A packed day of racing saw gentlemen drivers once again gather on storied grounds of the Sepang International Circuit to battle it out one last time for the championship of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Asia series, sponsored by Italian luxury sports car maker Automobili Lamborghini and Swiss Haute Hologerie legend Blancpain.
Despite being a familiar track for Asian drivers, the Sepang International Circuit continued to surprise. Sharing the track with European drivers also in Sepang for the 2014 World Final of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo meant that Asian drivers had two intense races in one day, the second of which was preceded by a tropical ‘blessing’ – a quick thunderstorm that delayed the start of the second race and changed track conditions, putting even greater pressure on drivers fighting for first in this, the sixth and final round of the Super Trofeo Asia.
The first race of the day saw impressive performances by several gentleman racers. Toshiyuki Ochiai (#212), who started in pole position 7, steadily made his way through the pack to land in the top three by the end of the race. Another solo amateur racer, Andrea Garbagnati (#206), added to the excitement by suddenly coming up from behind toward the end of the race to earn his place on the winner’s platform. One surprise was absence of Chinese favorites Max Wiser and Jiang Xin (#209) from the winner’s platform, having dropped out just after lap 12.
First place in the PRO AM category the first race went to the team of Hironori Takeuchi and Masami Kageyama (#211), while their Japanese compatriot Yoshiyuki Ochiai (#212) took first place in the AM category.
Later in the afternoon, the second race of the day started off cautiously with a pace car leading the way for the first two laps on the still-wet track under a yellow flag with cars kicking up considerable spray as they rounded the track. By lap three, the pace car had left the track and drivers began to pick up speed.
Giacomo Barri (#263) of team Yaptonaga/Barri started off strong, staying in first or second, but fell behind in lap 12 and was unable to climb his way back. Perhaps the most stable team in this race was the Japanese duo of Yasuyuki Uchida and Tomonobu Fujii (#223), who remained in either first or second for much of the race only to fall from grace in the very last lap, overtaken by two of their compatriots including Toshiyuki Ochiai (#212), who gave another stellar come-from-behind performance.
However, the latter half of this race was undoubtedly dominated by favorites Max Wiser and Jiang Xin (#209), who decidedly took hold of the first place position in lap 12 and held it until the end. Following their taking of the Super Trofeo Asia series championship after Shanghai and bolstered by their strong win in this race, Jiang and Wiser are primed for the World Final, both of them seeming to have no doubt, as they came off the winner’s block following race two today, that they would make podium on Sunday.
The second of today’s races was a clear win for Max Wiser and Jiang Xin (#209) in the PRO AM category and another uncontested victory for Toshiyuki Ochiai (#212) in the AM category.
Throughout this year’s Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Asia series of races, gentleman drivers have shown that they have the passion and technical skill to truly compete in a serious racing environment. The Lamborghini one-make series is a testament to how one man’s passion to make a car that he loved can result in a luxury super sports car with a level of technical excellence and sheer power that is on par with any racing-class automobile.
Next year’s Super Trofeo Asia will welcome the next generation of Lamborghini super sports cars, a model this time built specifically for the rigors of the track – the Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo. We look forward to seeing even more electrifying performances by gentleman drivers in next year’s Asia, perhaps driving the Huracán LP 620-2, which they can test-drive for the first time this weekend.