Hammam calm before the final storm

Published on October 15th, 2010

It is the season finale for the GT3 Asia Series at the Autopolis International Circuit this weekend and despite having the pressure of leading the Championship, Tunku Hammam Sulong looks calm and ready for the battle ahead.

The Malaysian driver, with his Arrows Racing team are prepared for the final three rounds, with the Free Practice sessions held today he has been clocking consistently fast times, enough to give him the confidence for a good race weekend.

When asked how he was going to approach the three outings, Hammam replied “I have got to pace myself. I am leading the Championship by 16 points from Siu, so if I come third or fourth in the races, that’s good enough for me. I must finish all three races and if I finish all in third, I will still win the Championship, so I have to be very careful this weekend.

“The circuit is quite tight, especially the second half. So in that sense, anything can happen, I mean we can touch each other, it’s not a track that you can overtake quite easily”.

The Autopolis circuit is known for being a track that is quite unforgiving to mistakes and the tight circuit is also better suited for the smaller Ginetta of Craft Racing. Earlier in the day, Frank Yu in his G50 clocked faster times than Hammam’s Lamborghini LP560 but the times were shaved off from the two second gap with Hammam bettering Yu’s time by the end of the day. Currently Hammam is just one second behind the fastest driver of the day, Dilantha Malagamuwa.

Qualifying is being held early in the morning on Saturday, providing another challenge with the cooler temperatures for the tyres, Hammam was still calm when asked about his faster competitors and answered with a smile “As long as I am two places behind, its not a problem”.

In total, there are 54 points in total up for grabs for Rounds 7, 8 & 9 for GT3 Asia and this weekend will be the first time that the drivers will be joined by the competitors from the GT4 Asia Cup Series making it a fuller grid with a bigger challenge. Even with this, Hammam was still calm, “The GT4’s are racing together with us, so when we come behind them, you just have to be very careful”.

Round 7 of the GT3 Asia will be held on Saturday, 16 October 2010 at 12.40pm with Round 8 at 4.20pm while the final Round 9 will be held on Sunday, 17 October at 12.40pm.

words & pix: Motorsport Asia  pix: Syafril Ismail


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