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Afiq Ikhwan takes race two victory at Ordos

by Valentin Khorounzhiy

Formula Masters China series leader Afiq Ikhwan brought his win tally up to five with a race two victory at Ordos, closing out the round as race three wound up cancelled due to issues with the track.

Having set the fastest lap in race one, Ikhwan started race two on pole alongside Akash Nandy. While Ikhwan had no trouble at the front, leading the race lights-to-flag, both Nandy and Raj Bharath, who started the race in third, struggled, with the Indian losing three places on lap one and Nandy making a mistake that dropped him down to fifth on lap two.

The rest of the race was par for the course for the leading group. Ren Nagabuchi took second, narrowly edging out Formula Alps regular Tanart Sathienthirakul, with Aidan Wright rounding out the top four. Nandy and Bharath finished fifth and sixth respectively, with Matthew Solomon recording another seventh-place finish. Yuan Bo closed out the top eight.

In the standings, Ikhwan increased his lead over the Ordos round, sitting on top of the standings with 106 points. The fight for second is close, with Bharath at 83, Wright at 79, Nandy at 70 and Nagabuchi at 65.

Race results
Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Afiq Ikhwan Meritus GP 13:56.611
2 Ren Nagabuchi Super License +3.053
3 Tanart Sathienthirakul Eurasia Motorsport +3.523
4 Aidan Wright Meritus GP +4.092
5 Akash Nandy KCMG +5.712
6 Raj Bharath Meco Motorsport +7.388
7 Matthew Solomon Eurasia Motorsport +13.229
8 Yuan Bo Star Racing Team +16.573
9 Pu Jun Jin Eurasia Motorsport +24.058
10 Bao Jin Long Star Racing Team +30.056
11 Ronald Wu KCMG +30.907
12 Yin Hai Tao Super License +38.635
13 Zou Chen Yu Star Racing Team +42.112
Not classified
Zou Si Rui Star Racing Team
Andrea Reggiani Andrea Reggiani
Wu Zhou Super License