A short rainfall before the start of the Asian Le Mans Race 5 proved to be a challenge for most teams on tire choices. With some team opting for wet, most of the other teams went for slick although it was declared a wet race.
The rolling start saw pole sitter DC Racing team trying to pull away from the rest but Team Nexis Infinity, who was in second and local outfit Team Aylezo, who made a good start going into 3rd from 4th position stayed on the tail of DC Racing’s Ligier JSP3. There were a few exchanges for the second position between Nexis’s ADESS 03 and Aylezo’s Ginetta LMP3. At one point, Team Aylezo was even going for the number one spot but a spun at turn 12 made them lost valuable time and Team Nexis took advantage of it to move into second. Wineruasia who started from the pit due to technical issue made fantastic progress driving consistently eventually moving up to the top spot after the pit stop.
After the change of driver, Team Aylezo again made ground and moved back to second place before edging close to Wineurasia who moved into the number one spot by then. Zen Low, the second driver for Team Aylezo came close to taking lead when another spun at turn 7 cost them the spot. However they have maintained a close 30 seconds lead from the DC Racing who eventually finish the race in third spot.
It was indeed a sweet and unexpected success for Team Aylezo seeing that they came into the sprint race purely to shake down their Ginetta and was not even in the contention for the championship.
PS Racing, the sole entry in the CN class did really well coming in at 4th overall taking on even the other LMP3 bigger boys.
The GT Cup saw a great comeback for Team NZ in their Porsche GT3 to finish first in its class taking advantage of Team Lotus HK who did not finish the race.
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