ASIA Contest News

Hara storms to pole at ASIA Contest

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Two time ASIA Contest Champion Atsushi Hara pulled it out of the bag in the superpole event (used to determine the final grid) – Time and time again we’ve seen Hara unleash another gear when it comes to finals day, he looked racy in the semis, crushing his semi, Witsarut R. winning the other in a slower time. Aussie Zac Ryan had a scare as a loose clutch nut stopped him from even starting his main, transferring to the main final via the LCQ along with Manabu Takashiro. However the main story so far was Hara’s 36sec laptime –

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Boy Witsarut wins Thai vs. Foreign race at ASIA Contest

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After having TQ snatched away from him in the dying moments of qualifying on Saturday, Boy Witsarut showed everyone that he is a definite ASIA Contest title challenger by promptly going out and winning the special Thai vs. Foreigner race event held after quali. The race started out with Wataru on pole followed by Witsarut and Hara, the front trio battling until Hara fell back at which point Witsarut & Wataru were swapping positions every couple of laps, having a great battle out front. Hara would climb back to third after a disappointing start but further problems relegated him from the fight, Zac Ryan had a shot at 2nd place but couldn’t quite do enough to get past Wataru on the closing lap, Boy Witsarut taking a win by a comfortable margin after an exciting start.

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Video: A Lap with Atsushi Hara

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Wataru snatches ASIA Contest TQ

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Q1 TQ: Zac Ryan, Q2 & Q4 Witsarut R., Atsushi Hara Q3, Wataru Takashiro Q5 & Q6

Wataru Takashiro overcame a slightly sluggish start to his 6 round qualifying campaign but hit his fullspeed stride TQ’ing Q5 & Q6, the only man to manage a 12 lap run during qualifying, after switching from medium to soft AKA Impact tyres after a few drops of rain, it made his car faster and he capitalised thus denying Agama’s ‘Boy’ Witsarut R. a fairytale TQ having occupied that spot for so long until Wataru crescendo’d. Atsushi Hara lines up 3rd, under the radar as he suffered setbacks in qualifying from a broken engine to mystery issues, a recovery drive from him, questions remain as to the strength of his package, but can anyone match Hara’s long-run pace ?

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4th Q1 TQ Zac Ryan, the Aussie racer delighted with this morning’s result but feeling his car was finished before qualifying was over, its fair to say the PRC track is brutal on cars, high speed, large jumps, sandpaper surface, it eats chassis’ making them razor sharp with small scorings.

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Wataru TQ’s Q5, Witsarut in control

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Round 5 and Wataru Takashiro lit the MP9’s afterburners setting the fastest time of qualifying despite the slowly deteriorating track, provisional TQ Witsarut R. looked on form however he got taken out by car #6 of Charlee P. in a bit of a robust move damaging Witsarut’s hopes of a TQ shot, ending up a strong 3rd though behind a resurgent Atsushi Hara, the first man in the top 3 not to be doing triple single, rather preferring the double double (slower) option.

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2015 ASIA Contest

13-19th April: Track Closed
20-22nd April:
Track open for free practice
Thursday 23rd April: Track open until 13:00 - closed after lunch.
Friday 26th: Free Practice (2 timed rounds)
Saturday 27th: Qualifying (6 rounds - 3 best)
Sunday 28th: Finals

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