Pu Jun Jin Formula Masters China Driver Class Champion
Date posted on October 31, 2013 · Published by Mark Goddard
Kevin Pu Jun Jin wrapped up the China Driver Class Championship by winning the class in Shanghai race two, round 17 of the championship. His team mates, Tanart Sathienthirakul amd Matthew Solomon finished in second and third places. The final round of the series, round 18, was full of drama with Tanart and Afiq Azid colliding on the last lap, Afiq finished second on the road but was demoted to third as punishment handing second back to Tanart. Solomon finished fourth with Pu Jun Jin in 8th and newcomer, Andy Chang, in 10th with an impressive 6th fastest race lap.Tanart again made a tardy getaway for round 16 dropping to fifth place whilst Solomon moved up to second place. Tanart quickly made his way up to third and hounded down his team mate, finding a way past with just over a lap to go. Pu Jun Jin had an entertaining race with former Shanghai race winner, Raj Bharath, and 2012 Series runner up, Dan Wells. He finished half a second behind the latter at the flag with Bharath a further 1.5 seconds adrift. Andy Chang stalled at the start and was pushed into the pit lane from where he joined the race a lap down.
The final championship race of the season was fraught with plenty of place changing. Two safety car periods at the beginning of the race allowed the field to settle down with Afiq in second, Tanart third and Solomon up to fourth after demoting Nagabuchi. Dan Wells was also past the Japanese but he was unable to match Solomon’s pace.
On the last lap Afiq weaved down the long back straight in an attempt to keep Tanart behind but he left the door open enough for Tanart to move alongside. Afiq then swerved into Tanart, the Eurasia car leaping into the air at 220kph. The landing wiped out his nose but the Thai driver was able to regain control and finish the race in third. The stewards took a dim view of Afiq’s tactics and he was demoted to third in the results.
Pu Jun Jin finished 8th after a heated battle with Yin Hai Tao whilst Andy Chang this time made a good start and worked his way up to 10th setting an impressive pace. It was truly impressive debut for the Macanese driver.
The non-championship Macau GP race will end the season on November 9-10th