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Asia's leading "tin top" series the Asian Touring Car Series brings its action packed, drama filled races to the 2.5 km Taebaek International Circuit in Korea for the first time this weekend. In Round 5 in Bira, Thailand last month, it was red...

Asia's leading "tin top" series the Asian Touring Car Series brings its action packed, drama filled races to the 2.5 km Taebaek International Circuit in Korea for the first time this weekend.

In Round 5 in Bira, Thailand last month, it was red flags galore with numerous incidents that made for an exciting race. The race came to a halt in lap 12 after a collision between Seijiro Sawa and Thai driver Aparthon Karnaputa that resulted in Sawa crashing into the tyre barriers effectively ending his race. At the restart, Japanese driver Naoya Yamano took off with Chen Jun San right behind him but the duo had a spectacular collision with Chen unable to continue. Meanwhile, Lo Ka Chun of Hong Kong crept up on the fighting pair, taking the lead all the way to the chequered flag.

Aparthon, who managed to continue despite his collision with Sawa, claimed the honours for Division 2 ahead of veteran Team IMSP driver Danny Stacy Chau and Junichi Koizumi of Japan.

It was no less spectacular in Round 6 with Chen overcoming the disappointment of the earlier round to clinch a commanding victory. With Naoya Yamano unable to take the start due to damage sustained to his Honda Integra DC5 in Round 5, the door was open for Chen to prove a point which he did, despite coming under a lot of pressure from the impressive Division 2 driver Sawa in the early stages of the race. But he held on and slowly pulled away from the pack to clinch a comfortable victory ahead of Jakthong Navasoopanich and Kirakiat Yenmanoj who finished in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Sawa turned the tables on Aparthon by claiming the honours in Division 2, with the latter finishing 2nd. Chau finished 3rd to complete as satisfactory weekend of racing at Bira.

With the battle for the championship heating up, Korean race goers can expect the drivers to fight tooth and nail in both rounds, keeping fans on edge of their seats all the way to the finish line.

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Drivers Naoya Yamano , Jun-San Chen