Andy Yan moves to the top of TCR Asia in Thailand

Andy Yan moves to the top of TCR Asia in Thailand

Andy Yan

Andy YanLiqui Moly Team Engstler’s Andy Yan claimed a brace of victories in the TCR Asia Series races in Thailand to move into a clear championship lead, as local hero Tin Sritrai suffered from technical issues at home.

Hong Kong’s Yan was on imperious form throughout the weekend, taking pole position in qualifying by three tenths of a second. He then went on to win both of Sunday’s races, including taking victory in the reverse-grid second race from tenth on the grid.

“For me and the team it’s a fantastic weekend – two victories,” said Yan, who is now 42 points clear at the top of the points table. “My start was quite good in race two, but there was a lot of overtaking.

“For the first two laps I just concentrated on the job at hand, at staying safe, and avoiding contact. From there the car was fantastic, very steady and got me home for the win. I really enjoyed the weekend in Thailand, now it’s time to go forward and fight for the championship.”

Local racer Narasak Ittiritpong, racing a Vattana Motorsport Honda Civic, finished just behind his team-mate Lemvard, claiming a first TCR Asia podium in his first appearance in the series.

In the second race it was Kevin Tse who went on to finish second behind Yan, but being unable to close the gap to the Volkswagen racer in the latter stages of the race.

Disaster struck for local Thai superstar Sritrai though, who was forced to retire from the opening race due to a turbo issue, which was easily fixed for race two.

Unfortunately for Sritrai, the overheating issue which had plagued him in practice and forced an engine change ahead of qualifying then struck, forcing him to retire after seven laps whilst he was charging up the order.

That meant that Henry Ho was able to claim the final podium position in the second race, in turn elevating the Hong Kong racer to third overall in the drivers’ championship after he also took fourth in the opening race of the day.

The TCR Asia Series resumes in Shanghai on the 19th to 21st August.

Round 3 result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME/GAP BEST GD
1 3 Andy YAN Cheuk Wai Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 15 26:47.312 1:46.159 1
2 44 Jack LEMVARD Vattana Motorsport SEAT León Cup Racer 15 2.705 1:46.397 3
3 13 Narasak ITTIRITPONG Vattana Motorsport Honda Civic TCR 15 6.088 1:46.648 4
4 88 Henry HO Wai Kun Champ Motorsport Honda Civic TCR 15 11.112 1:46.269 6
5 26 Filipe Clemente DE SOUZA Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 15 21.721 1:47.387 5
6 66 Nattachak HANJITKASEM TBN MK ihere Racing Team Honda Civic TCR 15 24.997 1:47.663 7
7 8 Kevin TSE Wing Kin Teamwork Motorsport Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 15 34.236 1:46.923 2
8 65 Douglas KHOO Kok Hui Viper Niza Racing SEAT León TCR 15 38.564 1:48.240 9
9 17 Terence TSE Kin Leung RoadStar Racing Team SEAT León Cup Racer 15 44.602 1:48.720 10
10 77 Paritat BULBON Sloth Racing SEAT León Cup Racer 15 51.044 1:47.424 8
11 7 Bill O’BRIEN Teamwork Motorsport Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 15 1:01.228 1:48.955 11
R 78 Kenneth MA Hon Wah RoadStar Racing Team SEAT León Cup Racer 2 13 Laps N/A 12
R 9 Tin SRITRAI Team Thailand Honda Civic TCR 2 13 Laps N/A 13

Round 4 result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME/GAP BEST GD
1 3 Andy YAN Cheuk Wai Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 15 26:41.767 1:45.861 10
2 8 Kevin TSE Wing Kin Teamwork Motorsport Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 15 3.632 1:45.917 9
3 88 Henry HO Wai Kun Champ Motorsport Honda Civic TCR 15 9.871 1:46.272 5
4 26 Filipe Clemente DE SOUZA Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 15 21.538 1:47.076 6
5 44 Jack LEMVARD Vattana Motorsport SEAT León Cup Racer 15 23.205 1:46.720 8
6 66 Nattachak HANJITKASEM TBN MK ihere Racing Team Honda Civic TCR 15 26.46 1:47.032 4
7 77 Paritat BULBON Sloth Racing SEAT León Cup Racer 15 40.896 1:48.345 3
8 65 Douglas KHOO Kok Hui Viper Niza Racing SEAT León TCR 15 45.111 1:47.991 2
9 17 Terence TSE Kin Leung RoadStar Racing Team SEAT León Cup Racer 15 49.549 1:48.143 1
10 7 Bill O’BRIEN Teamwork Motorsport Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 15 53.957 1:48.883 11
R 78 Kenneth MA Hon Wah RoadStar Racing Team SEAT León Cup Racer 15 54.276 1:47.843 12
R 9 Tin SRITRAI Team Thailand Honda Civic TCR 7 8 Laps 1:46.124 13
13 Narasak ITTIRITPONG Vattana Motorsport Honda Civic TCR 4 11 Laps 1:47.388 7