Abdul Kaathir and Eric Kwong share TCR Asia victories in Zhuhai

Abdul Kaathir and Eric Kwong share TCR Asia victories in Zhuhai

TCR Asia Series
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Abdul Kaathir and Eric Kwong shared the victories in the fifth and sixth rounds of the TCR Asia Series in Zhuhai, as Lai Wee Sing took control of the championship lead.

Race one

In race one it was Liqui Moly Team Engstler’s Kantadhee Kusiri who started the race from pole, having been fastest in qualifying on Saturday. The Thai driver stalled at the start and eventual got going, with an electrical issue having sidelined his car.

That left R Engineering team-mates Abdul Kaathir and Lai Wee Sing battling for the lead, with Kaathir running wide and dropping to third behind his team-mate and Audi Hong Kong’s Jasper Thong.

Jasper Thong then had to serve a drive-through penalty for a grid infringement and dropped to the back of the pack, leaving Lai leading Shaun Thong, who had earlier passed Kaathir.

On the final lap of the race Shaun Thong tried to pass Lai for the win, but the two made contact and ran off the circuit, handing the win to Kaathir as Lai managed to rejoin to claim second.

The second Liqui Moly Team Engstler car of Diego Moran inherited the final podium position, ahead of Jasper Thong, who came home in fourth. His brother Shaun failed to finish the race as a result of the final lap incident.

Race two

Rain came down before the start of race two, with Khoo, Kusiri and Moran all pitting for wet tyres before the start of the race.

When the lights went out it was O’Brien who led the field around for much of the first lap, before the Hong Kong driver locked up near the final turns of the lap and threw his SEAT into the gravel and out of the lead.

That left Shaun Thong and Lai battling for the lead, whilst further back Kwong started to scythe through the field, getting up to third by the end of the first lap.

A number of position swaps between team-mate Alex Liu and Lai then followed, but the race then stabilised with Kwong leading home Elegant Racing team-mate Liu.

Shaun Thong completed the podium, ahead of Lai, Khoo and Kusiri in ixth.

Jasper Thong retired from the race after eight laps, having pulled into the pits for a change of tyres to no avail, as he spun off into the gravel and out of the race.

Tin Sritrai’s nightmare weekend continued, with the Team Thailand driver ending the race in the gravel on lap three.

The results see Lai take the championship lead on 93 points ahead of Moran on 89 and Kusiri on 85.

Race one result

POSNODRIVERNATENTRANTCARLAPSTIME/GAPBESTGD
123Abdul KAATHIRR EngineeringHonda Civic TCR1425:02.6151:46.1442
239LAI Wee SingR EngineeringHonda Civic TCR147.0791:46.1773
332Diego MORANLiqui Moly Team EngstlerVolkswagen Golf GTi TCR148.5851:46.5414
45Jasper THONGAudi Hong KongAudi RS3 LMS TCR1423.7351:46.2776
598Eric KElegant Racing TeamSEAT León TCR1433.4791:48.14610
699Alex LIU Lic KaElegant Racing TeamSEAT León TCR1441.8941:48.6669
77Bill O’BRIENViper Niza RacingSEAT León TCR141:02.9501:48.0428
865Douglas KHOO Kok HuiViper Niza RacingSEAT León TCR141:03.6031:48.0587
92Kantadhee KUSIRILiqui Moly Team EngstlerVolkswagen Golf GTi TCR141:14.8291:46.0411
R3Shaun THONG Wei FungAudi Hong KongAudi RS3 LMS TCR13DNF1:45.9795
R9Tin SRITRAITeam ThailandHonda Civic TCR8DNF1:46.36911

Race two result

POSNODRIVERNATENTRANTCARLAPSTIME/GAPBESTGD
198Eric KElegant Racing TeamSEAT León TCR1428:43.3551:58.92110
299Alex LIU Lic KaElegant Racing TeamSEAT León TCR146.0831:59.3629
33Shaun THONG Wei FungAudi Hong KongAudi RS3 LMS TCR1413.1221:56.6464
439LAI Wee SingR EngineeringHonda Civic TCR1420.5392:02.7246
565Douglas KHOO Kok HuiViper Niza RacingSEAT León TCR1422.2491:59.6712
62Kantadhee KUSIRILiqui Moly Team EngstlerVolkswagen Golf GTi TCR1438.8181:55.6738
723Abdul KAATHIRR EngineeringHonda Civic TCR1443.8212:03.0227
R32Diego MORANLiqui Moly Team EngstlerVolkswagen Golf GTi TCR8DNF1:59.7455
R5Jasper THONGAudi Hong KongAudi RS3 LMS TCR8DNF1:59.7483
R9Tin SRITRAITeam ThailandHonda Civic TCR2DNF2:08.02411
R7Bill O’BRIENViper Niza RacingSEAT León TCR0DNFN/A1