Olson Experiences Mechanical Issues in AFR Rounds 5&6 Official Practices

Pete Olson's Asia Formula Renault Rounds 5&6 Official Practices cut short due to mechanical issues, but still places halfway up the timesheets
Sept. 14, 2012 - PRLog -- Zhuhai International Circuit –

This afternoon, Official Practice 1&2 took place for Saturday and Sunday’s Rounds 5&6 of the 2012 Asia Formula Renault Championship. For BELL helmets/Child Fund International/Drift Innovation pilot Pete Olson, it was a frustrating day as Olson was only able to complete a handful of laps each session due to mechanical issues. However, the American driver remains optimistic on his prospects for qualifying, which will take place tomorrow morning at 9:50am, and Round 5 tomorrow afternoon at 3:45pm.

In Official Practice 1, which took place today under favorable sunny and warm weather at Zhuhai International Circuit, Olson had only driven 5 laps when he received an oil pressure warning on his dashboard. Fearing the worst, he pulled his car to the side of turn 7 and shut it off immediately. Later, the warning was found to be caused by a faulty engine sensor.

In Official Practice 2, Olson headed out and had completed only a few laps when his electrical system repeatedly shut on and off, sending him back to pit lane. The fault was found to have been caused by a circuit breaker issue which was wasn’t able to be repaired until after the session.

Amazingly enough, Pete Olson’s few laps in Official Practice One were enough to place him halfway up the session times at 10 of 19 competitors, and the American driver remains upbeat about his prospects for tomorrow morning’s qualifying session. Video: http://youtu.be/gqP4sjw3xro

“This is racing and these things happen - you can’t always expect things to go your way” said the American driver. “Anyone can be confident when things are going smoothly, but I think it takes a certain amount of professionalism to be able to bounce back quickly - in the end, confidence comes from self-belief. And, of course, if the electrical relays hadn’t failed in the second session, no doubt it would have happened during tomorrow’s qualifying or worse, in tomorrow afternoon’s Round 5 race. In a way it was very fortunate for me, in fact I'm glad it happened when it did. I will keep strong in my faith, and drive tomorrow morning’s qualifying absolutely flat out.”
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