Date posted on June 24, 2011 · Published by Mark Goddard
Frank Yu started round four of the GT Asia Series, held during the Japanese Super GT event at Sepang Circuit, from the front row in his Ford GT. He was tapped into a spin on lap two and rejoined at the tail of the 23 car field. Yu was fourth at the flag after being consistently the fastest car for the majority of the race, finishing just 2.5 seconds behind the third placed driver. Team mate, Samson Chan, had been battling for third before spinning down to sixth on the penultimate lap.
A poor start saw Yu drop to fourth place but he was soon past 2010 Champion, Dilantha Malagamuwa which was costly as an apologetic Dilantha tapped him into a spin on the exit of turn 9. Fortunately the whole field managed to miss the stricken car and he then began his great comeback drive. The team decided to leave his compulsory timed pit stop to the end of the pit stop window allowing him to take the lead for several laps after his rivals had pitted. A series of laps up to 1.5 seconds quicker than the leaders saw him emerge in fourth after the pit stop cycles. He just ran out of time to catch the third placed car. “The car was so consistent, I was able to record good lap times all the way to the flag” reported Yu.
Samson Chan was delighted to have been racing for third place until his spin, his most competitive outing so far this season.
The series now moves to Fuji in Japan on July 18th.