Andrea Amici and Artur Janosz took home a second win in a row after the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia’s Round 2 at Sepang International Circuit, carrying on their scorchingly fast start to the 2018 season. Britons Jack Bartholomew and James Pull crossed the line in second with the sister car, while Takeshi Matsumoto and Toshiyuki Ochiai took third overall and the Pro-Am class win for HoJust Racing. Leipert’s Mikko Eskelinen and Juuso Puhakka came second in Pro-Am, with Evan Chen and Akihiro Asai taking third in class for Gama Racing after setting an impressive pace throughout the race.
PSC’s Thai brothers Sarun and Saravut Sereethoranakul of PSC continued acing the Am class with a second victory ahead of Andrew Haryanto, while FPC Racing’s Daisuke Matsunaga and Ken Urata claimed the last Am podium place. Clement Li and Paul Wong of 852 Challengers continued to impress in their Super Trofeo debut weekend by taking a second Lamborghini Cup win in a row, with GDL Racing Team’s Gabriele Murroni finishing a very close second just behind them.
Leipert’s unfortunate fortunes continued as Ben Gersekowski’s #2 car was pushed from the grid, retiring with technical issues once again. This moved Eskelinen and Puhakka’s Pro-Am sister car up to pole position, however once the race started Amici fired off like a bullet from fifth and instantly pushed in alongside Bartholomew and Puhakka. With the three of them going wheel-to-wheel into the corner, Amici succeeded in securing the lead and set off to perform a repeat of his dominant Round 1 performance.
He managed to build a 1.420 second advantage over Bartholomew by lap 2, with Puhakka running third overall with the Pro-Am class lead. Bartholomew was being constantly challenged by Puhakka, enabling Amici to continue increasing his lead advantage. Cedric Sbirrazzuoli of Azlezo Motorsport pushed hard and grabbed fourth place from Ochiai on lap 3. The 3 front runners pushed hard as their battle intensified, with the Finn achieving the race’s quickest Pro-Am lap time while fighting to pull clear of his competitors.
The competition in Am class was equally intense, with Top Speed Racing’s Haryanto ploughing his way up from the back of the grid and putting himself in position to challenge Urata for class leading honors by the fourth lap. Driving solo, he stumbled on lap 7 by overtaking Urata but then immediately running up the kerb which cost him 15 seconds. Haryanto nevertheless kept his wits about him and began unflinchingly clawing back the deficit while he hunted Urata down.
Race leader Amici handed over to Janosz without drama during the pit window, and the Pole set a fast pace right from the word go, quickly setting the race’s fastest lap record on his way to taking a dominant victory for FFF Racing. Puhakka and Sbirrazzuoli opted to stay out later before pitting with the Finn seeking to make full use of the clear track to extend his lead in the Pro-Am class. Sbirrazzuoli still managed to shorten the gap between them before passing the car over to Prabakaran Kumar of Malaysia.
Haryanto made another ballsy move on Urata by overtaking him at the pit entry, but failed to slow down enough and ended up in the gravel trap while the Japanese driver pitted and handed things over to his FPC Racing teammate Matsunaga. Moving into the second half of the race, leader Janosz extended another impressive advantage over Pull who inherited second place from Bartholomew. Eskelinen led the Pro-Am class with Matsumoto in second, but the Japanese driver was charging hard through a fast stint and driving 2 seconds a lap quicker than the Finn.
Sarun Sereethoranakul had managed to put the PSC car in the Am lead after taking over from his brother, but Haryanto never gave up was right on his tail after overtaking Urata’s team mate Matsunaga. Sarun held the class lead past the finish line, though Haryanto’s second place in class was indeed a hard-fought, well-deserved podium finish. The Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia will pick up the action again when it heads to Buriram International Circuit in Thailand on May 12-13th for Rounds 3 and 4.
Artur Janosz #63 FFF Racing Team – Pro Winner Round 2
“It could not have been a better weekend! P1 in qualifying and we won both races, so absolutely amazing. Thank you to Andrea for doing an extremely good start today – it was such a pleasure to drive with him – and also to the team for making the car very, very good.”
Andrea Amici #63 FFF Racing Team – Pro Winner Round 2
“It was an excellent for me. The car was great and the team did a great job. I’m very positive looking ahead to the whole year. I hope we can win the following races in the same way. See you in Thailand!”
Toshiyuki Ochiai #38 HoJust Racing – Pro-Am Winner Round 2
“Matsumoto was very fast in that last stint. Yesterday, we had a little bit of an overheating issue. But today it was fixed, and we’re number one. From now on, number one all the way to the championship!”
Sarun Sereethoranakul #57 PSC – Am Winner Round 2
“It has been a great weekend. This is a hard track but it’s fun to learn. I’m from Thailand, so I am looking forward to Buriram. I know the track well so I think we can do well there.”
Clement Li #44 852 Challengers – Lamborghini Cup Winner Round 2
“We didn’t really expect two wins in two races, but we’re trying our best. It was a very close race and we only just finished in front of [Murroni]. The margin was better than in F1! We’re the only ones from Hong Kong, so we represent the city in this series.”