Strong Start in Malaysia
28th April 2017 in updates
28th April 2017 in updates
A new experience awaited Jack Bartholomew for his first race in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Series Asia having never raced on the Sepang circuit.
Along with his new team mate for the series, Armaan Ebrahim, Jack also had to battle with the extreme heat and humidity and changing weather conditions.Conditions in Sepang were, as usual, extremely hot and changeable with 50-degree track temperature and extreme humidity making the challenge for the drivers and engineers tougher than usual to find a balance for the car.
After two days’ practice, the team struggled to find a competitive set up for the car which meant Jack had to be content with 7th place in qualifying. As the cars lined up to take the start, it was Jacks new team mate who elected to take the first stint and on the formation lap it started to rain. Armaan held position and made good progress whilst the rain became heavier. Opting to stay out on slicks as long as possible, a miscommunication between team and driver meant that the team had missed the pit window and once Jack had taken over the car, now fitted with wet tyres, he was given a drive through penalty which effectively ruined any chances of a podium finish. However, Jack pushed hard in the tricky conditions to salvage as many points as possible, finishing in 7th place.
Race two on Sunday saw Jack take the start again from 7th position, this time in dry and extremely hot conditions. Jack made a great start and commenced his battle to chase down the leaders, managing to overtake one car and bringing his car in to swap drivers in 6th position after his 25 minute stint. An excellent pit stop and driver change meant that time was made up in the pits and Armaan re-joined the track in 5th position after which he managed to overtake two cars to gain 3rd position. With two laps to go, Armaan came under extreme pressure from the car in 4th place, but some excellent driving meant that the duo held on to third and a much deserved podium position.
It was a tough weekend for us as we struggled to find a really good set up for the car along with a new track to learn and new driver partner. Also, the extreme heat and humidity of Malaysia is a real killer but I have been training for weeks and this paid off. Overall, I’m happy that we managed to score some good points in race 1 and I am delighted with the podium in race 2. I now have to focus on the next race in Thailand.” The next race is on May 20th and 21st at the Chang International Circuit, Buriram, Thailand.
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