Raoul Hyman clinches 2018 F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA title in dramatic season finale

Raoul Hyman clinches 2018 F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA title in dramatic season finale

25.11.2018: •Dragon HitechGP driver claims title from team mate Jake Hughes after epic season-closer •Kiwi sensation Liam Lawson takes three wins from pole on Asian debut •Asian motorsport hails pioneering new championship a resounding success

•Dragon HitechGP driver claims title from team mate Jake Hughes after epic season-closer

•Kiwi sensation Liam Lawson takes three wins from pole on Asian debut

•Asian motorsport hails pioneering new championship a resounding success






Dragon HitechGP’s Raoul Hyman won the inaugural F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA title at the Sepang International Circuit after a thrilling season finale where he crossed the line in fifth. The Briton had to finish fifth or higher to clinch the title from season-long title chase leader and team mate Jake Hughes, and Hyman did not disappoint, taking the championship by two points despite high-drama in the closing stages of the 10 lap, rain-interrupted race.



Pinnacle Motorsport’s exciting 16-year-old New Zealand driver Liam Lawson took his third win in three starts on his Asian motorsport debut, continuing to impress with yet another wheel-perfect performance in Race 15. Second across the line was Super License driver Tomoki Takahashi taking his fifth podium of the season, with Absolute Racing’s Jaden Conwright third in the race and in the final championship standings.




Commented Davide De Gobbi, Managing Director of F3 Asian Championship organizer Top Speed: “The inaugural season of the F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA has been a tremendous success, and a shining example of the bright future of the new era of Formula 3. Never before has the Asian region seen a junior single seater championship of this caliber develop so quickly.



“Our season finale featured 18 young drivers from 11 countries and territories across the globe, and the close, fair racing is testament to both the depth of talent, the success of the format and the performance and reliability of the superb Tatuus F.3 T-318.”





Race 15



As Lawson led the field away from pole position for the third consecutive time, the race stopped almost as soon as it had begun as drizzle turned to rain on parts of the circuit, heavy enough for the safety car to be called and, soon after, a red flag.




 By this time though, Lawson had already pulled a gap from the pack ahead of Takahashi, Ye Yifei, Conwright and Hyman, who started from sixth on the grid and was up to fifth and in championship contention before the weather intervened.




The session resumed a little over 15-minutes later behind the safety car, and with all drivers opted to stay on slicks as the short-lived rain dissipated. By now the track has almost completely dried with some wet patches that caught a few drivers.



Hyman took this opportunity to begin his push on Conwright. Just as he closed in, up ahead Ye made a mistake that dropped him down to ninth on lap four, promoting Hyman to fourth. Hyman, who only needed to finish fifth to win the championship, set his sights instead on a podium finish.




After a third safety car period, Lawson had no problem charging ahead of the pack once again with Takahashi doing his best to give chase. Hyman closed the gap to Conwright by 0.2 of a second, making a charge down the long start straight, the pair two abreast into turn one with Hyman on the outside line. Dramatically, Hyman left the braking too late and went wide, allowing his Dragon HitechGP teammate, Harrison Scott to pass. Luckily though, Hyman recovered quickly enough to hold on to fifth, enough to see him crowned champion.



Masters champion Yin Hai Tao of Zen Motorsport claimed his second win of the weekend, and his sixth of the season. Yin, who did not have the best of starts, dropped down seven places off the line. A spirited fight back, aided by mistakes by his rivals on a slippery track, saw him recover and, and by the penultimate lap, he was right behind the battling Tairoku Yamaguchi of B-Max Racing Team and Super License’s Takashi Hata. When all eyes were on the battle for the championship further up the field, Yin found a way past the Japanese duo on the last lap to take the class win.







- Nikki Kemp, photo F3 ASIA

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