Sepang, Malaysia. (August 14, 2016) – Local boy Afiq Yazid thrilled fans last weekend as he and his Japanese teammate, Toshiyuki Ochiai took top spot in both races of Round Four of the 2016 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Asia series.
The race is run at Sepang International Circuit for the fifth time in as many years and Afiq has been competing in this series for four years, being a graduate of Lamborghini’s Young Driver Program and performing well in the past two seasons.
The Sepang circuit is a favorite with drivers, teams and fans, having hosted the championship’s Asia debut in 2012 and the global World Final in 2014.
Under sunny skies and with temperature in the 30s, Race One saw Sri Lankan driver Dilantha Malagamuwa and Indian teammate Armaan Ebrahim qualify for pole followed by Zen Low and Italian teammate Max Wiser. Afiq and Ochiai placed third with a gap of over 1.5 seconds behind the lead car.
Among the AM racers, Vincent Wong from Hong Kong along with Korean teammate Sanghwi Yoon were the fastest, followed by Andrew Haryanto from Indonesia, Keong Wee Lim from Singapore, then George Chou from Taiwan and teammate Samson Chan from Hong Kong.
In the Lamborghini Cup Class, Sam Lok from Hong Kong placed ahead of Supachai Weeraborwornpong.
In the race however, Afiq and Ochiai managed to take first spot, demoting Malagamuwa and Ebrahim to second. Meanwhile Yudai Uchida from Japan and teammate Jono Lester from New Zealand, who started tenth on the grid, climbed to third with a sterling performance.
Elsewhere on the track, Haryanto managed to make his way to the head of the AM pack, while Chou and Chan squeezed past Wong and Yoon into second in their class. Meanwhile in the Lamborghini Cup class, Weeraborwornpong moved past Lok to take first.
In Race Two, Afiq and Ochiai qualified first on the grid, followed by Malagamuwa and Ebrahim in second, with Haryanto in third. Fourth was Lim, followed by Chou and Chan.
While Afiq and Ochiai managed to hold off challengers to take their second win of the day, down the grid, Uchida and Lester who started sixth managed to move up and finish second; Malagamuwa and Ebrahim slipped to third spot. Low and Wiser who started seventh came in fourth.
Meanwhile, Wong and Yoon, starting in eighth, put in a remarkable performance, pushing past all other drivers in the AM class, hounding Haryanto and eventually finishing the race in fifth overall and first in their class. Haryanto, the likely favorite for the AM pole did not finish due to an unforced error. Lim took second in the AM class, followed by Chou and Chan in third, finishing ahead of Chinese duo Hu Nan and He Xiao Le.
In the Lamborghini Cup class, Lok managed a better run this time around, taking first and leaving Weerabornpong in second.
The next thrilling race will be at the Fuji International Speedway in Japan, the fifth and final stop in Asia before the World Final in Valencia, Spain in December.
The remaining races on the 2016 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo – Asia are:
Fuji (JPN) 17-18 September
Valencia (SP) 1-2 December
Valencia (SP) 3-4 December