Winner – Edmund Wong (Hong Kong Sim Racing) 79 laps, 2:26:04.769
Fastest Lap – Edmund Wong (Hong Kong Sim Racing) 1:45.332
Hong Kong Sim Racing’s Edmund Wong has taken victory in Round 6 of the 2018 RF2 Asia Endurance Series to take him into second place in the championship. Having started in pole position due to series leader Pim Van Ark’s non attendance for the race, Wong was immediately challenged by the speed of Fair Racing Team’s Paul Holt. Holt passed Wong on lap four and built a small, but noticeable lead over the Hong Kong driver until pitting on lap 24. Wong pushed and maintained his lead even after his stop on lap 34. The split strategy chase was on and looking like going the distance. However, Holt suffered a crashed PC on lap 51 and unfortunately had to retire. With only two LMP2 class cars in action at Suzuka, Wong simply held on to take a dominant win. With the 25 points earned Wong has offset some of those which were lost by not taking part in Rounds two and three. Could this be the turning point in the championship for the Hong Kong driver? With 45 points separating him from Van Ark in front and just three rounds to go, it seems far fetched but certainly not outside the realms of possibility that this weekend was what Wong needed to get his championship challenge on track.
Winner – Arkadiusz Otreba (Viper Virtual Racing) 77 laps
Fastest Lap – Arkadiusz Otreba 1:50.317
In the LMP3 class Viper Virtual Racing’s Arkadiusz Otreba took a dominant victory for the chasing Mark Robinson and Audie Devanugraha. Otreba drove the a one stop race and lapped almost every car in the field. His pace was down to having the most consistent times relative to his fastest lap of and driver in the field. Devanugraha, who by no means is considered by anyone to be slow, summed up the race in his comment to Otreba’ “mate you are so fast!” Otreba was stoic after the race and commented on two incidents he suffered on his way to class victory and second in the overall classifications. The 25 points earned puts him ever further in front of Tri-Continental’s Mark Robinson. Crybaby Racing’s Devangugraha seemed to get his race off to a fast start and was in hot pursuit of Otreba. Unfortunately a Stop & Go penalty for cutting the track and his retirement on lap 40 ended what had been a great race until that point. The LMP3 of Robinson then took up the position and ended the race second in class and on the last step of the podium overall. Rounding out the LMP3 points was a creditable third in class from Hawkstone’s Andrew Burrows who drove a clean and quiet race to finish on lap 73.
Winner – Mada Andhika (Merapi Motorsport) 68 Laps
Fastest Lap – Pol Faustino (Team Garou Philipines) 2:00.665
As ever the GTE class was full of action and excitement as Team Garou Philipine’s Pol Faustino, flush with excitement at starting on pole position in class, suffered two connection errors putting him to the back of the field. Faustino put his head down and pushed for hot laps. His pace ensured that he untapped himself four times and ended just 30 seconds behind Jason Back of Back Racing. The win was taken by Merapi Motorsports Mada Andhika, putting him well on target for a potential top three finish in the championship and just five points behind Faustino. Andhika adopted an aggressive strategy in choosing soft tyres for the race and had to recover from some contacts and a spin. However, he held on to take a well deserved victory on lap 68. Chris Payne took second with a conservative strategy, going off several times at 130R due to worn tyres. Once a good result seemed within reach the Tri-Continental driver dialled his boost back and “cruised to the end.” Jason Back celebrates his best finish in an RF2 Asia series by taking the final spot on the podium with a three stop strategy.
Gregorz Bulat ran in the GTE class again for the race, but retired for unknown reasons on lap 13.
Next RF2 Asia moves to New Zealand and the Highlands Motorsports Park for round 7 of the Endurance series on September 23rd at 10:00 UTC+0. Qualifying will run until 24 hours before the race.
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