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Zou SiruiThree dramatic races for the Asia Racing Team entry in the Guangdong International Circuit rounds of the Formula Pilota China saw driver China’s Zou Sirui finish twice on the podium.

Friday Qualifying saw Zou Sirui scoring his best qualifying results so far this season. The Guangzhou native managed to start from 6th in Race 1 and 5th in Race 3.

Saturday’s season-opening round saw Zou Sirui delivering a faultless race where others slid off the track. Starting from 6th he was sensible and reaped the rewards with a third position overall. Still, the best was yet to come.

In the second race of the day he started fourth, quickly caught up to second place. The 24-year-old driver was looking fast and kept his opponents on their toes for him to hold the second place position and his best result of the season.

Race 3 took place on Sunday, with the team starting from fifth on the grid. Unfortunately the red and white car was sidelined from the podium fight early with a flat shift sensor problem. Despite the bad luck he tends off, Sirui still managed to cross the line in 8th.

Reflecting on a strong performance, Sirui said “I’m really happy. Things haven’t always gone our way but this weekend I pushed really hard from the beginning. I was determined to finish in the podium, and I knew we could make it. Obviously I’m a little disappointed not to have been on the podium in race 3 because I think we were capable of that, but I’ve moved up in the drivers’ championship and now look ahead to more points finishes in Malaysia.”

Team Manager Philippe Descombes added, “Sirui showed vast improvement this weekend. He did no mistakes and it paid off. He did a flawless job in every aspect. It’s a big positive we can take from this weekend in Zhaoqing.”

The next race of the Championship is the Malaysian Super Series support event in Sepang, Malaysia, on November 4, 2012.”

Photo by Formula Pilota China.

Formula Pilota ChinaThe first pre-season test for Asia Racing Team’s 2012 Formula Pilota China season got underway in the past two weeks at Zhuhai International Circuit in People’s Republic of China. After nearly two months, the Asia Racing Team cars were back on track.

Guangzhou’s Zou Si Rui got behind the wheels of Asia Racing Team’s new car and had a good start. The last year one race only racer demonstrated strong pace and was able to complete plenty of mileage on a dry track. “Overall it was a good day. It was my first time driving this car in Zhuhai and a matter of me being comfortable in the car and doing set-up changes to work out what it does to the car. Now I’m looking forward to further testing to get things underway properly for the season.”

Last season competitor Zhang Ran took the wheel from Zou Si Rui, getting back into the swing of Formula Pilota China after so many months away. The Beijing native female racer did not yet decided where to race next season but took the opportunity to drive the FIAT powered Tatuus car on a track that will host the Ferrari Drivers Academy supported series twice in 2012.

Russian single seater debutant Sergei Karokin took the place of Zhang Ran on the day after. “It was my first time in this car so I concentrated on getting comfortable and up to speed. It was good experience and fun despite the low temperatures”, he said.

Team Manager Philippe Descombes added, “We haven’t come up with a decision regarding season 2012 but we want to be prepared. Formula Pilota China is an extremely competitive series and a level playing field where driver talent and teamwork can really make a difference. Last year we finished second in the championship standings and we were the strongest of the Asian teams. Definitely we want to do it again.”

The second pre-season test will begin in Zhuhai from February 21.