Having secured a sure overall win after the first race at the Shanghai International Circuit on Saturday, Pro-Am Team Liu/Rizzo (#37) of China proudly took their title as champions of the 2012 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Asia Series with 142 points, a margin of 21 over runner up pro-am driver Ramli (#9) of Malaysia, and 33 points ahead of third position pro-am team Charlz (#99) of Singapore. In the amateur ranking, Kenan (#3) of China and Chan / Tse (#88) of Hong Kong fought a close battle all the way to the finale race on Sunday, finally to be won by Kenan (#3) who maintained a strong performance throughout the Series.
The 2012 Asia Series in Retrospect
As Automobili Lamborghini looks to 2013 – its 50th anniversary year – Super Trofeo has grown into one of the company’s foremost platforms for communicating its brand values. Having set out in 2009 in Europe, the Series expanded into Asia in 2012, welcoming Gentlemen amateur and pro-amateur drivers from China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand to race across some of Asia’s highest standards international circuit, starting from Sepang in May and moving on to Fuji, Ordos, Guangzhou and Shanghai for the penultimate race in October.
With the support of dedicated engineers and technicians, each team has followed Italian supercar maker Automobili Lamborghini and the oldest watchmaker brand in the world Blancpain on their inaugurating season in Asia this year, enjoying the partnership’s exclusive hospitality and motorsport expertise. Besides the drivers and their families, over 2,200 guests have been entertained in the Asian expression of the Lamborghini Village throughout the Series’ six racing weekends.
President and CEO of Automobili Lamborgini Stephan Winkelmann said: “This has been a tremendously successful first season for us in Asia, where we have been treated to strong and exciting performances from the drivers. Having just concluded our fourth European Series in Spain in October, we are thrilled to see that the Super Trofeo is gaining in reputation and following internationally.” Mr. Winkelmann concluded: “As in Europe, we would like to thank our partners at Blancpain, our many customers who race with us and the media and the public that give us enormous support. We now look forward to turning the heat up next year with an upgraded race car, and bringing more motorsport excitement to aspiring race drivers in Asia.”
“This first year of Blancpain Super Trofeo Asia was a great success” said Alain Delamuraz, Blancpain Vice President and Head of Marketing. “As official timekeeper and title sponsor of the race, we are proud to welcome all the teams in our new Boutique in Xin Tian Di, the entertainment district of Shanghai. There, we will also congratulate the winners of this year’s championship and award them with a Blancpain watch. The adventure continues, and we look forward to coming back for more next year.”