Published on October 14th, 2013 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
GT Asia 2013 Zhuhai, Round 10 Results
Li Zhi Cong took the win and the GT Asia Series lead during Round 10, which was held at the Zhuhai International Circuit, China. It was a disastrous end for the SLS AMG GT3 of Lance David Arnold, who had an unassailable lead going onto the last lap when, with just a few corners remaining, he lost fuel pressure and rolled to a halt almost in sight of the flag. Li, inherited the lead followed by Keita Sawa, driving the McLaren 12C he shares with Mok Weng Sun. As Arnold came to a halt on the side of the track,, the SLS AMG sister car , with Hakkinen at the wheel, who took over the car from Matthew Solomon at the pit stop, was running in fourth as they started the last lap. Hakkinen, who had been hunting down Sawa throughout his stint dived to the inside of Sawa at the hairpin but just could not hold the manoevure and ran wide onto the grass at the edge of the track allowing Pasin Lathouras who was directly behind through to claim the last spot on the podium, whilst Hakkinen regained the track to come home fourth for Erebus Motorsport.
Lathouras was impressive throughout the race in his AF Corse Ferrari, starting from the back of the grid, he moved up to fifth on the opening lap and from there kept a steady pace throughout. After the pit-stop, he came out behind Hakkinen and was piling on the pressure. Finishing fifth behind the Hakkinen/Solomon pairing was the Audi R8 LMS Ultra driven by the duo of Francis Hideki Onda and Alex Yoong. Both drivers were happy that they were able to finish the race in fifth place “It was good racing today” said Onda.
Tunku Hammam and Ro Charlz crossed the line in seventh in their Lamborghini LP560 GT3 ahead of the troubled Frank Yu and Stefan Muecke in the Aston Martin Vantage V12 GT3. Yu had a spin after tapping the rear of the SLS into turn 1 at the start and then he picked up some debris that caused him to spin for a second time on the same lap dropping him to the rear. Philip Ma and Cheng Cong Fu in the Audi R8 LMS Ultra and Siu Yuk Lung in the Porsche 997 GT3 R were the last two to cross the finish line. Both the Ford GT3, driven by the pairing of Samson Chan and Earl Bamber, and the Audi R8 LMS Ultra by Jeffrey Lee and Marchy Lee suffered from mechanical issues and did not manage to finish the race.
The GT Asia Series heads into Macau with three drivers fighting the Championship battle. Li leads the points table with 142 points with Mok in second with 128 and Frank Yu in third with 125 points.