I caught up with Malaysian Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia racer Zen Low, who is in Thailand this weekend looking to score another podium, hopefully the top step.
It’s not the first time Zen has raced around the Buriram circuit, having competed here last year in the GT Asia Series and Asian Le Mans Series. But it’s still a special race for him as he has a lot of Thai friends and supporters of the Aylezo Racing team who will be in force track-side.
After a bitter-sweet round 2 at Suzuka last month with Zen being ill and a number of problems with the car, but still finishing on the podium, the car seems to be fixed and he’s pumped for battle once again. “No doubt my last race was definitely the toughest because my body was so weak and I can barely hang on to my steering wheel,” said Zen. “Apart from being ill, it was my first time in Suzuka too. Suzuka is a very challenging circuit especially all the high speed blind corner which can provide quite a bit of beating to the driver’s body. For that weekend, I was quite happy just to finish the race but finishing on a podium with P3 was just an incredible feeling. It was just as good as a win for me. The problem on the car is now fixed. We managed to replaced a new gearbox in Buriram and few other components too. The car feel strong from today’s practice and we hope the car will stay strong and finish the race on top for this weekend.”
Aylezo Racing Team Manager Cheah Lai gave me an insight into the preparations for the car this weekend: “We came early in the week as we had to freshen up the gearbox. However while the engine was out we found some hairline cracks on the rear sub-frame and had to repair the cracks. What came next was a bigger problem. We found the left engine mount bracket broken! To access the bracket, the usual practice is to completely remove the engine from the car but thankfully with the ability of our guys we manage to replace the bracket without having to take the engine out. That saved us a lot of time. Now were working on the set up of the car and hope to find an edge over the other guys.”
The last two rounds of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia have been raced in miserable conditions, but Zen and his team mate Max Wiser have driven exceptionally well to finish on the podium 3 out of four times. So the team is looking forward to a dry and hot race in tropical Thailand.
“It’s very hot and humid during the day time but couple of shower in the evening,” explains Zen. “I prefer racing in the dry but my engineer always told me that I drive better in the wet.”
There will be two 50-minute sprint races at Buriram. Round 1 will start at 14:50 pm (ICT) Saturday, July 23, with Round 2 on Sunday July 24 at 12.20 pm (ICT). Qualifying begins at 10:25 am on Saturday July 23.