Kantadhee Kusiri claims dominant race one win in Shanghai

Kantadhee Kusiri claims dominant race one win in Shanghai

Kantadhee Kusiri
Photo: TCR Asia

Liqui Moly Team Engstler’s Kantadhee Kusiri claimed a dominant win in race one of the joint TCR Asia and TCR China Series races in Shanghai, ahead of team-mate Diego Moran and NewFaster’s Huang Chu Han.

At the start it was pole-man Kusiri’s fellow front-row starter, Andy Yan, who got off to the best start, with the Audi driver leading into Turn 1.

Further back, Elegant Racing’s Eric Kwong made a mistake under braking and crashed into TCR China racer Deng Bao Wei, putting both drivers out of the race on the spot.

Further around Turn 1 there was also contact between TCR Asia title contenders Lai Wee Sing and Jasper Thong, who spun in front of the rest of the pack.

Thong was able to continue in the race, albeit down the order, whilst Lai was forced to limp back to the pits with a damaged front-right wheel, although he was able to later rejoin.

At the front, Kusiri kept up the pressure on early leader Yan, before mounting a move on lap three at Turns 12 and 13. The Thai racer performed a well-calculated switchback to complete the pass going down the back straight.

Kusiri was then unchallenged to be able to open up a 12.6 second lead by the end of the race to take his second win of the season and move back into title contention, after suffering a dismal weekend last time out at his home event.

Ecuador’s Moran completed a perfect result for Engstler Motorsport by taking second, with a similar move to Kusiri on Yan half-way through the race.

Huang Chu Han, making his second appearance in a TCR Asia race this year but this time being classified as a TCR China entrant, finished in third, having passed ailing team-mate Yan on lap eight.

Tin Sritrai finished in fourth after passing Yan on the final lap and with it moves to the top of the championship standings, taking over from Lai at the top of the table.

Yan himself was able to limp home in fifth, ahead of fellow TCR China racers Sunny Wong and Samuel Hsieh in seventh and eighth respectively.

The second TCR Asia / TCR China race takes place at 10:30 local time (03:30 BST, 04:30 CEST) on Sunday.

Race result (* denotes TCR China entrant)

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 2 Kantadhee KUSIRI Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 10 10 LAPS TBC 1
2 32 Diego MORAN Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 10 12.658 TBC 4
3 81 HUANG Chu Han* NewFaster Audi RS3 LMS TCR 10 16.005 TBC 15
4 9 Tin SRITRAI Team Thailand Honda Civic TCR 10 24.209 TBC 5
5 82 Andy YAN Cheuk Wai* NewFaster Audi RS3 LMS TCR 10 25.111 TBC 2
6 62 Sunny WONG / Alex FUNG* Teamwork Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 10 28.399 TBC 6
7 26 Samuel HSIEH / Filipe de SOUZA* Teamwork Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 10 30.329 TBC 8
8 991 WONG Kiang Kuan Elegant Racing Team SEAT León TCR 10 37.063 TBC 14
9 23 Abdul KAATHIR Mohamed Mustaffa R Engineering Honda Civic TCR 10 43.590 TBC 20
10 21 WANG Hao / LIN Li Feng* NewFaster Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 10 44.831 TBC 9
11 791 Qi Pei Wen / ZHOU Hao Wen* AVM Racing SEAT León TCR 10 48.725 TBC 17
12 58 HE Xiao Le / LU Chuan* HE Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 10 56.880 TBC 16
13 5 Jasper THONG Wei Heen Audi Hong Kong Audi RS3 LMS TCR 10 1:01.050 TBC 10
14 65 Douglas KHOO Kok Hui Viper Niza Racing SEAT León TCR 10 1:14.473 TBC 11
15 77 HU Hao* LEO109 Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 10 1:44.545 TBC 19
NC 39 LAI Wee Sing R Engineering Honda Civic TCR 8 NCF TBC 13
R 66 BAI Ya Xin / CAI Hong Yu* TrackFun-Linky Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 2 DNF TBC 7
R 31 Alex HUI / MA Qing Hua* Teamwork Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 2 DNF TBC 3
R 9 DENG Bao Wei / Li LIN* LEO109 Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 0 DNF TBC 18
R 98 Eric KWONG Elegant Racing Team SEAT León TCR DSG 0 DNF TBC 12