F4 SEA: Aradhya, Sharma eke out points results in Buriram
The lone free practice session in Round 3 of 2019 FIA Formula 4 South East Asia Championship at Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand, started with debutant Yash Aradhya in ninth, followed by Sneha Sharma in 10th - in her second round.
They finished in the same position in qualifying as the stewards canceled two lap times of Aradhya and six of Sharma for track limits issue. The Race 1 was more of a cautious run by both the drivers with them finishing in the same position as they started.
With it being Aradhya's first time at the circuit and in the championship, he had to learn the tricks in the car and the track. The Race 2 had a full reverse of the standings from the first race which meant Sharma started on pole alongside Aradhya.
The start of the race saw Aradhya take the lead from Sharma but a four-car fight saw both drop down with the latter being sent into a spin which broke her rear wing. By the end of the lap, Aradhya was third behind Alister Yoong and Lucca Allen.
He then dropped a place to Josh Smith as well to be fourth with Sharma running in ninth. Aradhya lost two more places to be sixth, where he would finish but penalties to two rivals ahead meant he gained two places to register his best result of fourth.
Sharma finished eighth after a retirement to another rival. She got a 30 second penalty as well along with two others for track limits infringement. The Race 3 saw another full reverse with Sharma starting on the front-row and Aradhya from fourth.
It was a slow start from Sharma and a wide moment dropped to last by the end of Lap 1 with Aradhya staying in fourth despite losing out to a rival. He dropped to sixth though after losing out to Allen and Elias Seppanen.
It was downhill for Aradhya then as he dropped to ninth with 10 minutes remaining in the race. He eventually finished ninth with Sharma in 10th - the latter was handed another 30 second penalty for track limits infringement.
The final race of the weekend had Aradhya starting from ninth with Sharma in 10th. It was good start from Aradhya as he made up a place off the line to be eighth by the end of Lap 1. They both then gained a position after a retirement to a rival.
At the end, Aradhya finished seventh with Sharma in ninth but a penalty to another rival helped them gain a place with the former finishing sixth eventually while the latter was eighth. Sharma also secured the Women's Trophy but she was the lone female during the weekend.