Pace but no China Endurance Series silverware for Eurasia at Ningbo
Date posted on May 28, 2018 · Published by eurasiapr
The second round of the Chinese Endurance Series held at Ningbo International Circuit last weekend (26-27 May) saw Eurasia show good turns of speed but ultimately leave the Chinese circuit a little disappointed.
Garnet Patterson and Martin Cao teamed up in the #3 Ligier once again with Jordan Oon joining Terence Tse in the #22 entry and went on to qualify in sixth and tenth position for the first race.
Patterson made a good start and moved to the front of the field but a lack of dry testing prior to the weekend proved costly as he dropped back into the pack behind. He handed over to Cao and they went on to finish eighth.
Oon meanwhile was getting his first taste of dry running as he returned to racing after a lengthy absence. This made race day very tricky for the Australian driver who along with Tse, went on to finish tenth.
Sunday’s main race was saw Cao lead throughout his stint but with a slow puncture, the team opted on the grounds of safety to switch tyres during the pitstop, breaching the regulations. A time penalty followed and as a result Patterson took the chequered flag fourth.
Meanwhile, Eurasia Motorsport fielded three entries in the Asian Formula Renault round held at Ningbo with Kurt Hill, Eshan Pieris and Daniel Miranda lining up with the team.
Qualifying saw Eshan Pieris set the pace for the team with the fifth fastest time while Hill and Miranda proved closely matched in eighth and ninth. Unfortunately, all three drivers were unable to finish the opening race which took place in wet conditions.
An ongoing issue with the standardised steering wheel saw water get into the electrics and force retirements for both Hill and Miranda. Hill also failed to finish the second race after his pit lane speed limiter stuck on while Miranda was challenging for third position before running too deep and losing positions. He finished seventh directly behind Pieris.