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Sensational weekend at Shanghai

Canadian single-seater racer Maxx Ebenal and Macau rising star Leong Hon Chio produced a true star performance for Asia Racing Team at Shanghai International Circuit over the weekend, 10th/11th September, with two outstanding FIA F4 Chinese Championship race victories in round 11 and 12 of the season. Guangzhou native Charles Lin finished twice in the podium.

 

Qualifying

In the closest Qualifying from the beginning of the season Ebenal claimed his second pole position of the year beating Bruno Carneiro by 0.019. Leong Hon Chio continued in his impressive effort and qualified in third, only 0.160 seconds adrift.

Charles Lin qualified fifth fastest for race one, while Xi Xiu Ping qualified 9th and Yang Xi 10th. Liu Yang posted the 11th fastest lap out of 14 cars.

Zheng Jianian could not post any lap time due to a software issue.

 

>> Race One <<

 

Pole-sitter Ebenal had a good start and led half of the race, but was passed by the championship leader Carneiro after an enthralling battle. The Beijing Manthey Racing driver eventually came home second, sparking a hat-trick of podium finishes.

Leong Hon Chio finished third overall, courtesy of another impressive performance. Due to his young age, the Macau driver is not able to collect points or take part in the final podium ceremony but he took home the "Open Class" winning trophy.

Following a solid race, Charles Lin ensured Beijing Manthey Racing had two cars finished inside the top-five, while Yang Xi savoured a eight place finish. 

Teammates Xi Xiu Ping and Liu Yang collided with Yang being forced to stop.

This accident costed Xi Xiu Ping a Top-10 finish as he has been overtaken by single seater rookie Zheng Jianian.

Results:

2- Maxx Ebenal

3- Leong Hon Chio

4- Charles Lin Tai An

8- Yang Xi

10- Zheng Jianian

11- Xi Xiu Ping

DNF Liu Yang

 

>> Race Two <<

 

Macau’s Leong Hon Chio was the first at the flag in the Round 11 of the 2016 FIA F4 Chinese Championship. Chio had a flying start, overtaking the two cars in front of him, taking advantage of the team strategy by running on new tires against old tires of his rivals to win.

As "Open Class" driver Leong can’t score points at any race or be classified overall. Therefore the second place finisher, Ebenal, inherited the championship race win.

Although taking the chequered flag in fourth place during Round 11, Charles Lin was elevated into third post-race.

Liu Yang, Xi Xiu Ping and Zheng Jianian finished 9th, 10th and 11th.

Due to business commitments Yang Xi was forced to skip both races of Sunday.

Leong Hon Chio said of his first win, "I got a really good start. I got around the outside and overtook the two Maxx and Bruno. The team strategy to put me on new tires helped a lot. I am very happy to have win this race before reaching 15 year old. My birthday is tomorrow and this victory was like a birthday gift."  

Results:

1- Leong Hon Chio

2- Maxx Ebenal

4- Charles Lin Tai An

9- Liu Yang

10- Xi Xiu Ping

11- Zheng Jianian

DNS Yang Xi

 

>> Race Three <<

 

Ebenal kept the best for last. The Canadian mastered the tricky conditions on Sunday’s afternoon wet race, winning the Round 12 of the championship, collecting precious points for the Beijing Manthey Racing campaign. Benefitting from the jump start of Loeng Hon Chio - who moved away from the grid when the race start was delayed and had to start from the very back of the grid - Ebenal eased to an absolutely dominant second win.

Charles Lin claimed a highly respectable 4th place finish overall, enough to visit the Shanghai podium for a second time this weekend.

Leong Hon Chio was able to carve through the field and take P5 by flag fall.

Further back in the field Xi Xiu Ping was 10th at the flag.

Zheng Jianian did not line up on his grid slot due to a crash on formation lap. Liu Yang did not take part in the race due to a fuel pump glitch.

Ebenal said of victory, "It was a really dominating race weekend! It was enjoyable - but it wasn’t at all easy. In fact, I reckon the last race was one of the toughest races I’ve ever driven - but, guess what, I’ll savour it all the more for that. I’m also delighted for helping Asia Racing Team and the Beijing Manthey Racing to extend their domination in the Chinese F4 series."

Commenting about his third place finish, Lin said, "This race was the most intense since I started my single seaters career. It was my first time in the rain and I had a tough fight with Wu Ruopeng for third. It was very tough to drive on his spray but when he did a mistake I took the opportunity to overtake".

Results:

1- Maxx Ebenal

4- Charles Lin Tai An

5- Leong Hon Chio

10- Xi Xiu Ping

DNS Liu Yang

DNS Zheng Jianian

DNS Yang Xi

 

Next Stop

Zhuhai International Circuit in Guangdong Province will host the last event of the FIA F4 Chinese Championship season on 12th/13th November.


Maximum attack in Shanghai

After a month off on holiday, to race in Shanghai is the best way to get back into action in FIA Chinese F4 Championship.

Asia Racing Team had a very positive weekend at Shanghai two weeks ago in Asian Formula Renault Series, an exciting weekend with three overall podium positions and two strong Class B wins.

This weekend Asia Racing Team will be looking to the top positions again, putting on the field a strong seven-car entry.

Race winner Maxx Ebenal returns to the series but to drive Beijing Manthey Team’s car, teaming up with Guangzhou ace Charles Lin.

Shanghai race will also see the race return of CTCC racer Yang Xi, who missed the Beijing event, and Macau rising star and Formula Master China Series podium finisher Leong Hon Chio.

The WSK Champions Cup - OK Junior karting driver Zheng Jianian joins the team for the last two events of the season, making his first single seater appearance.

Asia Racing Team’s Shanghai line up will be completed by the ever-improving 有朋自远方来 pair Sam Liu Yang and Xi Xui Ping.


Three Podium Finishes at Beijing

 Asia Racing Team added three more podiums to its 2016 FIA F4 Chinese Championship tally at Goldenport Circuit in Beijing over the weekend, with Charles Lin Tan Ai finishing third in round seven and round eight of the season and local star Liu Kai doing the same in round nine.

Single seater rookie Charles Lin was the form man for Asia Racing Team throughout the weekend, showing well in practice and then going onto start the race in fourth place. With overtaking difficult around the twists and turns of the Beijing circuit, the Guangzhou native finished third on Saturday’s race and repeated the strong result in the first race on Sunday. He could have make three podiums out of three but Lin did not take the risk of overtaking his teammate Liu Kai in the last race of the weekend, settling for fourth.

2015 Chinese Formula 4 second runner up Liu Kai bagged a podium position in the last race of the weekend. He was involved in an early tangle with Liu Yanng during the first race, leaving him sixth, and had to settle for a fourth place finish in race two. Despite his trials and tribulations, Liu Kai remains third in the drivers standings. The results of Liu Kai and Charles Lin consolidated Beijing Manthey Racing’s P1 position in the team standings.

有朋自远方来 teammates Liu Yang and Xi Xiu Ping endured a tough weekend in the capital. Liu Yang was super quick in his Mygale-Geely from the outset and finished the first race of the weekend in third. Unfortunately he has been given a 15 second penalty for allegedly causing Liu Kai’s spin, just missing out on a podium finish by only a handful of seconds. But the worst was yet to come. An engine failure in race two and an accident in race three ruined Liu Yang hopes to conquer his first podium in the category. Due to race accidents Xi Xiu Ping did not finish the first two races of the weekend but he put together a highly consistent performance with fifth place in round nine on Sunday.

All-Japan Formula 3 regular Alex Yang Fan took the place of Yang Xi. It wasn’t an event without high drama for the Formula 4 debutant, though. Yang Fan’s car caught on fire in free practice, and the team had to work extra time to get it back in form. Yang Fan’s luckless weekend continued in that vein as he has been caught on someone else’s mistake twice. On race two, Yang Fan was in the thick of the battles at the start, which resulted in a fifth place at the flag.

The next round of the FIA F4 Chinese Championship starts on September 9, with the three races taking place over the Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th.

 

Race 1 Results:

3- Charles Lin Tai An

4- Liu Yang

6- Liu Kai

DNF Xi Xiu Ping

DNF Alex Yang

 

Race 2 Results:

3- Charles Lin Tai An

4- Liu Kai

5- Alex Yang

DNF Xi Xiu Ping

DNF Liu Yang

 

Race 3 Results:

3- Liu Kai

4- Charles Lin Tan An

5- Xi Xiu Ping

DNF Liu Yang

DNF Alex Yang


Consistent Chengdu keeps Liu Kai in Chinese F4 top three

FIA Chinese Formula 4 Championship driver Liu Kai remains in the series top three for Asia Racing Racing after the second event of the season at Chengdu International Circuit – although the Beijing racer was robbed of second in the points’ standings after an unnecessary contact with his teammate in round four.

Saturday’s 20-minute Qualifying was a huge disappointment for the team with Lin Tan Ai being the best of the rest by qualifying fourth overall but nearly 2.3 seconds from the pole-position time. Yang Xi, Liu Kai, Liu Yang and Xi Xiu Ping lined up from fifth to eight respectively for Race One of the Sichuan racing weekend.

In the first race of the weekend on Saturday afternoon, Liu Kai had a good getaway off the line, passing a couple of cars. The championship leader at the time ran third for a while but he did not keep the position for more than two laps. Without being able to keep the frontrunners pace he quickly saw himself under pressure from Lin Tan Ai. The (bad) moment of the race came on lap 10.

Lin Tai An tried to overtake his Beijing Manthey Racing teammate at the chicane but it did not go well. Both cars collided and were taken out of the race in such dramatic fashion.  The Safety-Car was called in and did not resume. Liu Yang ended up being the best of the ART five-car squadron, crossing the finish line in 4th position, his best result so far this season. Two gravel excursions in the opening lap took any chance of Yang Xi to finish further than fifth. Xi Xiu Ping was P6 at the flag, improving his best laptime by a second.

On Sunday morning’s Race Two Liu Kai made an excellent start to his race to rapidly climb into fourth position into the first sequence of turns, just behind his teammate Yang Xi. Yang Xi was able to keep the third position in the first half of the race but the former CFGP and AFR Series regular had to give up of his podium position when he ran out of energy. By being P4 at the flag, Yang Xi chalked-up his best points haul of the campaign by far. Therefore, round one winner at Zhuhai Liu Kai added another top three finish to his record.

Lin Tai An slipped to sixth initially and after spinning in the second lap to avoid an opponent stopped at the track. Recovering well, the young racer from Guangzhou benefitted from his steady pace and after moving into the top six he grabbed fifth five laps from the finish.

Liu Yang made a sensational start to the race but as he looked to try and slice up the outside in the battle for second in the first corner he found himself spinning. He ended the contest in 7th place, just behind his teammate Xi Xiu Ping.

The last race of the weekend was a race without much history. Liu Kai kept his third position from the start. Lin Tan Ai followed his teammate to fourth overall. Liu Yang immediately set pressuring Yang Xi, swarming all over the back of his rival’s car. Yang Xi tried everything but ultimately had to settle for seventh. Xi Xiu Ping was caught-out in the first lap tussle and pitched into a spin into the barriers.

The next round of the FIA F4 Chinese Championship takes place at Beijing Goldenport in the first weekend of July.

 

Race 1 Results:

4- Liu Yang

6- Xi Xiu Ping

7- Yang Xi

DNF Liu Kai

DNF Charles Lin Tai An

 

Race 2 Results:

3- Liu Kai

4- Yang Xi

5- Charles Lin Tai An

6- Xi Xiu Ping

7- Liu Yang

 

Race 3 Results:

3- Liu Kai

4- Charles Lin Tan An

6- Liu Yang

7- Yang Xi

DNF- Xi Xiu Ping


Liu Kai leads Asia Racing Team strong performance at Zhuhai

Liu Kai won the first race of the 2016 FIA Chinese Formula 4 Championship, leading a 1–2–3 sweep by Asia Racing Team at Zhuhai International Circuit. Having taken double second place finishes on Sundays’ FIA Chinese F4 Championship races, the Beijing driver left Zhuhai leading the championship standings.

After qualifying third on Saturday’s morning 30-minute session, Liu Kai did a brilliant start, moving up to first in the first corner. He managed to deal with the pressure in the first few laps, crossing the finish line with a comfortable gap to the second, Wu Ruo Peng.

2015 runner up Peng had held onto second, and an impressive 15-year old Lin Tan An to third. Back in the field, John Tianqi Zhu, Tang Xi and Liu Yang had an eventful race battling up through the field, crossing the finish lane fifth, sixth and seventh respectively. Teammate and single seater debutant Xi Xiu Ping was 9th at the flag.

Race two saw Liu Kai starting from pole-position but the Beijing Manthey Racing sponsored driver found himself under attack after four laps. He couldn’t defend his first position but he remained second, a position he would keep to the chequered flag to earn his second podium position of the season.

Lin Tan An meanwhile was circulating in third place, but the young driver from Guangzhou lost the control of his car in T3, ending up in the wall with two laps to go. Wu Ruo Peng hereined the third place but the Hebei driver couldn’t keep the pressure and lost the third place in the very last lap.

A slow getaway did not impeded John Zhu to another back to front race. The Sino-American driver finished fifth again. Teammate Yang Xi finished just behind in sixth, conquering his best result of the weekend.  

Liu Yang started the race from the pitlane, after spinning in the out lap. The Shandong racer had a short race, ending up spinning in T14 on lap 6.

The early signs were that the final race of the weekend was going to be a close one, with each of the Asia Racing Team drivers fighting their own battles. At the start, Liu Kai maintained second, although here was a shuffle of the order behind him,  as Lin Tai An passed a couple of opponents for sixth. At the chequered flag, Liu Kai had done enough to fend off the ever present Bruno Carneiro to take his second podium of the weekend and an early championship lead. 

Wu Ruo Peng started fourth and remained there to the flag. Without taking unnecessary risks this time, Lin Tai An stayed sixth. Yang Xi and Liu Yang were in the thick of the battle at the sharp end of the field, finishing eighth and ninth.

Zhu meanwhile had been handed a drive through for track limits, finishing the race in 10th. An early spin took the chances of Xi Xiu Ping to obtain a better result in the last contest. He was 11th and last at the flag.

Charles Leong was the fastest in Free Practice 1 and qualified sixth overall but Macau karting ace has been hampered to take part in the races due to a license issue.

The championship resumes in the last weekend of May at the Chengdu International Circuit. 

 

Race 1 Results:

1- Liu Kai

2- Wu Ruopeng

3- Charles Lin Tan An

5- John Tianqi Zhu

6- Yang Xi

7- Liu Yang

9- Xi Xiu Ping

DNS Charles Leong

 

Race 2 Results:

2- Liu Kai

4- Wu Ruopeng

5- John Tianqi Zhu

6- Yang Xi

9- Xi Xiu Ping

DNF - Liu Yang

DNF - Charles Lin Tan An

DNS - Charles Leong

 

Race 3 Results:

2- Liu Kai

4- Wu Ruopeng

6- Charles Lin Tan An

8- Yang Xi

9- Liu Yang

10- John Tianqi Zhu

11- Xi Xiu Ping

DNS - Charles Leong

 


Macau Karting Ace Graduates to Chinese F4

Asia Racing Team is delighted to sign Macau karting star Charles Leong Hon Chio for the opening round of 2016 FIA Chinese Formula 4 Championship, hoping to extend the agreement to the remaining four events of the season.

Starting at the early age of 8, Leong has been a regular top contender in the AAMC Macau Karting series and in the Asian Karting Open Championship junior categories.

Touted as the most promising driver in Macau karting today, Leong started testing the Mygale-Geely Formula 4 last summer at the Zhuhai International Circuit, showing a great pace on his maiden formula car experience.

The 14-year old from Macau is looking forward to the challenges presented by this new challenge: “This is going to be my first race weekend in single seaters, and it will be about learning. I don’t have many expectations. I’ll give it my best shot and see where we go.”

Asia Racing Team Driver Coach and Macau pro-driver Rodolfo Avila, added, “Charles tested with us a few times and on the back of that we are delighted he will be joining us in the team. His preparation and commitment to starting his single seaters racing career in 2016 meant he was top of our list for the season.”

Due to his age and provisional race license, Leong won’t be able to score points for the championship or teams standings.


Asia Racing Team technical service provider to 有朋自远方来 in Chinese F4

Zhuhai based Asia Racing Team are proud to be the newly announced technical service provider to 有朋自远方来 in the second season of FIA Chinese Formula 4 Championship.  The multiple championship winning team will provide engineering and technical support to the Shandong team, both from the championship’s technical headquarters in Zhuhai, People’s Republic of China and at the five track events on the 2016 calendar.
 
有朋自远方来, which translated to English means “Friends Come From Far Away”, will enter the Chinese duo Sam Liu Yang and Xi Xui Ping. Both drivers have a vast touring car experience at national level but will be debuting this year in single seaters.

Team Manager Philippe Descombes said, “We are proud to be working with such a big organisation as the有朋自远方来 and we are keen to repay their trust in us with a successful Formula 4 campaign from the outset. It will be a learning season for both drivers but it’s already clear to us that 有朋自远方来 are taking this programme seriously.”  

 
Sam Liu Yang, 有朋自远方来 Team Principal and Driver, said, “We never drove any single seater car before, not to speak of joining the races. We hope we can adapt the car quickly and develop our driving skills. The priority for this season will be to finish all the races.”


Held over a one day event in some of the world’s most exciting Chinese cities, the FIA Chinese Formula 4 Championship kicks off in Zhuhai on the 23rd April and concludes in Zhaoqing’s Guangdong International Circuit on 6th November.  The Championship will also visit Chengdu, Beijing and the Formula One circuit of Shanghai.


Lin Tai An Signs Full Chinese F4 Season Deal

 

16-year old Charles Lin Tai An will compete in the full season of the FIA Chinese Formula 4 Championship with Asia Racing Team.

 

The Guangzhou racer will partner 2015 second runner-up Liu Kai to race under the Beijing Manthey Racing team banner.

 

Lin is not new to the team or to the series, having take part of the last event of the Chinese Formula 4 opening season at Zhuhai. He took the flag in fourth position in race one, and with the ability to maintain a steady pace, he repeated the fourth place of the first race on race two.


The protégé of FIA European Formula 3 driver Peter Li, the GT Asia Series Champion with Asia Racing Team in 2013, started racing in karting in 2008 at the early age of 7, being Chinese karting champion in the NCJ-A and NCJ-B classes. 

 

Looking ahead to the season the Yumin Restaurant sponsored driver said, "I’m really pleased to be back at Asia Racing Team and follow the footsteps of Peter Li. There will be a lot to learn over the season but I’m pleased to be learning from one of the most experienced single seater teams in China and looking forward to the upcoming year."

 

Team Manager Philippe Descombes, commented, "We’re delighted to welcome Charles back to the team for a full season in the series; Charles knows the team well and we’re pleased to have him back on board. He’s still on a big learning curve but he’s delivered some good performances so far and just needs as much time in the car as he can."

 



Wu Ruo Peng signs with ART for China F4 title bid

2015 FIA Chinese Formula 4 Championship runner up Wu Ruo Peng will join Asia Racing Team to compete in all 15 races of this year’s championship.

Wu Ruo Peng will partner Yang Xi in a two-car squad with both drivers piloting under Ruo Peng Racing Team (
若鹏赛车队) banner.


The 21 year old Hebei native will aim to win both the China F4 driver and team titles this year, following his maiden race win in the last event of 2015 at Zhuhai. The former China Formula Grand Prix (CFGP) driver showed consistent results over his F4 debuting season, scoring an impressive nine podium finish record out ten races.  

Wu Ruo Peng said,
“I will try my best to fight for the championship. We are committed to the positive values of the sport which shall be fair play, and at the same time to keep the friendship in the paddock. I am very happy to work with a new team this year and hope we can be in a ‘win-win’ situation.”

Team Manager, Philippe Descombes, added,
“Last season we proved that we had the potential to perform in the series. By adding Wu Ruo Peng to the equation, we will be even stronger. Last season Wu has also proven he is able to win races, so I can’t see any reason why he won’t be a title contender in 2016 with us.”

The 2016 FIA Chinese Formula 4 Championship kicks off on April 24 at the Zhuhai International Circuit. The 15-race championship will visit five circuits across Mainland China.


Liu Kai set for second season of China F4

Liu Kai, a race winner last season in FIA Chinese Formula 4 Championship, is to return to Geely-powered competition in 2016 at the wheel of a Asia Racing Team-prepared car.

Beijing Manthey Team driver, who enjoyed a successful 2015 season racing in the FIA Chinese Formula 4 Championship, won one race and finished six times in the podium during his maiden season of single seater racing, ending the year third overall in the championship.

Liu Kai doesn’t hide he is aiming at the championship this season. The Beijing native says he is eyeing nothing less than the coveted single seater championship title this year.

Speaking about his Formula 4 season ahead, Liu Kai said: "Hope I can secure Drivers and Team’s Championship with Asia Racing Team’s support. I also wish my teammate will be fast to allow us to be 1+1 >2, not giving a chance to the opposition. On other hand, the competition is stronger this season; for sure this comes with more risks and things we cannot predict. At the same time it brings a new challenge and opportunity, and I want to show to everyone that I will not give up on trying to reach the highest step of the podium."

Team Manager Philippe Descombes added: “Liu Kai already has a year’s experience so has invaluable track and Mygale-Geely knowledge. We know he has a front pace and I’ve no doubt he’ll be a great asset for us as a team.”

The opening event of the FIA Chinese F4 Championship will take place at Zhuhai International Circuit over the weekend 23rd/24th April.

The championship will be decided over 15 races across Mainland China. The winning driver will hold the title FIA Formula 4 Champion of People’s Republic of China, and will earn 10 Grand Prix Superlicence points.


Zhu joins Asia Racing Team for 2016 China F4

John Zhu joins Asia Racing Team for 2016 China F4 Sino-American driver John Zhu will join Asia Racing Team for the opening event of FIA Chinese Formula 4 Championship at the Zhuhai International Circuit.

Zhu is excited to open a new chapter of his racing career in Mainland China by competing in the Formula 4 series. The 28-year-old from Shanghai is only confirmed for the first round at Zhuhai on April 25 at the moment, but wants to contest a full season.

“I’ll definitely be doing Zhuhai and after that it’s round by round,” he said. “Racing in China is something that I have always wanted to do and I think the F4 series is the best series for me to have the opportunity to do so. I like the variety of circuits that are on the schedule. Not only do I have to learn a new racecar, but also how the racing works here. My experience in US will definitely help me in China.”

Rodolfo Avila, Driver Coach of Asia Racing Team, added: “John tested with us in February and really impressed us with how quickly he adapted to the car. Obviously a lot is going to be new for him, but he has shown a lot of ability and commitment so far and I’m sure he’s going to be a fantastic competitor.”

The 2016 FIA Chinese Formula 4 Championship kicks off on April 24 at the Zhuhai International Circuit. The 15-race championship will visit five circuits across Mainland China.

Asia Racing Team signs YangXi for China F4

Beijing driver YangXi has signed with Asia Racing Team for this season’s FIA Chinese Formula 4 Championship, it has been confirmed today.

YangXi isn’t a stranger to the team as he tested Asia Racing Team’s Mygale-Geely in 2015 and raced in selected events of 2012 and 2013 AFR Series.

He also has a strong background in touring cars, having clinch the third position in Zhuhai’s Circuit Hero 500 Endurance race in Class A last January with Asia Racing Team’s SEAT Léon TCR. 

“I’ve had the chance to do some limited testing last year and I’ve found the F4 car and the series interesting,” he said. “ART is a good team. I hope to be up to speed quickly.”

Team Manager Philippe Descombes, added: “We are delighted to announce YangXi will be racing Chinese F4 with us this season. The level of the series will go up this year but I believe that YangXi can challenge for the top positions from the outset.”

The opening round of the 2016 FIA Chinese Formula 4 Championship will take place at the squad’s local circuit, Zhuhai on 23/24 April. The championship will visit five of the China’s best circuits throughout the season – Zhuhai, Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai F1 and Guangdong.

Liu Kai Rounds Out Championship With Race Win

 Liu Kai has rounded out his campaign in the FIA Formula 4 China Championship with a much deserved race win on his last chance. 15-year old Charles Lin Tai An made his single seater debut, securing two fourth-place finishes at the Zhuhai International Circuit.

The weekend started off on the wrong foot as the team was informed of the declassification of Liu Kai due to an allegedly ride height infraction in the Round 7 at Zhuhai on October 30th. As a matter of fact, Asia Racing Team’s car was in conformity with the 2015 FIA Formula 4 China Technical Regulations, being declassified by the race stewards decision based on a "new rule" not released to the teams before the Round 7 (!).

The initial setback did not deter Liu Kai, who qualified second for the first race of the weekend. Later in the day the Beijing racer tried to win for the first time this season but a collision in the first corner damaged his Mygale-Geely front wing. Fighting with a damaged car, Liu Kai was second at the flag. Liu Kai saved his best for the end.

The Manthey Motors (Beijing) sponsored driver made a good getaway and then held off the first position he got in the first corner, posting the best lap time of the race in the process. “The 2015 season couldn’t have ended better than with this win,” Liu Kai said. "I worked very hard to make it happen this season, so I am really happy I got it. Next season I expect a fair competition and regulation."

China Karting Championship top runner Charles Lin decided to join the race to explore the possibility of taking part in the series at full-time in 2016. The Guangzhou native was sixth on Saturday morning’s Qualifying session but had to start from the pitlane for the race one.

Lin’s car developed a clutch-related problem that required an extra effort from his mechanics to get it functional again on time to race.

Starting from the pitlane, Lin was eager to work his way up the field as quickly as possible during the early stages of the race. By lap three, Lin was up to sixth. Lin continued his charge up the order and took the flag in fourth position. With the ability to maintain a steady pace, Charles Lin repeated the fourth place of the first race on a less eventful race two.

Liu Kai finished third in the championship as Asia Racing Team finished third in the teams’ classified.

Liu Kai Races to Second-place finish at Zhuhai

Liu Kai picked up more points towards his FIA F4 Chinese Championship challenge by finishing second and fourth in the two 25-minute races at the Zhuhai Circuit in PR China.

On Saturday, the Beijing racer qualified second for Sunday’s Race One, just 0.153s shy, but things would not get easier on Sunday.

Despite menacing black clouds swirling around the peaks of Feng Hua mountains, race day remained dry. On a very "sui generis" afternoon at Zhuhai, Liu Kai managed to get away with a second place in Race One and a fourth place finish in Race Two despite starting from the pitlane following a "unexpectedly long" Parc-Fermé between races due to a last minute amendment on the technical regulations.

"The car today in the race was very good, but I made a mistake at the start of Race One and lost one position that I had to regain afterwards. In the second race I started from the pitlane but I am very happy with my progress during the race. For the next event I’m looking to do even better”, Liu admitted.

The results remain provisional at present, but against the odds, the Manthey Motors sponsored driver is still holding the second place in the drivers’ championship standings with one event to go!

The last event of 2015 FIA F4 Chinese Championship will take place in Zhuhai on the 9th and 10th of January 2016.

 

Photo courtesy @ NARCAR

Liu Kai Banks Double Podium at Shanghai

Asia Racing Team driver Liu Kai fought a hard battle to secure a FIA Chinese F4 Championship double podium finish at the Shanghai International Circuit. The Beijing racer scored two third place finishes in the third event of the season, strengthening his hold on second place in the drivers’ standings.

Unfortunately, though, the desired pace couldn’t quite be unlocked on Saturday’s qualifying and Liu Kai had to settle for 5th position on the grid for the first encounter, leaving a lot of work to do in Sunday’s Race One.

Off the line Liu Kai rushed into the "Top-3" snatching it from series leader Julio Acosta. The Chinese driver fought well to secure the third place, crossing the finish line under pressure from his opponent.

Speaking about his first race, Liu Kai said, “I had a good start and kept a good pace all through the race. I have built myself up after the battles I had with Julio in the previous races at Beijing. I know now how to hold my position, and I already got used to his attacks. I start to understand what he will do and where I shall keep the pace or try harder."

On Sunday’s Race Two, Liu Kai showed again a strong performance and confirmed his good form with a fourth place finish at the flag. An opponent post-race time penalty promoted him to third. With two podiums from the weekend he remains in contention for the title with four races remaining.

Liu Kai summed up, "We are a bit overweight and this is not helping us but importantly we’ve shown great potential at every event on the calendar and shown we have a strong package in our first year in Formula 4. The next two events are in Zhuhai and I know the track well, so I have a good feeling for the track and look forward to returning there."

The inaugural season of FIA Chinese F4 Championship resumes on November 1st at the Zhuhai International Circuit.

Team Betterlife scores valuable points at Singapore

Singapore played host to the 2015 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Rounds 11 and 12 and Team Betterlife’s Li Chao delivered two solid performances, claiming a double 6th place finish in Class B, securing 5th in the drivers’ standings.

Qualifying sixth on the Class B grid in 30-minute session for both weekend races, Li Chao was confident of a positive result in the streets of Singapore.

On Saturday’s Round 11 Team Betterlife’s Li Chao had competitive run to 6th position in Class B category at Marina Bay’s Street Circuit. The Beijing racer had scaring spinning moment in the end of an accident filled race when he was fourth of the category, dropping to sixth at the flag.

The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia action resumed on Sunday with Round 12 at Singapore’s jewel in the crown of international motorsport. Li Chao lost one position at the start but he managed to keep up a good rhythm, moving up to fifth as several others hit trouble. Eventually he had to settle for sixth in Class B.

Race Engineer Duarte Alves said, “Li Chao showed encouraging race pace over the weekend. We scored points in both races and we certainly fought hard for that. We could have finished both races in Class B Top-5 but collecting points was always our priority. Singapore is a very tough track, it’s very easy to make a costly mistake.”

The 2015 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia will come to an end on October 30/November 1 in support of the prestigious FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at the Shanghai International Circuit.

 

Photo courtesy of Porsche China / Sutton Images

Liu Kai returned to the podium

Asia Racing Team’s  Liu Kai returned to the podium in the second event of 2015 FIA F4 Chinese Championship at the Beijing Goldenport Circuit.

The Beijing native took pole-position for Asia Racing Team on Saturday for Sunday’s Round 3 and 4. He was the only driver to have gone under 1:07 mark.

Unfortunately Liu Kai couldn’t translate the pole position(s) into a win(s) on slippery track conditions on Sunday. A third place in race one and a fourth place in race two, after a 30-sec penalty for an allegedly contact with an opponent, did not show the true pace of his Manthey Motors sponsored Mygale-Geely over the weekend.

Commenting about his races, Liu Kai said, “The track was wet today and we adjusted the settings a little bit. I was trying something else but it didn’t work out. Hopefully we can continue improving on the performance side and finish the races in the podium again in Shanghai.”

Team Manager Philippe Descombes, added, "A day of missed opportunities. Li Kai had huge difficulties with the slippery track, which compromised his race pace, so he was not able to keep hold of his position. We now need to find a solution for this issue. We’ve shown some good pace on dry this weekend, so we are still optimistic for the upcoming races."

The FIA F4 Chinese Championship returns on September 18-20th at the Shanghai International Circuit.

Team Betterlife post the best result of the season

Asia Racing Team’s Li Chao has posted the best result of 2015 for Team Betterlife with a stunning Class B fourth place in Race 1 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia first visit to Thailand’s Chang International Circuit – an achievement that helped him to move up to sixth in the category’s championship standings.

The Team Betterlife driver had qualified well in fifth position on Saturday and he held his own with the top drivers in the class on an eventful 13-lap Saturday race that was twice interrupted by Safety Car periods. Li Chao didn’t impress when the lights went green but two strong first laps helped him to move up to fourth, where he stayed until the end of the race.

Speaking of his season-high 4th place finish in Race 1, the Beijinger conceded that it was somewhat of a relief after some bad luck in the previous rounds of the series, “I am very pleased with the way the race went, we did a good job and our work paid off.”

On Sunday’s race Li Chao kept his fifth place position at the start. Showing a strong pace, he put his fourth place opponent under pressure from the lap one, but didn’t manage to overtake him, earning the precious fifth place points.

Race engineer Yannick Mazier said, “That was a solid weekend from us which illustrates where we expected to be fighting from the start of the year - so there is a lot to be satisfied with and a lot to look forward to. A big compliment to the driver and to the team crew who did a great job.”

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia embarks upon the second half of the 2015 season next month, returning to Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit for Rounds 9 and 10 from September 4-6.

Strong Line Up Ahead of Inaugural Season

Asia Racing Team will line up a two-car team for the opening round of FIA Formula 4 Chinese Championship at Beijing Goldenport Circuit on July 4 and 5.

Formula Masters China Series regular Hua Miao will join Beijing frontrunner Liu Kai. Following the promising results on Zhuhai and Chengdu test days Asia Racing Team is aiming high for the first edition of the series.

Team Manager Philippe Descombes, said, "I believe we have a strong line-up. Liu Kai and Hua Miao are a very strong pairing and they get on very well. Formula 4 will be another new challenge for Asia Racing Team and we will be pushing as hard as possible to achieve a strong showing at what we believe will be a fantastic new championship."

Meanwhile 13-year-old Macau karting rising start Leong Hon Chio made his single seater debut in a China F4 last week. Under the guidance of Asia Racing Team’s Coach Philippe Descombes, the test proved to be a positive one with Leong showing a great pace on his maiden formula car experience. The Macau driver will be under an evaluation process, hoping to join China F4 series anytime soon.

The championship uses the French company Mygale’s F4 car and Chinese car company Geely will supply the engine.

Asia Racing Team Tops Afternoon Test Session in Chengdu

Asia Racing Team’s Liu Kai finished second overall in the FIA Formula 4 Chinese Championship official testing at the Chengdu Circuit, topping the times in the second official session.

The Beijing racer continued his strong form in pre-season and having moved to Asia Racing Team he has adapted well to the Mygale-Geely throughout the official testing days at Zhuhai and now at Chengdu.

Just the last of the three testing days was timed, and Asia Racing Team-run Manthey Motors-livery car was the second fastest in the first official timing session, a shy 0,085 seconds away from the overall fastest.

Although the Asia Racing Team driver topped the time sheets in afternoon session, beating the competition by over three tenths of a second, the time was not enough to beat the morning session best lap time.

Commenting about the Chengdu’s test, Liu Kai said, "We learned a lot, and I think we’re going in the right direction. Everything we learnt here can be applied at other tracks. The team is doing a good job. The more we develop the car, the better it will be." 

Philippe Descombes, Team Manager, added, "We had a good weekend showing great pace. The current car-driver weight regulation doesn’t benefit us but Liu Kai is getting more comfortable with the car and the front pace is there. We are looking forward to the championship start."

The FIA Chinese Formula 4 Championship kicks off on July 3rd to 5th at Beijing Goldenport Circuit.

Asia Racing Team Top Timesheets at Pre-Season Testing

Asia Racing Team driver Liu Kai topped the timesheets in the FIA Formula 4 China championship official pre-season test at the Zhuhai International Circuit.

Last weekend Zhuhai International Circuit hosted the official test and media days of the new-created FIA Formula 4 China series. Asia Racing Team took part of the event with Beijing native Liu Kai. Once more the focus of the team was on race preparation, with Liu Kai working on refinement of the set-up on short and long runs. The team gathered some more useful data and practiced race-relevant operations.

Liu Kai’s 1m42s9 was the best lap time of the two days. The team is expecting to do more private testing ahead of the series kicks off on June 12-14 at the Chengdu International Circuit.

FIA Formula 4 is set to become a new global standard for drivers looking to make the step up to single-seater racing. The Chinese series will be promoted by the Federation of Automobile Sports of the People’s Republic of China (FASC) which will work with Chinese motor manufacturer Geely and private race organizer NARCAR.

On its first season, the 2015 FIA Formula 4 China series calendar includes four racetracks: Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai and Zhuhai.

ART evaluating China F4 entry

Asian junior single seater powerhouse Asia Racing Team is evaluating joining the new China Formula 4 championship from 2015.

 “The team is looking for new horizons,” Team Manager Philippe Descombes said. “We want to remain in single seaters racing, and as we are a China-based racing team this championship is a serious option for the future.”

The new championship’s carbon-fibre monocoque chassis, designed to meet exacting FIA safety standards, will be supplied by respected French manufacturer Mygale. Chinese automaker Geely Auto will supply the 2.0L naturally aspirated engine.

A six-round calendar is planned, featuring Zhuhai, Tianma, Shanghai, Beijing, and Chengdu. China F4 championship is organized by former CFGP promoter Narcar International Racing Development Co.,Ltd.

China F4 championship is the only single seater championship in Southeast Asia that scores points for the new Super Licence Formula One points system.

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