Hammam shoots to the top in action filled Autopolis

Published on October 21st, 2009

There was more edge-of-your-seat drama in Round 11 of the GT3 Asia series than an episode of Desperate Housewives as Melvin Choo called victory his own in his first race in the series, finishing a hair’s length ahead of the new championship leader Tunku Hammam.

“It was excellent. I’m happy to be here today and I would like to thank my sponsors, especially my Japanese sponsors, Raybrigs,” said an elated Choo.


Hammam was just happy to stake his claim on the championship by taking the overall lead, “I’m very pleased with the result and I am leading the Championship.”

It was an all out dogfight between the two from the get-go with Hammam being overtaken for the lead after the first two laps. The duo exchanged the lead a couple of times more before their photo finish at the checkered flag.

“I think on the third or fourth lap, Melvin went on the inside, I had no room and had to give him way, but I was very close to him. On the tenth lap on turn 11, I passed him but I made a mistake on turn 15 or 16, where I went a bit wide so Melvin took me back,” explained Hammam.

Singaporean Melvin is not a contender and hence Hammam had nothing to lose by playing bridesmaid.

Making it three’s a crowd was Eddie Yau Junior from Team Machine after Frank Yu made his acquaintance with the gravel on lap eight.


“I was at the hairpin and all of a sudden Tunku and Melvin slowed down a little bit, I tapped on the brake and the back just came loose and I spun out,” explained Yu, eventually finishing sixth.

A fourth place result for Francis Tjia sees the Hongkie moving up to second in the overall standings behind Hammam.

Siu Yuk Ling finished in fifth and ten seconds ahead of Yu. Right on Yu’s tail was Akira Mizutani and Shogo Amamoto of Direction Racing. Christian Tjia is now a whisker’s length from claiming the GT4 series after his ninth spot in the race.

Eric Cheung, Adrian Fu, Sasha Chu and Marcel Tjia completed the list of finishers for the race. Samson Chan had a firm handshake with the tyre barrier while David Lai, gen Emoto and Siu Tit Lung all did a pirouette and were unable to continue.


Wayne and John Shen of Modena Motorsports must have had a case of brethren bad luck as their drive shafts gave way before the race. Noel Becker of Team SPS Racing had a tranny problem and could not even make the starting line.

text: Dinesh Appavu  pix: Supercar Club Hong Kong


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