WIN Motorsport Wins Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup Championship

• Hong Kong team claims first championship just four months after formation
• Team Principal and driver William Lok becomes first-ever Chinese regional Sprint Cup Driver Champion
• Four victories in five races proves WIN Motorsport’s impressive credentials


港車手陸漢洋揚威大馬 (21 August, 2017 星島日報)



Win Motorsport announce arrival at Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup Championship (20 August, 2017 SCMP)

William Lok and Scott Andrews make their mark as team prove they are a formidable new force just four months after formation

Win Motorsport drivers William Lok and Scott Andrews and the team put in a faultless performance on the 5.543km, F1-standard track to win the penultimate round of the series from pole to flag, locking in the team championship with an unassailable points lead.

At the same time Lok, who formed the team just four months ago, secured the Drivers’ Championship and became the first Chinese driver to win a regional LMP Sprint Cup title.

Win Motorsport has dominated this weekend’s season finale so far, topping the time sheets in both of Friday’s free practice sessions before snatching pole position for both of the weekend’s hour-long races, team owner and driver Lok taking his first career LMP3 pole position in the process.

Taking the wheel of the Ligier JS P3 LMP3 for the opening stint in Round 5 was 26-year-old Andrews, who led the field away and immediately set about building up a strong lead at the front. Lok took over driving duties at the halfway mark and was immediately on the power, setting a cracking pace and thundering triumphantly across the line to win both the race and the championship. It was Scott’s first LMP victory, and the young driver was full of praise for the newly formed team.

Watch: Win Motorsport take victory in the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup

From its formation in April, Win Motorsport immediately made their mark both in Asia and beyond, winning the opening rounds of the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup in Malaysia in May, before taking a top 10 finish among a strong, international field in the highly-respected Road to Le Mans race on the undercard of the iconic Le Mans 24 Hours.

Win Motorsport has one final round of the 2017 Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup on Sunday but, having already sealed both the Team and Driver titles today, the champagne will continue to flow long after the podium celebrations are over.

Lok said: “To start a new team in Hong Kong where there are no race tracks, put together a world class team in such a short time, start racing in May and then straight away win a prestigious regional championship is really special.

“I can’t thank Win Motorsport enough; our team manager Stewart Wild; race engineer Reece Byrne; Sjoerd Wolters our lead mechanic; and everyone involved in and around the team.

“The last three minutes of that race felt like a year, but we have won the championship and I am the first Hong Kong driver to win a regional LMP series.”



Hong Kong’s WIN Motorsport took its third Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup overall victory at the Sepang International Circuit after a wheel-perfect Race 2 saw team principal and driver William Lok cross the line with a massive advantage of more than a lap.

Lok made it win number three for the team he formed just six months ago, strengthening their grasp on their Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup title bid and showing once again the new LMP3 outfit is a true force to be reckoned with. WIN Motorsport now has a strong advantage at the top of the championship leaderboard with just two races to go of the 2017 Sprint Cup season.

While Lok, Rizzo and the entire WIN Motorsport squad put in faultless performances in Race 2 to claim the win, it was an eventful weekend which required maximum attack.

Speaking about the win, William lok: “With three Asian Le Mans Series wins and a podium in four races, WIN Motorsport is right on track in our debut season. We’re learning fast and have already proved we are strong championship contenders. When faced with setbacks, we react with more pace, tighter cohesion, greater commitment. Adversity just makes us stronger as we’ve demonstrated this weekend. My thanks to the whole WIN Motorsport team.”

Saturday’s Race 1 brought a number of challenges which the team pulled together to overcome, returning for Race 2 with a vengeance that resulted in a dominant win.

Race 1 saw WIN Motorsport claim second place after an outstanding fightback. The team was leading the race overall until the closing minutes when a late-race drive through penalty dealt a cruel blow. However, such was the margin of their advantage that even a trip to pit lane only saw them drop one place.

“I’m very happy with the weekend. We were by far the quickest car on track,” said Davide Rizzo. We had the consistently good pace needed for endurance racing. The car was great, and the WIN Motorsport team did a fantastic job.”

After a strong qualifying session, Lok took the first stint in the #1 Ligier JS P3 LMP3 from the front row of the grid. However, the chaotic start saw him pushed down the order and then frustrated by his two slower rivals in front.  Determined to find a way past, on Lap 5 Lok made a dive on the inside to pass the pair and claim the lead, but he was clipped into a spin.

Lok managed to get the car going again and into the pits. After a rapid damage assessment by the team, the WIN Motorsport LMP3 was back out on track, albeit at the back of the pack and a lap down. As Lok began the fightback, the Safety Car was called out after another car hit the barriers. That closed up the field but, more importantly, allowed Lok to pit and hand the car to Rizzo, who rejoined the field at the back but – crucially – now on the same lap.

As the Safety Car pulled off, Rizzo was flying at the restart. In a charge that was nothing short of heroic, the masterful Italian rocketed into the race lead, building up an impressive advantage.

However, WIN Motorsport’s aspirations for a third consecutive win were dealt another blow when, with just minutes remaining on the clock, the team was handed a drive through penalty for the earlier incident involving Lok. Rizzo continued to push to the max though, and held on to second and a healthy championship points haul for the team.

With their determination undiminished despite the frustrations of Race 1, WIN Motorsport returned to the Malaysian F1 track the next day on fighting form. This time it was Rizzo who took the first stint, blasting away from the rolling start to pull out a healthy lead and handing the car to Lok mid-way with an impressive margin. Lok once again put in a masterful performance to bring the car home and claim the team’s third win in four races.

The six-race, three-round Asia Le Mans Sprint Cup resumes next month for the season finale from August 18-20, once again at the Sepang International Circuit.  As championship leaders going in to the final double-header, WIN Motorsport will be determined to secure the Sprint title in preparation for its entry in the 2017-2018 Asian Le Man Series, set to begin in October.

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