Subic Bay, PHILIPPINES, April 8th, 2001 SPECTACULAR ATCC SEASON OPENING RACES IN SUBIC The first Asian Touring Car Championship (ATCC) race (Rd.1) took off with a spectacular start today where international and local racing drivers competed on...
Subic Bay, PHILIPPINES, April 8th, 2001
SPECTACULAR ATCC SEASON OPENING RACES IN SUBIC
The first Asian Touring Car Championship (ATCC) race (Rd.1) took off with a spectacular start today where international and local racing drivers competed on the 2.8km Subic International Raceway.
Leading Filipino driver, George Ramirez, made a good start and was immediately a serious contender for the top spot in Division 1 but lost out to Lam Wai Hung on lap 7. The race was eventually won by Lam of Knights Motorsports and Ramirez followed him to the chequered flag in second and Paul Chan third in Division 1.
Pole starter, Fujita Takayuki, was immediately on a class of his own from the start till the end to win the Division 2 Rd.1 race. His only close competitor and teammate, Kouji Matsuda, who was running second had to cut the race short after suffering some technical problem with the car. As a result of that, IMSP driver Danny Stacy Chau inherited 2nd and 3rd went to Nilo Pazcogiun.
In Rd.2, WK Longman's Taichiro Ohnishi who started on the front of the grid also won the dramatic race in Division 1 where Lam Wai Hong lost control of his car just before the infamous hairpin at the end of the bumpy circuit. As a result of the incident, the race was forced to be restarted after cleaning the oil spill on the circuit and the total length was reduced to 13 laps instead of the original 15 lap race. Second place went to Paul Chan and local favourite, George Ramirez complete the podium finishing.
Division 2 also saw close fight going into Turn 1 at the start of the race where previous race winner, Fujita, carefully overtook Danny to line up second in the pack. After a long fight, the final finishing order remain the same as Rd.1 where Danny and Nilo also finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.
The unique characteristic of this circuit has once again proven to suit the smaller Division 2 cars. This was clearly exhibited on the time sheets and the comparisons between the two Divisions suggest that the narrow circuit and sharp corners here gave an advantage to Division 2 specification cars.
The next stop for the Asian Festival of Speed will be in Johor, Malaysia on 19th-20th May followed by Shah Alam and Sepang before moving on to Thailand, Korea, China and Macau. 2001 AFOS is supported by Michelin, Snap-On, PanGlobal Insurance and Adobe System Incorporated.