Winner – Daniele Vidimari (Team RSI) 40:47.688
Fastest Lap – Michal Nizio (Rapid Racing) 1:40.942
Pole Position – Daniele Vidimari (Team RSI) 1:38.376
Daniele Vidimari has won the final round of the RF2 Asia Formula Renault 3.5 All-Japan series 2018 and taken the championship. With the absence of Autohouse Racing’s Greg Olson, Vidimari stormed to another dominant win in an RF2 Asia series race. Qualifying on pole with a time that was fastest in every sector, Vidimari was untroubled in his drive to victory. With two series wins and two pole positions delivering 79 points, he takes championship victory in his second open-wheel RF2 Asia series.
There was plenty of action through the field as Hong Kong Sim Racing’s Kelvin Wong, seemingly untroubled by the typhoon ripping through the city, made a storming start jumping from fifth to second on the opening lap. He was challenged by Michal Nizio who briefly took the position on lap three and held it until an unfortunate disconnection put him out of the race on lap 8. Wong retook the position until he was passed by his fellow Hong Kong Sim Racing team mate and brother Edmund on lap 12. The two held position until the flag to round out the podium positions.
Daryl Brady, making a welcome return to running in RF2 Asia series races, finished in fourth after recovering from a disastrous start where he found himself in seventh on lap two. Mark Robinson of Tri-Continental racing was running in fourth until Brady passed him on lap 18. Robinson finished in fifth. Dmitriy Vozniy was sixth having started seventh.
Chris Payne of Tri-Continental Racing, Jason Back of Back Racing and Denis Hawkins of Hydra Racing all finished a lap down, but gaining points. The Australian drivers might well be excited at what RF2 Asia will be offering as a replacement to the FR3.5 series.
With two wins in the series, runner-up Greg Olson was magnanimous in defeat and congratulated Vidimari immediately. Indeed, Vidimari’s setup has formed the base setup for almost every driver in the series. Many drivers could not take part as a result of adverse weather conditions across parts of Asia over the weekend, but will be back to provide serious competition in future races and series!