Hoping to redeem themselves from an unsatisfactory finish in Suzuka, team Aylezo Motorsports set foot on the second Japanese circuit in the calendar for the Round 3 of the 2019 Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia series. The legendary Fuji Speedway has hosted a myriad of famous races over the years and the 4.563km circuit came into life once again from the howling concerto of the Huracan’s V10 engine.
The circuit is famously known for its picturesque view of green, luscious mountainside, overlooked by the majestic Mount Fuji in the background. But unfortunately, it was the opposite for this race weekend as the team was welcomed with torrential rain and heavy fog that limited the visibility at the circuit.
Luckily, the weather conditions improved just in time for the practice sessions, giving Zen Low and Angelo Negro the window to get familiarized with the track in the Huracan Super Trofeo EVO. The damp circuit made it tricky for them to go all-out, but the duo managed to clock a 1:44.955 for Free Practice 1 and a 1:45.376 in Free Practice 2.
But the challenge for them was just beginning as the skies poured down once again, forcing them to go through the Qualifying sessions in the soaking wet conditions. A best timing of 1:51.693 was recorded for Q1, placing the team on P3 in class to start Race 1 in. In Q2, the drying conditions allowed a faster time of 1:50.860 to be clocked, earning the P5 spot in class for Race 2.
With Qualifying now in the bag, the team was aiming to do their best in the race since it was not over until the chequered flag flutters. As soon as the lights turned green, Zen wasted no time and got an excellent start, overtaking a rival just after Turn 1 at the opening lap. As much as it looked promising for the team at the start, the hopes of a podium finish went down the drain just five laps into the race as an unfortunate racing incident with one of the rivals led to a retirement and ended the race prematurely.
Far from being the finish they were expecting, the team wasted no time and got the car back up and running for Race 2 on the next day. Starting the race from P5 presented a challenge to Angelo as he did not only have to catch up; he would also have to fight through the traffic that separated the team from its own class.
In what seemed like a carbon copy of yesterday’s misfortune, a puncture had forced the team to perform an unscheduled pit stop on the fourth lap. Precious seconds were wasted as the car came into the pits for the tire change and by the time Angelo brought the car back into the track, they were already one lap behind the whole field. This mishap might have forced the team to settle with a P6 in class, but the points scored were definitely a better finish than what happened in Race 1.
Despite the setbacks, kept their chins up and are already looking forward for Round 4, taking place at Korea International Circuit on 2-4 August. Team Aylezo Motorsports would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support, especially JQK22, J.Cricket, CarZmo, and Chiropractic LLP.