ATCS Rd.9: Brilliant fight from last to first for Championship winner

Published on September 12th, 2011

Chen Jun San drove a brilliant race to claim his sixth win of the Asian Touring Car Series 2011 season.

The Taiwanese, who started from last on the grid, made a brilliant start and worked way up the ranks throughout the 15 laps. Then five laps to the end of the race, he caught up to Team IMSP’s Hideharu Kuroki and slowly inched his way nearer to find a way past.

Two laps to the end, he saw an opening, took the young Japanese driver for first and held on to the lead all the way to the chequered flag.

“Wonderful. It’s great. I am so happy,” said the visibly tired Chen.

“From the start, overtaking was smooth. I was careful when passing the cars, safety first to make sure I didn’t do any dangerous moves.”

“Then finally I caught up to Kuroki. He is really fast. I just tried to catch up to him bit by bit at every lap. He is a good technical driver. Finally in the last five laps, I pushed to the limit and got closer to him and had a hard fight with him. It was a lot of fun.:

“I then found an opening and got a chance to overtake him on the last two laps,” he ended.

Chen’s crew stayed behind at the circuit until late last night to get his car ready after the arrival of his engine from the port. “In the beginning I was disappointed about the engine coming late but when it arrived, we worked throughout the night and I won the race today. I am super happy.

Despite already being a Championship winner for the 2011 season, Chen is still pushing hard to claim as many wins as he can for his Team AAI-Buddy Club, to show his appreciation to his hardworking team.

For Kuroki, the race was a hard one but he came out of the car looking happy but visibly tired.

“For most of the race, I was just looking out for the pit-board for the number 91 car and I saw that his time was getting closer and closer.”

“It was really hot and I am tired but happy with the race,” ended Kuroki.

Kenneth Lau, who started the race from pole had a bad start and immediately lost the lead to Kuroki. The Hong Kong driver then held on to second before making a mistake into turn one of lap 2, which landed him in the gravel. He then rejoined the race in seventh before working his way back up the ranks to finish in third.

“I had a bad start. The track is challenging and it changes every section everyday. If you have a good setting yesterday it does not mean that you have a good setting today.”

On how his next race will progress, Lau says, “I think we have to work again with the setting for the next race.”

Speaking about his mistake at turn 1, “I just lost the braking point and it was slippery.” Lau promises to be back on the podium for the final race of the season saying “I will not only be aiming for a podium, but I want to get on the top step of the podium,” he ended with a smile.

words & pix: Motorsport Asia

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