There has been a steady stream of cars arriving in Malaysia ahead of the historical opening round of the TCR Asia Series this weekend at Sepang (4-6 September), amongst those the three-car Roadstar Racing outfit has certainly attracted a lot of attention in pit lane.
Hong Kong’s Samson Chan, Macau’s Filipe Clemente de Souza and Masahiko Ida from Japan will campaign the three pristine Seat León Cup cars in the four-round inaugural season of TCR Asia Series, which joins the TCR International Series at Singapore, Thailand and Macau.
“Walking down pit lane and watching the activity taking place in the garages as we get closer to this incredible first event has been a real joy,” David Sonenscher, the TCR Asia Series promoter and the Asian region’s representative of WSC Ltd admitted.
“The Series has done just what we’ve asked of it, and attracted a variety of teams from all over the Asian region, and Roadstar is one of those that has seen the benefit of what this emerging new concept is all about.”
The driver lineup of the new Roadstar TCR Asia team sees some serious experience on the circuits of Asia shared between the trio.
Samson Chan has more than 20-years competition experience in Asia, in everything from open-wheelers to sporstcars. Clemente de Souza has competed in the Macau Touring Car Championship over many seasons with a best placing of third in 2009, and he was also a competitor in the World Touring Car Championship between 2011 and 2014.
The third member of the team – Masahiko Ida – has been mixing business with racing since 1997, as the founder of the iconic Japanese braking brand DIXCEL – a long-time supporter of Asian motorsport. He has competed in a variety of series over the years including the hotly contested Japanese Super GT series, and Audi R8 LMS Cup.
The official leg of the opening event on the 2015 TCR Asia Series calendar gets underway on Friday, 4 September with tow 30-minute official practice sessions, although teams have been on-site at Sepang and testing for much of the week in preparation for this historic event.
All details of the weekend will be updated on the www.asia.tcr-series.com website, and through www.facebook.com/tcrasiaseries and www.twitter.com/tcrasiaseries
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