May 8th 2014, Sepang (Malaysia) – The Italian super sports cars maker Automobili Lamborghini and luxury Swiss watchmaker Blancpain return to Asia for the third season of Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Asia Series – a significant milestone for this extraordinary championship.
Together with the official timekeeper of the FIA GT1 world championship, Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo is determined to meet the demand of local racing fans for the motorsport lifestyle in East Asia’s exotic metropolises and provide challenging racetracks for the ultimate lifestyle experience in 2014 Asia series.
Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo was first launched in 2009, in Europe, as a means of further enhancing the brands emotional ties to motorsport.
Now in its sixth consecutive year, Super Trofeo as an international race series now celebrates not only its third year in Asia, but also its second series in the United States.
The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series in Asia for 2014 stands as a symbol of Lamborghini’s further development in Asia. World-renowned Sepang International Circuit will host the debut race for this year’s series, and will be followed by distinguished international circuits in Indonesia, Japan, Korea, and China before returning to Sepang for the World Final in November.
It is the very first time a World Final is being held in a circuit in East Asia. Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo represents more than just a worldwide motorsports event, but an exclusive world whereby those who seek more in life can engage in the ultimate lifestyle experience.
The new season of Super Trofeo Asia Series will kick-off in Sepang International Circuit of Malaysia, which is considered a sate-of-the-art circuit due to its ultramodern facilities.
Sepang International Circuit has a track which can accommodate up to 130,000 spectators. The three-story Pit Buildings hold all the main facilities including fiber optic cabling systems, making Sepang an ideal place and a challenging racetrack for world-class international events.
As the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series came to Korea for the first time ever last year, 2014 marks the first ever stop at the Sentul International Circuit in Indonesia.On June 7-8, 2014, Indonesia joins the exclusive world of gentlemen racing in the third year of this exciting championship. The circuit in Sentul is a relatively simple, smooth, broad track with large runoff areas and a 900-metre main straight that allows speeds of up to 300km/h, which will provide a whole new racing experience.
Though Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo welcomes gentlemen drivers, in the life of aggressive racing there is no such thing as an “gentle” track; all the drivers receive behind the desk and behind the wheel training from Lamborghini-certified experts in the piloting skills required to make best use of the precision instrument that is the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo. Since 2009, the Super Trofeo series has combined the primal thrill of Lamborghini motorsport with the refined craftsmanship of Blancpain – the oldest watch brand in the world – to introduce a unique lifestyle dedicated to the amateur drivers of East Asia.
The precision manufacturing of Blancpain and Lamborghini may differ in scale and utility, but both brands contribute to the Super Trofeo lifestyle with a shared tradition of craftsmanship and innovation.
Together these two bespoke brands have created not just a world-renowned platform for Asia’s amateur racing enthusiasts, but also a lifestyle that attracts VIP guests from all over the world with the desire to experience Lamborghini’s unrivaled racing culture and to discover the Blancpain fine watchmaking art.
Lamborghini, together with their main partner Blancpain roared back into Sepang, Malaysia this weekend to kick-off yet another season of electrifying racing in its purest form. 18 teams with 28 drivers, from 10 different nationalities, along with hundreds of spectators and enthusiasts descended upon Sepang International Circuit to celebrate this much anticipated opening to the 2014 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Asia Series.
Set across stunning tropical palm-tree vistas, the Sepang International Circuit represents an idyllic backdrop for the confluence of these two extraordinary brands—complimenting the uncompromising power and timeless sophistication personified by both Lamborghini and Blancpain. The circuit is 5.5km in length, and boasts 15 delicate turns and 8 super-fast straights.
The atmosphere this year was electrifying—with temperatures rising to almost excruciating levels, many drivers had never experienced these types of track-conditions before.
But channeling the spirit of Lamborghini, the drivers persevered, providing an awe-inspiring experience from start-to-finish. And in the end, fans were elated as local PRO-AM drivers Zen Low Suan Chuan and Dominic Ang made the podium in the first stop of this challenging series.
Finishing top in the PRO-AM class was the dynamic Chinese car driven by the duo Max Wiser and Jiang Xin. The AM class saw the unrelenting pair of Andrea Garbagnati (Monaco) and Bob Indrasasana (Indonesia) take the top prize.
In Asia for a third-consecutive season, this milestone is a testament to the increased popularity of the 2014 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Asia Series in both Asia and around the world.
Lamborghini is providing their customers with the best opportunity, and platform to experience racing in its purest form—drivers compete in the same type of car, and while some minor adjustments are allowed, no major modifications are permissible. Drivers have welcomed this format, providing a fair and exclusive experience for all those involved.
Also on display in the Lamborghini Blancpain hospitality area in Sepang, and for the first time in Malaysia, is the successor to the Lamborghini Gallardo – the much anticipated Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4.
Later this year in November, 2014 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Asia Series will return to Malaysia series World Final, the first World Final to be held in Asia. Here, the finest drivers from around the world will challenge for the ultimate prize.
The second day for 2014 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo kick-off weekend at the Sepang International Circuit, was truly a breathtaking demonstration of raw power, finesse and speed.
While the previous day’s race commenced in the early evening where temperatures remain difficult to cope – today’s midday competition presented an overwhelming challenge to drivers, as temperatures in Sepang soared to almost agonizing levels. Drivers however confronted this challenge unfazed, with the focus, determination and class personified by this series, and exemplified by both Lamborghini and Blancpain.
Today’s race was a thrilling spectacle – with cars routinely contesting for spots on the podium, with close passing and extreme power through the straight-aways.
Yesterday’s champions from both classes also remained in top-form today, with the Chinese #9 car driven my Max Wiser and Jiang Xin as well the #24 car driven by Dilantha Malagamuwa (SRI) and Manabu Orido (JPN) taking the top-two spots in the PRO-AM class respectively.
Despite recording the fastest lap-time of the competition (2:12:13), Champion Max Wiser noted that track conditions were extremely challenging, and understanding how to optimize tires under these conditions was a key element to success, “Today was even harder than yesterday – with temperatures rising to almost 70 degrees in the car and on the track, it’s very challenging and slippery – it’s not the g-force you need to worry about, it’s the heat.”
He also mentioned that for climate like Sepang, drivers often train in the gym for weeks preceding the races to help cope with these types of conditions.
With two consecutive second-place finishes in the AM class, Andrea Garbagnati also echoed Wiser’s reaction to today’s conditions – “I love this track and I love Malaysia – but today was very hot meaning we had to take special care regarding our tires. I think the key to our success today was playing it smart and not pushing too hard at the start… I can’t wait to come back in November!”
The two Japanese cars driven by Toshiyuki Ochiai/Manabu Orido (#12) and Motoaki Ishikawa/Takuya Shirasaka (#5) also faired extremely well today, taking third-place in the PRO-AM class and second-place the AM class respectively. Hong Kong driver William Lok was elated today – after a DNF result during yesterday’s race, he battled back today with a third-place podium finish in the AM class.
The AM class Malaysian team of Zen Low Suan Chuan and Dominic Ang delighted local fans with a very strong performance this weekend on their home-track. With a third-place finish yesterday, they barely missed the podium today with a strong fifth-place performance. Zen Low Suan Chuan was happy with their performance – “The car performed really well this weekend. The track was so hot, so the races were quite challenging and it’s always a great experience when you can race in your home-country.”
The 2014 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Series will hold its second stop of the season in Sentul, Indonesia on 7th – 8th June, which promises to be just as thrilling as the awesome spectacle witnessed in Sepang this past weekend.
Photos: Zahid Kasim