Aston Martin and McLaren takes one pole each

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GT Asia Series 2013
Twin Ring Motegi – Qualifying 1 & 2

Stefan Mucke time in Qualifying 1 for Team R8 LMS Ultra whilst reigning GT Asia Series Champion, Mok Weng Sun took pole for Q2 at Twin Ring Motegi. In GTM, Asai Akihiro set the fastest time in Q1 in the Audi R8 LMS whilst Tohjiro Azuma went fastest in the Ferrari 458 Challenge in Q2.

The weather did not hold up, as it started to drizzle midway through the first Qualifying session out at turn five and it proceeded to get progressively wetter through Q2.

Mucke is sharing driving duties with Frank Yu in Craft Racing’s Aston Martin Vantage V12 GT3. Yu and his team decided not to go out on new tyres in Q2 but to use Mucke’s used tyres from Q1 and they then pitted after setting a few fast laps during the damp conditions. The team will start in fifth for race 2.


Mok was able to set consistent laptimes in the McLaren 12C GT3 and was quite happy to note that the slight improvement in his time over Q1 gave him pole for Round 2. He expects a very close race this weekend between the top eight drivers.

Only one second separates the top six drivers, whilst the seventh and eighth drivers are just a few hundredths of a second behind them.

It will also be very competitive in the GTM Class, Akihiro will be sharing driving duties with Billy Fung, who had a spin on the slippery track during the second Qualifying session. The duo can expect a tough challenge from Francis Tjia and Wayne Shen, both driving the Porsche 997 Cup 3.8, as well as the Japanese driver pairing of Naoryu and Azuma from Age Age Racing in the Ferrari 458.

The GT Asia Series continues with Round 1 held at Twin Ring Motegi on Saturday, 11 May 2013 at 4pm (local time). Round 2 is scheduled to be held at 12.10pm on Sunday 12 May.

The 2013 GT Asia Series is supported by Yokohama ADVAN, Graham Timekeepers, KW Automotive, AutoArt, Tunewear and RaceRoom and is jointly organised by Motorsport Asia and Supercar Club Hong Kong.

Cheryl Tay

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