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Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Indonesia

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2014 Super Trofeo (7)

The raging bull that’s capable of creating bulges in very embarrassing areas.

Sentul, Indonesia, 7th June, 2014 – The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Asia Series commenced for the first time in Indonesia at the Sentul International Circuit. Indonesian petrolheads poured into the circuit, which happens to be located a mere two kilometres south of bustling Jakarta.

Glowing brake discs, the beauty of racing.

Glowing brake discs, the beauty of racing.

Locals poured into the area bright and early in eager anticipation of the day ahead. Preparations began in the morning and continued into the early afternoon with test runs and qualifying laps. Times were being reduced, with excitement rising as the day went on. Temperatures were also on the rise, cooling every so slightly shortly before the five red lights went off at Sentul. As anticipated, Max Wiser and Andrea Wiser, drivers for car #9 grabbed an early lead and started to pull away from the pack, but a pair of yellow flags hindered their bright start and grouped the bunch together once more.

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The grid on a blistering Saturday afternoon.

Known for its short straights and tight corners, the Sentul International Circuit proved to be a daunting challenge for drivers who have had little experience there. With temperatures soaring constantly throughout the 50-minute race, the drivers were in for one hell of a challenge. Unfazed by the conditions or the technical circuit, it was a day for the hometown heroes to shine. Out of the 20 drivers on the grid, many were Indonesians. Many of whom were racing in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series for the first time. The strong presence of local support proved to be a much needed boost for the local drivers, with Johnson Yaptonaga placing particularly well. At the end of a tumultuous 50-minute race, car #9 brought home the chequered flag in the overall category for the second time in a row, while an Indonesian team’s car #63, piloted by Ananda Mikola and his partner, seized second place in the overall category.

Max and Andrea Wiser finished in first overall.

Max and Andrea Wiser finished in first overall.

In the AM category, Toshiyuki Ochiai of Japan in car #12 rose to the front, while car #6 – the only Monaco-based team on the grid, finished in second. Car #2, which was piloted by Indonesians, Johnson Yaptonaga and Mahaputra Wibowo  made the local fans proud by rounding up the podium. Andrea Baldi, Head of Automobili Lamborghini Asia-Pacific, described racing as “the natural playground of the Lamborghini Brand,” ensuring Lamborghini’s future presence in regards to racing development in the APAC Region. The market potential for the luxury Italian super sport car manufacturer and the appeal of the Lamborghini lifestyle were reflected in the firm support from Lamborghini Jakarta and the thousands of locals present at the Sentul International Circuit.

The unavoidable champagne celebration.

The unavoidable champagne celebration.

If you happen to be a petrolhead and a Lamborghini fan (who isn’t?!), here’s the 2014 calendar for the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Series Asia:

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10-11 May Sepang (MAL)

7-8 June Sentul (INA)

30-31 August Fuji (JAP)

20-21 September Zhuhai (CHN)

18-19 October Shanghai (CHN)

21-22 November Sepang (MAL)

The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Series Asia comes to a climax here in Malaysia, with the overall winner being announced. So please, head on down in November for a day of screeching rubber and eargasms aplenty.

Source: Lamborghini

About Kiron Subhash

The most recent member of the collective, Kiron now follows the team to cover local and international automotive events. He is now training in multimedia journalism, acquiring experience in onsite reporting, feature writing, photography, videography, and social media engagement. Conspicuously influenced by Andrew and Jack in the rewarding life of a biker, Kiron now harbours a deep-seated love for motorcycle riding (and fuel-saving).

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