[May 24, 2016, Shanghai] The first match of the Blancpain-Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asian Challenge ended successfully at the Shanghai International Circuit last weekend. This is the fifth consecutive year that this event has been held in China. Despite poor driving conditions on the weekend and slippery roads, it did not affect the superb skills of the racers, preparing for the first race of the new season. The contestants from 8 different countries and regions staged a fierce duel, showing the peak of the track king.
Since 2009, Blancpain has become a Lamborghini partner and the title sponsor of the Blancpain-Lamborghini Super Trofeo Super Challenge. The Blancpain-Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asian Challenge is the essence of gentleman sportsmanship. Through this platform, participants can fully experience the charm of racing culture. The new driver level, Lamborghini Cup, is introduced this season, mainly for gentleman racers who have joined the Lamborghini Quadra Corse for the first time. Except for the wonderful return of the amateur and professional-amateur players in the past, the infectious enthusiasm and vitality of the new players in this competition have also become the focus of the scene.
In the first round, the track competition was extremely fierce. Japanese racer Yudai Uchida and his teammate Jono Lester from New Zealand topped the list; Dilantha Malagamuwa from Sri Lanka and Armaan Ebrahim of India ranked second; Chinese drivers Li Chao and Zhang Dasheng ranked third. Halfway through the game, Li Chao and Zhang Dasheng rushed to 1st place, Malagamuwa and Ebrahim remained in 2nd place, while Uchida and Lester slipped to 3rd place. Japanese racer Toshiyuki Ochiai, who finished 4th in qualifying, and his Malaysian teammate Afiq Yazid slipped to sixth in the first half of the first round, but performed very well in the second half, rushing out Finish line. After the first race, Li Chao and Zhang Dasheng’s driver combination won the runner-up, with Malagamuwa and Ebrahim in third place. In the Lamborghini Cup category, Chinese drivers Lin Yu and Zhang Wen He ranked first; while a team consisting of Wang Liang and Yang Yuan and a team consisting of Chien Jui Yu and Tai Wei En scored two or three.
The second round of the race started at 16:55, with drivers Ochiai and Yazid in pole position, followed by Malaysian driver Zen Low and Italian driver Max Wiser. Uchida and Lester started in third place. In the middle of the race, the team combination of Low and Wiser surpassed Ochiai and Yazid in the first place; and Davide Rizzo from Hong Kong rushed from the last place to the second place with excellent driving skills, surpassing Ochiai and Yazid’s rider combination. At the same time, the team combination Uchida and Lester slipped to 9th place, and Li Chao and Zhang Dasheng’s driver combination came in 7th. In the duel in the second half, Li Chao and Zhang Dasheng’s driver combination jumped from 7th to 1st with rich racing experience, and finally won the championship. Ochiai and Yazid finished in second place with Uchida and Lester behind. In the Lamborghini Cup category, Wang Liang and Yang Yuan achieved the first place, followed by Chien Jui Yu and Tai Wei En, and Chinese driver Li Lin won the third place.
After the two-day Shanghai race, the Blancpain-Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asian Challenge will land for the first time in June in Japan’s Suzuka Circuit.
2016 Blancpain-Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asian Challenge schedule
December 3-4 Valencia, Spain