Double podium for Eurosports Auto Lamborghini – deLaCour GT3 in GT Asia

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Eurosports Auto Lamborghini – deLaCour GT3 Race Car Scores Double Podium On Debut at Twin Ring Motegi in the GT Asia Series

Eurosport Auto and Lamborghini Singapore have scored a hugely impressive double podium in rounds one and two of the 2013 GT Asia Series held at the famous Twin Ring Motegi, Japan over the weekend.

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After huge success in 2012 while competing in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia Cup, the team have taken the step-up this year to compete in the Internationally famous GT3 category and have joined the GT Asia Series with a brand new 2013 Reiter Lamborghini GT3 FL2 race car.

The team is honoured to welcome the elegant and exclusive deLaCour watch brand as the main partner on their Lamborghini GT3 race car. The team also welcomes back German premium automotive brand OWS who have been a valuable partner to the team and driver for the past few seasons and enjoyed huge success and numerous wins together.

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Drivers for this season in the GT Asia Series will see the continuation of Eurosports Auto’s own inhouse gun pro-driver Ro Charlz spearheading the assault, paired with the experienced Tunku Hammam of Malaysia who is back racing after a two year sabbatical.

The GT Asia Series is the premiere GT racing series in Asia and see’s the worlds top GT3 race cars from all top marques compete head-to-head on the best tracks in the region. Each GT3 race car in the GT Asia series is driven by one or two drivers; one pro-driver and one non-pro-driver. Car and driver pairings are equalised via a ‘balance of performance’ weight handicap ensuring the field is close in pace.

Cars using two drivers must do a driver-change pit stop during each one hour long race which ensures strategy and tactics play a vital role as well as outright speed. There are two x 1 hour long races at each event (race one on Saturday and race two on Sunday) and
each driver takes a turn in qualifying and starting a race each respectively before handing over to his team mate.

As the Series rolled into the famous Twin Ring Motegi race track (located 2 hours north of Tokyo), the team spent the first few days preparing and setting-up the beautiful brand new Lamborghini GT3 race car, which was flown in directly from the factory in Europe.

The whole team was excited to get their hands on the new Lamborghini GT3 race car and the performance did not disappoint with the team on the pace right away as the weekends on track activities began with testing and Official Practice on the Thursday and Friday leading up to the weekends races.

The teams lead driver Ro Charlz done a spectacular job in qualifying to put the car on the second row of the grid in qualifying, despite it being the teams first weekend with the race car and his first time in the car.

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Race One
Saturdays race one got underway in treacherous conditions as huge storms had blown in and hovered around the circuit. Ro Charlz started race one in the Lamborghini deLaCour GT3 race car and got off to a cautious start dropping to P6th on the opening lap as Audi factory team drivers Alex Yoong (ex-F1 driver) and Marchy Lee (World Touring Car driver) pushed past. From there Charlz made calculated moves and picked his way back through the pack and found himself battling for 1st position as the race met the halfway point. Charlz pulled alongside factory Aston Martin driver Stephan Mucke and the two had a spirited battle as both cars pitted in to make their mandatory driver change.

Tunku Hammam of Malaysia then took over the driving duties in the deLaCour Lamborghini however the team lost a bit of time during their pit stop driver change. Meanwhile Frank Yu took over the driving duties from Stephen Mucke in the Craft Racing Aston Martin and the battle continued.

Hammam drove a stellar race despite a small error as he left the pits which saw him run wide and off-track at turn one. Hammam manage to re-group and put on a strong comeback drive to bring the deLaCour Lamborghini home in 3rd position in the teams first appearance. The drive was even more impressive considering it was Hammam’s first race back behind the wheel after a two year
sabbatical.

The deLaCour Lamborghini’s pace was also shown by the fact that Ro Charlz scored the fastest overall lap in the tricky wet conditions, a great achievement considering the calibre of the pro driver field and that it was the teams first outing.

Race Two
Sunday’s race two got underway at midday under clear sunny skies, a stark contrast to the previous days racing events. Tunku Hammam took the start for race two and got off to a great start and managed to work his way past both the Audi R8 LMS car of Dilantha and the Ford GT of Samson with two great overtaking passes bring him up to P5.. Hammam then drove a solid race and handed the car over to Charlz during the pit stop. The team again lost a little time in the driver change and saw Charlz exit the pits in P7. Charlz continued in usual fighting spirit and fought through the pack to end the race in P3 overall.

Driver Quotes:

Ro Charlz
“This has been a great opening race event for us in the GT Asia Series considering we have a brand new race car and we haven’t had the chance to run the car before this weekend. The deLaCour Lamborghini is a great race car and the team done a great job all weekend! Special thanks to Melvin and Andy Goh and everyone at Lamborghini Singapore/ Eurosports Auto who helped make this possible in such a tight time frame. I’m very happy to be paired with Tunku Hammam as once again he showed that despite some time away from racing he’s a real fighter behind the wheel and a true racer.

I’d also like to thank deLaCour for joining us this year as it’s a great honour to have such a prestigious brand on our race car and the deLaCour Lamborghini looks really amazing on the track. It’s great to have OWS back this year as well. We are proud to have OWS involved as we are huge believers in their automotive products range and we want to thank Klaus Bosshammer for his continued support.’

Tunku Hammam
“This has been a great comeback race event for me so i’d like to thank all who made it possible. The car is fantastic and it’s great to be paired up with a young fast driver like Charlz in this great team. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season in the GT Asia series and we will continue to fight up the front of the field in the spectacular deLaCour Lamborghini GT3 race car.”

About the deLaCour Lamborghini GT3 Team and Drivers
The team is headed by Eurosports Auto’s own Ro Charlz (pro-driver) and Malaysia’s Tunku Hammam (non-pro driver). Both drivers have very successful careers with countless wins and championships between them. The race car preparation is overseen at each event by one of Asia top teams- Clearwater Racing.

About the GT Asia Series
The GT Asia Series is the premiere GT racing series in Asia and see’s the worlds top GT3 race cars from all top marques compete head-to-head on the best tracks in the region. Each GT3 race car is driven by one or two race drivers; one pro-driver and one non-pro-driver. Car and driver pairings are equalised via a ‘balance of performance’ weight handicap ensuring the field is close in pace.

Cars using two drivers must do a driver-change pit stop during each one hour long race which ensures strategy and tactics play a vital role as well as outright speed. Each race weekend is made up of two x 1 hour races (race one on Saturday and race two on Sunday) and each driver takes a turn in qualifying and starting a race each respectively before handing over to his team mate.

The field is one of the most competitive in Asia with Ex-F1, DTM, World Touring Car Championship and Super GT drivers competing as well as the regions top gentlemen drivers. The GT Asia Series will end it’s 2013 Championship at the infamous daunting Macau Grand Prix in November. The GT Asia Series enjoys huge international TV coverage and is covered by the regions top automotive and luxury media outlets.

2013 Schedule
10-12 May Twin Ring Motegi Japan
28-30 June Okayama Circuit Japan
12-14 July Fuji Speedway Japan
13-15 September Sepang International Circuit Malaysia
11-13 October Zhuhai International Raceway China
15-17 November Macau Grand Prix Macau

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