GT4 Rounds 3 & 4 Qualifying: Malagamuwa and D’Silva takes one pole position a piece

Published on June 19th, 2010

All eyes are on Dilantha Malagamuwa and his new Nismo tuned Nissan 350Z this weekend at the GT4 Asia Cup series during the Autobacs Super GT 2010 Series. The Dilango Racing Sri Lanka driver had to partner Adrian Henry D’Silva at the last outing and is making an impression this weekend in the Nissan claiming two front row starts, one of them from pole.

Malagamuwa was happy with the result despite the slight uncertainties that he has with the car.

“I am very happy with the results. The car came late and we just did the test yesterday. The car is slower than the Aston so I had to push but the handling is better. They (Nismo) could not send their engineer from Japan so we are just running as it is. The car is really nice but it is detuned to a GT4 so the power is not there. I now just keep pushing and brake late in the corners. In the last race, we couldn’t get the car, so Adrian was so kind to let me partner him in his car so that we could collect points,” concluded Malagamuwa.

He currently lies in a shared third on the championship points table with D’Silva, who claimed third for Round 3 with 2:23.833 and the pole position for Round 4. D’Silva has mixed feelings about the qualifying sessions.

“In the first qualifying session I managed a P3 which is a bit disappointing considering the practice time I got was 2minutes 22seconds. I think I’m finding it difficult to get the heat in the tyres and by the time I get the right temperature, the qualifying session is over. So for session 2, I used the same tyres where I have already developed the heat and I immediately managed to get 23 seconds flat which was good enough to put me in P1.”

Championship leader, Daniel Bilski of Team Road and Track only went out for two timed laps for both qualifying sessions. Despite the limited laps, a strategy to save tyres for the long race, he managed to clock a best time of 2:23.083 and 2:23.408 to place him in second and third for the two races.

“Qualifying was not too bad, we set a personal best time in Qualifying 1 and we are quite happy with that. Qualifying 2 was not quite as good, we dropped a few tenths of a second and we don’t know why
but the track might have been a bit hotter,” said Bilski after the Qualifying sessions.

The new addition to the series, the Nissan 350Z, is causing a lot of chatter between the drivers and most are claiming Malagamuwa is the man to beat, even his ‘teammate’ from the first two rounds.

“Dilantha is expected to be one of the front runners and it will be nice to race with him, my ex-partner, “said D’Silva with a laugh.

“Dilantha is very quick and we will do everything we can to catch him,” concluded Bilski.

The GT4 Asia Cup Round 3 will be held on Saturday, 19 June at 12.45pm while Round 4 will be held at 9.50am on Sunday, 20 June.

words: Motorsport Asia  pix: Jerry Ch’ng


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