Marco Giltrap and Chris van der Drift have stormed to victory in the opening Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia race at Inje Speedium in South Korea this weekend. The win makes it five overall victories in seven attempts this season for the pair and sees them continue to build on a hefty championship lead.
A superb opening stint for Giltrap paved the way for van der Drift to power the Lamborghini Auckland-entered, Absolute Racing-run entry to a comfortable 45-second margin over the #16 entry of Weian Chen and Jiatong Liang at the chequered flag.
Having qualified second for the race, Giltrap quickly slotted into position off the start as pole-sitter Dan Wells launched well and pulled clear into Turn 1.
Wells built a gap over the opening stages, pulling 1.4 seconds clear on Lap 1 and extending that to over 3 seconds after 15 minutes of racing. Giltrap responded to the leader’s pace over the laps that followed, reducing the margin to only several car lengths as the pit window opened mid-race.
The Lamborghini Auckland entry took the lead once the pit window closed, with van der Drift putting on a master class at the front once again to put a big gap over the field.
Third-placed John Kwon had dropped far behind ahead of the window, leaving van der Drift alone up front to build a gap after the Wells and Oscar Lee entry was forced to retire from the race.
By the chequered flag, van der Drift had pulled over 45 seconds clear of second-placed Chen and Liang while Changwoo Lee and Kwon rounded out the podium.
Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia returns for one final race at Inje Speedium tonight at 6.15 pm, with van der Drift starting off the front row.
The race will be streamed live on the Lamborghini Squadra Corse YouTube page.
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