GT Asia: Most competitive field on record for 2015 GT Asia Series opener


Typically the opening race of the season provided plenty of action on the run into the tight left hand opening turn. The drag race between Calado and Lyons actually saw the Ferrari driver with the advantage on the run into the left-hander, but Lyons had the line and took the lead on the long run down to turn three, mindful that he was also providing a great slip-streaming opportunity to Calado.

Calado didn’t miss the opportunity, putting himself into a position to attack, the Ferrari driver pulling alongside on the run down to turn four, with Caldarelli drafting both cars before diving down the inside into the tight left-hander. That left Lyons with nowhere to go, the Craft-Bamboo driver forced off the circuit on the exit, losing positions to Calado and Bentley’s Duncan Tappy in the process.


From there an epic battle began between the two with drag races on the long straights and braking duels into the slower corners. The two long-time rivals were clearly enjoying their battle but giving each other reasonable racing room, however what they were doing was slowing down their lap times to the tune of three or four seconds a lap, and that was starting to have a bearing on the outcome.


The big winner in that scenario was Anthony Liu, the 2014 season runner-up was the fastest driver on circuit, and within four laps of his stop he was onto the tail of the leaders. At that point the lead had changed a number of times, but sensing the approaching red and yellow Ferrari, Mok made one final move stick and he began to push to keep the gap to Liu but the Chinese driver was ultimately took quick, crossing the line for the team’s third consecutive victory in Korea. Mok came across the line comfortably second, with Yu third, Adderly Fong separating the two after catching the lead group in the closing laps and beginning to un-lap himself. Fourth was Jiang Xin in the FFF Racing Team by ACM McLaren, and the two Bentley Team Absolute cars of Jeffrey Lee and Jacky Yeung. Sean Fu crossed the line in seventh place, inheriting a position after an error by teammates Tonio Liuzzi and Hiroshi Hamaguchi during the CPS, the team pitting just as the window closed.

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