Indian driver Aditya Patel finished a commendable third at his home round of the JK Racing Asia series, running as one of the support events for the Indian GP.
After morning’s qualifying session, Patel had lined up fourth on the grid for race one and managed to overhaul third place starter Aston Hare at the start while the leading duo of Ikhwan and Jeffri managed to pull away from the pack in the initial laps.
However, as they scrambled over each other and lost time – it allowed Patel to slowly sneak up and turn it into a three-way battle for the lead.
In the final two laps, it was anybody’s guess as to who would win – but after a couple of switchbacks and small excursions, the trio crossed the line in the same order – Ikhwan winning from Jeffri with Patel in third.
“It was a really really tight race. I was fighting for the lead with Afiq on the last lap and Nabil was also there and I think we were all over the place. At the end of the day, to finish on the podium was good but to know I could have won the race it doesn’t feel as great.
“I know I have the pace to be with the leaders, it did take me a while at the straights to build up a rhythm and get faster and faster and faster, so I know what to do now and what not to do. It should be good” ended the US Formula Project driver.