Ananda Mikola won both rounds at the opening event of the Asian F3 Series at Batangas in the Philippines, while his brother, Moreno Soeprapto, took the top step on the podium for the Promotion Class in both races.

The first race saw Mikola lead from lights to flag, although reigning champion Christian Jones made the Indonesian really work for the win, hounding him for most of the race. What looked was going to be grandstand finish was spoilt by backmarkers, however, and, with a lap-and-a-half to go, Mikola found himself relieved of pressure. John O'Hara completed the podium, with Dado Pena just holding off James Winslow for fourth place. Rodolfo Avila completed the top six with Pepon Marave in seventh.

In the Promotion Class, Moreno drove away from the field, leaving Enzo Pastor and Greg Murphy in his wake. JP Carino and JP Tuason clashed on the first lap, both drivers out on the spot, whilst John Marcelo missed the start with a gearbox problem. Tyson Sy finished ninth after stalling at the start.

Race two was a repeat of the first, with backmarkers again blunting Jones' challenge with a few laps to go. Winslow completed the podium after Dado Pena crashed heavily on the first lap, and O'Hara and Tyson Sy clashed, putting the latter out on the spot and dropping O'Hara to fourth. Rodolfo Avila spun out on lap eight.

Moreno again dominated the Promotion Class, taking fifth place overall. Pastor and JP Tuason completed the podium, but John Marcelo was out of luck once again, crashing heavily in the kink on lap one, completely destroying the left side of the car and junking the chassis, although fortunately without injury. JP Carino also retired on the first lap.

 

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