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Haryanto claims double Sepang victory for X-ONE

Andrew Haryanto dominated the Sepang round of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Championship this weekend. The Swiss team X-ONE Racing ran two cars in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia races as well as a Huracan GT3 in the Blancpain GT Series Asia.

Double pole-position

Friday evening qualifying for the Lamborghini Super Trofeo races saw Wong and Haryanto claim a fantastic double pole in the Am class. D’Amico set the 3rd quickest time in the Pro class in Q1 whilst his team-mate Costa secured a front row start for race two, just 0.2 seconds off the pole.

Haryanto dedicates victory to Wong

Race 1 started under black and threatening skies and rain began to fall as the cars lined up on the grid. Haryanto, starting from 6th, would race alone after an accident in GT3 qualifying side-lined his team-mate Wong. As the weather worsened the track became slippery and increasingly treacherous, challenging the drivers who were all on slick tyres. D’Amico held on to 3rd in class throughout his stint, pulling out a comfortable gap to the cars behind him whilst Haryanto was running 2nd in Am. When the Pit Window opened the team kept the drivers out waiting to see what the weather would do but as more rain fell it became clear wet tyres were needed. D’Amico pitted on lap twelve but a problem with the air-gun delayed team-mate Costa’s getaway by seventy-five seconds. Haryanto pitted a lap later and a slicker stop saw him catapult into the lead of the Am class. Clearly at ease in the difficult conditions the Indonesian went on to claim the class win, finishing 5th overall, and dedicated his victory to Wong. Costa, the fastest driver on the circuit by over three seconds in the closing stages of the race, finished 5th in the Pro class and could only think on what might have been for himself and team-mate D’Amico if the pit-stop hadn’t cost them so much time.

Repeat performance for Haryanto

It was dry for race two which saw Costa start the number 6 X-ONE Racing car from the front row of the grid with Haryanto two rows further back. Costa was running well in 2nd until he was awarded a drive-through penalty for a start-line misdemeanour which dropped him down to 10th place. He fought back to 6th before stopping and giving the car to D’Amico to finish the race. Haryanto pitted at the same time and was once again the fastest Am, coming out of the pit stop window with a comfortable advantage. With one lap to go D’Amico lost control of his car and would eventually be classified 6th in class. Haryanto finished 8th overall, winning his class by a considerable margin.

The whole X-ONE Racing team takes this opportunity to wish Wong a speedy recovery, we look forward to seeing him soon back at the track.

Beatriz Salvado