Published on October 2nd, 2011 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
GT Asia Series_Another win for Lamborghini LP560 with Malagamuwa in Round 10
It was another great win by a Lamborghini LP560 this time from pole to flag with Dilantha Malagamuwa at the wheel in Round 10 of the GT Asia Series. The Series is at the Autopolis International Circuit, Japan in support of the 2011 Autobacs Super GT Round 7. Malagamuwa made a perfect start in the Dilango Racing Lamborghini and went on undisturbed throughout the 20-lap race. The Sri Lankan opened up a gap at the start and consistently kept his pace to leave the Ferrari F458 of Mok Weng Sun more than 6 seconds behind him by lap 7. Then at the pit-stop window, Malagamuwa kept it quick and clean and went out ahead of Mok, keeping a steady pace all the way to the chequered flag.
For Mok, he managed to pull a gap from the battling field behind him, leaving the Eddie Yau in the Porsche 997 GT3 R to battle with Tunku Hammam in the Lamborghini LP560, Frank Yu in the Audi R8 LMS and David Lai in the second LP560. The foursome of Yau, Lai, Hammam and Yu had a good fight changing positions a number of times with one another. In the opening laps, Lai took Yau and was ahead for two laps when on lap 3, Lai made a mistake leaving a small gap for Yau to get past. The Asia Racing Team driver then maintained his pace despite the charges from Yu, finishing the race in third, smiling as he got out of the car.
In the end, Yu in the Audi R8 LMS claimed fourth for Craft Eurasia Racing HK while Lai took fifth ahead of GTM driver Kobayashi, for Team Clearwater Racing. But it was not meant to be for Hammam as began to slow down on lap 4, with mechanical issues, dropping down the grid and finishing the race in seventh for Arrows Racing. After a disappointing race result, being overtaken at the final lap after a downshifting mistake, Kenji Kobayashi managed to make amends to claim the GTM class win for Hitotsuyama Racing.
Lamborghini Gallardo drivers, Keith Chan and Siu Yuk Lung, claimed second and third respectively in the GTM Class. GT4 Asia driver, Nigel Farmer in the Ginetta G50 and Simon Waters in the Aston Martin Vantage N24 had a nice battle at the start. Waters took the lead at the start and held on to it until the pit-stop window. Waters went ahead, leaving Farmer on the track, made a couple of quick laps and reclaim the lead which he held on to the end. The GT Asia Series continues in Macau on 17-20 November 2011 for the Season Finale during the 58th Macau Grand Prix.