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Weiron Tan (right) posing with his trophy for finishing third in race one in Donington.
PETALING JAYA: Malaysian driver Weiron Tan enjoyed a perfect start to his European campaign in the Protyre Formula Renault Championships — sealing a hard-fought podium finish in the first race at Donington Park on Sunday.
With the schedule packed into one hectic day, Weiron embarked on his first qualifying on the national circuit at Donington Park with the Fortec Motorsports team.
The 2013 Protyre Formula Renault has a strong 18-car grid, with drivers competing from across 10 nationalities.
Weiron performed well in his first qualifying session, setting the fourth fastest time to secure a second row starting spot.
In race, one Weiron initially dropped a position to fifth before coming back strongly to seal the final rostrum position.
He did not finish race two.
Weiron was tapped from behind while attempting to pass for the lead and it sent him hurtling into the gravel trap.
The next round of the Protyre Formula Renault takes place at Snetterton on May 11-12. The next meet will comprise three races.
“Overall, I’m really happy with my weekend. It was my first time at Donington and my first race in this championship, so I think it was a good start to the season,” said the 18-year-old.
“Because of the compact schedule, we had no practice session, it was straight to qualifying.
“To secure P4 and P2 for the races was a very positive start, particularly with the knowledge that I was the only driver with no experience at the circuit.
“Race one went pretty well. I knew I had the pace for a podium and, if it hadn’t been for a small mistake, the win could have been ours.
“The second race was good and bad. We were the fastest on the track and could have taken the win but I was tapped and it sent me into the gravel ... and that was it for race two.
“I’m heading for Snetterton feeling positive and with some good momentum.”
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