Jono Lester sits third in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia standings after the opening round at Shanghai International Circuit over the weekend; the Kiwi GT driver scoring pole position, fourth and third placings alongside Yasuyuki Uchida in the #23 Air-J Lamborghini Huracan.
With no previous experience at the Shanghai F1 circuit – or in the Lamborghini Huracan LP620-2 platform used in this one-make series – Lester quickly acclimatized with Japanese team Direction Racing to score an emphatic wet pole position on Saturday in treacherous conditions.
A dry race day netted fourth place in the opening race, while in the second a come-from-behind performance from Lester secured a late podium result after first corner, first lap contact between Uchida and Italian driver Max Wiser, resulting in a spin which dropped the #23 to rear of field.
A niggling gearbox problem throughout the race held Lester & Uchida back from a higher result, nevertheless the podium finish locked away precious points for the pairing in their 2016 title tilt.
“We had every possible scenario thrown at us this weekend; from rain, to car problems, to some contact and dramas in the races,” reflected Jono. “But there’s a resilience about this team that I’m already really enjoying and it’s just fantastic to not only be racing again, but to be back in Asia with a Japanese team, a fantastic co-driver in Uchida and this monstrous Lamborghini machine to do it all in! Suzuka is next up, and I’ve had success there before in Super Taikyu so I think it’s a real shot for Uchida and I to challenge for victory.”