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Chris van der Drift bounces back to take Super Trofeo Asia win

After a penalty deprived them of a podium, Chris van der Drift an Evan Chen have taken Race 2 victory in Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia at Shanghai International Circuit.


Series debutant Maximme Jousse started from pole position for the second race of the weekend, but Chen soon got the advantage and made his way past the Frenchman at the first corner.


Chen attempted to pull a gap, but Jousse piled on the pressure in the opening laps and the Gama Racing driver was forced to push harder. Championship leader Takashi Kasai, meanwhile, was down in sixth, but quickly moved up the order and was battling Toshiyuki Ochiai, who was now fourth, finding a way past on Lap 7.


Brendon Leitch’s teammate Massimo Vignali was among the first drivers to make the mandatory pit stop, handing over to the Kiwi. A lap later, Chen, who had nearly a two-second lead of Jousse, handed driving duties over to van der Drift, while Kasai and Ochiai also came in for their pit stops. Norman Nato took over from Jousse a lap later.


Once the pit window had closed, van der Drift had already established a more than six second lead over Nato, with Juuso Puhakka of FFF Racing Team a further 14 seconds adrift. Yazid was fourth overall and leading the Pro-Am class, while a battle loomed between Am rivals Saravut and Han. Murroni continued to lead the Lamborghini Cup, ahead of yh Racing Team’s Matsuda.


Van der Drift continued to build a lead and by the end of Lap 18 there was more than 10 seconds separating the Gama Racing driver from his rival. That was the way is stayed as van der Drift and Chen cruised across the line to take another win.


Jousse and Nato came home second for Kamlung Racing Team while Takashi Kasai and Juuso Puhakka claimed third.


Further afield, Leitch managed to claim fifth overall after storming from outside of the top 10 in his stint. He managed to pass Leipert Motorsport teammates Philip Kadoorie and Dan Wells on the final lap to claim second in Pro-Am as well behind class series leaders Yazid and Ochiai.


With the Asian rounds of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia complete, the series heads to Jerez de la Frontera next month in Spain for the season-deciding Round 6, just before the highly anticipated Lamborghini Super Trofeo World Final which brings together drivers from the Asia, Europe and North America series.


Currently van der Drift and Chen lie just two points in arrears of Kasai and Puhakka in the Pro ranks. Leitch sits second in Pro-Am, 28 points behind Yazid and Ochiai.