|Cheung Claims Final Pole of the Season|
Just as Man Ting Yu predicted, Cheung Chi Sing was the fastest man on the track today. The Hong Kong driver and second in the Championship points table will take the pole position for Round 8 of the Asian Touring Car Series race later this afternoon after clocking the fastest time of 1:09.197.
“Its now all down to me. I have to get the best start and immediately try to open a gap, but I will also have to maintain a steady pace and not panic” said Cheung with a laugh.
“I am a little bit nervous but I am also excited because I really want to win. I’ve tried for so many years to win this Championship and I am so excited coming here this weekend with this chance.
“I want to thank Danny Stacy Chau, the team and the crew before we start the race because they are the best people and without them I would not have this chance” ended Cheung.
Meanwhile, Championship leader, Man will start the race in seventh after not being able to match the pace of the frontrunners. Although he is happy coming to Bira with the lead, he is also realistic about it and thinks that it will be his teammate that will win the Championship.
“It will be my first win since 1991 if I get the Championship and I hope Bira will bring me luck. I will try to have the best race I can and if I stay in second or third and Cheung does not finish one race, then I will have a chance with the Championship”.
“I hope he cannot finish one race” added Man jokingly.
Lining up in second on the grid will be Malaysian driver Chin Tzer Jinn in his JPM Nexus Racing Honda Integra. Chin started out the session in the mid pack but went in to make some set-up changes and came back out to clock a best time of 1:09.640 at the end of the session.
His time was just 0.058 seconds ahead of Charles Ng of S&D Motorsports. Ng, flew to Pattaya from Los Angeles to participate in the race this weekend, taking over the wheel from Harry Chai in the number 26 car. The young driver impressed everyone with his fast pace and consistent times.
Row two on the grid will be filled by Adrian Henry D’Silva, who claimed the fourth grid position when he clocked 1:10.047.
Danny Stacy Chau and Gary Sham will take row three ahead of Man Ting Yu and Frank Yee, while Caesar Wong will start at the back of the grid.
There was one casualty during the Qualifying session when Gary Sham had a shunt on his fifth lap and ended up in the tyre barriers at turn three. His crew are working hard to get his car ready for the race later today.
The Asian Touring Car Series Round 8 race will be held on Saturday, 12 September 2009 at 4.45pm (local time). Rounds 9 & 10 will be held on Sunday, 13 September 2009 at 12.05pm and 4.45pm respectively.