GT3 Qualifying: Hammam claims pole for Round 3 at SuperGT

Published on June 19th, 2010

A 212km/hour top speed assured Tunku Hammam Sulong the coveted pole position for the Round 3 of the GT3 Asia this weekend at Sepang International Circuit.

The Malaysian and reigning GT3 Asia champion will start at the front of the pack tomorrow during the Autobacs Super GT 2010 Series after clocking the fastest time of 2:09.012 a good two seconds ahead of the Ginetta G50Z of Frank Yu.

Hammam looked comfortable in the white and blue Arrows Racing Lamborghini LP560, setting the fastest time on lap three and improving his best time by one hundredth of a second on lap 6 before he ended the session.

“Basically it was a good session but I thought the grip level was not as good as this morning’s session but I had new tyres, which is why I bettered my time slightly. I was pushing the car and I went off twice but I am still learning this car and I am trying to find out the full potential, so I roughly know where to play with this car now. I’m quite happy, Frank Yu is about two seconds away so what more can I say,” said a smiling Hammam.

Hong Kong driver, Frank Yu and his Craft Racing teammates are looking to improve on their first outing where all three drivers suffered from technical issues with their cars. Yu currently lies 8th on the championship points table with just 9 points from his fifth placed finish during Round 1.

“It was really tough. I actually did my fastest lap in the first timed lap and after that I looked at my lap timer and saw myself in position two and I knew I couldn’t get two seconds off myself so I basically just cruised”.

Yu looked happy after the Qualifying “Everybody at Eurasia has put in a lot of effort over the last two weeks to make the car reliable and I think now we just need to get used to the new settings and the
little bits and pieces of new equipment and we will try tomorrow” he concluded.

Kevin Tse, guest driver with the SPS Racing Team, claimed the third best time of the weekend when he completed his fastest lap in 2:12.050. Tse will compete in place of Sasha Chu for Round 3 and
was quick to impress with his fast and consistent pace.

Yu’s teammate, Samson Chan, placed fourth with his time of 2:12.108. Chan when interviewed said that the crew from Craft Racing are working towards a better weekend and he will be aiming for a
podium finish. David Lai, who was having trouble with his car have had to borrow Michael Choi’s car for the weekend, finding himself in fifth with his 2:12.134. Lining up next to him will be SPS Racing driver Siu Yuk Lung in the Lamborghini Gallardo, who clocked 2:12.404 to claim sixth.

Dilango Racing Sri Lanka driver, Dilantha Malagamuwa, will line up on the fourth row with privateer Byron Tong while the elder of the Siu brothers, Siu Tit Lung will take up the fifth row with the third Ginetta of Craft Racing driven by Eric Cheung.

Completing the lineup are SPS Racing’s Billy Fung, single entry driver Australian Marc Cini, privateers Oliver Lee and Andrew Luk.

Round 3 of the GT3 Asia will be held at 3.20pm on Saturday, 19 June 2010 while Round 4 will be held on Sunday, 20 June at 2.15pm.

GT3 Qualifying Session Round 3 & 4
Top 5
Pos      No          Name                                        Best Tm       Make/Model
1             1            Tunku Hammam Sulong     2:09.012      LP 560 GT3

2           30           Frank Yu                                  2:11.736       G50 GT3

3           11            Kevin Tse                                  2:12.050      Gallardo GT3

4             5           Samson Chan                           2:12.108      G50 GT3

5          22            David Lai Tak Seng                2:12.134      LP 560 GT3

words: Motorsport Asia  pix: Jerry Ch’ng


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