Ate de Jong and Charlie Robertson have won Race 4 of the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup in the #67 PRT Racing Ginetta LMP3, finishing ahead of the #27 Nexus Infinity ADESS 03 and the #48 PS Racing ADESS 03. The GTCup class was won by the #77 Team NZ Porsche GT3 Cup for the second time this weekend, ahead of the #28 Team Lotus HK Lotus Evora GTC.
Leading from start to finish, the #67 PRT Racing Ginetta LMP3 took a great start from 3rd on the grid with Charlie Robertson at the wheel, who made the most of the #1 DC Racing Ligier losing a tyre on the warm up lap, and managed to overtake the #94 WINEURASIA Ligier JSP3 in one of the first corners. Robertson managed to fend off his rivals and created an impressive gap of over 45 seconds to the car in second place by the time the pit window opened, as well as setting the quickest race lap of 2:01.860. Behind him, there was a great battle for second place between Aidan Read in the #94 WINEURASIA Ligier JSP3 and Garnet Patterson in the #27 Nexus Infinity ADESS 03, that was cut short when the #94 stopped on track due to a broken driveshaft. Patterson in the #27 took advantage of that and kept a hold of 2nd place, which he then handed over to Adrian D’Silva to bring home for their podium finish, a great result after having missed Race 3 due to gearbox issues and only receiving a replacement Sunday morning.
“I did exactly what I wanted to do,” said Charlie Robertson. “I knew I had to get a good start. Luck did play a part, with James having an issue on the rolling lap, but you know, you get bad luck as well as good luck so you’ve got to take advantage when you do get the luck. I managed to get Aiden into the first corner, and I knew from then on I just had to push. I was hoping to get a 10 second gap before the pitstop, before handing over to Ate. We did that, but after the Ligier (#94 WINEURAISIA) had an issue, which was good for us, we managed to have a comfortable lead and when I handed it to Ate, he just extended it. I said yesterday that we were hoping to move up to second, and to hopefully trying to win soon, and to get a win the very next day is amazing. PRT Racing did a fantastic job, Ate drove excellently, and the Ginetta was amazing.”
Newcomers to the series, Ringo Chong and Alan Yeo in the #48 PS Racing ADESS 03, which had to miss out on both free practice sessions due to the car arriving late on Friday, made it to third place and are very happy with their podium. The #1 DC Racing Ligier came 4th in LMP3, after having received a 1-minute stop&go penalty for taking a short-cut back to the pits when losing a wheel. Jamie Winslow had been making steady progress back up the field, and was the quickest car in the 2nd half of the race, but there wasn’t enough time left to fight for a podium place.
In the GTCup class, the battle was between the #77 Team NZ Porsche GT3 Cup of John Curran and Graeme Dowsett, and the #28 Team Lotus HK Lotus Evora GTC with Anthony Chan and Dominic Ang sharing the wheel. The #77 Porsche GT3 Cup had to start from the back of the grid despite getting pole in qualifying, but managed to take a good start and kept ahead of the #28 Lotus Evora GTC for the rest of the race.
The CN entry, the #68 PS Racing Ligier JS 53 started off strongly with Iori Kimura at the wheel, but started suffering from gearbox and electrical issues, and unfortunately finished the race in the pits.
Following the results this weekend, this means that Ate de Jong and Charlie Robertson are now leading the driver’s points with 73 points each, with Jamie Winslow only 9 points behind. Their win today also boosts their team to the top of the leader board for the teams.
In the GTCup class, Anthony Chan and Dominic Ang are still holding onto their lead in the points with 81, but thanks to their two wins and one pole position, Graeme Dowsett and John Curran are now at 75 points and closing in fast. This also means that the #28 Team Lotus HK is leading the GTCup teams points.
The final round of the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup is less than a month away, with Races 5 and 6 taking place on the 3rd and 4th of September, and the drivers are all already itching to get back on the track. See you there to find out who will be crowned champion of the first ever Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup, and win an entry into the Asian Le Mans Series, which starts at the end of October in Zhuhai, China.
ALMS Sprint Cup Race 1
ALMS Sprint Cup Race 2
Drivers Classifications After Round 2
Team Classifications After Round 2