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Olson overcomes qualifying issues, finishes up five positions in AFR Round 7
Drift Innovation/BELL helmets/ChildFund International Asia Formula Renault pilot Pete Olson battles for final season standings this weekend and discusses season progress
This weekend Rounds 7&8, the final rounds of the 2012 Asia Formula Renault Championship, are being held at Zhuhai International Circuit. With many of the season drivers close in points, wheel-to-wheel battles were expected- and as this afternoon’s Round 7 proved, are the norm for this weekend. A half dozen drivers, including Drift Innovation/BELL helmets/ChildFund International formula pilot Pete Olson, are close in season points and fighting aggressively for the final series standings.
Qualifying for today’s Round 7 race took place at 11am under sunny skies and mild conditions. With this weekend’s large race grid, getting in clean laps without traffic was a challenge for all 22 drivers. Furthermore, the 25 minute session was called to an early halt when the session was stopped with a car blocking the track. With no time for setup adjustments, American Pete Olson had just a few traffic-free laps to set a solid time after running in new brakes. “Qualifying put us down in 15th, definitely not where we wanted to be, to say the least. But I knew the race would be better, and indeed I would have finished higher than 10 of 22 if not for a bit of overdriving on my part, which cost me a few positions. The main thing is we’re in a more favorable starting position for tomorrow’s final race of the season, and like always, I will give it my all.”
“I’m very focused on tomorrow’s final race, but I’m almost just as focused on next season” said Olson. “This year, my first full season of Formula Renault, has been invaluable learning and constant improvement in both the driving and technical sides. With a good testing program this winter and starting off next March’s first race weekend with a more competitive car, I have every confidence that we will be running up front, and everything that we’ve improved on this season, from the driving to the technical side - it will all pay off. Most of all, I won’t ever give up, I won’t ever quit. As long as you continue to climb the ladder with the utmost determination and absolute Faith, there is nothing that can stop you – the only limits out there are the ones you make for yourself.”
We wish Olson the best of luck in tomorrow’s Round 8, the final race of the 2012 Asia Formula Renault Championship.