OAK Racing Team Total made it three wins in three races in this year’s Asian Le Mans Series, as David Cheng and Ho-Ping Tung drove their #1 Morgan-Judd LMP2 to victory in the 3 Hours of Shanghai after another race-long battle with the Eurasia team.
Cheng started aggressively and opened up a big gap over Eurasia’s #27 LM P2 ORECA-Nissan during the opening stint. After the driver change to Pu Jun Jin, Eurasia were able to close the gap to 1 lap. However, after OAK’s Ho-Pin Tung took over at the 1h30m mark, and produced some very steady lap times to bring his team home to the checkered flag.
In the CN class, polesitter Craft-Bamboo Racing’s #77 held the lead with Samson Chan through the first stint. Guglielmo Beliotti in Team Avelon Formula’s #21 Wolf GB08 car kept the margin very close, however, and managed to take the lead at a driver change for Craft to Kevin Tse, although Tse took the lead back after Avelon’s driver change to Denis Lian.
Craft’s advantage disappeared when Tse spun on lap 54, but the race turned again when Avelon’s car suffered an electrical problem, which re-opened the door for Craft to scrape home first place in class.
In the GT category, Clearwater Racing’s #33 Ferrari 458 GT3 which started last on the grid, turned its luck around during the race to claim the win in a race that saw scrambling of positions throughout. Takeshi Tsuchiya led his #90 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 to the lead in the first stint and handed to Yu Lam. However when Matt Griffin took over from Mok Weng Sun in the Ferrari, he chased down Yu to take the lead on lap 41, after which the result was never in doubt and Clearwater romped home to victory.