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Published on July 2nd, 2011 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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Asian Touring Car Series Round 5 sees Choi taking pole position

Michael Choi took pole position for Round 5 of the Asian Touring Car Series on a hot evening at Sepang Circuit. The J.A.S. Motorsport driver from Hong Kong made some set-up changes and clocked the fastest time of 2 minutes 22.669 seconds. Choi was happy with the outcome after a difficult weekend, “The time is good and I am happy. We put new tyres on and did some settings yesterday and it was much better. The car was better and easier to handle and I will try my best for the podium”.

Choi lines up ahead of returning driver, Chen Jun San of Team AAI/Buddy Club who took second just 0.196 seconds behind. Chen was having a difficult time this weekend during the tests but was back on the pace after the team decided to return to the settings from the previous race. He was all smiles after the Qualifying session and said “I am happy with the Qualifying time because for the last three days during the test sessions, the time was getting worse and worse. 
Paul Poon of China Dragon Racing was also happy with his time despite not being able to get a proper clear lap done during the Qualifying session.
Poon’s main goal this weekend is to keep Kenneth Lau, who he is fighting with for the Hong Kong Touring Car Championship, behind him and to claim a minimum of second place to secure the win in their final two races of the season.
Lau will be starting just one spot behind and although was happy, he said he could do better.
Kuroki who clocked the seventh fastest time of the day will start the race tomorrow from the back of the grid after making an engine change.
Round 5 of the Asian Touring Car Series will be held on Sunday, 3rd July 2011 at 11.05am while Round 6 will be held later the same day at 2.15pm Malaysian time. 
Top Ten Qualifying Times
Car #       Driver                                      Time                       Gap
8              Michael Choi                         2:22.669
91            Chen Jun San                        2:22.865  0.196
66            Paul Poon                              2:22.956  0.287
1              Kenneth Lau                           2:23.019  0.350
96            Samson Fung                        2:23.140  0.471
23            Eric Kwong                            2:23.808  1.139
47            Hideharu Kuroki                    2:23.861  1.192
88            Shugeriawan Sutanta            2:27.353  4.684
21            Wong Yew Choong              2:28.594  5.925
48            Cheung Chi Sing                  2:28.861  6.192


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