Tuesday March 19, 2013
Abu Dhabi glory for Weiron and Rahul
PETALING JAYA: Malaysian Weiron Tan (pic) dominated proceedings in Round 11 and 12 to claim a double in the Formula Gulf 1000 motor racing championship at the South Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi over the weekend.
Rahul Raj Mayer made it double cheers for Malaysian by crossing the finish line second in Race 2.
After finishing the first practice session third fastest, Weiron had the upper hand on the rest of the field. He topped the table in the remaining two practice sessions before going on to get pole position in qualifying, 0.7 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor.
In the races, he was simply unbeatable, crossing the line 14 seconds ahead of the rest in Race 1 and setting the fastest lap along the way.
His performance was even better in Race 2 as he took the chequered flag an incredible 23 seconds ahead of the field, once again also setting the fastest lap time.
This performance comes off the back of his debut in the championship in February, where he scored his first win in the second race of the weekend.
Weiron was pleased to pull off the double win considering he only entered the championship at the half-way stage.
“It is a huge result for me to come to Abu Dhabi and take two wins when I missed most of the season. I only came into this championship at the last race and I was so happy to get one win there, my first victory in Formula racing.
“To come into the second weekend and get two race wins, and to have won with such a margin, is an amazing feeling. It was a difficult weekend in terms of the weather as it was so hot, which meant the car did not stick too well onto the track and was sliding around but it was a great learning experience.
“I feel really confident in the car and have to thank the team who worked hard to run the cars. I’ve learnt a lot and can’t wait to head to Dubai later in the month where my aim is to work for two more wins to round off the championship season,” said Weiron from Abu Dhabi.