Published on June 19th, 2011 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
GT Asia Round 3 Gives Perfect Pole to Flag Win for Mok
It was a clean incident free race where Mok Weng Sun repaid the hard work of his team to claim the win in GT Asia Series Round 3 held today during the Malaysian leg of the Super GT Series. After a tough first outing last May, Team Clearwater Racing has put together a perfect car leaving Mok to claim the team’s first win of the Season in the Ferrari F458 GT3. Mok completed 18 laps in 40 minutes 32.647 seconds, 14 seconds ahead of second placed Dilantha Malagamuwa and a further 12 seconds ahead of Eddie Yau. Malagamuwa was carrying 100kg success ballast in his Lamborghini LP560 and found it hard to keep up with Mok.
In GT4 class, it proved to be a perfect driver pairing when the teacher and student drove together. Mark Williamson and Simon Waters shared driving duties to claim another win while Ryan Marsden made it another one-two for Concord Absolute Racing in their matching Aston Martin Vantage N24’s. Waters took the first stint and was happy with the result, “It was fantastic. The first few laps we had a couple of the GTM cars that we were dicing with.
S&D Motorsports’ Frank Yee claimed the final podium for GT4. Eric Lo Piu took the win in the GTM class in the Ferrari F430 ahead of Asia Pacific Motorsport drivers Christian Chia and Shim Ching in their Porsche 997 Cup 3.8’s. Lo was happy with the outcome of the race and is looking forward to another good outcome in the next outing.
Tan Wei Ron was the fastest of the Lotus Supercup Asia drivers. Despite being the youngest, Tan was consistent throughout the race and is happy that the team worked well to provide him with a perfect Lotus Exige S AM-01 and the great result. The youngster claimed the top step of the podium ahead of Malaysian Ahmad Othman Yahaya and American driver Bruce Lee.
Tunku Hammam Sulong was poised for a podium finish when a wrongly timed pit-stop gave him a drive through penalty. “It was just before pit entry. I went out about 14 seconds and when we tested it the day before it was just nice but unfortunately we were a little too quick for the stop”. Samson Chan and Christian Chia were also given a stop-go penalty for the same offence.
Frank Yu was the only casualty of the day when a gearbox problem on his Ford GT GT3 plagued him half way through the race and only became worse after the pit-stop window. The GT Asia Series will continue with Round 4 held on Sunday, 19 June 2011 at 1.15pm. The GT Asia Series is supported by Michelin tyres, Graham London and Auto Art. The Series is organised by Motorsport Asia and Supercar Club Hong Kong.