Asia Festival of Speed 16th May: AFOS to be reckoned with!

Published on May 19th, 2010

GT3: Mok makes a double in Malaysia

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It’s just the first two races of the GT3 Asia calendar here at the Asian Festival of Speed at Sepang International Circuit but we’re already bearing witness to a potential champion as Malaysian Mok Weng Sun took victory in both races.

The Team Porsche Club Singapore (PCS) started at pole and never looked like relinquishing the lead as he stormed to the chequered flag with Hong Kong’s Michael Choi and Sri Lankan Dilantha Malagamuwa completing the podium.

“It was a delight to race here and I have accomplished both my targets which were to get pole and to win the race,” said Mok after the Round 1.

He clocked in a time of 21:47.448s for the 10-lap race.

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What makes Mok’s victory in the second round is the fact that the winner will acquire a 70kg ballast to his car for the next round. “The additional weight will probably cost me between 1.2-1.4 seconds of my time so I am definitely expecting a tougher race” said Mok.

Michael Choi inherited second spot after Tunku Hammam Sulong of Arrows Racing and David Lai of Clearwater Racing performed pirouettes during the race. Tunku Hammam probably spun as he was still trying to get a grip on his Italian bull, this weekend being his first behind the wheel of the Lamborghini.

Malagamuwa also benefited from Hammam’s and Lai’s spins, moving up to take the final podium spot. “Compared to Mok and Choi I was in an older car so I was pushing all the way. However, in racing anything can happen and you always need to be ready to make the most of the opportunities,” said the Dilango Racing driver post race.

The second race of the weekend saw Mok extend his dominance over the field as he finished a massive 10.7-seconds ahead of second placed Hammam. This time around there was no slip-ups from Hammam and Lai as they took the spots deserving of them in the first round had they not spun.

“I had a good start and my only thought was about widening the gap so I pushed hard for six laps. However, I saw Hammam pushing behind me, but I managed to maintain a 3 second gap. Finally in the final quarter of the race I knew I had to minimise mistakes and take my car home safely,” added Mok.

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The surprise package of the second race was surely Hammam though. Starting from thirteenth spot, he carved his way through the pack up to second and towards the end even made Mok glance at the rear-view mirror more.

“I had the car delivered very close to the weekend and did not have enough time to get acclimatise to it. I spun twice in the Sprint race but learnt from my mistakes. I made sure to try and achieve better results in the Grand race,” said Hammam on his new ride.

Third placed Lai begun from ninth but made his way to the final podium spot too. “While I was running fourth, I was a little lucky as Michael Choi who was in third was held up by some back markers. I saw the opportunity and am happy I took it.” Lai also believes that with more time in the Lamborghini, he will be able to challenge for some wins.

The Round 3 of the GT3 Asia will be held once again at Sepang International Circuit on 18-20 June in support of the Super GT. For more information, log onto www.afos.com.

ATCS: Ng gives new team first win but Lui’s leads with double podium

New racing team G.Harry Racing bagged their first win in the Asian Touring Car Series with returning driver Charles Ng leading them to victory.

Just two seconds off Ng’s time of 25:08:974-minutes was pole position starter Lui Man Kit.

However, Lui could not hold back the young Ng having set the pace in qualifying. Lui’s return to the ATCS was together with his fellow Macau racer Mak Ka Lok who filled the final podium spot for RPM Racing.

The second round of the series over the weekend finally saw Lui claim the chequered flag. His victory in Round 2 coupled with the runners-up spot in the opening round sees him assume the overall lead in the championships with 27-points. He leads countryman Mak, who took second spot in Round 2, by five points.

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“I had a good weekend. I learnt from the mistakes in Race 1 and ensured myself a win only if I could secure a good lead and I did. I pushed hard from there on right till the flag was out,” said Lui.

Transmission trouble had dissipated any hopes Mak had of making it a 1-2 finish for RPM Racing, “I had a transmission problem which caused me to have difficulties shifting gears. I could only hold on until the seventh lap and slowly I began losing time which allowed Chai to close in on me.”

Malaysian outfit G.Harry Racing team co-owner and driver, Harry Chai, was happy with the team’s performance over the weekend, “We finished on the podium twice this weekend and that is important to show that we are a team made to win.”

The second spot in Race 2 was picked up by Chai, having overtook Mak at the final corner after the latter’s car developed the earlier mentioned shifting trouble.

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“It will be a tough season and this weekend’s races is proof of it with close racing throughout the race,” said ATCS regular, Chai.

The Asian Touring Car Series will return to Sepang International Circuit on 25-27 June for Rounds 3 & 4.

text: Dinesh Appavu  pix: Pixs & Co, Nick Menza & Snapshooter

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  1. Posted by zekx on May 19th, 2010, 12:30

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