GT3 Asia: Series AFOS race one report

Mok Claims the Win from a Great Starting Battle Despite a slow start Singapore based Mok Weng Sun proved too strong for the rest of the GT3 Asia grid and drove to an impressive Round 5 win during the Asian Festival of Speed at the Sepang ...

Mok Claims the Win from a Great Starting Battle

Despite a slow start Singapore based Mok Weng Sun proved too strong for the rest of the GT3 Asia grid and drove to an impressive Round 5 win during the Asian Festival of Speed at the Sepang International Circuit yesterday.

Mok driving for Porsche Club Singapore Racing, lost the lead in off the startline due to the impressive start by Malaysian Tunku Hammam Sulong, his long time nemesis.

Turn 12 on the first lap, Mok managed to overtake Tunku Hammam and from there it was a race from him to lose.

"Firstly, the heat in Sepang was unbearable and I was disappointed with myself that by three laps to go, I should be used to it," said Mok.

"However, after regaining the lead from Tunku Hammam I kept my head down and just worked my way to the chequered flag despite the scorching heat," said Mok who was 26.181s ahead of second place Sam Yau of Team Machine.

At third after two laps, Hong Kong driver Yau was lucky to have finished second as Tunku Hammam was awarded a drive through penalty for having his mechanics work on the car on the grid after the allotted time.

"I had a problem with the clutch at the start of the race and was working hard to keep up with Mok and Tunku Hammam. Lucky for me I gained one place but Mok was too far to chase so I made sure I kept my position," said Yau, whose total time of 22:34.282 in the 10 lap race was 28.257s ahead of third place Siu Yuk Lung of SPS Racing.

The 54-year-old Siu capitalised on lady luck apparently riding with him as he gain two positions from running fifth until lap 6 when third place Dilantha Malagamuwa spun out followed by fourth place Siu Tit Lung a lap later.

"My strategy was simple which was to follow the car in front and avoid any crashes. As for Race 2 tomorrow this will be the same plan as the car has yet to find the pace Mok and Tunku Hammam have," said Siu.

Team Machine's Eddie Yau clocked 22:36.809s to finish fourth while Francis Tjia of Modena Motorsports was the fifth place finisher with a time of 22:42.516s

The GT3 Asia grid will have one warm up session tomorrow morning before racing in the main event of the day on a rolling start.

-creidt: gt3a

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Series Road racing
Drivers Dilantha Malagamuwa , Mok Weng Sun , Francis Tjia