Driver Announcements for Season 2020 of F3 Asian Championship

2020 Season of F3 Asian Championship will start a new journey on next week at Sepang International Circuit, here are drivers who have officially announced joining the season



BlackArts Racing



Thomas Luedi


Luedi competed in the inaugural 2018 season and in the 2019 championship, had a dominant performance in the Masters Class. The Swiss driver finished 2nd overall in the Masters standings only due to several DNFs during the season.


Yu Kanamaru


Yu Kanamaru: “It is honor to join BAR for this upcoming season, and can’t give thanks enough for Bill and my sponsors for this opportunity. I believe in their potential, and if we work together correctly, we can surely achieve a great result. Can’t wait to get started!”


Bill O’Brien, Team Principal: “We are very excited to have Yu joining us in our F3 program for 2020. He brings strong experience and a good pace to our line-up, and we wish him the best of luck for these next few months.”


Zen Motorsport & 852 Challengers



Zen Motorsport and 852 Challengers will remain the same driver's lineup for 2020 Season of F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA.


Commenting about new season, Team Manager Ray Li added, “We are pleased to compete in another season of Asian F3 with James and Paul, in 2018, we helped Yu Kuai to be the first Chinese driver who finish in top 3 in qualifying, Yin Haitao and Paul won champions in master cup in 2018 and 2019 season. Although both drivers and team are not very satisfied with our results in 2019 due to the technical issue and unexpecting problems we met, we will come back together even stronger in new season, Zen Motorsport will do our best to support Yu Kuai and Paul in the competition.”


Absolute Racing



Cao Zhuo


Cao said of the upcoming season, “I’m pleased to be rejoining Absolute Racing for the upcoming season.  I feel like home within the team, and they are very professional in their approach. Last season I gained a lot of knowledge and experience working with the team. My goal this year is to win it, and become the first Chinese driver with more than forty FIA Super Licence points. I’m ready to take on the F3 Asian to claim the title.”


Commenting about Cao’s return, Team Manager Martin Young added, “It’s great to have Daniel back with us for another season following what was an impressive season with us. Last season he showed he has great speed, finishing third in the championship and now coming back for the second season with pole positions and race wins under his belt. I’m looking forward to challenge of going for the championship.”


Tommy Smith


Speaking about the upcoming season Smith said, “I’m excited to be joining Absolute Racing for the F3 Asian series and continuing my learning curve and results from last season. The team has welcomed me well, and that is just an amazing start for this new journey! There’s been some positive signs in early testing, the car felt great and I’m looking forward to a strong showing.”


Martin Young added, “We’re delighted to welcome Tommy to the F3 Asian team. After testing with him last week, I was impressed how quickly he adapted to the team and his initial pace seems to be an improvement to last year. Hopefully, this will translate into this upcoming season, with hard work from Tommy and the team we will aiming to get some solid results over the season.”


Devlin DeFrancesco


Looking to get his year off to a flying start, Devlin DeFrancesco is proud to announce that he’ll be joining Absolute Racing to compete in the 2019/20 F3 Asian Championship certified by FIA. 


Excited for his latest challenge Devlin added: “I’m really looking forward to the F3 Asian Championship, Absolute Racing are a good team, they had a good season last year so I’m looking forward to going there and seeing what we can do. It’ll be fun to try out some new tracks as well. It’s a great championship and I’m excited to get back in a car again, the end of the season seems like an age ago now! I feel like I’ve progressed a lot this year, so this is the perfect opportunity to show what I’ve learned. Can’t wait to get going!’”


The team Manager Martin Young commented: “I’m really pleased to have Devlin join us. He has a lot of experience in F3 machinery, and whilst he will have to adapt to this car after coming from International Formula 3, I am confident that with testing he’ll be straight on the pace.”


Jamie Chadwick


Jamie said: “2019 has been a phenomenal year with my MRF, W Series, Williams and Aston Martin experiences, and I am delighted to be adding the Asian F3 series with Absolute Racing to the agenda. It is important for me to use this series as part of my testing and development programme to ensure that I am race-fit for whatever 2020 throws at me. I expect it to be a very competitive series, as there are some top level drivers and teams entered, so there will be a lot of hard work involved – but that is why it will be of such value. Due to other commitments, I will only get my first opportunity to drive the car at the opening race in Sepang next week, so it will be a steep learning curve. But that’s all part of the process and I can’t wait to get back out on the track”


Team Manager Martin Young added: “Jamie is coming to the team of the back of winning to W Series. I am hoping with all the knowledge of Jamie and the team we can hit the ground running and be challenging for the wins and podiums, and keep the success going!”


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