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F3 Asian

Jack Doohan wraps up with a win in Asian F3 at Shanghai 2

Jack Doohan

#2 Jack Doohan (AUS – Hitech Grand Prix Tatuus Alfa Romeo)
Qualifying 1: 2nd – Race 1 Grid: 2nd – Race 1 Result: 2nd
Race 2 Grid from Race 1 times: 3rd – Race 2 Result: 3rd
Qualifying 2: 2nd – Race 3 Grid: 2nd – Race 3 Result: 1st
F3 Asian Championship position: 2nd – 276 points – after 15 of 15 races

An all podium weekend, finishing in front of your main rival every time is a good way to end the season but it fell short of gaining the Asian F3 Championship for Jack Doohan. The Red Bull Junior grabbed 2nd, 3rd and 1st for the Hitech Grand Prix team.

"It's always a plus point to end with a win, just a shame I couldn't win the championship," stated the 16-year-old Australian after Saturday's Race 3 in Shanghai.

"We certainly made a step forward from when we were here a few weeks ago, much more competitive. It is a shame we struggled then because otherwise we would have really been fighting for the championship this weekend. This time I managed to finish in front of my teammate in every race but it wasn't enough to take the championship away from him."

All about the grip

One of the points that effected the race results this weekend was the different tyre strategies. "Cao (local driver Daniel Cao) did not go out in the second Qualifying so he had new tyres for Race 1 and that made the difference. He had more grip at the start and in the early laps so I had to fight just to stay ahead of Ukyo (Ukyo Sasahara, points leader and Hitech team mate)."

Battling with Sasahara again in Race 2 allowed the opposition to get away and though Doohan again finished in front of his teammate he was 3rd while Sasahara's 4th was enough to give him the Asian F3 title.

Doohan continued to put everything into Race 3 though. He passed pole man Sasahara early and had a lead of 1.5 seconds by the end of the opening lap. Doohan charged away to win convincingly with the fastest lap of the race.

"It was a good way to end the season, just a shame I couldn't win the title. It was very useful to have Ukyo as a team mate, I learnt a lot from him and we got on as well as you can with a teammate really. I've gained a lot of experience this year and I'll carry that forward," concluded Doohan after his 5th win of the season. He was only off the podium twice in the 15 races.