In the qualifying sessions, the 15-strong field of young international talent took to the 4.602km configuration of China’s Formula 1 circuit, it was 21-year-old Yazid who was first to top the times and took the pole position for Race 4, with racing rookie Matthew Solomon, 17, of Eurasia Motorsport jumping to second until Wright snatched back the position to start Race 4 from the front row alongside Afiq Ikhwan Yazid.
In the second session, 18-year-old Wright was determined to grab pole, setting provisional pole early in the session before bettering his time with three minutes to go. Afiq Ikhwan Yazid, however, was snapping at his heels and came within five thousandths of a second until the dying moments of the session when Nandy pulled an incredible lap out of the bag to go almost two hundredths of a second faster to grab pole.
Afiq Ikhwan Yazid maximized his pole position advantage for a faultless run to the chequered flag to take victory in Race 4. At the start, Yazid got away well and set about pulling away from the field, chased by Wright, Solomon, Nandy and Bharath. Mid-way through the race, Yazid had pulled out a gap from Wright of more than two seconds, but the determined Australian was still fighting hard to close in. Eventually though, he couldn't close the gap to the hard-charging Malaysian.
In Race 5, at the start Yazid, who started on the front row alongside pole-sitter Wright, had a good start and drove past his team mate before Turn 1 to grab the lead and he never relinquished it, building a 2.063-second lead by the chequered flag.
Race 6 was declared a wet race after rain falling heavily on the back straight. While most of the drivers opted for wet tires, pole sitter Nandy, Wright and Yazid – who started from second and third on the grid – chose to stay on slicks. After the rolling start, the race began under the Safety Car. When racing got underway on lap two, Nandy held his position to keep the lead. However, he dropped to second, with Wright and Yazid falling further down the order, as Hong Kong’s Matthew Solomon, who started the race on wet tires, jumped into the lead.
By lap three, Bharath had moved up two positions to go second, behind Solomon. The pair fought it out for the lead, with Bharath getting by on lap five after Solomon wrestled with tire pressure issues and finished sixth. While Bharath held the lead for the remainder of the race, he came under fire in the final few laps. Nandy and Yazid each overtook Nagabuchi and Solomon on lap seven to go second and third, respectively before battling each other for second and closing in fast on the race leader.
Yazid overtook Nandy on lap nine and, in the final two laps of the race, they cut away at Bharath’s seven-second lead. On the second-to-last lap, Yazid trailed Bharath by four seconds, with Nandy a further second behind but the final lap saw the pair close the gap further. Bharath held strong though, and took the chequered flag and his first series victory.