David Zhu second in Shanghai Formula Pilota race

Date posted on July 29, 2011 · Published by Mark Goddard

David Zhu finished second overall, first in the Asian Driver Class, in Round three of the Formula Pilota China Championship held at the Shanghai F1 Circuit. He backed this up with a fifth place overall, second in the Asian Driver Class , for round four after a quick spin. Team mate, rookie Eric Lichtenstein, impressed finishing eleventh in both races.

Zhu qualified 4th in the ultra competitive field for the first race and after a slow start he charged back up through the field finishing less than .5 of a second behind the race winner after a fine drive. Eric Lichtenstein , who had missed the first round due to a leg injury, qualified 12th which was a great effort considering this was his first ever Formula Car race and he had not sat in the car until Friday of race week.

Race two saw David Zhu drop to 5th at the start but he was soon in the thick of the battle for the final podium spot. However a lunge for third place at turn one turned sour and after a quick spin Zhu rejoined to finish in 5th place. Eric Lichtenstein again finished 11th but improved his lap time by over one second and demonstrated he will soon be at the front of the field.

Eurasia Motorsport’s Martin Quick, commented  “David drove an excellent race and I am sure it  won’t be long  before we  see him on the top step of the podium.  Eric coped admirably with everything that was thrown at him remaining focused on the job in hand.  Undoubtedly with more time in car he will become a front runner in the Series.’’

The next round is again at Shanghai on August 14th.