After almost two months of being away from the circuit, the second round of the 2019 Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia finally came into view and brought team Aylezo to the Land of the Rising Sun. Aside from being one of the most famous circuits in Japan, it is also one of the most unique tracks in the calendar as it is the only track in the figure of eight.
Having started off the season on a good note in Sepang, the team was looking forward to carry the momentum forward and the Open Practice session was a good warm up for both the drivers and crews to get back into form. After pinpointing the areas that needed adjustments and improvements, both Zen Low and Angelo Negro felt confident going into Free Practice.
The adjustments made proved to be on point as the drivers were managed to slice off a huge chunk of time from the previous session, clocking a 2:07.708 in the FP1 and further improving the time by cutting off 0.063 seconds more in FP2, ending the day with a best timing of 2:07.645.
Since both outings showed great potential, the team moved on to Qualifying 1 with high spirits, hoping to secure a front row position in class and score a podium spot. Unfortunately, our luck ran out as Zen was involved in a high speed accident, losing control of the Huracan Super Trofeo EVO at over 200km/h. The car was damaged badly after coming into contact with the barriers at such speeds, but the team was relieved that Zen got out of it without a scratch. Since there was no time to get the car repaired in time, we were forced to skip Qualifying 2 and use the spare car for the race. But the misfortune was not over just yet as the regulations stated that if one were to use a different car in the race, they would have to start from the back of the grid.
But the team was not ready to give up that easily and despite starting the race at P19, Zen began hunting for the cars in front lap by lap. In the sea of misfortune, we were quite lucky that the car suited the driving style of both Zen and Angelo, and it was not much of a struggle for them to get familiarized with the car. After 22 laps of racing, Angelo brought the car across the chequered flag in P12 overall and P5 in class.
The clean Race 1 gave the team a boost of confidence to tackle Race 2 in the next day. Again, the team had to start from the back of the grid but Angelo was making sure that the team will finish the race in a better position. He gave chase as soon as the lights turned green but as he was rising up the ranks, he was pushed out and crashed into the barriers, forcing us to retire from the race.
Swallowing the bitter pill was never easy, but the team was very grateful that none of the drivers were hurt in the serious shunts they were in. Next race will be held on 5-7 July at Fuji Speedway. Team Aylezo Motorsports would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support, especially JQK22, J.Cricket, CarZmo, and Chiropractic LLP.