Sunday, 03 July 2011 18:02
Only 12 of the 21 cars finished the incident filled Asian Touring Car Series Round 5 where Chen Jun San claimed the win while clocking the best time of the day.
After three days of wrestling with the setup, Team AAI/Buddy Club found the solution to give Chen the best car for the day. “I am very excited and happy. It took us three days to find the right setting and I want to thank my team for a great job.
Chen was happy to see the Safety Car come out to enable the officials to tackle the fire which resulted from an engine failure in Cheung Chi Sing’s car which was parked beside the pitwall close to the start line, “I think I spun my tyres too much at the start and heated them up. It was difficult to control my car for 2-3 laps and then the Safety Car gave me a chance to cool my tyres down”.
From there, Chen maintained a steady pace, and was not challenged all the way to the chequered flag.
Paul Poon and his China Dragon Racing teammate, Samson Fung, crossed the line in second and third. Poon is fighting for the Hong Kong Touring Car Championship against third placed finisher, Eric Kwong, the duo are now neck and neck with just one race to go in their season.
Poon was all smiles after the race as he managed to close the gap to Kwong in the HTCC points table. He had a good start to the race but saw the gap that he opened up to Fung close up at the Safety Car period. “I had a good start and managed to overtake one car, then the safety car reduced the gap I opened but it made it an interesting race. Eric will start in front of me in the next race with the reverse grid order so I will try my best”.
Fung was happy with the result “I was a bit worried about losing the gap that we opened up, but luckily, after the Safety Car went back in I had a smooth race and had no pressure from behind”.
Pole sitter Michael Choi got off to a bad start and was overtaken relegating him down the order and as the cars headed into turn 2, Choi was tapped into a spin and all cars had to avoid him leaving changes up and down the order into the first lap.
The biggest beneficiary of the incident was Malaysian driver Wong Yew Choong who started from the back of the grid and was up to fifth by the end of lap 1. He crossed the line in fifth to claim second place for the Asian Touring Car Series.
“I want to thank JC Racing team and the crew. I had problems in qualifying so I started at the back. I had a good start and at turn 2 I caught up to the front runners when the incident happened.
“I am happy and if the car stays the same, I should be able to claim another podium” said Wong.
Following the post race scrutineering however, Wong’s car was found to be under the ride height and was disqualified from Round 5. He will therefore start Round 6 from the back of the grid.
Chen Han Chen who crossed the line in sixth claimed third for the ATCS category. “I am excited and its unbelievable especially since I didn’t have a nice start. I had two cars pass me and all I could do was maintain my pace and play catch up to the end”.
After Wong’s disqualification, Chen Han Chen was moved up to second and Danny Stacy Chau claimed third for the Asian Touring Car Series.
Team IMSP had a mixed day overall, with Hideharu Kuroki’s car suffering from engine troubles, caused by loose connections and had to stop the race on lap 1. Teammate Cheung Chi Sing was also facing problems with his engine, which caused the previously mentioned fire and safety car.
Danny Chau Kwok Sang had 30 seconds added to his finish time as he overtook Macau driver, Alvaro Luis Gomes Mourato, under yellow flags.