Kiwi Jono Lester took his maiden victory in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia series over the weekend at Japan’s Suzuka circuit, triumphing by a 16 second margin with Japanese partner Yasuyuki Uchida in the Air-J Huracan.
As a past winner at Suzuka in the 2012 Super Taikyu series, Lester used his experience to score pole position ahead of race finishes in first and second place, elevating he and Uchida into second overall in the points standings after two of six rounds.
While the race one victory was relatively straightforward, damp conditions for Sunday’s second 50 minute encounter led to a three-way battle for victory with Italian Max Wiser and Malaysian Afiq Yazid, fitted with slick tyres on a slippery track; Uchida bringing the #23 car home in a strong runner up position.
Suzuka was the first of second rounds in the 2016 Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia Series with further events, Thailand, Malaysia and a return to Japan at Fuji, before December’s World Final in Valencia, Spain.
The next round of the series is at the new Buriram circuit in Thailand on July 22-24.
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JONO LESTER / Driver – #23 Air-J Lamborghini Huracan LP620-2
This win is a fantastic breakthrough and for it to come so early in the season is really encouraging for our title chances. We need to keep this momentum up, but it’s consistency that will win us the Championship and as such the second race in wet conditions was a zero risk scenario where we had to be smart, not a hero. Uchida’s driving was brilliant at Suzuka and we are working really well together on and off the track. Buriram will be a new challenge and I hope to acclimatize quickly much like in Shanghai.
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Jono Lester is supported in his 2016 Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia campaign by Air-J, Direction Racing, Lamborghini Nagoya, Vortex Racewear, R Redpath Ltd, The Toy Shop, The Tool Co., Cuesko, CRC Industries NZ, Sony New Zealand and iSign It.
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LAMBORGHINI SUPER TROFEO ASIA
2016 EVENTS CALENDAR
VENUE/CIRCUIT DATE DURATION
Shanghai, CHN 20-22 May 2x 60min
Suzuka, JAP 10-12 Jun 2x 60min
Buriram, THL 22-24 Jul 2x 60min
KL City GP, MAL 12-14 Aug 2x 60min
Fuji, JAP 02-04 Sep 2x 60min
Valencia, SPN (World Final) 01-02 Dec 2x 60min