Auer scores EuroInternational’s 100th win

Published on May 29th, 2011

His win today marked EuroInternational’s 100th win and right after addressing the media, Austrian youngster Lucas Auer handed his JK Racing Asia Series Round 5 trophy to EuroInternational owner Antonio Ferrari.

“It’s for the team,” Auer said.

Auer’s dominance in the Series is evident as he now plans to end his Malaysian campaign on a high by bagging another title in the Round 6 race at the Sepang International Circuit later today.

Auer won the Round 5 race in 22:15.725s. Irfan Ilyas of PETRONAS MOFAZ Racing came in second (22:20.227s) while Meritus GP’s Afiq Yazid was placed third (22:21.853s).

“I feel very good…it was a good race. I feel I have a really good car,” said Auer. “I had good laps right to the end. Congratulations to the team (EuroInternational) for their 100th win.”

Auer admitted it was difficult for him at the beginning of the race. “It was hard for me at first but Ifran and Afiq started going against each other and that allowed me to break away. The used tyres had not much grip.”

When asked if he had a bright chance of winning the next race, Auer immediately said: “We’ll see what happens in the fourth race…but I hope so.”

The lack of grip on the used tyres also posed a problem for the other drivers.

“There was a lot of under-steering due to the nature of the tyres. The track was good, even better than yesterday,” said Ilyas.

Ilyas explained that the hard fought battle between him and Yazid allowed Auer to roam freely up front. Having come in second for the three races so far this weekend (Rounds 3-5), Ilyas hopes to end the day by winning Round 6.

“Yes of course, I’m looking to win. We will work on the car, learn from our mistakes and fix it.”

Yazid, meanwhile, pointed out his car was not in good shape and hopes for better times in the next battle.

“I expect the next race to be tough. I need to get the points to be in the top 5 at least. The car was not good compared to yesterday,” said Yazid.

“The Round 5 race was good. There was too much oversteer but things got better at the end of the race.”

Round 6 of the JK Racing Asia Series will be held on Sunday, 29th May at 3.25pm.

The 2011 Asian Festival Of Speed features three FIA Sanctioned Series, the JK Racing Asia Series, GT Asia and the Asian Touring Car Series.

JK Tyre & Industries, the leading tyre manufacturer in India, is the title partner for the JK Racing Asia Series. The Series is also supported by AirAsia, Asia’s leading low-cost carrier.

The JK Racing Asia Series is currently the only Junior Formula that provides a unique opportunity where the drivers are given a platform to compete in front of the Formula 1 fraternity. On three occasions the JK Racing Asia Series will support Formula One Grand Prix, in Malaysia, Singapore and the newly built circuit in India.

The JK Racing Asia Series is organised by Motorsport Asia Ltd.

words & pix: Motorsport Asia

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