ZHUHAI, CHINA : The title chase for the Asian Touring Car Championship (ATCC) is really heating up when a brilliant last minute effort by Charles Kwan to secure pole position paid off. The outcome of Kwan's domination effectively pushed Toni Ruokonen of WK Longman down to 2nd place in qualifying of Rd.14. Ruokonen, reigning British National Saloon Car Champion, was on top of the time sheet throughout the session before Kwan stole it away from him. Hong Kong driver, Henry Lee Jr., completes the top three positions with 1min 50.172secs.
Driving the BMW of EKS Motorsport, Kwan also managed another pole position earlier today in Rd.13 on the 4.32km Zhuhai International Circuit. "I am pleased with the result today and looking forward to a tough race tomorrow" said Kwan who is bidding for the championship title.
Meanwhile, Lee Jr. did very well in Rd.13 qualifying session to finish 2nd despite stalling the car on his last lap with an engine sensor failure. His team mate, Ruokonen, suffered an even more severe engine problems that put him 3rd on the grid in the Peugeot 306.
Team IMSP's drivers, Danny Chau and Kenny Lo took pole for Rd.13 and 14 respectively in the ATCC Div.2 qualifying.
More action filled the Asian Formula 2000 (AF2000) qualifying Rd.14 when Malaysian driver, Ng Wai Leong of Team Meritus improved his time to take pole with 1min 40.432secs. Trailing just three tenths of a second behind Ng is Mark Goddard of Ghiasports Racing. Further down in third position is another local favourite, Philippe Descombes who is driving for Team FRD.
In the Porsche Asian Challenge (PAC), Phillip Ma took his second pole of the season with 1min 44.754secs. in Rd. 9.
The Asian Festival of Speed (AFOS), organised by Motorsport Asia Ltd, is the biggest and most watched Asian motorsport event with a viewership of approximately 338 million households in 61 countries worldwide. The 2000 season, supported by Michelin tyre, which kicked off in the Philippines in May and will finish as part of the Macau Guia race after having visited Malaysia, China and Thailand.