Raoul Hyman secured the inaugural FIA Asian Formula 3 title with fifth place at Sepang, as Liam Lawson took his third win of the weekend.
Pinnacle Motorsport driver Lawson continued to be untouchable, belying his lack of F3 experience to beat Super License’s Tomoki Takahashi by 4.101 seconds. The Japanese driver did beat Lawson off the line, but the New Zealander had the inside line for Turn 1 and retained the lead.
The race was then stopped due to incoming rain, with everyone returning to the pits and switching to wet tyres. On the restart Lawson escaped immediately, with Takahashi leading Absolute Racing’s Yifei Ye and Jaden Conwright, and Hitech GP’s Hyman, who had overtaken team-mate Harrison Scott to move into the position he needed for the title.
A spin for Jeremy Wahome, which beached him on a kerb, meant the race went back under safety car conditions, during which Ye also dropped down the field. When the race got underway again Scott moved back past Hyman, but with the South African still being in fifth it meant he beat the absent Jake Hughes’ points tally to take the title.
Third place for Conwright meant he was a comfortable third in the standings, while Takahashi came just short of overtaking Charles Leong for fourth in the standings, the latter finishing the race ninth to Takahashi’s second.
Fourth place for Scott was his best result of the weekend, but marked a disappointing return to F3 for the 2017 Euroformula Open champion. In comparison, a third win out of three for F3 rookie Lawson meant he ends the season eighth in the standings.
Race results (10 laps)
|1||Liam Lawson||Pinnacle Motorsport||25m43.006s|
|2||Tomoki Takahashi||Super License||+4.101s|
|3||Jaden Conwright||Absolute Racing||+6.489s|
|4||Harrison Scott||Hitech GP||+7.187s|
|5||Raoul Hyman||Hitech GP||+7.919s|
|6||James Yu||ZEN Motorsport||+10.222s|
|7||Louis Prette||BlackArts Racing||+12.225s|
|8||Yifei Ye||Absolute Racing||+12.358s|
|9||Charles Leong||Hitech GP||+13.559s|
|10||Akash Gowda||M-Sport Asia||+16.084s|
|11||Yin Hai Tao||ZEN Motorsport||+17.855s|
|12||Tairoku Yamaguchi||B-MAX Racing||+17.970s|
|13||Takashi Hata||Super License||+22.224s|
|14||Tom Beckhauser||BlackArts Racing||+26.758s|
|Ret||Akash Nandy||Absolute Racing|
|Ret||Jeremy Wahome||SVC Asia|
|Ret||Thomas Luedi||BlackArts Racing 70|
|Pole: Lawson, 2m02.962s? ? ? Fastest lap: Lawson, 2m06.460s