Eduardo Coseteng poised to make British F4 debut with Argenti Motorsport

Unless there’s going to be any last-minute announcements, Eduardo Coseteng is set to be the only (and probably the first) Filipino driver to enter the F4 British Championship Certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost. Yes, the son of multiple touring car champion Jody Coseteng is making his single seater debut in 2021 with Argenti Motorsport.

Following in the footsteps of his father, the 17-year-old is an accomplished driver himself. Eduardo burst onto the karting scene with a clean sweep of the Asian Karting Open Championship (AKOC) junior titles back in 2017. He quickly followed this up with race wins in the AKOC’s Formula 125 and Senior X30 classes a year later. As of late, he’s been competing on the global stage and is a front runner British, European, and World championships, notably winning the Macau International Kart Grand Prix in 2019.

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Eduardo joined the pre-season test earlier this month at Brands Hatch and impressed with his pace. Completing a total of 177 laps, he was 5th fastest by the day’s end earmarking him as one of the drivers to watch when the season begins in May.

2021 F4 British Championship Race Calendar Round 1 | May 8 – 9 (Thruxton Circuit) Round 2 | June 12 – 13 (Snetterton Motor Racing Circuit) Round 3 | June 26 – 27 (Brands Hatch) Round 4 | July 31 – August 1 (Oulton Park) Round 5 | August 14 – 15 (Knockhill Racing Circuit) Round 6 | August 28 – 29 (Thruxton Circuit) Round 7 | September 18 – 19 (Croft Circuit) Round 8 | September 25 – 26 (Silverstone Circuit) Round 9 | October 9 – 10 (Donington Park) Round 10 | October 23 – 24 (Brands Hatch)

The F4 British Championship is widely regarded as one of the most competitive junior single-seater categories in the world. It’s also one of the longest with 10 rounds slated for 2021 that sums up to 30 races for the entire season. Hopefully we get to see Eduardo on the podium in some of those races as he joins the grid with Argenti Motorsport and new teammates Marcos Flack from Australia and Matias Zagazeta from Peru.

Eduardo Coseteng

Eduardo Coseteng: “After some great years in karting, I’m excited to be making the move into single-seater racing for the first time this season. British F4 is a brilliant series and I’m looking forward to joining the grid. I’m pleased to be racing with Argenti Motorsport. They’ve been fantastic with me during our initial tests together, and we’re making some good progress. I can’t wait to get the season started in May. Lakas ng pinoy!”

Michael Meadows, Team Manager: “We’re really pleased to have Eduardo joining Argenti Motorsport this season. He’s got a great karting pedigree and has shown some really impressive pace and progress during his tests with us in recent months.”

[Photos by Jakob Ebrey Photography]

Luis Moreno is Next Level Racing’s newest global ambassador

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Next Level Racing, who happens to be one of the fastest growing simulator solutions brand in the world, has recently announced a partnership with pro sim racer Luis Moreno from the Philippines. With this agreement, the Legion of Racers (LOR) driver is now recognized as one of the brand’s newest global ambassador.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the Next Level Racing family as one of its Global Partners,“ says Luis. “These are exciting times for me as well as the local racing gamer market as I would be connecting to a growing simulation and casual racing community particularly in the Philippines as well as with our fellows from Asia and the rest of the world, sharing with them a truly Next Level Racing experience.”

Luis has been actively competing in sim racing events since 2013. The Filipino has seen success in many local and international sim racing competitions over the years across various games and platforms. This partnership will see him compete using the latest Next Level Racing® F-GT Cockpit with a Next Level Racing® F-GT Monitor Stand.

Luis Moreno Next Level Racing

The Next Level Racing® F-GT Cockpit features a revolutionary design that allows drivers to have true racing positions either for Formula or GT racing. It’s packed with extras such as gear shifter support, seat slider, lumbar support cushion, and height adjustable feet just to name a few. The patented design also ensures a rigid and solid cockpit while allowing maximum adjustability for the wheel, pedals, and gear shifter. The steering wheel support is even solid enough for professional direct drive wheels.

“We are definitely proud to have a brand like Next Level Racing recognizing our Sim Racers and we are truly happy for Luis to be one of their Brand Ambassadors,” says Melvin Moh, Legion of Racers Co-Founder. “I hope that this will be the start of something bigger not just for the team, but also for the Sim Racers themselves. I believe this will give plenty of motivation for the Sim Racers to push on harder!”

Next Level Racing’s support to Luis is certain to elevate his passion and commitment in sim racing to a higher level and help push to deliver stronger results.

Toyota Ph determined for a Vios Cup one-make-race comeback in 2021

Finally, the news that we’ve all been waiting for. After taking a one-year hiatus no thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has revealed that they now have full intent to revive their one-make-series this year. And barring any unforeseen circumstances (such as government health restrictions), the yet-again-renamed ‘Toyota GAZOO Racing – Vios Cup’ will get the green light sometime mid-2021.

If one could recall, what should have been the 7th year running of TMP’s one-make-series was canned in June of 2020 less than a month before the scheduled season opener. Hopefully, things will go as planned this time around.

The 2021 championship will once again feature the Promotional and Sporting classes, with the much-awaited return of the top-tier Super Sporting class reserved for the most experienced and most capable drivers on the grid. Revised technical regulations also allow for several modifications exclusive to Super Sporting class runners that make them ‘substantially quicker’.

A total of three (3) legs are planned in the Toyota GAZOO Racing – Vios Cup 2021 as did previous season. Note that these are comprised of the Circuit Championship and Autocross Challenge. While all rounds will take place at the Clark International Speedway, TMP said that there will be strictly no on-site spectators allowed. Instead they’ve heavily invested on their livestream production so that viewers can enjoy a better experience watching the races online.

Apart from these real-world-events, TMP also confirmed the return of their online eSports series the GR GT Cup. It seems that the virtual tournament will still be run using GT Sport on the Sony PS4 and is poised to officially kickoff sometime in April 2021. What’s interesting though is that they’ve now dropped the name ‘Supra’ from the event title, hinting that a different Toyota GR model could be used instead. Something like the GR Yaris perhaps?

Anton, Garrido secure 5th in E1 Championship for GT Radial-Eurasia Motorsport

Eurasia Motorsport may be new to eSports, but they certainly had no problems taking their knowhow from the real-world into sim racing and deliver results in the inaugural E1 Championship. Together with GT Radial Philippines and an all-Filipino driver lineup, they were able to score several podium finishes and wrap up the 8-round season in a respectable 5th overall.

Iñigo Anton and Joaquin “Wakkeen” Garrido headlined GT Radial-Eurasia Motorsport’s entry as part of a strong 22-car field. Although everyone raced in identical Formula RaceRoom X-17s, packing 900 hp and weighing only 620 kg, they were up against some of the best sim racers in Asia.

Things got off to a strong start back in November where Iñigo managed to take home 2nd and 4th during the curtain raiser at the Sepang International Circuit. It was a learning experience, however, for Wakkeen who ended up in 10th and 14th. In stark contrast, luck was not on their side during Round 2 at the Shanghai International Circuit. On-track incidents robbed Iñigo of potential podium finishes. Wakkeen also lost out on a possible top 10 spot after contact with a competitor. Still both drivers did well to score points towards the championship.

The season resumed in December with a visit to the Dubai Autodrome. Again their efforts would go unrewarded with contact during the Sprint Race dropping Iñigo outside the podium, while a last lap puncture in the Main Race cost him 2nd. Wakkeen again helped the team haul points with his 11th and 9th place finishes. It was a similar story during Round 4 at the Imola Circuit. Iñigo worked hard to get 6th in the Sprint Race, but was pushed into a spin during the Main Race and rejoined in 11th. Wakkeen, on the other hand, did well to secure a pair of Top 10 finishes despite struggling with a faulty brake pedal.

GT Radial-Eurasia Motorsport’s fortunes improved when the E1 Championship went to Spa-Francorchamps before the Christmas break. Iñigo was rewarded with 3rd and a 6th, while Wakkeen had a solid 9th and 13th. The following event at the Silverstone Circuit yielded no podiums for the team, but 8th and 7th places for Iñigo and 9th for Wakkeen allowed them to maintain 5th in the overall standings.

The penultimate round at Road America gave the team their best result all season. Iñigo bagged a well-deserved 2nd followed by a 5th place finish. Wakkeen also finished in a respectable 13th following a significant contact at the start. GT Radial-Eurasia Motorsport ended the season on a high later that month at the iconic Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst. Iñigo and Wakkeen were 8th and 11th, respectively during the Sprint Race and saved the best for the very last race of the championship. Starting from the second row , Iñigo put pressure on the front runners right from the very start. He held onto the lead at one point in race, eventually taking the chequered flag in 3rd after 30 minutes of racing. Wakkeen enjoyed another impressive run to finish 9th.

With the combined efforts of 16-year-old Iñigo Anton and 14-year-old Joaquin Garrido, GT Radial-Eurasia Motorsport wrapped up the inaugural E1 Championship 5th overall with 299 points collected over 8 rounds of sim competition. Meanwhile, Iñigo’s tally of 4 podiums and 8 top-10 finishes puts him 4th in the Driver’s Standings.

One of the team’s goals in entering the series was to provide Filipino drivers Iñigo and Wakkeen the opportunity to work closely with a real-world race team and learn the importance of the collaboration between driver and the data engineer. Both young racers certainly achieved this, whilst maximizing their opportunities throughout the championship.

Pinnacle Motorsport confirms single-car entry in Spanish F4 with Alex Dunne

Venturing outside Asia for the very first time, Pinnacle Motorsport has revealed that they’re entering the Spanish F4 Championship this 2021. Fittingly, the Motorsport Ireland-licensed team has signed fellow Irish driver Alex Dunne for their single-car entry.

The 15-year-old from Dublin spent a number of successful seasons in karting. His talent for the sport was evident early on as he amassed a number of race victories in championships across his native Ireland and the UK. He then progressed to World and European OK Junior karting championships in 2018 and went on to win the WSK Champions Cup in 2019. Dunne most recently raced in the Senior category in 2020.

Dunne is now ready to move to single-seaters with the support of Motorsport Ireland’s new Race Academy. Preparations for the season are well underway before Pinnacle Motorsport travels to Spa-Francorchamps Circuit in Belgium for the first season test in early April.

The 2021 Spanish F4 Championship kicks off at the same circuit later that month. It’ll then move to Navarra, Portimao, MotorLand Aragon, Valencia, Jerez, until the season ender at the Catalunya Circuit in November to complete the 7-round championship.

2021 Spanish F4 Championship Provisional Calendar Round 1 | April 24-25 (Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium) Round 2 | May 29-30 (Navarra, Spain) Round 3 | July 17-18 (Portimao, Portugal) Round 4 | July 31-August 1 (MotorLand Aragon, Spain) Round 5 | September 18-19 (Valencia, Spain) Round 6 | October 2-3 (Jerez, Spain) Round 7 | November 13-14 (Barcelona, Spain)

Alex Dunne: “I’ve been doing a lot of work over the winter, with my physical training and also learning the tracks through sim racing, so I’m ready now for the real thing. This is a very exciting step especially with racing at such amazing venues as Spa and Portimao. The team will be a great fit for me as I know John already and I know he will help me to learn the car and achieve my goal of challenging for race wins and the championship. A lot of work has gone into putting this season together and I have to thank all of my backers, Motorsport Ireland, VTL, Harris, Maxus, Reynolds, Artisan, and NEA Designs as without their support I would not have this opportunity. I just want to get started now and I can’t wait to get back racing.”

John O’Hara, Team Director: “In our debut season entering Spanish F4 we’re pleased to have Alex Dunne racing with Pinnacle Motorsport. We’ve been watching Alex as he rose up the ranks in karting over the last few years. He’s a very talented driver and we look forward to strong results together.”

Accompanying Pinnacle Motorsport on their Spanish F4 Championship are partners Teng Tools and Motorsport Ireland.

For more info and the latest updates, visit pinnaclemotorsport.net or follow Pinnacle Motorsport on Facebook, @PRT_Racing on Twitter, and @PinnacleMotorsport on Instagram.

RWR Eurasia nabs impressive 4th place on Rolex 24 Hours debut

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In spite of the pandemic, Eurasia Motorsport finally got their 2021 season underway on the other side of the world. They shipped their Ligier JS P217 all the way to the USA (most recently raced at the Le Mans 24 Hours) and teamed up with Rick Ware Racing for their IMSA debut at the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.

The #51 entry of RWR Eurasia was shared between Cody Ware, Salih Yoluç, Austin Dillon and Sven Müller over the course of 24 hours and was the only car on the grid to race the Philippine flag. They would start from P15 on the grid and P8 in LMP2 set during the qualifying race a week prior to the event. Salih took starting duties on Saturday afternoon and made an aggressive start to move into P5.

RWR Eurasia

Endurance racing, however, isn’t won on the first hour and RWR Eurasia later settled into a more consistent pace to run P8 in class. Salih would suffer an early spin, but managed to resume without losing any positions. He then handed the car over to Austin who raced into the night.

Cycling through its drivers, the #51 RWR Eurasia entry gradually made up several places as a number of competitors fell by the wayside. But the team also had their share of incidents, one of which saw the need to replace the engine cover overnight. This forced them to fit a spare last used at Le Mans made evident by the mismatched livery on the Ligier.

RWR Eurasia

They would eventually reach P11 overall and P5 in LMP2 by the race’s halfway point until another technical issue threatened their chances at a strong result. A power steering failure in the final hours made driving substantially more difficult, which Cody had to live with over the final 80 laps of the race. But his determination and effort would allow RWR Eurasia to make it to the finish line 10th overall out of 49 starters and an impressive 4th place in LMP2.

The team was also the highest-placed Ligier JS P21 throughout the Rolex 24 Hours against the more dominant Orecas 07s. After overcoming their fair share of challenges, RWR Eurasia is pumped up for the second round of the IMSA WeatherTech Endurance Championship to be held at Sebring Raceway this 20th of March. But since not all 4 drivers will be available for the race, the team has 2 seats open for a Bronze and any grade of driver.

RWR Eurasia

Those who want to take the driver seat should contact Eurasia Motorsport’s Team Principal Mark Goddard at mark@eurasiamotorsport.com for further details.

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Another title near-miss for Pinnacle Motorsport in F3 Asian Championship

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It was a déjà vu moment for Pinnacle Motorsport leading up to the season finale of this year’s F3 Asian Championship by FIA. Because less than 12 months ago, they too were fighting for the title only for it to slip away on the penultimate race of the season. But instead of a tire puncture, this time it was a contact that ended their hopes with a DNF.

Pierre-Louis Chovet had a 32 point lead in the standings leading up to the weekend at the Yas Marina Circuit. There was still a lot of work to be done, however, after he could only muster P6 in both Qualifying sessions. The Frenchman was caught in a scuffle in the opening laps of Race 13 and lost several places in the process. He managed to fight his way back up to 5th place by the time the chequered flag dropped, thus keeping his title hopes alive.

His teammate Alessio Deledda, on the other hand, did a stellar job racing under the lights in Abu Dhabi. Coming from P18 on the grid, he muscled his way through the field to secure a hard-earned 13th place at the finish. Meanwhile, Alexandre Bardinon had a disappointing start to the weekend and failed to finish after a first lap contact with another car.

But all of Chovet’s hard work, including his six race victories this season, came undone in Race 14. He made contact with an opponent’s car that ended his race wiping out his championship lead. This meant that Deledda was the highest-placed entry for Pinnacle Motorsport. It was a repeat performance from the Italian who stormed from P17 to another 13th place. Bardinon again was a non-finisher with a last lap contact yet was classified in 17th.

His earlier DNF placed Chovet a single point behind closest-rival Guanyu Zhou leading in to the final race of the season. This meant not only did he have to catch Zhou, but also find a way past. Sadly, his charge could only get him up to 5th with Zhou taking the race win and the championship. Deledda’s race was cut short when he collided with another car, ending his strong run during the season ender. Bardinon had another misfortune that left him out of the classification after a collision.

Despite missing out on the title, the Pinnacle Motorsport is still pleased to conclude the 2021 F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA as vice-champion with Pierre-Louis Chovet.

John O’Hara, Team Director: “It was a great way to return to racing after the long break. We were in the title fight from the season-opener until the very end. Although we narrowly missed out on the championship with Pierre-Louis, we’re satisfied we pushed ourselves to the limit every weekend. Thank you also to Alessio, Alexandre, Matthias, and every team member for making the 2021 season memorable for Pinnacle Motorsport.”

Accompanying Pinnacle Motorsport on their F3 Asian Championship campaign are partners Teng Tools and Motorsport Ireland.

For more info and the latest updates, visit pinnaclemotorsport.net or follow Pinnacle Motorsport on Facebook, @PRT_Racing on Twitter, and @PinnacleMotorsport on Instagram.

Pair of wins in Dubai extend Pinnacle Motorsport’s lead in F3 Asian Championship

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It was another dominant performance from Pinnacle Motorsport and Pierre-Louis Chovet when the F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA returned to the Dubai Autodrome for the penultimate event of 2021. Together they would score a pair of race victories and a podium finish over the weekend to further extend their points lead.

The Frenchman was again amongst the quickest drivers in Free Practice and Qualifying to secure a P2 and P3 slot of the grid. His countryman Alexandre Bardinon in the team’s #25 machine was consistent in both sessions to start from P14, while Alessio Deledda ended up in P17 slot.

Pinnacle Motorsport

Starting from the front row of the grid in Race 10, Chovet’s lighting-quick start allowed him outrun pole-sitter Guanyu Zhou on the run to the first corner. Zhou tried to regain the position, but Chovet never broke under pressure to stay in the lead before a late safety car period allowed him to take 1st place under full course yellow. Deledda was further down the field and maintained position to finish 17th. Bardinon, on the other hand, suffered an unfortunate DNF after making contact while fighting for P12 spot.

Chovet didn’t have the best of starts in Race 11, losing several spots in the opening laps. But the championship leader was propelled up to 3rd when 2 front-runners took each other out, which he kept until the chequered flag dropped. Deledda also had his own on-track battles and was rewarded with a point-scoring finish in 10th. Bardinon time time was able to stay out of trouble and bring it home in 13th.

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The Motorsport Ireland-licensed team once again found himself in the lead in Race 12 after both front-row starters botched the start. Although his progress was slowed by a safety car period and a restart, there was no stopping Chovet from claiming his sixth win of the season. Deledda was unable to repeat his success in the previous race and had to settle for 16th. As for Bardinon, he again failed to finish after collecting a spinning car in front.

With a tally of 6 victories, Chovet now heads to the season ender with a 32 point lead in the Driver’s Classification, while Pinnacle Motorsport holds onto 2nd in the Team’s Championship. The title decider for the 2021 F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA will take place on the 19th/21st of February at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

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John O’Hara, Team Director: “Another solid weekend from the team and our drivers. We’re improving at every event and thrilled to come away with 2 wins and a podium finish here in Dubai. A big congratulations to Pierre-Louis and looking forward to the season ender next week. Although we’re heading to Yas Marina with a 32 point advantage, it doesn’t give us reason to relax. We’ll be fighting again for race wins and aiming to take the championship.”

Accompanying Pinnacle Motorsport on their F3 Asian Championship campaign are partners Teng Tools and Motorsport Ireland.

For more info and the latest updates, visit pinnaclemotorsport.net or follow Pinnacle Motorsport on Facebook, @PRT_Racing on Twitter, and @PinnacleMotorsport on Instagram.

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Sadly, the gov’t denies AAP’s request to resume motorsports… for now

No thanks to this pandemic, we haven’t seen any real track action for nearly 12 months. But don’t think that the Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP) isn’t doing anything about it. As a matter of fact, their Motorsport Department is in constant talks with the government in the hopes of getting four-wheeled races going again. Sadly though, we’ll all have to wait a little bit longer after their most recent request has been denied.

In an official letter from the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), Games and Amusement Board (GAB), and the Department of Health (DOH) dated 11th of December 2020, it reiterates to the AAP that “non-professional sporting events, competitions, tournaments are temporarily suspended regardless of risk severity.” This is in pursuance of PSC-GAB-DOH Joint Administrative Order No. 2020-0001. Furthermore, the document stresses that activities must be “for the purpose of conditioning and training as private individuals only.”

This leaves the AAP Motorsport Department with very little choice but to follow the order to the dot, emphasizing on the following points.

  1. Four-wheeled motorsport is considered a “non-professional sport” as defined by GAB and PSC.
  2. Non-professional sporting events, competitions, tournaments are suspended until further notice. Thus, any national championships, races, competitions, being organized by any motorsport organizer must hereby cease.
  3. Claiming that an organized sporting event is a practice, track day, shakedown, test and tune, etc. is not a valid alibi and will expose you to greater liability.
  4. An LGU approval to conduct events is sadly not sufficient in light of this order.

While the AAP remains to be the governing body for four-wheeled motorsport events in the country, allowing for races to resume during this pandemic is sadly not their decision to make. So as much as we all want to go back racing, all they’re asking from stakeholders in the local racing community is for full support and cooperation until the Philippine government gives the green light.

Double wins at Abu Dhabi propel Pinnacle Motorsport to F3 Asian points lead

Pierre-Louis Chovet is now the first driver in the F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA to win 4 races in the 2021 season thanks to a pair of race wins in Abu Dhabi. This puts the Frenchman along with Pinnacle Motorsport on the top of the driver’s standings with only 2 events to go.

Chovet would miss out on pole position by a few thousands of a second, which meant he was only P2 and P3 during Qualifying. Alexandre Bardinon was the next quickest Pinnacle Motorsport driver in P15 and 16, while Matthias Luethen and Alessio Deledda alternately claimed P18 and P19 spots.

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A lightning quick start in Race 1 allowed Chovet to take the lead on the run to the first corner. He then kept his head down for the rest of the 30 min race and never looked back, securing victory with a comfortable 3.861 sec advantage. Bardinon also had a clean drive to finish in 14th. Deledda managed to get past his teammate to grab 16th at the chequered flag ahead of Luethen in 17th.

Chovet further cemented his dominance with a lights-to-flag victory in Race 2. Although several lengthy safety car periods prevented him from pulling a gap, he still picked up full points to extend his lead in the championship. Deledda did well to stay out of trouble amidst the chaos and finish in 13th position. Sadly, Bardinon and Luethen both failed to finish after coming together on track.

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With the driver’s title on the line, Chovet drove conservatively in Race 3 ensuring that he finishes with as much points as possible. Taking no risks, he earned solid 4th place when the chequered flag dropped. Bardinon fought hard for a top 10 spot and crossed the line in 11th. However, a post-race penalty later undid his hard work to drop him down to 13th. Deledda and Luethen were again racing each other for position with Deledda finishing ahead in 15th and Luethen in 16th.

A pair of wins at the Yas Marina Circuit now puts Pierre-Louis Chovet in the Driver’s Championship lead 10 points ahead of his closest rival. Pinnacle Motorsport, on the other hand, sits 3rd in the Team’s Standings as the F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA returns to the Dubai Autodrome for Round 4 in a week’s time.

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John O’Hara, Team Director: “What a great way to wrap up a long 4-day race weekend at Abu Dhabi. We’ve worked long hours to give our drivers the best cars possible and it’s good to be rewarded with 2 wins and the championship lead. There are only 2 rounds to go in 2021 and we’re fully committed to wrap up the season still on top of the points race.”

Accompanying Pinnacle Motorsport on their F3 Asian Championship campaign are partners Teng Tools and Motorsport Ireland.

For more info and the latest updates, visit pinnaclemotorsport.net or follow Pinnacle Motorsport on Facebook, @PRT_Racing on Twitter, and @PinnacleMotorsport on Instagram.

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Pinnacle Motorsport sails to second F3 Asian victory of 2021 at Yas Marina

Despite competing with a grid littered with F2 and F1-reserve drivers, Pinnacle Motorsport is proving to be a force to be reckoned with in the F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA after scoring another victory in 2021. This time the Motorsport Ireland-licensed team enjoyed a lights-to-flag victory with Pierre-Louis Chovet at the Yas Marina Circuit last 5th/6th of February.

Flaunting a new blue-and-red Travel Planet livery, the Frenchman agin lead the team’s charge to secure pole position in the second Qualifying session. Alexandre Bardinon, on the other hand, found improvements and managed P17 and P16. Likewise, Matthias Luethen showed good progress on only his second F3 Asian outing to start from P18 on the grid. Alessio Deledda though had a big shunt on Wednesday, which hindered his performance and could only manage P19.

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Chovet would start Race 1 from the second of the grid. A slow getaway, however, dropped him down to 5th where he stayed until the chequered flag dropped. Bardinon improved 2 positions over the 16-lap race to cross the line in 15th with his teammate Luethen in tow in 18th. Unfortunately for Deledda, contact on the opening lap forced him into the pit for repairs and ended up in 21st.

All four drivers had a more productive Race 2 the following morning. Chovet delivered another point-scoring 5th, while Bardinon had an impressive run to climb all the way to 12th after starting from P18 on the grid. Deledda also fought hard for position to improve 5 places and take 15th with Luethen staying close behind in 16th less than a second away.

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Things eventually came together for Chovet in Race 3. He made a clean start from pole position and despite a lengthy safety car period, managed to open up a 7.921 sec gap once racing resumed and claim a dominant win in Abu Dhabi. Bardinon continued his strong run to wrap up the race in 14th and Luethen securing 18th. Deledda sadly was forced to retire after making contact in a chaotic opening lap.

Chovet’s second win in 2021 keeps him 2nd in the Driver’s Championship, just 1 point away from leader Jehan Daruvala of the Mumbai Falcons and 4 points ahead of Guanyu Zhou driving for Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema. Pinnacle Motorsport, on the other hand, is now 4th in the Team’s Classification as the season resumes action at the Yas Marina Circuit on the 6th and 7th of February for Round 3.

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John O’Hara, Team Director: “A very action-packed few days for everyone at Pinnacle Motorsport. Alessio had a big off on Wednesday, which required the team to pull an all-nighter for repairs. The boys did a great job though to get the car ready in time for Qualifying and also glad that Alessio was not hurt. Alexandre and Matthias made good progress here in Abu Dhabi, and Pierre-Louis was again fighting at the front for the team. Very pleased to secure another race win and hope we can continue this momentum over the next two days of racing.”

Accompanying Pinnacle Motorsport on their F3 Asian Championship campaign are partners Teng Tools and Motorsport Ireland.

For more info and the latest updates, visit pinnaclemotorsport.net or follow Pinnacle Motorsport on Facebook, @PRT_Racing on Twitter, and @PinnacleMotorsport on Instagram.

Pinnacle Motorsport welcomes new season in F3 Asian with race win at Dubai

Coming off a nearly year-long break due to the pandemic, Pinnacle Motorsport is back with a bang in the F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA as they welcome the season-opener with a pole position and race win at the Dubai Autodrome. And they did it with a fresh 4-car assault headed by Pierre-Louis Chovet.

The 18-year-old Frenchman was on pace right from the get go with his name always fighting for the top spot on the time sheets. He then converted this into a P2 and P1 during 2 sessions in Qualifying. His teammate Alessio Deledda was only a second off Chovet’s pace but was down in P14 and P17 due to the tightly-packed field. Alexandre Bardinon was P20 in both sessions on his F3 Asian debut, along with series newcomer Matthias Luethen who would start from P22.

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Sadly, Chovet missed out on his front row start in Race 1 on Friday. A slow getaway lost him several places on the run to the first corner and never got the position back. He got stuck in 4th place until the chequered flag dropped. Deledda was busy with his own battles and improved on his starting position by taking 13th. Only a few cars behind were their teammates Bardinon and Luethen who also made progress over the course of the 19-lap race to end up 18th and 20th, respectively.

It was Deledda’s turn to shine during Race 2 on Saturday. The Italian climbed from P9 on the starting grid up to P5 by the end of the opening lap. His impressive run then yielded him 6th across the finish line to collect his first points of the season. Chovet again found himself stranded behind a train of cars up front and concluded the race where he started in 4th. Bardinon was able to find his way past several drivers to claim 17th with Luethen not so far behind again in 20th position.

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Chovet’s much-awaited victory finally came during the final race of the weekend. Despite starting from pole, he was pipped to the first corner and briefly dropped to P3. But the Frenchman muscled his way past a few laps later to reclaim the race lead. Chovet then opened a 1.832 sec advantage by the time he crossed the line, securing his first win in the F3 Asian Championship with Pinnacle Motorsport.

Deledda delivered another 13th place, while Luethen secured his best result of the weekend in 17th. Sadly for Bardinon, the Frenchman’s charge was cut short and retired in the pit lane.

Pinnacle Motorsport

After just one round of the F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA, Pinnacle Motorsport now sits 2nd in the Team’s Classification with only a single point separating Pierre-Louis Chovet from the championship leader. The busy season resumes in just a few days for the double header at the Yas Marina Circuit from the 4th ’til the 7th of February.

John O’Hara, Team Director: “It was a great way to start the new year with a pole position and race win. Our strong driver line up allowed us to fight at the front in and we’re happy to wrap up the weekend second in the driver and team’s championship. A big thanks to Pierre-Louis, Alessio, Alexandre, Matthias, and everyone at Pinnacle Motorsport for their efforts. This gives us confidence that we can do even better once we resume racing in Yas Marina next week.”

Accompanying Pinnacle Motorsport on their F3 Asian Championship campaign are partners Teng Tools and Motorsport Ireland.

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