Tjia Made it Two for Two at Shanghai Francis Tjia made it two for two this weekend at the Shanghai International Circuit for the GT3 Asia race when he claimed his second win in an incident filled race outing. The Modena Motorsports driver ...
Tjia Made it Two for Two at Shanghai
Francis Tjia made it two for two this weekend at the Shanghai International Circuit for the GT3 Asia race when he claimed his second win in an incident filled race outing. The Modena Motorsports driver in his Ferrari F-430 GT3 crossed the finish line in 36 minutes and 47.859 seconds, a 21.528 second lead from second placed man Siu Yuk Lung.
At the rolling start, Tjia had his car in second gear and was waiting for the green lights to come on when he hit the rev limiter, giving Wayne Shen the opportunity to get past him.
Singaporean driver, David Lai's Ferrari F360 Challenge encountered a mechanical failure and had to park the car on Turn 4 in a dangerous spot, causing the Safety Car to be called out for two laps to remove the car.
"It was not a great start, it was a rolling start and I was on pole position. It took a long time for the red lights to go off and so I was waiting and waiting and as I slowly went up in terms of revs, I started hitting the rev limiter just as it went green. So I had a bad start, Wayne passed me and I stayed in second position for most of the first lap and then the safety car came out" said Tjia at the post race press conference.
At the restart, four cars overtook before crossing the start/finish line and were duly penalized with drive through penalties.
"At the restart it was very confusing, as one of the cars at the back was not waiting for the start/finish line, so he went ahead and some other drivers instinctively followed him and that created some confusion. But I was sure that the stewards noticed it and sure enough the drivers had their drive through penalties.
"So I was driving around in second and third, happy to stay there and wait for them to take the penalty and then I was in the lead. It was a great weekend, I did not come here with such high hopes, but of course I wanted to do well and be on the podium but to get two wins in one day was great. I'm not complaining" said a very happy Tjia.
The younger of the Siu brothers, Siu Yuk Lung took the second placed podium despite having to take a drive through penalty for overtaking during the restart. He was relegated to fifth before making his way back up the ranks to second in the 15 lap race.
"At the restart, I made a mistake and overtook all the cars ahead of me, after that, I was given a drive through penalty and because my car had great pace, even though I came back out in fifth, I tried my best and managed to make my way to finish second" said Siu Y.L.
For Wayne Shen, claiming his second third placed finish for the weekend was a great result especially after a very uncertain start to the weekend and despite some recurring vibrations in his car.
"The car was vibrating a lot, there was some other mechanical issues involved with the car so the car did not feel comfortable and it was understeering for some reason. But overall, the guys at Modenas Motorsports did a great job that allowed me to get on the podium twice today" concluded W.Shen.
Adrian Fu crossed the finish line with a total time of 38 minutes and 26.002 seconds to claim the win for the GT4 category in his Porsche 997 GT3 Cup for Dyna Ten Motorsports .
Rounds 5 & 6 of the GT3 Asia will be held at Sepang International Circuit during the Asian Festival Of Speed on 29-31 May 2009.
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