Cameron Donald's hunt for the chequered flag at Round 3 of the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship held at the Zhuhai International Circuit yielded spectacular results that saw the Australian rider winning both Race 1 and Race 2 in the SuperSports 600cc class.
Cameron won Race 1 with a total time of 27:13.461, clocking a fastest lap record of 1:40.986 on Lap 10. Race 2 also belonged to Cameron Donald who completed the 16-lap race in 27:16.749. Cameron, after gaining pole position in Saturday’s qualifier, took off to a blazing start during both races and was able to capture the race lead by Turn 1. From then on, there was no stopping the Australian who led both races from start to finish.
"It's been a good weekend for me and this is a great way to thank my new team China Macau Zong Shen for bringing me on board. I couldn't have asked for better results. I don't think I had much advantage coming into this round, but my previous experience racing here in the Chinese championship certainly gives me an edge," said Cameron, who used his intimate knowledge of the circuit to edge out other championship contenders Toshiyuki Hamaguchi and Ahmad Zamani.
The weekend's results have caused another reshuffle on the championship standings chequers board. Hamaguchi picked up enough points to lead with 135 points. Cameron Donald's double victory was enough to propel him into 2nd spot with 121 points while Ahmad Zamani slips down to 3rd with 101 points. Toshiyuki Arakaki also moves up to 5th place with 65 points.
"The title chase will come down to the wire at the final round in Sepang. At the beginning of the season, I suffered several set-backs and I was unable to obtain good results from either Johor or Sentul. Since then, I have been on a mission to make up for the loss of points in the first two rounds.
Even though Hamaguchi enjoys a 14-point lead, there is still a good chance that I can steal the championship away from him," said Cameron Donald.
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