completely innocent victim and the other driver came to apologize later."
Double Formula Pilota Pole at Guangdong Circuit
Antonio Giovinazzi and Parth Ghorparde qualified fastest for the first and third races respectively at the Guangdong International Circuit in China. Team Mate, Sean Gelael, qualified third in both sessions held in cool and blustery conditions. The grid for race two will be made up of the finishing positions of race one. The first two races will be held on Saturday September 15th with the final race on Sunday._
The first session was a tense affair with the fastest time being swapped between championship rivals, Giovinazzi and Dan Wells. The latter looked to have wrapped up the top spot before his Italian rival put in a stunning lap just before the flag. Sean Gelael also improved at the end to grab third spot whilst early pace setter, Parth Ghorpade, was relegated to fourth place.
Session two had Japanese Ren Nagabuchi on top spot until the final lap when Parth Ghorpade put in a lap .091 of a second quicker. Sean Gelael was again third whilst Giovinazzi was relegated to fourth when he failed to improve on the vital last couple of laps before the flag.
"Tomorrow is going to be exciting, any of our three drivers is capable of winning and Wells and Nagabuchi are going to be tough competition" reports Eurasia Team Manager, Mark Goddard. "It's a tight technical circuit and usually produces close racing."
Podium lock out at Guangdong Formula Pilota for Eurasia
Parth Ghorpade took his second win of the weekend in race three of the Formula Pilota Series held at the Guangdong International Circuit in China. His team mates, Antonio Giovinazzi and Sean Gelael, were second and third respectively. Giovinazzi leads the drivers championship from Dan Wells, Ghorpade and Gelael whilst Ghorpade is first in the Asian Driver Class with a narrow lead over Gelael.
Ghorpade made a great start to lead Gelael, Giovinazzi, Wells and Nagabuchi. Ghorpade gradually built up a gap, setting fastest lap after fastest lap to build a five second lead which he then held to the flag. Gelael had looked like he was going to make a challenge early on but he soon had Giovinazzi closing the gap. Wells and Nagabuchi were close, less than two seconds covering the four drivers in the chasing pack at the flag. It looked like the positions were settled until Giovinazzi found a way past Gelael on the final lap.
"A great day for the team" reported Eurasia's Mark Goddard. "The event has been a roller coaster ride but to have two wins out of three races, a one-two-three and to top both qualifying sessions has made it a memorable weekend. The final two events are at our home track, the Sepang F1 circuit, and it looks like it will be great battle for the championship between our three drivers and Dan Wells."
Frank Yu wins Sepang MSS GT race in Aston Martin Vantage GT3
Frank Yu took a light to flags win today in his Craft Eurasia AMR Aston Vantage GT3 car at the Sepang F1 Circuit in Malaysia. Team mate, Samson Chan, entered using his Ginetta GT50Z GT3 car, had looked like he would finish on the podium before an off at Turn 9 relegated him to fourth.
Frank drove a faultless race to lead from the start to win by almost a lap, his only problem being dealing with lapping slower cars. Samson
had a more difficult weekend with the Ginetta. He did well to qualify third and made a good start to move to second place on the opening lap. He ran in a comfortable second for the first five laps before going off at Turn 9 hitting the barrier and suffering extensive front end damage. Despite the damage he managed to continue the race and he drove really well to claw his way back to 4th place at the end, rapidly closing on third place.
Yu and Chan will next we in action in their Ford GT3 cars at the Autopolis round of the GT Asia Series in Japan at the end of September._