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Yoong joins BlackArts in Asian F3 testing but misses out on race call-up

by Ida Wood

Alister Yoong drove for BlackArts Racing in pre-event testing for the second Asian Formula 3 round at Yas Marina Circuit, although the Malaysian won’t be racing this weekend.

The 18-year-old had been a mechanic for the team for last weekend’s season opener at Dubai Autodrome, and was able to take over the car that was raced by Zdenek Chovanec at Dubai for the two test sessions in Abu Dhabi.

Yoong only managed one lap in session one, and recorded 12 times laps in the second night-time session before it was shortened to half of its planned duration by a red flag. He had been looking for the finances to race in the seat this weekend.

Evans GP’s Isack Hadjar set the pace in both sessions, recording a 1m54.387s lap to top session one and improving to a 1m52.660s during the evening running.

His team-mate Patrik Pasma had been second in the afternoon, just 0.043 seconds behind, but was shuffled to fourth by Pinnacle Motorsport’s Pierre-Louis Chovet and Mumbai Falcons’ Jehan Daruvala in the later session.

Championship leader Guanyu Zhou was fifth for Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema, and the last driver within a second of Hadjar’s pace.

Only three drivers set their best laps in the first session, while Abu Dhabi’s Amna Al Qubaisi and Pinnacle’s Alessio Deledda didn’t make it back to the pits when the red flag arrived in session two.

Roy Nissany was the slowest of the Formula 2-experienced drivers, 2.135s slower than Hadjar and down in 18th place in his Hitech GP-run car.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Isack Hadjar Evans GP 1m52.660s 27
2 Pierre-Louis Chovet Pinnacle Motorsport 1m52.837s +0.177s 32
3 Jehan Daruvala Mumbai Falcons 1m53.015s +0.355s 31
4 Patrik Pasma Evans GP 1m53.028s +0.368s 29
5 Guanyu Zhou Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema 1m53.278s +0.618s 25
6 Cem Bolukbasi BlackArts Racing 1m53.754s +1.094s 30
7 Dino Beganovic Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema 1m53.773s +1.113s 30
8 Kush Maini Mumbai Falcons 1m53.882s +1.222s 27
9 Roman Stanek Hitech GP 1m53.882s +1.222s 30
10 Casper Stevenson Evans GP 1m54.005s +1.345s 32
11 Reece Ushijima Hitech GP 1m54.157s +1.497s 33
12 Ayumu Iwasa Hitech GP 1m54.173s +1.513s 33
13 Rafael Villagomez BlackArts Racing 1m54.316s +1.656s 31
14 Lorenzo Fluxa BlackArts Racing 1m54.468s +1.808s 31
15 Roberto Faria Motorscape 1m54.519s +1.859s 28
16 Nicola Marinangeli Motorscape 1m54.628s +1.968s 31
17 Alexandre Bardinon Pinnacle Motorsport 1m54.766s +2.106s 34
18 Roy Nissany Hitech GP 1m54.795s +2.135s 31
19 Alessio Deledda Pinnacle Motorsport 1m54.880s +2.220s 32
20 Matthias Luethen Pinnacle Motorsport 1m55.651s +2.991s 29
21 Amna Al Qubaisi Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema 1m55.660s +3.000s 28
22 Alister Yoong BlackArts Racing 1m56.809s +4.149s 13
23 Irina Sidorkova Evans GP 1m56.812s +4.152s 26