“This is the happiest day of my life!” said Chen Jun San after winning his seventh race of the season and securing the 2011 Asian Touring Car Series Team Championship for Team AAI-Buddy Club.
Chen claimed the win in the final Asian Touring Car Series race at Sentul International Circuit held as part of the Indonesian Series of Motorsport today. He crossed the finish line completing 15 laps in 25 minutes 17.458 seconds.
Japanese driver Hideharu Kuroki of Team IMSP claimed second while Hong Kong driver Kenneth Lau claimed third. Chen’s teammate, Chen Han Chen, crossed the line in fourth to also collect valuable points for Team AAI-Buddy Club.
Chen was pushing hard throughout the weekend despite already securing the 2011 Asian Touring Car Series Championship after Round 8 last July. The Taiwanese wanted to make sure he can claim the Team Championship for his team, to thank them for their hard work throughout the Season and giving him the best car time and again.
“I must say, the whole season, I almost won all the races even if it was not the smoothest season. We had a lot of problems, like in China with the gearbox and here with the engine that was delayed. But we have a very professional team and they always manage to solve all the problems.
“I am happy, especially for winning the Team Championship. So of course there will be a party tonight!” ended Chen with a big smile.
Chen was faced with rising engine temperature and was pressured to stay on track for the last race of the Season.
“This is a very important moment, especially for the team points. We only had a three point lead into the last round so I had to be careful because I had to win. I had a lot of pressure so I had to concentrate at every lap and keep a distance to the car behind me.
“My temperature was also rising, it went up to 96 degrees so I was keeping an eye on the temperature and it was hard to concentrate all the time”. Despite the mounting pressure, the rising engine temperature and the heat on track, Chen kept a cool head all the way to the chequered flag.
For Kuroki, claiming second for a second time today was the best he could do. Despite piling the pressure on race leader, he was unable to catch up to Chen once Chen moved past him. But Kuroki was still happy for a good weekend and enjoyed the Indonesian circuit.
“I really like racing here. It is a challenging circuit.
“I tried my best today but I just could not compete with Chen” he added. Kuroki collected 24 points today from the two second places to place him third in the 2011 Asian Touring Car Series Championship.
“I would like to thank Team IMSP for all their support. I really like working with the team because all of them are hardworking and are really helpful. I would really like to work with them again in future” he ended.
Crossing the line in third, Lau of J.A.S Motorsport, claimed a total of 20 points to finish the season second in the 2011 Asian Touring Car Series Championship. “I appreciate all that the team has done. For me second is nothing because I want to win.
“But this year I struggled with the car, with repairs and at the last race I damaged my dampers so I was driving with new dampers and I needed time to get used to the settings. Anyway, it is good to bring the car home safe.
“I want to thank the organisers, the circuits and everyone involved. I hope to see them all again next year” ended Lau.
The 2011 Asian Touring Car Series season is supported by Hankook Tyres and organised by Motorsport Asia.