Jack Doohan

Jack Doohan wins at the F3 Asia season opener

#7 Jack Doohan (AUS – Pinnacle Motorsport Tatuus Alfa Romeo)
Qualifying 1: 7th – Race 1 Grid: 7th – Race 1 Result: 2nd
Race 2 Grid from Race 1 times: 4th – Race 2 Result: 8th
Qualifying 2: 1st – Race 3 Grid: 1st – Race 3 Result: 1st
F3 Asian Championship position: 2nd – 47 points – after 3 of 15 races

Australian 16-year-old Jack Doohan ended the first weekend of a new season of Asian F3 action with victory at Sepang. The Red Bull Junior added the Race 3 win to second in Race 1 and leaves the first round second in the title chase.

"It was really great to get a win in the opening round of the season even though we didn't get everything we wanted from the weekend," stated the Pinnacle Motorsport driver.

"The Race 3 start was good and I managed to build on that, get into a good rhythm. There were damp patches from the start and a few sprinkles but then it got heavier and by about half way through the race it was raining enough to make it really tricky."

"My race engineer was telling me to back off because I had a bit of a margin so then I was just worked at staying out of trouble for the last three laps, to hold on for the win."

No easy start

Though testing early in the week had gone well, things got difficult once the event started on Friday morning. "We had technical issues with the engine so that we didn't get out in the Test on Friday morning or the Free Session so we were going pretty blind into Q1.

"Track conditions were quite different from the testing we had done earlier in the week. The car wasn't really too bad but with missing a bit on set-up and some traffic I didn't get the best lap so we were only P7. Then we made a few changes for Q2 and got pole so we were pleased with that."

A much better start and a handicap

"Race 1 went well, from P7 to second thanks to a good start and the car working well. Then this morning, Race 2 was wet and the tyres just didn't work. About half the drivers had tyres from a batch bought last season and there was about a 10 second difference to the batch bought this year. The difference dropped off to about 6 seconds later in the race but it wasn't any fun at all, really strange but out of our control."

"So it was good to bounce back in Race 2 this afternoon. We have still got things to improve, both myself and the team. Obviously we want to sort out the technical issues so we don't miss any more track time. We have a good baseline now but we can improve and really go after the championship."