Strong performances during the Formula Pilota China being held at the Guangdong International Circuit saw Chinese driver Zou Sirui capitalize on two podium finishes. Though he started in the 6th position during the first race and 5th position in the third race he put up a good performance.
The first race commenced on Saturday and it was during this round where Zou displayed presence of mind on a track which left everyone else spinning out of control. Superior driving ensured that he came in third. During his second race he was placed fourth in the grid and through superior driving kept his opponents reeling in his dust.
Through these efforts he came in second and notched up the best result for this current season. During race 3 his car suffered some problem but Sirui was able to pull in 8th. Sirui was ecstatic about his performance and hoped that he would be able to pull off a brilliant race in Malaysia Super Series support event to be held in Sepang of the 4th of November 2012.
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Determined Sirui bounces back to podium finishes
Three 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.”