ATCC: Bira: Rounds nine and ten summary

ASIAN TOURING CAR SERIES ROUNDS 9 & 10 BIRA INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT, THAILAND LO AND KAJOHNSAK TRIUMPHS, RUOKONEN FACES TWO STRAIGHT RETIREMENTS Hong Kong driver Lo Ka Chun drove to his first emotional race victory of the season as ...

ASIAN TOURING CAR SERIES ROUNDS 9 & 10 BIRA INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT, THAILAND

LO AND KAJOHNSAK TRIUMPHS, RUOKONEN FACES TWO STRAIGHT RETIREMENTS

Hong Kong driver Lo Ka Chun drove to his first emotional race victory of the season as championship leader Toni Ruokonen's challenge came to a grounding halt in Round 9 of the Asian Touring Car Series at Pattaya's Bira International Circuit.Starting from second on the grid, the 25-year-old powered his Honda Integra  to finish the race in a time of 23min.22.141sec as pole sitter WK Longman Racing Team's Ruokonen impressive run came to an end with a damaged front suspension that forced his Peugeot 306 back into the pit.

"I'm absolutely overjoyed with the results because I have always dreamt of winning. It's been a long and tiring season chasing that first illusive victory and I have to admit that it's extremely rewarding," said Team 778 Autosport's Lo.

"I have to say that had Ruokonen stayed on the track, he would have easily won the race."Second was David Auger in the second of the Peugeot 306 who crossed the line four seconds adrift and was nursing a broken engine mount to the finish. Claiming a solid third place overall and Division 3 win was Thai driver S. Kajohnsak a further two seconds behind. Fourth overall and third in Division ½ was another Thai driver N. Jakthong while Lo's younger brother Lo Ka Fai in the Honda Civic, finished fifth overall and second in Division 3."It's just one of those things that you don't expect to happen in a race," said WK Longman Racing Team's Richard Longman.

"The kerbs here in Bira are very high and I suppose that puts a lot of strain on the suspension and the car."Running away with the Division 3 win was Kajohnsak who finished the race miles ahead of countryman S. Grant and Hong Kong's Danny Stacey Chau. Grant was disqualified when his car was found to be underweight while Chau was given a one-minute penalty for jumping the start promoting Lo in the Honda Civic to second.In an even more dramatic Round 10 that inflicted a number of casualties,  Kajohnsak raced to his first ever victory in the series to beat Lo Ka Chun to the chequered flag by a massive 35 seconds.

Finishing third was Lo Ka Fai with Japanese driver Takeda Kanami a further three seconds behind in fourth place.Ruokonen suffered his second consecutive retirement when the broke the oil sump on his Peugeot 306 riding the kerb with team mate Auger who had started from pole position, also retiring with mechanical problems.

"A very difficult weekend obviously with the reliability of the cars," said Kajohnsak. "I'm very fortunate to have won and finished third. The car was well prepared and we never encountered any set-backs."

Results: Round 9
1. Lo Ka Chun 23min.22.141sec
2. David Auger 23:26.035
3. S. Kajohnsak 23:28.240
4. N. Jakthong 23:33.938
5, Lo Ka Fai 24:105.39
6. Takeda Kanami 24:141.79
7. Junchi Koizumi 24:197.86
8. Danny Stacey Chau 24:38.201

Toni Ruokonen Did Not Finish
Lo Hung Phui Did Not Finish
S. Grant Disqualified
Y. Kirakiat Did Not Start

Results: Round 10
1. S. Kajohnsak 23min:48.723sec
2. Lo Ka Chun 24:23.710
3. Lo Ka Fai 24:28.395
4. Takeda Kanami 24:31.470
5. Danny Stacey Chau 24:31.537

Toni Ruokonen Did Not Finish
David Auger Did Not Finish
N.Jakthong Did Not Finish
Junchi Koizumi Did Not Finish
Lo Hung Phui Did Not Finish
S. Grant Did Not Finish

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Drivers David Auger , Toni Ruokonen , Kanami Takeda