Auer wins sixth race of the season
JK Asia Racing series points leader Lucas Auer won his sixth race of the season to extend his points lead over Malaysia's Afiq Ikhwan Yazid.india Updated: Oct 30, 2011 00:40 IST
JK Asia Racing series points leader Lucas Auer won his sixth race of the season to extend his points lead over Malaysia's Afiq Ikhwan Yazid. The Austrian had an uneventful run to the finish line in the 10-lap race but Yazid had anything but that.
After losing his front wing in a collision early in the race, Yazid put on a remarkable display of defensive driving to keep as many as six drivers behind him, all of who had better front-end grip due to his damaged wing.
Yazid's dark cloud did have a silver lining, though. Because his car didn't have a front wing, it was much faster down the pit straight as well as the long back straight between turns 3 and 4 due to lower levels of drag.
With speculation in the F1 paddock being whether Mercedes GP would use the much discussed drag reducing front wing on their W02 or not, Yazid showed an unintentionally novel way of getting the same result.
Yazid's misfortune meant that India's Akhil Khushlani was able to improve on his ninth place on the starting grid to finish sixth, while VW Polo Cup points leader Vishnu Prasad finished eighth.
Local favourite Khushlani was delighted with the result and said he managed to achieve what he had set in his return race. "It went quite well, as planned and I made up a couple of positions. I didn't qualify well because of a lot of traffic and we didn't get our setups right to a certain extent but we got the race right at least. We made consistent progress in positions and finished where we had to," he said.
Another Indian, Visnu Prasad also impressed by completing the race in the eighth position after starting from the 14th position on the grid. "It was my first race and my main aim was to finish in the top 10 or the top eight and I managed to do that," Prasad said.