Aidan Wright‘s victory in the final race of the 2013 Formula Masters China season at Shanghai has ended up giving him the championship title after his teammate Afiq Ikhwan was penalized post-race.
Akash Nandy started the race from pole, but his challenge for race victory was cut short on lap two, when he was forced into retirement due to a fuel pump issue.
With the leader sidelined, it was Wright who set the pace, as the Australian worked his way into the race lead after starting in fourth place. Having worked his way around Tanart Sathienthirakul and then his Meritus teammate Ikhwan early on, Wright went on to take his sixth win of the year.
Wright’s win did not guarantee him the title as Ikhwan could level him on points by securing the runner-up spot, which would then see the Malaysian take the title on second-place finishes. Ikhwan managed just that, managing to keep Sathienthirakul at bay, but ended up making contact with the Thai racer in the process, damaging his front wing on the final lap.
As such, any title celebrations were delayed as both title contenders were under investigation – Ikhwan for the incident with Sathienthirakul and Wright for allegedly overtaking his teammate under yellows. The stewards cleared the Aussie, who then suddenly found himself the champion, as Ikhwan was demoted to third in the classification.
Matthew Solomon and Dan Wells completed the top five in the race. Ren Nagabuchi was sixth, leading his teammate Yin Hai Tao and Eurasia’s Pu Jun Jin, while Raj Bharath and Chang Wing Chung made up the rest of the top ten.
|1||Aidan Wright||Meritus GP||22:32.926|
|2||Tanart Sathienthirakul||Eurasia Motorsport||+3.434|
|3||Afiq Ikhwan||Meritus GP||+4.866*|
|4||Matthew Solomon||Eurasia Motorsport||+6.876|
|5||Dan Wells||Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG||+8.460|
|6||Ren Nagabuchi||Super License||+8.999|
|7||Yin Hai Tao||Super License||+11.867|
|8||Pu Jun Jin||Eurasia Motorsport||+11.958|
|9||Raj Bharath||Meco Motorsport||+15.754|
|10||Chang Wing Chung||Eurasia Motorsport||+15.804|
|11||Yuan Bo||Star Racing Team||+18.996|
|12||Mahaveer Raghunathan||Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG||+34.955|
|13||Bao Jin Long||Star Racing Team||+36.105|
|14||Zou Si Rui||Star Racing Team||+44.926|
|15||Zou Chen Yu||Star Racing Team||+46.453|
|Akash Nandy||Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG||+10 laps|
|Thomas Luedi||Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG||+11 laps|
|1||Aidan Wright||Meritus GP||210|
|2||Afiq Ikhwan||Meritus GP||208|
|3||Akash Nandy||Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG||163|
|4||Ren Nagabuchi||Super License||129|
|5||Matthew Solomon||Eurasia Motorsport||128|
|6||Raj Bharath||Meco Motorsport||120|
|7||Tanart Sathienthirakul||Eurasia Motorsport||115|
|8||Pu Jun Jin||Eurasia Motorsport||45|
|9||Yuan Bo||Star Racing Team||29|
|10||Ronald Wu||Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG||28|
|11||Yin Hai Tao||Super License||26|
|12||Bao Jin Long||Star Racing Team||19|
|13||Dan Wells||Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG||18|
|14||Zou Si Rui||Star Racing Team||7|
|15||Andersen Martono||Meritus GP||6|
|16||Zou Chen Yu||Star Racing Team||4|
|17||Zhang Zhen Dong||Zhang Zhen Dong||2|
|18||Lin Li Feng||Lin Li Feng||1|
|19||Andrea Reggiani||Andrea Reggiani||1|
|20||Chang Wing Chung||Eurasia Motorsport||1|
|21||Wu Zhou||Super License||0|
|22||Thomas Luedi||Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG||0|
|23||Mahaveer Raghunathan||Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG||0|