Eurasia Craft 2010 GT3 Asia Team Champions, Frank Yu third overall
Date posted on October 19, 2010 · Published by Mark Goddard
The final event of the 2010 GT3 Asia Series was held at the Autopolis Race Circuit in Japan on October 16-17. Part of the Formula Nippon and Japanese F3 finals event, rounds 7-9 saw some dramatic racing from which Frank Yu emerged third in the overall drivers Championship and Eurasia Craft as Team Champions in their first year in the series with the Ginetta G50Z GT3 cars.
Frank Yu got off to a good start by qualifying second overall for round 7 with Eric Cheung 4th on the grid and Samson Chan 5th, all in their Ginetta 50Z cars. Frank Yu made a good start but was caught out by cold tyres and an off course excursion dropped him to the rear of the field. In a great comeback drive he fought his way to 3rd only to collide with a backmarker on the last lap and fail to take the chequered flag with a puncture. He was classified 12th and would start from that position for the final race of the weekend. Samson Chan had dropped a few places at the start but fought his way back to 3rd place which is where he finished. Eric Cheung had spent the first half of the race in good 4th place but dropped back to 6th at the flag after a consistent drive.
Round 8 was again held in sunny but cold conditions and Frank Yu started in third place with Samson Chan 6th and Eric Cheung 8th. After a good string drive Yu finished the race second overall with Samson Chan 5th and Eric Cheung 6th. Chan had been looking good for third place before his engine lost power with suspected cracked block.
The weather for Round 9 on Sunday morning was again sunny and Frank Yu again starred working his way up from 12th place to fourth at the chequered flag right on the tail of the third placed car. Eric Cheung again drive well to finish 5th with Samson Chan a frustrated 6th after his engine again lost power due to overheating as result of the crack.
Eurasia Craft drivers dominated the GTM Class over the weekend, taking two one-two finishes and all three podium places in round 9.
The non-championship Macau race will end the season in November and it’s hoped the good handling Ginetta will shine at the region’s most prestigious event.