DW Evans GT Racing Team Secure both the Pro and Pro-Am Podium at Sepang International Circuit

Sepang, Malaysia – 8 May, 2024 – The Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia (LSTA) blasted into its 2024 season at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit with two thrilling races on the 5.543km track. With two cars, #56 and #65, entered into the opening round, DW Evans GT walked away with a Pro-Am pole position, two Pro-Am podiums, one Pro podium, and one overall podium.

Qualifying

The Lamborghini Osaka car #56, driven by series newcomers Nikolas Pirttilahti and Thomas Yu Lee found success in the Pro-Am class. Qualifying 1 saw Finn Pirttilahti secure a class P2 and an overall P9 with a 2:21.832. American-Taiwanese Lee made a strong LSTA debut by putting in a 2:21.135, securing the Pro-Am pole position and P12 overall in Qualifying 2.

In the Pro class, defending Pro-Am champion Dan Wells was joined by series newcomer Emilien Carde in their #65 Lamborghini Kobe car. Wells’ time of 2:20.337 granted him a P5 Pro position, and P6 overall. Carde’s series debut saw him put in a 2:21.135, securing P4 both in Pro and overall.

Race 1

As the field was unleased for the first time this season onto a dry track following a wet qualifying, Wells made a lightning getaway, powering up from P6 to second by the end of the opening lap and demoting Absolute Racing’s Clay Osborne to third. After the mandatory driver swap, Wells’ teammate Carde headed a tightly-packed train of challengers led by solo driver Li in fifth, Leong’s teammate Miki Koyama in sixth, and Korean AM driver Lee, also driving solo. The #65 car finished the race in P5 in the Pro class, and P8 overall.

Further down the order, Pirttilahti fell back, losing the Pro-Am class lead, but a valiant effort saw the Finn fight hard to work back up the field before his driver swapped to Lee. An unfortunate 5-second penalty for track limits negated his efforts. The duo finished the race with a P2 in Pro-Am and an overall P13.

Race 2

Starting with Carde in the Prosperity Investment-backed #65 car, the Frenchman made a fast getaway with pressure from SJM Iron Lynx Theodore Racing’s Miki Koyama. The two series newcomers kept the fight hard but fair, with Carde pulling out all of his defensive moves before coming into the pits for the driver swap. Wells took over the fight, managing a perfectly executed overtake in the closing minutes to bring the team up to P3 in class and overall, where they eventually finished.

The Oloi Cafe-backed car #56 had Lee starting, engaging in a heated battle with Arrows Racing’s Johnson Huang and Madness Racing’s Chen Fangping. Lee and Pirttilahti fought hard throughout the race, finishing in P2 in Pro-Am and P9 overall.

The team now looks ahead to Round 2 of the championship, held at The Bend circuit in Australia from the 7th to the 9th of June.