Chinese Typhoon Couldn't Stop Lamborghini Huracán Race Cars at Shanghai International Circuit
Set outside the city proper in Shanghai's Jiading district, the world famous 5.45km Shanghai International circuit is a repeat stop in the international Formula One and MotoGP series, renowned for its mix of long challenging curves, wide exits and the longest straight the current F1 track lineup, measuring in at 1.17km. The cars will be pushed to their limits, especially on tricky turns one and two. This weekend's racing is the first of two planned for the Shanghai track in this season's racing lineup, with Lamborghini showing their continued commitment to Chinese customers in the year of their 10th anniversary in the market.
The typhoon bringing torrential rain for much of the day at the track did little to slow the Huracán and despite the extreme conditions, the drivers and cars put on a heroic performance considering the low visibility and water on the track. The qualifying sessions put two of the drivers from the highly successful Lamborghini Squadra Corse young drivers program right at the front of the grid; Chinese driver and local PRO-AM favorite Yuan Bo in pole and Afiq Yazid in third, with veteran Japanese driver Toshiyuki Ochiai starting in second. To the delight of the Chinese guests, Yuan Bo held his position throughout the race, finishing in first overall, followed by PRO-AM Toshiyuki Ochiai in second and PRO driver Afiq Yazid in third. In the PRO-AM class, Malagawama and Ebrahim finished third. In the AM class, Li Chao finished first, followed by Mizutani and Noma in second and Kimura Takeshi in third. All drivers showed true competitive spirit on the track, pushing through the spray.
This second round of racing sees drivers grow more familiar with their new race cars, while competing in the wet always proves an exciting additional challenge for many. Conditions can often be a factor that separates the veterans from the amateurs, but the race remained close and highly competitive from the start. Tomorrow's race day is expected to see yet more heavy rain and further challenges for the teams at Shanghai's famed international circuit.