Adelaide, Australia – 10 June, 2024 – DW Evans GT headed down under for the second round of the 2024 Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia season at The Bend Motorsport Park, located approximately 100km southeast of the South Australian capital, Adelaide. The team walked away from the weekend with a race win, four podiums, and the fastest lap to close the gap in both the Pro and Pro-Am championship standings.

Qualifying

The first qualifying session saw Nikolas Pirttilahti put his Lamborghini Osaka car on Pro-Am P3 and P8 overall with a 1:50.877. The Fin’s teammate, Thomas Yu Lee, went out in the #56 car for the second qualifying session with promising pace. Lee’s time of 1:52.948 secured P2 in class and P10 overall, but an unfortunate collision during the session meant the Oloi café-backed car would start Race 2 from the back of the grid.

In the first qualifying session, Dan Wells piloted the Lamborghini Kobe car and qualified P3 in class and overall with a 1:48.736. Newly announced Lamborghini Junior Driver Emilien Carde took over for the second session and secured P3 in the pro class and P4 overall with a 1:49.318.

Race 1

As the field was released for the start of race one, Wells dove down the inside of SJM Iron Lynx Theodore Racing’s Charles Leong and Absolute Racing’s pole-sitter Clay Osborne, claiming the race lead before a string of incidents brought out a safety car.

Wells led the restart, perfectly timing his getaway to pull an immediate gap from Leong and Madness Racing Team’s André Couto behind. Wells remained comfortably out front, extending his lead ahead of the mandatory driver swap midway through the race.

Carde inherited the race lead from Wells with an impressive 17-second margin and set off to retain the advantage the Briton had built. The French driver kept Cecotto and Koyama behind, bringing it home in P1 overall and in the pro class. The #65 car also brought home the fastest lap award with a 1:49.295.

Lee and Pirttilahti added to the team’s trophy haul with a P3 in the pro-am class and a P11 overall.

Race 2

Race 2 got off to a chaotic start with Absolute Racing’s Marco Giltrap on pole. Carde attempted to gain some positions into turn one but ran wide. As Cecotto challenged Giltrap for the race lead, a daring move saw Lee attempt to dive through on the inside, briefly making contact with Cecotto and forcing him to run wide. Meanwhile, Carde saw his chance and dived past the battling duo, gaining two places and moving up to second.

A safety car intervention was required after several incidents further back. At the restart, Cecotto got by Carde and up to P2. As the cars roared into the final stint of the weekend, Osborne inherited the race lead from Giltrap, with Wells in hot pursuit.

As light showers began to fall in the closing minutes, Wells continued his pursuit of Osborne but ultimately ran out of time to get close enough to challenge for the win, crossing the line in P2 overall and in class.

In car #56, Lee had a superb getaway from the back of the grid, charging through the field with a string of overtakes. The Taiwanese driver skilfully piloted the car around the narrow track, picking off the competition one by one before pitting to hand over to Pirttilahti.

The Fin took the reigns to continue the overtake streak, with the driver duo overtaking an incredible ten positions in the 50-minute race. Starting from P19, Lee and Pirttilahti finished in P9 overall and P3 in the Pro-Am class. Their double podium finish over the weekend helped them close the gap in the Pro-Am championship.

Pirttilahti and Lee managed to close the gap in the Pro-Am championship standings, now sitting in second with 45 points. Carde and Wells hold third place in the Pro standings, just one point behind second with 43 points.

The next round will see the DW Evans GT team return to Inje Speedium in South Korea, held on the 19th-21st of July.