BAR wins 2018 FIA China F4 Team Championship-Hishammudin Win, 3rd, 3rd
Ningbo International Circuit –
In the final 7th round of the 2018 FIA China F4 Championship held Oct 12-14 at Ningbo International Circuit, BlackArts Racing took the 2018 Team Championship by a wide margin thanks to a season of driving accomplishments by drivers Daim Hishammudin, Daniel Cao, Oscar Lee, Homan Ho, Minjae Kang, Dan Wells and Charles Leong.
Daim Hishammudin represented BAR in this weekend’s final (7th) round, taking to the podium for all three races this weekend with two 3rd place finishes and a win. As a result, he was able to take 3rd in the 2018 FIA China F4 Drivers Championship in his first season of single-seater racing, despite missing Round 6 in Wuhan which meant he was unable to gain points for those three races.
In Saturday morning’s qualifying in cool and sunny ideal weather conditions, despite traffic Daim was able to qualify 4th and be one of the few drivers into the 1min 47s. Thus starting 4th for race one on Saturday afternoon, he jumped immediately to P3 within the first few corners after the start. Despite a safety car for four laps due to a collision in the back of the field on the first lap, Daim held onto P3 for the podium despite competing on used tires.
In Sunday morning’s race two, Daim started P3 after Saturday’s race and again had a fantastic start to move immediately up to P2, closing in on the leader car 44 until he lost his front wing after being hit while attempting to pass. However, despite the damaged front wing he was able to hold on to cross the finish line in 3rd to take his second podium of the weekend.
Race three took place on Sunday afternoon with the weather changing to rain conditions. With the third race of the weekend being a reverse grid and rolling start due to rain, Daim started P8 but quickly moved up to P3, when second place car 44 collided with #88 on lap 5, with Daim quickly overtaking for P1 and leading the field to take the win nine laps later.
Thanks to his win and two podium finishes for the weekend, Daim Hishammudin was able to finish 3rd in the 2018 FIA China F4 Driver’s Championship while BlackArts Racing took its second consecutive FIA China F4 Team Championship today, just weeks after winning the 2018 Asia Formula Renault Team and Driver Championships for the 3rd and 4th season in a row, respectively.
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