RAGING BULLS IGNITE THE SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT AT THE INAUGURAL RACE
May 26, 2013, Shanghai, China - Amongst a vibrant crowd of overjoyed racing enthusiasts, media and fans, the Shanghai International Circuit was filled with the thunderous echo of raging bulls as the debut race of the second ever Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Asia Series kicked-off this weekend. The hugely successful start to this year's Asia Series dawned as a new ensemble of freshly-faced gentlemen drivers from China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Korea, and for the first time India and Sri Lanka, all came to indulge their mutual passion for extreme driving experiences.
While the strong favourites for the first race were William Lok (#44) from China and his racing partner Davide Rizzo, it was Jiang Xing from China and Max Wiser (#9) who climbed the leaderboard place to claim first place in the Race 1 held on 25 May. This result pushed Rizzo/Lok (#44) into second place and Japanese driver Nakaya (#10) into third place for group A respectively. For Group B, China prevailed once more as Zhang Zhen Dong and Xu Peng Kai (#7) claimed first place. The winning teams from both groups rejoiced with overwhelming joy as they were awarded prestigious trophies amidst the cheering crowd.
On Sunday, crowds emerged once again into the stands during a warm and misty Shanghai morning, where the raging Bull filled the renowned venue as the second race brought the debut of the Super Trofeo Asia Series 2013 to a well-formed end.
Yesterday's runners up team Rizzo/Lok (#44) applied all determination and seized first place in group A. Taiwanese team Chao/Lin (#38), raced ahead from 10th starting grid to first position in the early minutes of the race, but they were shortly taken over by Nakaya (#10) and Rizzo/Lok (#44) who played a game of cat-and-mouse for the rest of the race.
In group B, with relentless grit Chou/Masahiko (#24) from Taiwan and Japan, who had maintained a consistent lead throughout the race, put their team in the first place beating the round 1 Champions Xu/Zhang (#7) from China who got off to an unexpected start as they sat second to last for much of the first half of the race. In third place, and ascending onto the podium for the first time in the Super Trofeo Asia Series, was Taiwanese gentleman driver Han Lin (#36). This notable and new found glory from Han Lin stands as a testament not only to the developing skills of each driver, but the significant potential amongst all the competing drivers.
"This race brings a whole new level of excitement into competitive racing, because Super Trofeo is so much more than motorsport" said Board Member, Director Research and Development for Lamborghini, Maurizio Reggiani. "Lamborghini represents an uncompromising lifestyle that exudes passion and extraordinary measures of fun, and that's reflected in the eyes of every participant driver." Alain Delamuraz, Vice President and Head of Marketing at Blancpain - the official timekeeper for Super Trofeo, said, "This second year of Super Trofeo in Asia symbolizes the horizon for which consistent quality, heightened innovation and prestigious workmanship are so elegantly integrated into modern motorsports."
Teams had assembled on Friday for a practice session to harvest preparations for the days that lay ahead. Following the practice session were the Qualifying races which determined the two groups of champion drivers. With the odds of the race founded predominantly on the qualifying race results, champions Rizzo/Lok (#44) from 2012 Super Trofeo Asia Series stood as the clear favourites of the series' first race. Expectations to see them claim the first win in the debut race crumbled in the dying minutes as new teams trumped the leaderboard to culminate the race with even more astonishment and excitement.
Showing their support throughout the weekend from within the pit room, garage and VIP lounge were the close friends and families of the competing drivers. Guests in the VIP lounge enjoyed a luxurious lifestyle experience as they were engulfed with the delights of Italian food and exclusive surroundings that simply radiated with the allure of Lamborghini.
New to this year's series is the Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo 2013, which supports a new and enhanced aerodynamic kit designed for a smoother performance, and improved balance. This addition to the series will no doubt provide drivers and spectators alike with even more thrills.
This race re-opened the world of competitive gentlemen driving to the Asian world once more. The next stop will take place on June 28-30 in Sepang, Malaysia, where a new environment and tropical climate will hold what will no doubt be another extraordinary round of ultimate life style experience from Lamborghini.
Wiser (#9): This is the second year I've taken place in this championship. I think this championship is great for Gentleman drivers because the car is unproblematic, safe and the atmosphere at Super Trofeo is very family oriented. Today I drove the new aero kit, which gave the car a very good down force and overall a great performance on the track. I was in 6th place for a while, but I raced with a terrific Chinese racing coach who did a good job taking position before I did my job in the end.
Yaptonaga (#63): "This competition enjoyed a great track and a great car. Off the track, I currently drive the Aventador LP 700-4, and before the Gallardo LP 560-2. This was my first race at Super Trofeo, and it was a great deal of fun, although I've certainly not had enough practice yet. Last year I raced GT3 in Sepang, so I'm quite familiar with the circuit, and so I look forward to driving there in the next stop."