Rinus ‘Veekay’ van Kalmthout takes victory in sensational Asian Winter Series opener

Rinus ‘Veekay’ van Kalmthout takes victory in sensational Asian Winter Series opener

11.01.2019: •Dutchman joins team mates Alessandro Ghiretti and Pavan Ravishankar for Hitech Grand Prix podium lockout •Pre-race favourites Dan Ticktum and Ye Yifei retire after epic battle

•Dutchman joins team mates Alessandro Ghiretti and Pavan Ravishankar for Hitech Grand Prix podium lockout

•Pre-race favourites Dan Ticktum and Ye Yifei retire after epic battle

•Eshan Pieris third on the road but forfeit podium after post-race penalities

Rinus ‘Veekay’ van Kalmthout took a brilliant victory in the opening round of the new Asian Winter Series at Thailand’s Grade 1, 4.554km Buriram International Circuit today, the 18-year-old reigning Pro Mazda champion showing impressive determination and cool in what was a furious 20-lap race. Veekay was joined on the podium by Hitech Grand Prix team mates Frenchman Alessandro Ghiretti in second, and Singaporean Pavan Ravishankar.

Pre-race favourites, pole man Dan Ticktum and Absolute Racing’s Ye Yifei, fought tooth and claw over the opening laps, before both retired.

Fourth across the line was Pinnacle Motorsport’s Akash Nandy of Malaysia, followed by Ye’s team mate, Sri Lankan Eshan Pieris. Pieris was third over the line, but incurred 15 seconds in time penalties following the race.
As the intriguing fields of international young talent roared off the grid for the start of Asia’s newest junior single seater series, all competing in the Tatuus F3 T-318, Ye was immediately up the inside of Ticktum, forcing the Briton wide and seizing the lead. As Ticktum fought back, the pair ran wide, but the Chinese driver was quicker to recover. That dropped the Red Bull driver down to third behind Ghiretti.

The next lap saw a frenzied battle for position, with Ticktum desperate to regain his pole advantage, but facing equally-determined opposition in both Ghiretti and Veekay. A move on the Dutchman saw Ticktum drop further down the order to fifth, while Ye held the lead from Ghiretti, Veekay and Nandy.

Ghiretti closed right up to Ye and, as the pair diced it out, Veekay homed in on the leaders. Increasingly frustrated at being unable to get by Ye, Ghiretti made his move on the Chinese driver and the pair ran wide. Veekay pounced, seizing the lead and holding it from lap six all the way to the flag, with Ghiretti recovering to hold on to second but Ye down to third.

Ticktum, meanwhile, had got past Nandy and next had rival Ye in his sights. In a bold move around the outside, he got by Ye to go third.

However, it was all over for the Chinese Absolute Racing driver a lap later when he was forced to retire with overheating. Shortly afterward, Ticktum followed suit, pulling into the pits with a punctured radiator.

Ticktum’s retirement saw Nandy promoted to third ahead of Pieris and Pinnacle Motorsport’s Amaury Cordeel. However, a storming Pieris passed the Malaysian to snatch the final podium place and cross the line third. However, after post-race penalties were meted out, Ravishankar, who was sixth on the road after a brilliant run from the back of the grid after stalling on the formation lap, was promoted to third ahead of Nandy and Pieris.

David Schumacher finished seventh on his Asian debut, while BlackArts Racing’s Vivien Keszthelyi accredited herself well in her first-ever race in a formula car. Tairoku Yamaguchi of B-Max Racing Team took the Masters classification win.
It was not all bad news for Ticktum though, with the fastest laps setting the grid for Race 2, he will start alongside polesitter Veekay on the front row. Making up row two will be Ghiretti and Y, with Ravishankar and Pieris behind.



The Asian Winter Series continues tomorrow (Saturday, January 12, with Races 2 and 3. Race 2 begins at 10:10 (GMT+7), with Race 3 getting underway at 17:00 local time. All races will be live streamed via the F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA website and Facebook page @F3AsianChampionship.

- Nikki Kemp, photos Asian Winter Series


11.01.2019 / MaP

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