The GT3 Asia series, in a pair of support events at the recent SUPER GT visit to Sepang, were close-fought affairs. Malaysian driver Tunku Hammam Sulong took victories in his GT3-spec Lamborghini Gallardo LP560 on both the Saturday and the Sunday.
Alongside the brace of Gallardo (6 out of 14 participating cars at Sepang), there are now three Ginetta G50s, up from two last year, running in the series.
Bright new liveries for some of the entries, with most of last year's driver crop continuing in 2010.
Interesting aero package on this Porsche 911 GT3 Cup S from Team Clearwater Racing.
While here, more conventional body styling graces the 911 Cup M of Sri Lankan driver Dilantha Malagamuwa….
Unfortunately, his GT4-class Nissan Fairlady Z (350Z) RS didn't race on the Sepang weekend. The gt4asia series is new for this season and is made up mainly of N24 Aston Martin Vantages from what was formerly the Aston Martin Asia Cup.
The series has been on the SUPER GT bill a couple of times already; namely at last year's Sepang round and then again later in the year at Autopolis.
There is word (unconfirmed) that gt3asia will once again support SUPER GT, for the first time at Fuji Speedway for Round 7 on September 11-12. It would be very interesting to see these GT3-spec cars stretch their legs at the high-speed circuit.
The Lambos are all built by Reiter Engineering, ensuring not only performance, but parity among machines and some very close racing!
There's something very convincing about the unaltered lines of the GT3-spec Gallardo LP560.
The pack was nicely bunched up at the start, Ginetta driver Frank Yu getting ahead of pole-sitter Sulong at the start…
….while a little further back in the pack, Aussie driver Marc Cini is the meat in a Ginetta-Lamborghini sandwich going through turn two.
By the end of the opening lap however, Tunku Hammam Sulong in the aptly-numbered Gallardo was back in front.
The Arrows Racing-run machine looks great in this livery.
Cutting the grass: showing that Gallardos would also make great lawnmowers!
Making it stick: Eric Cheung makes it three Ginettas behind the leader in the opening stages.
Marc Cini fends off Y.L. Siu in the Lambo.
S. Chu in the #11 Gallardo made steady progress from his starting position.
While Samson Chan eventually got ahead of Frank Yu – and made it stick.
As B. Fung kept the other Siu brother, Y.L. Siu, at bay.
…and this is his sibling T.L. Siu.
In the later stages, it looked as if Frank Yu might get swallowed up by the 911 of Dilantha Malagamuwa
…the Sri Lankan in fine form all day.
Further back, there was a trio of Ferrari F430s, though their pace was noticeably slower than those at the head of the field.
Samson Chan now well clear in 2nd place as the race nears its end.
Frank Yu still fending off Dilantha Malagamuwa
Marc Cini in the 911, once again his mirrors filled with the #8 Lambo of Y.L. Siu.
The only sunny moment of the race didn't last long – less than a lap to be precise.
Tunku Hammam Sulong well out front on the final lap, flyin' the home colours for Malaysia.
This series is turning out to be more and more interesting every time I see a race; the drivers may mainly be of the 'gentlemen' variety, but they push and I've regularly seen (light) contact made. Definitely worth checking out.
– Len Clarke