It was another successful weekend for FFF Racing Team by ACM in Super Trofeo Asia as the team secured a victory and two further podium positions as the series travelled to Suzuka, Japan for round five and six (30 June – 1 July).
With momentum very much on their side, the #63 entry of Andrea Amici, Artur Janosz took victory on Sunday, their fourth of the season, while #19 of Jack Bartholomew and James Pull finished second and third in the two races.
The first race saw Jack Bartholomew line up second on the grid, alongside the #38 entry, with Andrea Amici directly behind in fourth position. The rolling start saw Bartholomew slot into second position with Amici gaining a position to run third ahead of the fast-starting #2 of Ben Gersekowski.
Neither Amici nor Bartholomew were able to hold back Gersekowski on the opening lap but soon slotted into a comfortable third and fourth positions before safety car closed up the field. The FFF Racing duo both opted to pit at the 30-minute mark, handing over to Pull and Janosz respectively, now second and third.
The two FFF drivers quickly dropped the fourth-placed car to run nose to tail until the former race leading #33 caught fire bringing out the second safety car which remained out to the final minutes and meaning just one more lap of racing.
There were no further changes with Pull and Janosz crossing the line second and third. Following the race, the time penalty for Janosz was added for an unsafe release in the puts, dropping them to tenth position.
The second race saw Janosz and Pull start from second and third in the #63 and #19 Lamborghinis, the former making a great start to run around the outside into turn one, giving him the line into the Esses. There was however light contact between the battling leaders, allowing the #98 car back into the lead with Janosz and Pull slotting in behind in second and third.
Pull then took advantage of the loss of momentum to take second position from his teammate under braking for Degner. It was a key move for the British driver, as the pairing circulated together for the remainder of the stint.
The leading four ran together until the pit window opened, with FFF Racing opting to bring in Pull first to hand over to Bartholomew. Janosz remained out for another lap before pitting for Amici who emerged just behind his teammate before pushing his way past at the chicane to restore the status quo. The two continued to battle for position, much to the frustration of the team, before Amici was able to pull out a small gap to Bartholomew.
The leader pitted right at the end of the pit window, and under pressure Amici immediately after exiting the pits, lost control of the car and crashed out of the race. This handed the lead to the Italian with Bartholomew third and following the safety car period, Amici brought the #63 Lamborghini home for the win, his fourth win of the year.
“It was a very satisfying weekend, both cars performed well,” team owner Sean Fu Songyang stated. “The last race we should have first and second, but if both cars fight so hard then we will lose positions. We need to be careful about that in the future to avoid the situation. We’re happy with Jack, his pace is much improved on last year and is now fighting at the front while James is also doing a great job in what is his first season.
“Obviously Artur and Andrea are both just outstanding and they had some tough times on Saturday, but it got better by the session. Still there are three weekends to go and we have to keep working hard as we want to wrap up the title as soon as we can.”