Last May 25 to 27 saw the action-packed 3rd round of the 2018 Asian Formula Renault (AFR) unfold at the Ningbo International Circuit in China. There, Filipino driver and reigning Toyota Vios Cup champ Daniel Miranda of the Cebuana Lhuillier-backed team Euroasia Motorsport gained vital racing experiences despite failing to catch a podium win.
For the record, this was the 21-year-old Cebuano driver’s maiden race at Ningbo. The weekend’s bad weather condition also added to the challenge, forcing Miranda to race on a slippery track with poor visibility.
In Qualifying, Miranda floored it safe yet hard enough to land in 9th place. But the rain didn’t let up; prompting the safety car to roll lead the pack during the opening laps in Race 1.
When the lights turned green, Miranda went all out, gaining several positions until he reached 5th place by lap 6. Despite the bad racing condition, Miranda kept his pace up, but was soon forced to retire with 2 laps to go due to technical failure.