F3 Asian

Jack Doohan's stunning Sepang triple puts F3 Asian title back on the table

Jack Doohan

#7 Jack Doohan (AUS – Pinnacle Motorsport Tatuus Alfa Romeo)
Qualifying 1: 1st – Race 1 Grid: 1st – Race 1 Result: 1st
Race 2 Grid from Race 1 times: 3rd – Race 2 Result: 1st
Qualifying 2: 1st – Race 3 Grid: 1st – Race 3 Result: 1st
F3 Asian Championship position: 2nd – 200 points – after 12 of 15 races

A perfect weekend from Jack Doohan placed the 17-year-old Australian Red Bull Junior right back in the frame for the Asian F3 title. Three wins after dominating qualifying cut his points deficit to just 15 with 3 races remaining to conclude the season next weekend at Buriram in Thailand.

"What a fantastic weekend," enthused the Pinnacle Motorsport driver. "Finally it all came together. The guys did a fantastic job, they gave me a car that was as near to perfect as you are going to get really and it was just down to me to deliver."

"I'm glad I could do it. It was all there pretty much from the get go, the car had great balance. In both qualifying session's we would have had pole even without the second push lap. The one lap pace was just brilliant this weekend."

Wet and dry, just fast

Race 1 was wet, damp patches in Race 2 and a dry Race 3, it didn't matter to Doohan. "Full wets for Race 1, it was a good race, we had the pace and I could control things quite well, Joey (Alders) was coming towards the end and I started to push, thinking about the starting position for Race 2 but maybe the tyre pressure was a touch high and I didn't have the ultimate grip but at least we got a time for P3 on the Race 2 grid.

"Race 2 it was very wet in Turns 1 and 2 and a bit into 4 but the rest was dry. I got away well and got into P2 behind Joey then tried to go around him in Turn 1 but that's a long way and I couldn't quite do it. From then I was trying to attack but obviously not kill the tyres too much."

"After things settled down I lunged a bit into Turn 4 because I saw that he was braking a bit early there, not that early but I had the confidence that I could get in there and get through. It was drying but still a bit greasy."

"I didn't know if he was going to come back but then after a few laps I could see he was dropping, I had quite a lot of front degradation and had to manage that as best I could and in the end it was enough to keep the others behind. I was happy to win and it helped that Joey didn't make it onto the podium."

The championship

"In Race 3 I was out on my own, I wasn't thinking too much about the championship but of course it was there in the back of my mind. It was a long hot race and I was concerned about tyre deg just trying to keep the right pace going out there."

"The gap to Joey was yo-yoing a bit but I managed to keep it where we needed it and get the win. That was the job we had to do when we came here this weekend, put it on pole and get three wins and we did it," concluded Doohan who cut the points gap to Joey Alders from 48 to 15 and will grab a load more from the 75 on offer in next weekend's finale.