Wednesday, Oct 23 09:38am
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Lamborghini title on the line for Chris van der Drift

Top honours are on offer for Chris van der Drift and co-driver Evan Chen this week in Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia.

Just two points split van der Drift and Chen (129 points) from the Pro series leaders Takashi Kasai and Juuso Puhakka (131 points) of FFF Racing.

The five-round series comes to an end this week at Circuito de Jerez in Spain where the Super Trofeo series from Asia, North America and Europe congregate for the World Final.

Pro, Pro-Am, Am and Lamborghini Cup titles will be decided this week with back-to-back races before select teams take part in the World Final. The all-in final pits the best drivers from the three regions across the four classes against each other to determine the best in the division.

The focus for van der Drift and Chen this weekend is firmly on the Asia title. The team won’t contest the World Final with Chen set to contest the FIA Motorsport Games in Vallelunga, Italy.

A maximum of 32 points is on offer. So far this season the Gama Racing duo of van der Drift and Chen have been the class of the field with six wins. However, a disqualification in Suzuka, Japan swung the momentum towards Kasai and Puhakka.

While van der Drift is vying for a title, fellow countryman Brendon Leitch will be looking to finish his season on a high for Leipert Racing in the Pro-Am field. He lies second in the standings and can win the Pro-Am title if he wins both races and main title rivals Afiq Yazid and Toshiyuki Ochiai suffer back-to-back DNFs.

The two races that comprise the sixth round will be held together with the final doubleheader of Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America.

Two free practice sessions will take place the morning of Thursday before two back-to-back qualifying sessions in the afternoon. An action-packed Friday will feature Race 1 at 9:00 pm NZST and Race 2 at 2:00 am NZST on Saturday.

The following day the Lamborghini Super Trofeo World Final gets underway, with the Am and Lamborghini Cup drivers in one group and the Pro and Pro-Am drivers racing together.

Following back-to-back qualifying sessions, Race 1 for the Am and Lamborghini Cup drivers takes place at 2:00 am NZST on Sunday, ahead of the Pro and Pro-Am Race 1 at 4:00 am NZST.

Race 2 will first see the Am and Lamborghini Cup drivers race for the final time this season at 10:30 pm NZST on Sunday, before the Pro and Pro-Am drivers race at 2:00 am NZST on Monday.