Alpine’s Zhou clinches Asian F3 title at season finale

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In the round-up: Alpine junior driver Guanyu Zhou has won the Asian Formula 3 championship.

Superlicence points boost for Zhou after Asian F3 title win

Zhou went into the final triple-header round at Yas Marina 32 points behind leader Pierre-Louis Chovet. The Alpine-backed racer got his weekend off to a strong start by putting his Prema-run Abu Dhabi Racing car on pole position for the opening race.

He lost the lead at the start to Patrick Pasma and followed his rival home, but was elevated to first place when Pasma was penalised five seconds for failing to slow sufficiently for yellow flags. Chovet could only manage fifth place.

Pasma repeated his fast start in race two but this time kept his resulting victory ahead of Zhou. Pasma’s weekend got worse, however, as he tangled with Roman Stanek on the first lap and retired. In two races Zhou had overcome his rival’s advantage, and Chovet went into the final race a point behind.

Patrick Pasma, Guanyu Zhou, Jehan Daruvala, Yas Marina, Asian F3, 2021
Zhou clinched the title with victory in the final race

Zhou had pole position again for the title-decider and this time he kept his advantage at the start. His fourth victory in the 15-race series secured the title ahead of Chovet, who having won six times earlier in the season endured his first win-less weekend of the year.

Zhou, who will race for Virtuosi for a third season in Formula 2 this year, scooped 18 FIA superlicence points along with his championship trophy. His F2 rivals Jehan Daruvala, Roy Nissany and Alessio Deledda placed third, fifth and 15th in the championship respectively.

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