In spite of skipping the season opener last month, Pinnacle Motorsport enjoyed a strong debut during the FIA F4 Chinese Championship’s second event last June 2-3. Newly-signed Irish driver Jordan Dempsey put in a strong performance all weekend and secured the team two podium finishes at the Zhuhai International Circuit (ZIC).
The 2017 Motorsport Ireland Young Driver of the Year was quick to adapt to the new machinery and topped the time sheets in Free Practice 2. Dempsey then qualified P4, putting him in a good position for Saturday’s Race 1.
He managed to move up to 3rd in the opening laps, but a fuel regulator issue forced him to retire on lap 6. This cost the team a potential podium finish and meant that Dempsey had to start Race 2 from the back of the grid. Unfazed by the slight setback, the 18-year-old drove an even stronger race on Sunday. He worked his way through the field to land an impressive 2nd after 16-laps of racing.
Dempsey repeated the feat in Race 2 where he started from P9 due to a reverse grid. This time he was able to challenge for the lead, but made contact in the process and allowed the 3rd place car to pass through for the win. He made a quick recovery and crossed the finish line in 2nd while setting the fastest lap of the race.
Accompanying Pinnacle Motorsport on their FIA F4 Chinese Championship campaign are partners Cebu Pacific Air and P1 Racewear.
Jordan Dempsey: “What a great experience with Pinnacle Motorsport. We were on pace right away and looked good for the races over the weekend. Although we ran into some car problemson Saturday, I really enjoyed fighting for two 2nd place finishes on Sunday. Massive thanks to the whole team for giving me such a good car and we’ll be even stronger in the next race!”
After the team’s success at Zhuhai, Pinnacle Motorsport is looking forward to more podiums when the season resumes on July 22-23 at the Chengdu International Circuit.
The FIA F4 Chinese Championship is a junior single-seater series that caters to young drivers who are moving up from karting to F4, F3, F2, and eventually to F1. It is designed to keep costs down while providing an ideal learning tool. Drivers also earn points towards an FIA Super License. Know more about the FIA F4 Chinese Championship by visiting www.fiaf4.com.cn.