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Edoardo Mortara was sitting on pole determined on upsetting local champion Alex Yoong who was focused on the second row of the grid in fourth position. Alessio Picariello sitting in second with a performance ballast of 35 kilograms, in front of Rahel Frey in third place.

Champion Alex Yoong leads the pack.

Champion Alex Yoong leads the pack.

As the cars crossed the line for the rolling start and the lights went out Alessio and Mortara were side-by-side dragging down the home straight.

Unable to split the two front runners, Yoong darted to the far left of the track and like a bullet, took the lead into Turn 1, with Rahel Frey being squeezed out to settle for fourth place behind Picariello and Mortara.

With the top seven drivers bunched up for the first two laps Yoong was able to storm off into the lead, while further down the field Patel was trying everything he could to pass Marchy Lee.

The Amatuer class was putting on a show with less than one second between the top three drivers. Jeffrey Lee would later pull away to secure the win while Vincent Florendino working hard to fend off an eager Huang who was foxing behind attempting to dive on the inside on several turns before going wide onto the grass at Turn 14, forcing him to settle for second.

Jeffrey Lee Team Audi Volkswagen Taiwan.

Jeffrey Lee Team Audi Volkswagen Taiwan.

As the leaders were spreading out more, there were close battles down the grid, most notably new driver Nandy fighting hard for tenth position against You.

Ten laps to go and rookie winner from the last round Martin Rump had fallen from fifth to eighth mainly due to his 50 kilogram performance ballast.

Edoardo wasn’t letting Yoong have an easy race sitting comfortably only 1.5 seconds behind the leader, while Rahel Frey out-braked Picariello into Turn Two to take third position. Now Rahel had free space in front of her she was able to power towards Mortara in the final stages, but there wasn’t enough time for her to grab second spot, having to settle for third position.

A dominant lights-to-flag victory for the hometown reigning champion Alex Yoong, and taking the lead in the championship over Alessio Picariello.

Alex Yoong Audi TEDA Racing Team takes the chequered flag to victory in Race 1.

Alex Yoong Audi TEDA Racing Team takes the chequered flag to victory in Race 1.

“It’s a real relief,” said winner Alex Yoong. “Discussing with my engineers to use new tyres for race one was risky but we had to make use of it. After a great start I had perfect four laps and was able to settle in the lead. It’s been great winning on my home turf in front of my family, friends and supporters.”

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