Daniel Miranda has now truly earned his place amongst the top drivers in the TCR Asia Series. Coming from a successful debut in Malaysia last month, the Filipino driver repeated his breakthrough performance with yet another victory last May 2-4 in tricky weather conditions at the Zhuhai International Circuit.
The newly-recruited Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Junior Driver was back behind the wheel of the #20 i30 N TCR of Eurasia Motorsport, which he effectively placed P5 on the grid in Qualifying.
Unfortunately, the young 22-year-old was unable to convert his third row start into a podium in Race 1. Miranda rocketed off the starting line and managed to picked up several places in the first sequence of corners. However, clutch issues ended his race after just one lap and put his hunt for the championship on hold.
Backed by Cebuana Lhuillier, Miranda would get another shot at a strong result in Race 2 on Saturday. He took a more cautious start this time as not to damage the clutch on his i30 N TCR and fought his way through the field from the back. Light rain then began to fall on the circuit which caught out several more experienced drivers in the tricky conditions. Miranda capitalized on the opportunity to move up several positions as he skillfully drove on slicks in the wet before the Safety Car was called out. After the restart, the Eurasia Motorsport driver carried one last attempt to get onto the podium and successfully took 3rd place overall and 1st of the Asian drivers.
With his successive podiums, Daniel Miranda is now 4th in the Overall Drivers' Championship just six points behind the nearest European driver. He also leads the Asian Drivers' standings by 22 points. There's now a short break until the TCR Asia Series resumes on June 1-2 at the Shanghai International Circuit.
Daniel Miranda: “Really happy with my performance all weekend and to be able to race alongside TCR champions. I learned a lot from them in Zhuhai and hope that I can use this for the upcoming races. Thank you to everyone at Eurasia Motorsport as well as the Hyundai Motorsport engineers for giving me a great car. It was just unfortunate that we had a problem in the first race, but feels good to be on the podium again. Now looking forward to our next race in Shanghai this June.”
Roland Hermoso, Driver Coach & Manager: “After a dismal DNF on Friday, we're very happy with Daniel's results as he fought from the back of the grid to finish 3rd despite all the safety car periods and driving in the wet on slicks. His car control was on top level and even outclassed some of the pro drivers on Saturday. Really proud of his maturity driving in these conditions.”
Mark Goddard, Eurasia Team Principal: “The second race of the weekend was especially very good for us as a team. Daniel made a cautious start following problems off the line in round 3, and lost a few positions as a result. However, it was a tricky race in changeable conditions and Daniel’s caution paid off well. It was an error-free race, while some of his rivals slipped up, and great pace to secure his second podium position of the season.”