Super Trofeo Asia Continues With Exciting Wet Race At Fuji Speedway
Yesterday's cloudy skies persisted for the second day of racing, this time bringing heavy rainfall to the track, but despite the wet conditions, drivers put on a blazing performance. The starting grid saw Davide Rizzo in pole, followed by Yudai Uchida, Yuan Bo and Toshiyuki Ochiai.
The race was filled with excitement, PRO-AM Yudai Uchida fought hard to maintain his position from the start, eventually managing to hold on to second place overall. PRO racer Davide Rizzo slipped to third overall due to an absolutely cracking performance from Sri Lankan and Indian PRO-AM drivers Dilantha Malagamuwa and Armaan Ebrahim, clawing their way past the others from fifth on the grid to finish in first place overall. Chinese driver Yuan Bo had a more successful day after being forced to pull out of the previous race due to an unfortunate contact, finishing fourth overall and third in the PRO-AM class.
The AM class again saw success for local Japanese drivers, with two podium finishes, Takeshi Kimura in third with Akira Mizutani and Hajime Noma in second, however it was Hong Kong, China racers Michael Choi and Keith Chan who took first in the class and fifth overall along with the numerous Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo race cars, also on display at Fuji Speedway and making its official Asia Pacific debut is the first ever GT3 car developed by Lamborghini, the hugely anticipated Huracán GT3. The Huracán GT3 represents yet another milestone for Lamborghini as the embodiment of the Italian car maker's first direct involvement with the GT3 race series. Weighing in at only 1,239 kg with 42/58 front/rear weight distribution and powered by a naturally aspirated 5.2 liter V10 engine in rear-wheel drive configuration, the GT3 uses integrated Bosch electronic control system that manages the engine, gearbox, and traction control.
In Asia for a fourth-consecutive season, the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Series gathers a greater following and increased momentum year on year, both in Asia and around the world. Lamborghini continues to provide customers with an excellent opportunity and platform to experience racing in its purest form. While minor adjustments to the cars are allowed, no major modifications are permissible. Drivers welcome this approach, which provides a professional level playing field for the competitors while maintaining quality race standards and a challenging experience for all those involved.
As the excitement of two days of intense racing in Japan draws to a close, Lamborghini and the racers turn their sights on the next stop of the Super Trofeo – the Shanghai International Circuit. The Shanghai circuit is well known as an international F1 venue and the first of two stops in China this season. Racers will have roughly three weeks to prepare before the Shanghai race days, set for July 11-12.