Sunday’s final race of the 2017 Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup saw the completion of a near perfect weekend at Sepang International Circuit for the title winning WIN Motorsport squad, their #1 Ligier JSP3 completing a clean sweep of double pole position and double race winning form over the weekend.
Sunday’s race though saw team owner and 2017 Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup Drivers Champion racing solo after his Saturday co-driver Scott Andrews fell ill overnight with a bout of flu counting him out of Race 2.
That left Lok to start from the rear of the grid but he was soon back in contention for the lead, passed an out of sorts Shinyo Sano in his #99 TKS Ginetta LMP3 after 15 minutes, the Ginetta having led from the start, and went on to take the win comfortably, despite the searing heat of the day.
“I’m delighted with the whole team, and I’m very proud indeed to be bringing the first successful Hong Kong-based prototype team to race, and now title, winning success. It’s been an ideal building block for all of us in preparing for the Asian Le Mans Series.”
The TKS Ginetta, after retiring from yesterday’s race with a failed starter, managed to fend off the #27 Infinity Racing Engineering Adess 03 of Douglas Khoo through to the pitstops, but the faster pace of the second Adess Driver, Dominic Ang, saw the Ginetta reeled in rapidly, the #27 crew going on to seal second place in the title stakes courtesy of a pair of second place finishes over the weekend with the Ginetta coming home to complete another Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup podium featuring three different LMP3 chassis.
GT Cup saw the #77 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Team NZ pair of John Curran and Graeme Dowsett comfortably hold off the challenge from #15 PAS Macau Racing pairing of Eurico de Jesus and ‘Kelvin’ Wong Kian Kuan.
That saw the #77 team confirm the class title, Dowsett taking the driver’s title courtesy of being an ever present with the team throughout their appearances this season.
In the GT class the Arrows Engineering Lamborghini squad and driver Michael Choi took the title despite a weekend to forget, the #98 Gallardo GT3 excluded from Saturday’s race for coming back to the pits after a puncture without taking the pit entry, the car, in the hands of Michael Choi making a good start to Sunday’s race but stopping on the start finish straight after a gearbox issue.
Their title rivals in the #92 Team AAI BMW Z4 GT3 though were unable to take the start on Sunday after overnight engine troubles could not be fixed. The Lamborghini team, and Michael Choi, taking the teams and drivers titles.
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