Asia GT3: Series Shanghai qualifying report

Sam Yau Overcomes the Rain to Take Pole for Round 3 Sam Yau took the pole position under wet conditions today during the qualifying session for the GT3 Asia Round 3 & 4 at Shanghai International Circuit. The Team Machine driver took his...

Sam Yau Overcomes the Rain to Take Pole for Round 3

Sam Yau took the pole position under wet conditions today during the qualifying session for the GT3 Asia Round 3 & 4 at Shanghai International Circuit.

The Team Machine driver took his Lamborghini Gallardo to the lead in a very closely contested session where the top seven drivers finished within one second of one another. Yau will be looking to better his performance from the last two races held here where he gained two second placed podium finishes.

"It was quite interesting and challenging and at the same time it was also quite fun. This is my first time racing in the rain here in this new car so I was trying to get used to it and it really was a lot of fun" said S.Yau.

The weather forecast predicts rain again for tomorrow, "obviously I prefer the dry, most everybody would, but if its wet it will be a good race. The first eight cars are very close together. I am going to concentrate on just being consistent with my times. Hopefully I will get a good start off the line on the standing start so that's my goal for tomorrow. I'll try to do my best and ultimately try to get on the podium in first".

Wayne Shen and the Modenas Motorsports mechanics were seen doing some modification works on the car throughout the day today and right before the qualifying session began, they managed to suss out the cause of the vibrations on the Ferrari F-430 GT3 to clock the second fastest time of the day to line up in second for tomorrow.

"When I arrived on Thursday, my car developed a strange vibration and we couldn't figure out what it was for basically three days, so I only managed a total of three laps in the past three days. Luckily my mechanics got the car working right before the qualifying, so I had a few laps in the rain to get used to the car and luckily my car is working this weekend.

"My objective in the first lap of the race tomorrow is to make it safely through, then I think I have the pace to challenge Sam for the winning position or at least keep the other drivers at bay. Given the rain today and the forecast tomorrow, even if it doesn't rain the track will most likely be fairly slippery so I am going to set the car for a very slippery condition".

The Siu brothers will line up next to one another on row two of the grid in their striking yellow LKM sponsored Lamborghini. The younger of the duo, clocked the third fastest time of the day with 2:27.760, just 0.163 seconds ahead of older brother Siu Tit Lung.

"At the start of the session, the rain was quite heavy and my speed was quite slow but as the session went on, the rain slowed down and I managed to pick up my pace. If it rains tomorrow, I will make sure to prepare my car accordingly, to avoid losing time or get caught in a spin. I hope to set some good times and to be able to finish the race on the podium" said Siu Yuk Lung.

Although Samson Chan took the early lead during the session, setting a quick 2:30.653 in his first lap, as the conditions improved so did the pace of a few other drivers. In the end, Chan completed the session with an impressive best time of 2:27.966 and will line the grid in fifth.

Malaysian driver, Tunku Hammam is the last of the top six drivers to finish within the 2 minutes 27 seconds mark and he was seen after the race, not fully satisfied with his qualifying session as he is still trying to overcome the some downforce problems at two of the turns.

The 10-lap Round 3 race of the GT3 Asia will be held at the Shanghai International Circuit on Sunday, 3 May 2009 at 10.50am local time while the 15-lap Round 4 race will be held at 1.55pm local time.

-credit: gt3 asia

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Series Road racing
Drivers Samson Chan , Wayne Shen