Round four of the 2016 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Asia series will arrive back in Sepang next week, pitting local heroes, seasoned veterans and passionate amateurs against one another for the coveted podium. Sepang is a repeat fixture for the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo, with the 2014 World Final held at the world famous track. Measuring in at just over 5.54km, the top tier course was designed by celebrated track engineer Hermann Tilke and plays host to the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix and MotoGP events.
Local fans will be delighted to see Malaysian PRO driver Afiq Yazid return to the series this year, his familiarity with the home circuit set to stand him in good favor, as the Young Driver Program graduate and his Japanese teammate, Toshiyuki Ochiai, take on rival teams. After round 3, Yazid and Ochiai are currently leading the series by 17 points, making them the favorite for champion. After being robbed of a top spot at last year’s KL City Grand Prix, Afiq is no doubt looking to set the record straight.
This year marks a number of firsts for the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo; it is the first time the Huracán, Lamborghini’s newest purpose-built race car, will line up solo on the grid. In addition, two new tracks have been added to the Asia series roster, with round 2 of the series held in Japan at Suzuka in June, and the previous round held at the Buriram United International Circuit in July.
The Super Trofeo Asia series, now in its fifth season, continues to grow year on year, with last year’s introduction of the Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo spurning fresh interest among both veteran and new racers. Along with repeat series contenders, the competition sees a number of new entries this year, including a number of new drivers from China. Racers from eight nations across Asia will compete for the championship lead in a thrilling continuation of the series.
Racing in the championship is divided into three separate podiums, recognizing the breadth of talent in the Super Trofeo field. After each race, there is a podium for the top three finishers in the Overall and Pro-AM, AM and Lamborghini Cup (for new drivers and rookies) classes. The championship provides exciting action for professional and aspiring professional drivers alike.
The Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo adopts the same V10 direct injection engine mounted on the road car, managed by a Motec control unit that delivers a maximum output of 620 horsepower. The frame is a hybrid carbon/aluminum construction with modified geometries to house an improved radiator up front and better accommodate the racing gearbox at the rear, which also provides better aerodynamics.
There will be two 50-minute sprint races at Sepang. Race 1 will start at 09:54 am (MYT) Sunday, August 14, with Race 2 on Sunday August 14 at 14.20 pm (MYT). Qualifying begins at 15:45 pm (MYT) on Saturday August 13.