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Jack Doohan has finished P4, P3 & P2 at Round 4 of the F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA in Shanghai, China.
Race 10 – Position 4 ?
Doohan, on his Shanghai circuit debut, qualified P3 for the opening Race in Shanghai and had a great start to the race, and was in pursuit of a podium position.
Doohan was passed while in P3 on the long back straight and was unable to regain the place and crossed the line in P4 for Race 10 of the Championship.
Race 11 – Position 3 ?
Doohan began Sunday’s Race 11 in P3 and was able to pull away from the field behind, but unable to catch the two drivers ahead by the end of the half-hour long race.
Doohan battled to find his race-winning form on the 5.451km F1 track but still managed to take his first of two podiums for the weekend, crossing the line in P3.
Race 12 – Position 2 ?
Starting from the front row for the final race in Shanghai and remained in P2 on the race start but a Safety Car slowed down any momentum.
On the Lap 4 restart, Doohan defended his P2 position and pushed to take off from the field behind him to cross the line second.
Doohan’s Hitech GP teammate Ukyo Sasahara is leading the Championship with a 38-point advantage ahead of the Australian, with three races remaining at the final round which will ultimately decide the Championship.
The F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA will conclude with Round 5 on September 26-28 again at Shanghai International Speedway.
“It didn’t turn out like I wanted at all. We just couldn’t find the right balance in the car and I didn’t jell with it at all. It was very strange after the recent rounds where it was so good and I really enjoyed driving it. It seemed fine in FP1 in the wet on Friday, super quick and even as things dried out it was not bad but I think those mixed conditions hurt us in the end because we were short of dry time. And missing the pre race test days that a lot of the teams did all worked against us,” said Doohan.
“So Saturday morning was the first time we ran new tyres and I was surprised how far back we were compared to the others. We had no chance to run a race simulation and found a big drop off in Race 1. I hoped that things would evolve through the races as we tried a few things but they really didn’t. We still ended the weekend still too far off my team mate even finishing second and that’s what we’ve got to turn around for when we come back here for the final time. I stayed late at the track talking to the guys and analysing the data, it’s a combination of things and we are all working very hard to put it right for next time. I still want to win the Championship.”
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