Despite local racer taking a first
on the podium at the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo in Sepang in Malaysia
on Sunday August 14, 2016, India’s Armaan Ebrahim along with teammate Dilantha
Malagamuwa finished second and third overall in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super
Trofeo Asia series.
Motorsport fans in Malaysia
were however were treated to a day of non-stop racing action at round four of
the 2016 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Asia series. Returning to Sepang
for the fifth time in as many years, the Sunday double-header at Malaysia's
world famous international F1 circuit saw an excellent performance by all
drivers and teams, but it was local driver Afiq Yazid and Japanese teammate
Toshiyuki Ochiai who took pole in both races.
Yazid, competing in the series
for four years running, has come a long way since his first foray into the
world of Lamborghini racing. A graduate of Lamborghini's Young Driver Program,
he has shown what can be achieved with dedication and commitment, performing
tremendously well in the past two seasons.
Qualifying for race one saw
Malagamuwa and Ebrahim take first spot on the grid with a competitive time,
followed by Zen Low and Italian teammate Max Wiser. Yazid and Ochiai struggled
a little at first, placing third on the grid, with a gap of over 1.5 seconds
behind the lead car. Among the AM racers, Vincent Wong from Hong Kong along
with Korean teammate Sanghwi Yoon were the fastest, followed by Andrew Haryanto
from Indonesia, Keong Wee Lim from Singapore, then George Chou from Taiwan and
teammate Samson Chan from Hong Kong. In the Lamborghini Cup Class, Sam Lok from
Hong Kong placed ahead of Supachai Weeraborwornpong. During race one, driver
positioning saw some notable rearrangements from the grid lineup, with
Malagamuwa and Ebrahim forfeiting pole to Yazid and Ochiai and slipping into
second. Meanwhile Yudai Uchida from Japan and teammate Jono Lester from New
Zealand, who started tenth on the grid, managed to climb all the way back up
into third with a sterling performance. Elsewhere on the track, Haryanto
managed to make his way to the head of the AM pack, while Chou and Chan
squeezed past Wong and Yoon into second in their class. In the Lamborghini Cup
class, Weeraborwornpong moved past Lok to take first in his class.
Qualifying for race two placed
Yazid and Ochiai first on the grid, followed by Malagamuwa and Ebrahim in
second, with Haryanto in third. In fourth was Lim, followed by Chou and Chan.As
the race got underway, Uchida and Lester who started sixth on the grid
gradually moved their way up the leaderboard, followed closely by Low and
Wiser, who began in seventh. Although Malagamuwa and Ebrahim managed to hold
off Low and Wiser, they fell victim to the hard driving of Uchida and Lester,
who went into second, pushing Malagamuwa and Ebrahim into third. Try as they
might however, the duo were unable to faze champions Yazid and Ochiai, who
maintained their top spot all the way to the checkered flag. Meanwhile, Wong
and Yoon, starting in eighth, put in a remarkable performance, pushing past all
other drivers in their class, hounding Haryanto and eventually finishing the
race in fifth overall and first in their class. Haryanto, the likely favorite
for the AM pole did not finish due to an unforced error. Lim took second in the
AM class, followed by Chou and Chan in third, finishing ahead of Chinese duo Hu
Nan and He Xiao Le. In the Lamborghini Cup class, Lok managed a better run this
time around, taking first and leaving Weerabornpong in second.
After another thrilling race
weekend, drivers and teams anticipate the next round at the famed Fuji
International Speedway in Japan on September 17th and 18th; the fifth and final
stop in Asia before the World Final in Valencia, Spain at the start of
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