Roelof Bruins and Tin Sritrai share TCR Asia wins

Roelof Bruins and Tin Sritrai share TCR Asia wins

TCR Asia Series 2016

TCR Asia Series 2016South Korean racer Roelof Bruins and Thailand’s Tin Sritrai shared the victories in the opening round of the TCR Asia Series season at the Korea International Circuit.

Viper Niza Racing’s Bruins took the lead half-way through the opening race when his SEAT León Cup Racer made contact with the Team Thailand Honda Civic of Sritrai, causing the latter to spin out of contention for a podium finish.

The controversial incident was met without penalty for Bruins, allowing him to take a first TCR Asia Series victory ahead of Hong Kong racer Andy Yan, who he caught and passed late in the race, and Champ Motorsport’s Henry Ho.

Sritrai managed to salvage a fourth-place finish, ahead of Macanese trio Michael Ho, Kevin Tse and experienced touring car racer Filipe Clemente de Souza.

Round 1 result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME/GAP BEST GD
1 1 Roelof Choe Albert BRUINS Viper Niza Racing SEAT León Cup Racer 14 33:50.393 2:23.404 5
2 3 Andy YAN Cheuk Wai Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 14 1.527 2:23.350 3
3 88 Henry HO Wai Kun Champ Motorsport Honda Civic TCR 14 5.312 2:23.910 4
4 9 Tin SRITRAI Team Thailand Honda Civic TCR 14 7.054 2:23.244 1
5 38 Michael HO Hon Keong Champ Motorsport Honda Civic TCR 14 19.459 2:24.515 6
6 8 Kevin TSE Wing Kin Teamwork Motorsport Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 14 19.768 2:23.943 2
7 26 Filipe Clemente DE SOUZA Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 14 29.589 2:24.553 7
8 17 Terence TSE Kin Leung RoadStar Racing Team SEAT León Cup Racer 13 1 Lap 2:27.331 8
9 22 YU Kam Cheong RoadStar Racing Team SEAT León Cup Racer 13 1 Lap 2:32.781 10
10 7 Bill O’BRIEN Teamwork Motorsport Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 13 1 Lap 2:32.545 9
11 65 Douglas KHOO Kok Hui Viper Niza Racing SEAT León TCR 12 2 Laps 2:32.397 11

Race two

Race two saw Sritrai exact his revenge, taking victory from eighth on the reversed grid. The Thai racer had caught leading duo of Liqui Moly Team Engstler’s Yan and Viper Niza Racing’s Bruin, successfully passing Bruins for the lead on lap four.

Sritrai then built up a comfortable lead, whilst Yan took second from Bruins on lap six and then spent the remainder of the race defending his position.

Bruins finished third, whilst Kevin Tse was fourth, improving on his race one result.

The result of the two races mean that Sritrai leads the drivers’ championship on 45 points ahead of Bruins on 41 and Yan on 39.

Round 2 result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME/GAP BEST GD
1 9 Tin SRITRAI Team Thailand Honda Civic TCR 14 14 Laps 2:22.634 8
2 3 Andy YAN Cheuk Wai Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 14 2.591 2:22.402 6
3 1 Roelof Choe Albert BRUINS Viper Niza Racing SEAT León Cup Racer 14 3.503 2:22.814 4
4 8 Kevin TSE Wing Kin Teamwork Motorsport Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 14 10.099 2:22.849 7
5 26 Filipe Clemente DE SOUZA Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 13 1 Lap 2:23.873 2
6 88 Henry HO Wai Kun Champ Motorsport Honda Civic TCR 13 1 Lap 2:22.701 5
7 38 Michael HO Hon Keong Champ Motorsport Honda Civic TCR 13 1 Lap 2:23.687 3
8 17 Terence TSE Kin Leung RoadStar Racing Team SEAT León Cup Racer 13 1 Lap 2:27.054 1
9 22 YU Kam Cheong RoadStar Racing Team SEAT León Cup Racer 13 1 Lap 2:33.712 10
10 7 Bill O’BRIEN Teamwork Motorsport Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 13 1 Lap 2:31.094 9
11 65 Douglas KHOO Kok Hui Viper Niza Racing SEAT León TCR 13 1 Lap 2:33.226 11

Qualifying result (top ten – Q2, 11 – Q1)

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 9 Tin SRITRAI Team Thailand Honda Civic TCR 4 2:21.137 0.000
2 8 Kevin TSE Wing Kin Teamwork Motorsport Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 4 2:22.295 1.158
3 3 Andy YAN Cheuk Wai Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 4 2:22.856 1.719
4 88 Henry HO Wai Kun Champ Motorsport Honda Civic TCR 4 2:23.006 1.869
5 1 Roelof Choe Albert BRUINS Viper Niza Racing SEAT León Cup Racer 4 2:23.489 2.352
6 38 Michael HO Hon Keong Champ Motorsport Honda Civic TCR 4 2:23.901 2.764
7 26 Filipe Clemente DE SOUZA Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 4 2:24.027 2.890
8 17 Terence TSE Kin Leung RoadStar Racing Team SEAT León Cup Racer 4 2:27.934 6.797
9 7 Bill O’BRIEN Teamwork Motorsport Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 4 2:29.400 8.263
10 22 YU Kam Cheong RoadStar Racing Team SEAT León Cup Racer 2 No time N/A
11 65 Douglas KHOO Kok Hui Viper Niza Racing SEAT León TCR 7 2:32.149 9.435