Jack Doohan

Jack Doohan robbed of Asian F3 title by 2 punctures in Buriram

#7 Jack Doohan (AUS – Pinnacle Motorsport Tatuus Alfa Romeo)
Qualifying 1: 1st – Race 1 Grid: 1st – Race 1 Result: 8th
Race 2 Grid from Race 1 times: 1st – Race 2 Result: DNF (Puncture)
Qualifying 2: 4th – Race 3 Grid: 4th – Race 3 Result: 1st
F3 Asian Championship position: 2nd – 229 points – after 15 of 15 races

Unbelievable misfortune took the Asian F3 title from Jack Doohan at the final round in Buriram. The Red Bull Junior was clear away, leading both Race 1 and Race 2 only to suffer right rear punctures.

The 17-year-old Australian won Race 3 which should have made it a victory triple to match the 3 race wins from last weekend then he would have comfortably taken the championship.

But the tyre disasters had already dictated the outcome. In Race 1 it happened on the last lap and he limped home 8th but in Race 2 it occurred a lap earlier and he had to pit.

After the triple victory weekend a week ago in Sepang, Doohan arrived in Thailand with just 15 points to make up on the title leader. Fastest in Q1 and only 0.075 off in Q2 he was on fire again.

Man of the meeting

Clearly on a mission he shot off from pole in Race 1 and was in a class of his own, he romped away from the field and his lead advantage went beyond 6 seconds even as he eased off towards the end of 30 minutes. Then on the last lap a cloud of smoke from the right rear tyre that bore witness to the puncture, he struggled home 8th.

There was still a mathematical possibility of taking the title with two races remaining and he had the fastest lap from Race 1 so sat on Pole for Race 2. Again he was the class of the field, again he had the race in the bag and again a right rear puncture as the flag was being readied.

What can you say?

"Not the best end to the season," explained the Pinnacle Motorsport driver. "It would have been six wins in a row, the pace was good all weekend, pole in first Qualifying, not so good in Qualifying 2, fourth. Then leading the first two races and got punctures both times. Not happy... but what can you do."

"For the last race we used a right rear from Sepang and that worked OK, mind you I was so cautious in that last race, as cautious as I've ever been, I just wanted to bring the car home," stated Doohan after winning Race 3.

"There's not a lot you can say really after what happened. The best thing to say is that I have learnt a lot about coping with tyre degradation in this series, I also learnt how to qualify well, that's a good point. So I think those things are going to help me this year in Europe."