Bradley takes three wins from four races at GIC
Date posted on September 5, 2010 · Published by Mark Goddard
Richard Bradley leaves the Guangdong International Circuit event with a 40 point championship lead after winning the final race of the weekend. His team mates, Nabil Jeffri, Duvashen Padayachee and Kotaro Sakurai increased their number of points and added to the lead in the Team’s Championship for Eurasia.
The third race of the weekend, held on Sunday morning, had looked good for Bradley who made a storming start from pole only to coast to a halt at the end of the first lap with a broken timing chain in the engine. Duvashen Padayachee and Nabil Jeffri were both in the thick of a battle for the podium only to be assaulted from behind, by the same competitor, and forced to come back through the field to finish in sixth and seventh respectively. Kotaro Sakurai had made a good start but it came to nothing after contact with the same driver who had assaulted his team mates saw him damage his front wing. He was forced to pit for a replacement, eventually finishing in 13th place.
The final race was the most exciting race of the season to date. Bradley took an immediate lead but unlike previous races Jordan Oon was able to stay close. His new engine was a little tight which gave spectators a great race as a train of cars backed up behind the determined Bradley. Oon attempted a move around the outside at turn 8 which resulted him dropping back into the clutches of the back. Tom Mun was the next to try an assault on Bradley and his failed attempt had the same result. This allowed Oscar Tunjo to launch an attack but despite his best efforts he had met a brick wall in the form of Richard Bradley who took an accomplished win after a great drive under constant pressure.
Nabil Jeffri spun out in Turn One after six laps whilst Duvashen Padayachee finished ninth. He still comes away from the weekend with his first podium finish from the first race of the weekend. Kotaro Sakurai finally had a trouble free race, starting 16th on the grid and finishing 8th after a mature and calculated drive through the field.
“Richard drove like a champion all weekend and he did not let the timing chain breakage faze him” reported Mark Goddard of Eurasia. “Duvashen had a good weekend and he thoroughly deserved his first podium finish whilst Nabil Jeffri had a good haul of points and demonstrated that a top three finish cannot be far away. Kotaro had a weekend to forget but he salvaged it with a good final race and we are sure he will back to his competitive self in the next event at the Singapore GP in three weeks time.”