Rinus Veekay maintains F3 Winter Series lead despite two dominant wins from Ye Yifei

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Two brilliant victories in Races 7 and 8 of the Asian Winter Series by China’s Ye Yifei has closed his points deficit to championship-leader Rinus ‘Veekay’ van Kalmthout to just 12, with one, title-deciding race remaining.

 

A coming together between the Dutchman and championship contender and team mate Alessandro Ghiretti in Race 7 put an end to the young Frenchman’s title aspirations, lining up a two-way battle to decide the Asian Winter Series’ first-ever champion between Veekay and Ye.

The two races saw standout performances from several drivers, foremost amongst them series newcomer Jack Doohan, son of five-time MotoGP champion Mick. The Red Bull Junior finished second in both races on his series debut. Third in Race 7 from seventh on the grid was Pinnacle Motorsport’s Victor Martins, the Frenchman denied a second podium in Race 8 by Veekay. 

AWS Jack Doohan

With guest drivers ineligible to score points in the final round of the series, held at the 5.543km Grade 1 Sepang International Circuit, Veekay picked up points for second despite being sixth over the line in Race 7, following up with a third place in Race 8 to stay 12 points clear of Ye.

 

Ghiretti currently lies third ahead of Super License driver Tomoki Takahashi of Japan, Hitech GP’s Pavan Ravishankar, and local hero Akash Nandy. With his fifth Masters win of the season in Race 8, B-Max Racing Team’s Tairoku Yamaguchi clinched the class title with a race to spare.

Asian Winter Series
Results - Race 7

Pos

#

Name

Nat

Team

Time

1

16

YE Yifei

CHN

Absolute Racing

31:17.280

2

17

Jack DOOHAN

AUS

Hitech Grand Prix

+1.897

3

11

Victor MARTINS

FRA

Pinnacle Motorsport

+3.069

4

81

Tomoki TAKAHASHI

JPN

Super License

+5.119

5

31

Christian LUNDGAARD

DEN

Pinnacle Motorsport

+7.372

6

21

Rinus VEEKAY

NLD

Hitech Grand Prix

+8.127

7

2

Pavan RAVISHANKAR

GBR

Hitech Grand Prix

+9.117

8

23

Joey ALDERS

NLD

BlackArts Racing

+10.597

9

38

Charles LEONG

MAC

BlackArts Racing

+10.775

10

85

Miki KOYAMA

JPN

B-Max Racing Team

+14.363

11

13

Motoyoshi YOSHIDA (M)

JPN

B-Max Racing Team

+33:229

12

1

Alessandro GHIRETTI

FRA

Hitech Grand Prix

10 Laps

DNF

15

Eshan PIERIS

LKA

Absolute Racing

-

DNF

29

Akash NANDY

MAL

Pinnacle Motorsport

-

DNF

28

Tairoku YAMAGUCHI (M)

JPN

B-Max Racing Team

-

DNF

7

Vivien KESZTHELYI

HUN

BlackArts Racing

-

Fastest lap : Ye Yifei/Absolute Racing/2:01.151/Lap 5

Results - Race 8

Pos

#

Name

Nat

Team

Time

1

16

YE Yifei

CHN

Absolute Racing

30:45.067

2

17

Jack DOOHAN

AUS

Hitech Grand Prix

+8.433

3

21

Rinus VEEKAY

NLD

Hitech Grand Prix

+11.971

4

11

Victor MARTINS

FRA

Pinnacle Motorsport

+13.254

5

15

Eshan PIERIS

LKA

Absolute Racing

+16.040

6

1

Alessandro GHIRETTI

FRA

Hitech Grand Prix

+16.552

7

29

Akash NANDY

MAL

Pinnacle Motorsport

+22.336

8

31

Christian LUNDGAARD

DEN

Pinnacle Motorsport

+25.430

9

23

Joey ALDERS

NLD

BlackArts Racing

+26.955

10

81

Tomoki TAKAHASHI

JPN

Super License

+29.808

11

2

Pavan RAVISHANKAR

GBR

Hitech Grand Prix

+37.352

12

38

Charles LEONG

MAC

BlackArts Racing

+43.749

13

28

Tairoku YAMAGUCHI (M)

JPN

B-Max Racing Team

+48.114

14

85

Miki KOYAMA

JPN

B-Max Racing Team

+48.336

15

13

Motoyoshi YOSHIDA (M)

JPN

B-Max Racing Team

1:43.352

17

7

Vivien KESZTHELYI

HUN

BlackArts Racing

11 Laps

Fastest Lap : Ye Yifei/Absolute Racing/2 :01.999/Lap 3

Asian Winter Series Driver Classification after Race 8

Pos

#

Name

Nat

Team

Points

1

21

Rinus VEEKAY

NLD

Hitech Grand Prix

166

2

16

YE Yifei

CHN

Absolute Racing

154

3

1

Alessandro GHIRETTI

FRA

Hitech Grand Prix

91

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