An epic finale await this weekend where three supercar titans - the Ferrari F458, Lamborghini LP560 and Porsche 997 GT3 R - will fight for the 2011 GT Asia Series Championship title at the notoriously unforgiving Guia Circuit in Macau.
Mok Weng Sun, Dilantha Malagamuwa and Eddie Yau are all within sight of the Championship win and will go all out to claim the coveted title of Asia’s best Supercar driver. The current Championship leader has a 13 point lead and with a total of 19 points, including 1 point for pole position, on offer the fight is still open between the trio.
Mok has piloted Team Clearwater Racing’s Ferrari F458 beautifully this season. Although it was not a perfect season for him and his team, their slightly shaky start progressed to garner two pole positions, three wins and a total of eight podium finishes from the ten races so far.
To date, the Malaysian/Singaporean driver has collected a total of 141 points and is in Macau on a positive note after two podium finishes at the last rounds in Autopolis. His 13 point lead means that he can take it a little easier over the weekend and as long as he finishes in the top seven amongst the GT Asia Series drivers, he will be crowned the 2011 GT Asia Series Champion.
But it wont be easy with the 2010 GT3 Asia Champion right on his heels. Malagamuwa has vast experience at the Guia Circuit and is looking to retain the #1 livery on his car next year. The Sri Lankan did not have a good middle stint to his Season with engine problems plaguing him throughout the three race weekends in Japan.
Even with the problems, Malagamuwa managed to nurse his LP560 to claim three podiums of the six Japanese rounds. So after a short break and a car that should perform well in Macau, Malagamuwa will be bringing the fight to Mok.
He will however not be the only one. Eddie Yau Jr, a surprise dark horse this year has shone in his Porsche 997 GT3 R. Yau switched to the Asia Racing Team outfit this year and the team’s expertise has helped him hone his driving ability to clinch his first win in Fuji.
From the start of the year, Yau has been in the top five of the points table collecting seven podium finishes and is currently only 2 points shy of Malagamuwa. It seems that the Porsche suits the Hong Kong driver’s style, a departure from the Lamborghini that he used in previous years.
Already Yau has beat out two other race winners this year with his great performance, including outshining 2009 GT3 Asia Champion, Tunku Hammam Sulong.
Despite his great performances in the LP560, Hammam’s absence from Rounds 7 & 8 in Suzuka cost him dearly and his chance at the Championship win. The Malaysian dropped down the ranks and currently lies fourth on the leaderboard with the lone Ford GT GT3 driver, Frank Yu in fifth.
Although the two are no longer in contention for the Championship win, they will be looking for glory of climbing up the podium during the Macau GP.
It will be a much anticipated race all around including the battle for the GT4 Asia Cup 2011 Championship, where the teacher will be going head to head against his own student. Mark Williamson and Simon Waters of Concord Absolute Racing are only separated by four points and will be in identical Aston Martin N24 4.7’s, making it harder to pick a favourite.
The Circuito da Guia, as it is known in Macau, is 6.2km of narrow and bumpy track infamously known as one of the toughest circuits in the world. Drivers will not only have to contend with the tricky 19 turns, including the very sharp Melco Hairpin, they will also have to tune their cars to suit the high and low elevations of the circuit.
The GT Asia Series’ 2011 Season Finale is held as part of the Star River Windsor Arch Macau GT Cup during the 58th Macau Grand Prix. There will be two Qualifying sessions held, one on Friday, 18th November 2011 at 1.55pm local time and another on Saturday, 19th November at 12.50pm. The Star River Windsor Arch Macau GT Cup race will be held on Sunday, 20th November at 9am.