It was a difficult start to round two of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia for Zen Low as he caught the flu and a throat infection coming into Japan on the Monday before the race. With his condition worsening, Zen was in and out of hospital until Saturday trying to get well enough to compete in the race.
Saturday qualifying was a struggle for him, not only with the flu but also the lack of practice on the Suzuka circuit which he has never raced on before. He qualified in 10th position for race one and for race two Max Wiser qualified the Aylezo Ecotint Racing Huracán 620-2 in 3rd position.
Successfully overtaking two cars during lap one, Zen was quickly closing in on the cars in front when the safety car was deployed due to an accident.
At the driver change team mate Max Wiser took over and got as high as 6th position until being given a drive-through penalty for a previous pit lane infringement. This dropped the team back down to 8th place.
Not settling yet, the double Super Trofeo champion Wiser pushed on and was able to finish race 1 in a respectable 5th place considering the drive-through and an understeering car.
“The track condition was dry and sunny,” said Zen. “It was pretty hot in the car too. Overall the car was good with some understeer. As usual, the tech crew did a very good job and the car was well prepared.”
By Sunday, Zen’s condition had improved and he was pumped up to do well in race 2. Although the race was declared wet, starter Max changed to full slick tyres despite the dark clouds and light drizzle. “Starting the race on full slicks was a big risk as the track was damp and by the look of the clouds it was still possible that more rain would come. But it paid off,” said Max Wiser.
This decision certainly paid off as Max shot off the start line and took the lead into turn one. After several laps the track started to dry and the cars on slicks pulled quite a big gap to the cars still on wet tyres.
Coming into the pits for the driver change still in the lead, it was Zen’s turn and as he exited the pits, the second position car was barrelling down towards turn one. It was going to be a close call and unfortunately Zen’s tyres were not hot enough and he had to concede the lead into turn one.
Holding onto second place for five more laps, Zen’s condition started worsen in the car, losing strength and focus. The rain also started again on certain parts of the track. “I was not fully recovered from the flu. I was struggling with my strength but I kept telling myself to hold and fight. But boy was I glad to see the chequered flag. Thanks to Max for his outstanding performance today especially under such difficult track conditions”.
Zen crossed the finish line in third position scoring another podium for the season and increasing the teams point tally.
“By far the most difficult race for me because of my health condition,” reflected Zen. “But I have to say it’s also my sweetest podium too, especially under the circumstances. I would like to dedicate this podium to Takuma Aoki. Without his help I would still be lying sick in my hotel bed. Thanks to him for taking me to the hospital, in and out like an endurance pit stop!”
Round three of the Lamborghini Blancpain super Trofeo Asia will be on July 23rd at Buriram, Thailand. Keep up to date with all of Aylezo Ecotint news, galleries and videos at www.aylezo.com and www.facebook.com/aylezo.