The 2018 Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia 2018 season got off to a glorious start at Sepang International Circuit, with FFF Racing Team’s Andrea Amici and Artur Janosz taking a dominant lights to flag victory with the new Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo EVO on its series debut. They proved untouchable as they finished just under 30 seconds ahead of Top Speed Racing Team’s Armaan Ebrahim and Anindith Reddy. Britons Jack Bartholomew and James Pull took third in the Pro class with the second FFF Racing Team car, and fourth overall.
For the Pro-Am class, Akihiro Asai and Evan Chen pulled off a superb drive to take Pro-Am honours and finish third overall for Gama Racing, just ahead of HoJust Racing’s Takeshi Matsumoto and Toshiyuki Ochiai. The Pro-Am podium was rounded out by Leipert’s Mikko Eskelinen and Juuso Puhakka. In the Am class meanwhile, PSC’s Thai brothers Sarun and Saravut Sereethoranakul took a strong lights to flag class win, with Andrew Haryanto managing to finish second after recovering from his mid-race spin. Third place in Am was taken by Ken Urata and Daisuke Matsunaga for FPC Racing. Clement Li and Paul Wong won the season’s first Lamborghini Cup for new team 852 Challengers, putting in a superb drive to stay ahead of the hard-charging Gabriele Murroni of GDL Racing.
At the rolling start, Leipert’s Richard Muscat launched hard and charged up from the grid’s third row, taking the inside to claim second place into turns 1 & 2, while Pull was pushed onto the outside line and dropped down to fifth place heading to turn 3. Janosz charged off with the aim of stretching his lead advantage, opening up a wide gap on Muscat as the others battled for position behind them. Chen pulled off an expert overtake on Sarun, taking third overall on lap 3.
With Janosz powering on and extending his lead, Muscat was struck by unexpected bad luck with technical issues forcing him to retire, bringing his pursuit of the race lead to an end. Ebrahim began to drop back from Janosz just before the pit stop window, while Bartholomew started closing in on Matsumoto’s HoJust Racing car. Janosz completed a stormingly fast stint before pitting, passing the reins over to Amici with a huge lead to his advantage and helping him dominate the rest of the race.
Asai took over from Chen, and managed to pass Ochiai to take third overall with the Pr-Am lead. Bartholomew was Ochiai’s next challenger, with the Briton fighting his way alongside before diving down the inside line into turn 1 to take fourth. Reddy kept his wits about him while staying ahead of the rest of the pack, taking a solid Pro-Am class win for Gama Racing while leaving Asai and Bartholomew to fight their way to the chequered flag ahead of him.