Sam Yau Strengthen Championship Lead While Malagamuwa Fought from the Back for GT4 Win It was a fantastic battle right from the start during the GT3 Asia Round 8 race where Sam Yau claimed his second consecutive win of the season. The Team...
Sam Yau Strengthen Championship Lead While Malagamuwa Fought from the Back for GT4 Win
It was a fantastic battle right from the start during the GT3 Asia Round 8 race where Sam Yau claimed his second consecutive win of the season. The Team Machine driver crossed the line ahead of Tunku Hammam Sulong and Francis Tjia of Modena Motorsports to strengthen his lead on the championship points table.
The track conditions remained slippery even after the 12 laps of the Formula V6 Asia race held right before, leaving a few of the drivers to slip and spin in the first few laps of the race.
Hammam once again had a great start, pushing Yau right from the beginning but Hammam's Porsche could not brake as late as the Lamborghini of Yau giving the Hong Kong driver the advantage and the lead into turn 1. Yau then immediately set out to open up a gap between him and Hammam.
"The first corner was quite tough. Tunku as always had a good start off the line. He was right next to me all the way down to the 100 meter mark but fortunately for me he had to brake a little early, so I was able to get in front of him and hold my lead. But it was a tough start.
From there, Yau concentrated on keeping a consistent laptime and to maintain a gap from the second placed man. "I was just focusing on one corner at a time. The track was very slippery today and at turn 9 a couple of times I almost spun. The race was good and I was watching behind me for a good five to six laps and I saw Tunku, Francis and Siu having some kind of a battle" said a happy Yau at the Post Race Press Conference.
The fight for second between the trio began from the first lap when at turn four, Hammam was outbraked by Siu Yuk Lung leaving him down in third just ahead of Tjia. But Siu was not able to stay in second for long, he made a mistake on the next lap taking the last turn wide, leaving Hammam a chance to reclaim second.
"I was second but coming into turn four I made a little bit of a mistake and one of the Siu brothers passed me. I chased him and on the second lap I got him on turn nine when he made a mistake.
"By then Sam was quite far in front. I pushed very very hard and although the track felt slippery, I still pushed hoping that Sam would make a mistake, but he didn't. He drove really well" said Hammam.
Drivers were all fighting for traction on the very slippery track. Once Hammam made his way past Siu, the Team SPS Racing driver once again made a mistake on the next lap, on turn 9, running wide on to the grass and getting caught in a spin, leaving Tjia to take third.
"It was a great race. I was a bit worried about starting in fifth and I was definitely aiming for a podium. At the first turn after the start, Wayne Shen was in front of me and he went a bit wide which allowed me to sneak in to finish the first lap behind Tunku and Siu Yk Lung.
"Then the battle between the three of us was on and it went for about three laps or so and it was exciting. Tunku made a really good pass on Siu right in front of me. I was very happy driving where I was because it was very entertaining, the guys were side by side for a good half a lap, then it was my turn to pass Siu" Tjia commented happily.
In the GT4 category, Dilantha Malagamuwa had a fantastic drive making his way from the tail end of the grid all the way to seventh overall and claiming victory in the GT4 category. The Sri Lankan driver took his Porsche 997 GT3 Cup M up the grid in the ten lap race, overtaking the rest of the pack, one by one.
"I had to start from the back and I didn't know the setup of the car because we didn't get any time during the week. We just took a gamble and it was a fantastic race" said an elated Malagamuwa after the podium ceremony.
Canadian driver Christian Chia took second for Team Road & Track in the category while Australian Paul Tresidder from VRD Motorsports finished in third.
A very happy Chia said "The race was fantastic it was a big battle throughout. Dilantha is too quick and I had a problem with too much oversteer but I finished second in class and I can't complain".
Tresidder was also happy with the outcome of the race this weekend, "The first part was good but I got boxed in by a couple of the Lamborghinis which wasn't a lot of fun, so trying to chase down Christian was a bit difficult. Overall it was good fun, everyone gave plenty of racing room so it was a very good race and I'm very happy".
-credit: gt3 asia