DILANTHA SCORES DOUBLE WIN AT MSS OPENING ROUND

Published on April 13th, 2011

Sri Lankan Dilantha Malagamuwa looked unstoppable at the new Malaysian Super Series season as he cruised to a second victory at the opening round in Sepang; scoring a comfortable win in Race 2 at the 2011 Formula 1 PETRONAS Malaysia Grand Prix.

In an incident-free race this time round – unlike the opening race yesterday that was marred by a huge accident at the start, Dilantha again had a poor start to allow closest rival Mok Weng Sun to take lead as they blasted off from the front row.

But, the superior power of Dilantha’s Lamborghini Gallardo LP560 was simply no match to Mok’s Porsche 911 GT3 machine as the Sri Lankan driver took over the lead as they tried to maneuver the sharp Turn 9 on the same lap.

Dilantha – the two-time MSS Supercar Champion but still looking for his first Malaysian GT crown – did not turn back as he cruised to the chequered flag; taking 21 minutes 40.797 seconds to complete the 10-lap battle around the 5.543-km F1 track.

Racing for Team Porsche Club Singapore, Mok took second place; coming in 7.019 seconds later for a total time of 21 minutes 47.816 seconds. Compatriot Ian Mao completed podium; finishing third overall and for the Malaysian GT Class.

The GT Open class was won by Stewart Seatter, who finished eighth overall in his Mazda RX7 while Singaporean Simon Waters of Absolute Racing topped the Sports Production category.

Like Dilantha, three-time MSS Supercompact champion Perajun Krishnan took a double win at the opening round; winning the Touring Production class in his Honda Integra DC5.

Commenting on the first ever MSS race at the Formula 1 PETRONAS Malaysian Grand Prix, SIC Chief Executive Officer Dato Ahmad Razlan Ahmad Razali said he was extremely happy with opening round especially on the new partnership with Michelin.

“We are happy to be partners with Michelin for the MSS and their support for the provision of tyres in this race was flawless. Our collaboration will remain for the whole year including for the upcoming Malaysia Merdeka Endurance Race in September

“The partnership has indeed elevated the status of the MSS and this marked the new beginning of this national series on more international platform,” added Razlan.

The second round of the five-leg MSS this season would be held in May.

Malaysian Super Series – Race 2

Sepang Circuit (5.543-km) – 10 laps

1.Dilantha Malagamuwa Lamborghini 21:40.797

2. Mok Weng Sun Porsche 911 GT3R 21:47.816

3. Ian Mao Porsche 996 GT3 22:31.800

4. Wayne Shen Ferrari F430 22:39.675

5. Brent Odgers Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 23:07.432

6. John Shen Ferrari F430 23:19.909

7. Byron Tong Ferrari F430 23:29.175

8. Stewart Seatter Mazda RX7 21:41.059

9. Eric Lo Ferrari F430 21:45.892

10. Simon Waters Aston Martin GT4 21:50.563

words & pix: SIC

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