The second ever Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Asia Series kicked-off during the weekend amongst a wonderful crowd of car enthusiasts, media persons and fans. The Shanghai International Circuit was filled with happy thunderous echo at the debut race of Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Asia Series. The grand successful start of this year’s Asia Series brings gentlemen drivers from Indonesia, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Japan and joining for the first time India and Sri Lanka. Drivers from many nations came to indulge their mutual passion for extreme driving experiences.
While the strong favourites for the first race were William Lok (#44) from China and his racing partner Davide Rizzo, it was Jiang Xing from China and Max Wiser (#9) who climbed the leaderboard place to claim first place in the Race 1 held on 25 May. This result pushed Rizzo/Lok (#44) into second place and Japanese driver Nakaya (#10) into third place for group A respectively. For Group B, China prevailed once more as Zhang Zhen Dong and Xu Peng Kai (#7) claimed first place. The winning teams from both groups rejoiced with overwhelming joy as they were awarded prestigious trophies amidst the cheering crowd.
On Sunday, crowds emerged once again into the stands during a warm and misty Shanghai morning, where the raging Bull filled the renowned venue as the second race brought the debut of the Super Trofeo Asia Series 2013 to a well-formed end.
Saturday’s runners up team Rizzo/Lok (#44) applied all determination and seized first place in group A. Taiwanese team Chao/Lin (#38), raced ahead from 10th starting grid to first position in the early minutes of the race, but they were shortly taken over by Nakaya (#10) and Rizzo/Lok (#44) who played a game of cat-and-mouse for the rest of the race.
In group B, with relentless grit Chou/Masahiko (#24) from Taiwan and Japan, who had maintained a consistent lead throughout the race, put their team in the first place beating the round 1 Champions Xu/Zhang (#7) from China who got off to an unexpected start as they sat second to last for much of the first half of the race. In third place, and ascending onto the podium for the first time in the Super Trofeo Asia Series, was Taiwanese gentleman driver Han Lin (#36). This notable and new found glory from Han Lin stands as a testament not only to the developing skills of each driver, but the significant potential amongst all the competing drivers.
New to this year’s series is the Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo 2013, which supports a new and enhanced aerodynamic kit designed for a smoother performance, and improved balance. This addition to the series will no doubt provide drivers and spectators alike with even more thrills.
This race re-opened the world of competitive gentlemen driving to the Asian world once more. The next stop will take place on June 28-30 in Sepang, Malaysia, where a new environment and tropical climate will hold what will no doubt be another extraordinary round of ultimate life style experience from Lamborghini.