It was an incident filled race 2 held at the Autopolis International Circuit today where Dilantha Malagamuwa once again claimed the win in GT3 Asia and Matthew Perry took a well deserved first win in GT4 Asia Cup.
For Malagamuwa, it was another perfect win in a country he adopted as his second home. He had a clean race with a great start. He opened up a gap right from the start and was clear of second placed man, Frank Yu and led to the flag.
“It was a perfect win. It is unbelievable and it’s racing. It’s all about commitment and now everything goes. I think we were great and had a lot of pace. What we want to do is to come and win all the races without thinking about the Championship.
“I think Hammam had all sorts of pressure so you never know. We still have another race to go” ended Malagamuwa.
Yu was caught in a quiet race of his own with Malagamuwa too far ahead to catch up with and third placed man, Singaporean David Lai a gap away in third. After suffering from a puncture the day before, Yu made up with a great second placed finish.
“I really like this circuit. I must say that this race is a lot better than in the morning, but it was kind of boring actually.
“I knew I wasn’t gong to pass Dilantha and David Lai wasn’t going to pass me so I had a bit of gap between. We were just nursing the car basically the whole time.
At the start, “I was looking at the left mirror, the right mirror, there were cars everywhere and I just held my line and closed my eyes and said ‘OK, now its time to turn. Tomorrow I am going to push, push, push.
Team Clearwater Racing celebrated their second podium of the season as Lai climbed to the podium. “It feels great. It’s been a long 40 minute race and now a 30 minute race. It’s challenging but it feels great. To end the day with a podium, it’s a fantastic feeling”.
Malaysian driver Tunku Hammam suffered the biggest blow for his Championship lead when as the cars were heading out on their formation lap, his car slowed to a crawl. Hammam lost his gears and could only engage first, leaving him to trudge all the way back to the pitlane. The Arrows Racing Team only managed to get him back on the grid one lap down. He finished the race in 12th place.
Returning to the GT3 Asia, Eddie Yau was back on the pace, he finished the 30 minute race in fourth, ahead of Samson Chan and Eric Cheung. The Siu brothers, Siu Yuk Lung and Siu Tit Lung crossed the line almost side by side while the trio of Japanese guest drivers, You Yokomaku, Akira Mizutani and Gen Emoto took ninth, tenth and eleventh respectively.
Sasha Chu, Keith Chan and Jacky Yeung completed the finishers for GT3 Asia. Andrew Luk was the only non-finisher while Michael Choi was disqualified when he ignored a drive through penalty given to him for speeding in the pitlane.
Meanwhile, it was action filled in the GT4 Asia Cup where Matthew Perry took his first win of the season ahead of Concord Dynaten Motorsports duo, Ryan Marsden and Mark Williamson with Daniel Bilski in third.
The race started with Daniel Bilski on pole and Simon Waters next to him. Positions changed at the start, Bilski did not have the best of starts and was taken by Waters into turn 1 with Adrian Henry D’Silva, Ryan Marsden Frank Yee, Matthew Perry, Nigel Farmer, Gerard Yap and Hu Cheng Wei in the train behind.
Hu was the first casualty of the day ending his race on the third lap.
The race remained mostly the same right up to the pit-stop window as Marsden was the first to dive into hand over driving duties to Mark Williamson. The rest of the drivers went in to pit and as the pit window closed it left the leading group with Waters, D’Silva, Yee, Perry and Bilski in a tight pack. Trouble ensued as the tight group got into the turns. Farmer was the first to break away from the pack, pitting with some damage to the right side of his car.
Then on lap 10 at turn 1, Yee had a shunt and hit the tyre barriers hard ending his race on the spot. After the race, the stewards found that second placed man, Adrian Henry D’Silva caused the incident and was penalised. D’Silva was given a 40 second time penalty to his final time dropping to fourth and promoting Ryan Marsden and Mark Williamson to second and Daniel Bilski to third.
At the end, Perry was elated jumping out of his car with a big smile, “It’s been a long time coming, this win. We were very optimistic on Friday and it all went to pot with the setup in the practice and qualifying. We had no grip so after we did again one of those last minute change overnight for the race. It all came together.
“It was running well then I had a bit of a problem and we only just made it out for the race. Its an amazing circuit but there is hardly anywhere to overtake” he ended.
For the Concord Dynaten duo, the race was a good one, with Marsden saying “Interesting race, rather an eventful race. I went out first, I lost a couple of positions in the first lap, I think the tyres weren’t up to temperature yet. I had a little bit of a battle with a couple of the Ginetta’s behind me that caused me to lose a small amount of time.
“I did my stint, pulled in to the pits, got out of the car quickly and handed over to Mark and he did all the hard work today, to be honest”.
For Williamson “The car was pretty good when I got in it and I think I got us some reasonable time, just had to get my head down ad chase the guys in front of me and it seems every corner I had, there was more cars crashing and I just gradually very quickly made the place up.
“Towards the end of the day, spongy brakes and I had a couple of bits with Adrian on the last two laps. I was very close to passing him down in the yellow flag but I couldn’t do that. Anyway, I am looking forward to starting in pole for the next race”.
The GT3 Asia Round 9 will be held at 12.40pm while the GT4 Asia Cup race is at 8.15am on Sunday, 17 October 2010.