Archives for


Quandarium Associates, AMN’s Parent Company, Announces Opening of Hong Kong Office

Quandarium Associates Announces Opening of Hong Kong Subsidary

Fully owned subsidiary will provide enhanced customer service for QA Motorsports products as well as serve as the base for their Asia Motorsports Network community

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRLog (Press Release) – Apr. 17, 2014 – SHEUNG WAN, Hong Kong — Quandarium Associates LLC, a leading provider of products and services related to Asia performance automotive and motorsport markets, today announced the opening of Quandarium Associates (HK) Limited. Based in Sheung Wan, the new Quandarium subsidiary will provide a platform for increased grow in the rapidly emerging Asia performance aftermarket.

Quandarium already has end-customers as well as business partners in Hong Kong and Mainland China with plans to expand further into Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia. The emerging performance aftermarket fueled by motorsports teams and street enthusiasts married with the recognition that superior products and services deliver winning results translates into tremendous opportunities for the company. The new Hong Kong subsidiary will be driving marketing and sales for QA Motorsports (http://www.qa-motorsports.com), their product distribution group, as well as supporting their Asia Motorsports Network community (http://www.asiamotorsportsnetwork.com) aimed at connecting professionals, enthusiasts and sponsors worldwide.

Jim Moore, US General Manager and acting Managing Director of Quandarium Associates (HK) Limited, said “We are very excited to be in Hong Kong today to celebrate the opening of our new subsidiary. Having an in region presences will allow us to better serve our existing customers with the addition of regional distribution capabilities and further accelerate our growth plans.”

Quandarium Associates (HK) Limited’s first order of business will be selecting a distribution partner to handle product warehousing and order fulfillment. Several providers have already submitted proposals and they plan to make a final decision in the coming weeks. The capabilities are expected to be fully operational by mid Summer 2014. Moore said, “Having warehousing and fulfillment capabilities in Hong Kong for our QA Motorsports group will greatly reduce the costs associated specifically with our European supplied brands as well as dramatically reduce lead times for all of the brands we offer.”

About Quandarium

Quandarium Associates LLC based in Willoughby, OH with offices in Hong Kong, China specializes in providing performance aftermarket companies with insights and programs specific to the emerging Asian motorsport and the performance aftermarket channels. Through their in house expertise and a network of well established service providers they provide complete affordable solutions for market research, competitor analysis, marketing / promotional opportunities, and product distribution.

Contact
Quandarium Associates
info@quandarium.com

Honda Day Live Night Race: The Battle Town

Honda RaceJapanese auto maker Honda scrapped its motor racing activities after suffering heavy flooding at its Ayutthaya plant in late 2011, but the company has announced new plans for its sport marketing activities.

The “Honda Day Live Night Race: The Battle Town” will be held at Muangthong Thani Lakeside on November 16, and will feature not only racing but also a live concert.

The event is organized by Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co Ltd, in collaboration with Grand Prix International Co Ltd and Fresh Air Festival Co Ltd.

This is the second time that the event is to be held, and will involve “battles” of two different musical styles and two hybrid car models. It will take place on Saturday November 16, from midday until midnight.

The event will combine three classes of road car racing including Production Car, Pro Cup 1,500-1,600cc and Pro Cup 2,000cc, along with live performances in a battle of artists from two different musical styles.

Pitak Pruittisarikorn, executive vice president, Honda Automobile (Thailand), said: “The Honda Day Live Night Race was first held in 2012 and received tremendous customer acceptance with more than 70,000 people attending and marked a new chapter in Thai motor racing history.”

He said this year’s event will go further as the Honda Brio eco-car will compete in the Production Car class for the first time. For the performance show, a Honda Civic Hybrid will battle a Honda Jazz Hybrid to demonstrate the two models’ unmatched performance while helping to protect the environment.

Anothai Eamlumnow, vice president of GPI, said: “The 2013 road car race will remain fun and exciting. The racing circuits are specially designed to be more challenging for racers while the safety of the racers and spectators continue to be our first priority. The entire racing circuit is equipped with safety equipment that meets the Royal Automobile Association of Thailand’s standards.”

Part from motor racing and live concerts, there will also be the following:

* Extreme Battlefield, a bicycle riding thrill show with Adventure Free Running acrobatics;

* BMX Park Show, an extreme sport show featuring BMX bicycles performing amazing stunts;

* A stunt show by “Ball” Suhatai Chaemsap, Thailand’s leading professional motorcyclist, doing adventurous riding on a new Honda motorcycle;

* Many other fun activities including Honda Hot Laps, Honda Pit Tour and Honda Car Club Village.

Admission is free. For more information, visit www.honda.co.th and www.facebook.com/enjoyhondaclub.

Press release courtesy of The Nation: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Honda-announces-racing-and-music-event-next-month-30217318.html

Voice of America’s Article on PS Racing Promoting ChildFund International

Sunny Wong in the PS Racing car, with ChildFund International decals behind, Sept. 15, 2013.

Marianne Brown
September 24, 2013
ZHUHAI, CHINA — In China’s auto racing circuit, drivers can spend thousands of dollars for just one day of competition on the track. It is an unlikely place to find a children’s charity, but in the southern Chinese city of Zhuhai, one driver is making an effort to raise support for disadvantaged kids.

 

Driver and coach Pete Olson suggested the idea of advertising the ChildFund International logo on helmets and cars to the owners of his team, PS Racing, after supporting the charity in the United States. The team donates money, and so far Olson has persuaded three so-called “gentlemen drivers,” for whom racing is just a hobby, to sponsor a child through ChildFund International. “I just wrote them directly I said ‘hey, why don’t you guys sign up, come on, I know you guys spend thousands of dollars every time you smash your cars and laugh it off and stuff. I said it’s like 25 bucks a month, come on that’s nothing,” said Olson, describing his efforts to recruit other drivers.

 

The professional racing circuit in China has been slow to take off. The Chinese Grand Prix opened in 2004, but so far it has struggled to attract spectators, a problem critics blame on high ticket prices.

 

However, China is home to exponential growth in the automobile market, says Jim Moore, general manager of Quandarium, specialists in the automotive aftermarket. Moore travels to China regularly to represent U.S. brands and says the Chinese market is changing rapidly. “This is a culture that 15 years ago nobody dreamed of owning a car, and in that time period everybody has a car so it’s come that far that fast. Now that everyone has one they want it to be different from everybody else’s,” said Moore.

 

With accelerating private car ownership in China, auto industry sponsors are trying to promote their brands and products through the racing series. As the sport grows, Moore explains, it is still funded in part from second generation Chinese business people. “Their parents built factories and sold products all over the world and made lots of money, and now their kids are off spending that money. Motorsports has become a pretty popular hobby for a select few of that group,” Moore said.

 

Olson admits that it is difficult to sell the idea of sponsoring a child to drivers from mainland China because, he says, the concept of donating money to charity is still very new. Sunny Wong says he thinks promoting the cause through racing will attract more attention from wealthy businessmen like himself. He works in real estate in Hong Kong and started racing four years ago. He is part of the team that now sponsors a child through ChildFund International. “I think it’s always good to have good exposure [to] such an audience, and… racing is a different audience for normal organizations like ChildFund International… I think it’s a new niche that they are being exposed to,” said Wong.The positive exposure that ChildFund International receives through the team is reciprocal. Olson says he thinks PS Racing has received more coverage on national television and newspapers because of the connection to the charity. “They will post more pictures of my car and in all the media they mention ChildFund International car. The promoter thinks it looks nice for the series… it adds more of an angle to the racing,” said Olson.

 

Race car drivers Sunny Wong and Pete Olson promote the charity the Child Fund in Zhuhai, China, Sept. 15, 2013. (Marianne Brown for VOA)
Race car drivers Sunny Wong and Pete Olson promote the charity the Child Fund in Zhuhai, China, Sept. 15, 2013. (Marianne Brown for VOA)

 

Olson says he was drawn to ChildFund International because his mother could not afford to raise him and gave him up for adoption when he was a child. “I got adopted by a Harvard lawyer so I lucked out. So there are many, many times in my life that I thought I’m very lucky to have had my education, private schools and everything and the racing, especially when I was just getting started,” said Olson. He says if he had not been adopted he would not be living the life he is now. He says he wants to encourage privileged people like himself to give something back.

Read the full article on Voice of America’s website.

Gulf Oil signs with GulfSport Racing as Technical Partner to the Formula Gulf 1000 Championship

DSC_0039

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE

22nd August 2013

Gulf Oil, one of the most evocative brands in the motorsport industry has signed on as official Technical Partner of GulfSport Racing to supply all lubricants and brake fluid for the FG1000 racing car used in the Formula Gulf 1000 Championship.The agreement was signed by Sanjay P. Singh, Chief Marketing Officer of Gulf Oil Middle East and Barry Hope, for GulfSport Racing, the owner and promoter of Formula Gulf 1000.

“Since Gulf Oil supported the Ford GT40 at Le Mans 24h in 1968, the brand has been associated with some of the greatest cars and drivers. For example, Porsche, Audi, McLaren and Aston Martin driven by such famous drivers as Jack Ickx, Stefan Johansson, Derek Bell and Jo Siffert.” said Sanjay P. Singh. “We believe that motorsport is an efficient manner to promote our products, and we’re pleased to be associated with GulfSport’s driver development race series, Formula Gulf 1000.”

The Gulf Oil brand and its famous blue and orange logo has been synonymous with motor racing for 45 years and has become one of the most iconic motorsport brands in the world carrying with it the passion and deep affection of millions of motorsport enthusiasts. “We are extremely proud to be starting a technical partnership with such a legendary motorsport brand ” said Barry Hope, a Managing Partner of GulfSport Racing. “Sanjay and his team have worked hard to develop a lubricant for us that meets the very demanding needs of a modern four-stroke motorcycle engine being used to power a single seater racing car in this climate. Bikers rarely use full throttle and high revs to the extent that we do in racing cars and so this is the ultimate test of a lubricant for a motorcycle engine.”

The Gulf Oil brand will be prominent on all Formula Gulf 1000 racing cars and associated publicity. Season three commences in October 2013 with an official pre-season test, followed by fourteen races. Graduates of previous seasons, now termed ‘the Racer’s Academy‘ because of the unusually high level of driver coaching included in the package, include Mohammed Al Mutawaa (Citroen Middle East Rally Championship), Joe Ghanem and WeiRon Tan (Formula Renault UK), and Natasha Seatter (Malaysian Super Series) & Rahul Mayer (BRDC Formula 4)

…ends…

About Gulf Oil (www.gulfoilltd.com) Gulf Oil drilled the world’s first oil well in 1901, introduced the world’s first drive-in fuel station with branded gasolines and packaged lubricants and invented the world’s first synthetic base oil.
As part of the Hinduja Group, Gulf Oil is now one of the largest privately owned companies in the world represented by the iconic Gulf Brand in the orange disc logo. In the UAE it operates two factories in Jebel Ali and one in Ras Al Khaimah producing over 400 varieties of high quality lubricants for export to over 40 countries.Gulf Oil recently acquired Houghton international a USA based specialty metal working fluid manufacturer for $1.045 billion.

About GulfSport Racing (www.gulf-sport.com) Established in 2004, GulfSport Racing has become the Middle East’s leading independent motorsport business having developed the regional market for Radical, Caterham and Ginetta sports-cars, plus professional equipment manufacturers including Bell, Arai, Sparco, Sabelt, Alpinestars and Stilo.
Formula Gulf 1000 has run 42 official test sessions, 14 qualifying practice sessions, 28 championship races, 2 pre-season test days and numerous driver training sessions for more than 30 racing drivers from the UAE, Bahrain, India, Palestine, Syria, Spain, Lebanon, Malaysia, UK, France, Iran, Kuwait, Oman, Pakistan and South Africa at FIA Grade 1 circuits in the UAE and Malaysia.

TAMADA DOMINATES FIERY CHENNAI, AZLAN EXTENDS CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD

ARRC 130714_ADC

Musashi Boon Siew Honda Racing achieved a perfect weekend in India as riders, Makoto Tamada recorded a double victory with teammate, Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman in tow in the action-packed SuperSports 600cc races in the third round of the 2013 PETRONAS Asia Road Racing Championship today.

Tamada earned his maiden victory for the season in Race 1. Despite making a slight mistake at the start of the 16-lap race, the former MotoGP rider caught up with Azlan who was tussling for P1 with PETRONAS Hong Leong Yamaha rival, Mohd Zamri Baba.

Azlan and Zamri’s aggression caused them lost pace after coming into contact in lap-9 and Tamada capitalized on the opportunity to steal lead and claim his first win with 15’36.927s. Azlan settled for second and Zamri third, 15’37.218s and 15’38.166s respectively.

Race 2 saw a lot less overtaking but the race ended abruptly when race leader Tamada high-sided on Lap 10 and bringing out the red flag. The race was ultimately called off but despite the drama, Tamada was still crowned champion as results were taken based on riders’ position in lap 9. However only half points were awarded for Race 2. Tamada came in first with 15’36.927s followed by Azlan with 15’37.218s and Zamri third, 15’38.166s.

“Race 2 felt a bit off, from the start I felt the grip was not strong enough. Nevertheless, I could still ride comfortably. But somehow, I lost control of the bike and crashed coming out of a turn. My back and leg still hurts from the impact but I consider myself lucky to escape without any major injuries,” he said.

Tamada went on to talk about his first outing at the Madras Motor Race Track and commented, “Overall, it was a good weekend. Although it ended on the wrong note, I still finished first in both races and Azlan is now back on top of the championship standings. The team is very happy and we will continue to work hard for the remaining rounds left this season.”

Azlan now leads the SuperSports 600cc standings with 120 points followed by Tamada second, 88.5 points while Zamri sits in third place with 81 points.

AFIF REGAINS CONTROL
ARRC 130714_Underbone

The Underbone 115cc races in Chennai India saw Malaysian rider Ahmad Afif Amran regaining control thanks to a victory in Race 1 and a second placed finish in Race 2.

The PETRONAS Hong Leong Yamaha rider who broke the lap record yesterday won Race 1 within 19’59.312s, 0.024s ahead of Indonesian title contender, Hadi Wijaya (R9 Racing Team) who finished second with 19’59.536s. Completing the podium steps was Hadi’s teammate, Ferlando Herdian with 20’00.256s.

Feeling extremely motivated, the 18-year old Afif was hoping to further extend his championship lead in Race 2 with another possible win but instead found himself outgunned by compatriot, Mohd Affendi Rosli (Harian Metro Y-TEQ SCK Honda Racing) who took the chequered flag with 20’06.603s in the final seconds of the race.

Afif was forced to settle for second place with 20’06.635s while Hadi Wijaya finished third, 20’06.912s.

Bagging 45 points from this leg, Afif steals the lead from Hadi Wijaya with 104 points, a one-point advantage over the latter (103 points). Norizman Ismail sits in third overall with 82 points.

“Words cant express how happy I feel to get back on top of the standings. The team prepared extensively for this round so it feels really good to achieve what we came here to do,” said Afif.

He went on to elaborate on the race, “I tried to pull away early in Race 1 but the other riders were really fast. So I kept close with the frontrunners and attacked in the final lap and our efforts paid off when I won the race ahead of Hadi.”

“The same thing happened in Race 2, only this time there was a lot more riders in the front. There was no way I could escape so I opted to keep a steady pace. I was close to overtaking Affendi at the final turn but my bike lost power when exiting. I was quite disappointed but still content to still finish on the podium,” he said.

ONO BAGS THE DOUBLE

Hiroki Ono scored yet another double win, his second of the season, in the third leg of the 2013 PETRONAS Asia Road Racing Championship at the Madras Motor Race Track in Chennai, India.

The Japanese rider took victory in Race 1 with total time of 19’33.885s followed by by Dwi Satria second with 19’34.057s and Khairul Idham Pawi third, 19’34.202s.

Ono then went on to bag his second win for the day in Race 2 with 15’48.891s to edge over Gerry Salim in second place and Mohd Fitri Ashraf Razali third, each with 15’49.197s and 15’49.840s respectively.

Results

SuperSports 600cc

Race 1

1.Makoto Tamada (Honda) 27’47.541s 2.Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (Honda) 27’47.776s 3.Mohd Zamri Baba (Yamaha) 27’53.879s 4.Thitipong Warokorn (Honda) 27’59.974s 5.Tomoyoshi Koyama (Honda) 28’00.378s

Race 2

1.Makoto Tamada (Honda) 15’36.927s 2.Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (Honda) 15’37.218s 3.Mohd Zamri Baba (Yamaha) 15’38.166s 4.Yuki Ito (Yamaha) 15’38.428s 5.Ryuta Kobayashi (Honda) 15’33.367s

Overall Standings

1.Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (Honda) 120 points 2.Makoto Tamada (Honda) 88.5 points 3.Mohd Zamri Baba (Yamaha) 81 points 4.Katsuaki Fujiwara (Kawasaki) 80.5 points 5.Tomoyoshi Koyama (Honda) 53 points

Team Standings

1.Musashi Boon Siew Honda Racing 127 points 2.PETRONAS Hong Leong Yamaha 95 points 3.BEET Kawasaki Racing 80.5 points 4.Musashi Boon Siew Honda Racing 51.5 points 5.Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing 51 points

Underbone 115cc

Race 1

1.Ahmad Afif Amran (Yamaha) 19’59.312s 2.Hadi Wijaya (Yamaha) 19’59.536s 3.Ferlando Herdian (Yamaha) 20’00.256s 4.Harlan Fadhillah (Yamaha) 20’00.374s 5.Mohd Affendi Rosli (Honda) 20’01.371s

Race 2

1.Mohd Affendi Rosli (Honda) 20’06.603s 2.Ahmad Afif Amran (Yamaha) 20’06.635s 3.Hadi Wijaya (Yamaha) 20’06.912s 4.Amirul Ariff Musa (Honda) 20’07.166s 5.Harlan Fadhillah (Yamaha) 20’07.232s

Overall Standings

1.Ahmad Afif Amran (Yamaha) 104 points 2.Hadi Wijaya (Yamaha) 103 points 3.Norizman Ismail (Honda) 82 points 4.Harlan Fadhillah (Yamaha) 75 points 5.Kazuki Masaki (Honda) 62 points

Team Standings

1.Harian Metro Y-TEQ SCK Honda Racing 127 points 2.PETRONAS Hong Leong Yamaha 104 points 3.R9 Racing Team 103 points 4.Pertamina Enduro Nissin R9 Cargloss 75 points Kawasaki KYT Rextor Manual Tech 64 points

Asia Dream Cup

Race 1

1.Hiroki Ono (JPN) 19’33.885s 2.Dwi Satria (INA) 19’34.057s 3.Khairul Idham Pawi (MAS) 19’34.202s 4.Nakarin Atiratphuvapat (THA) 9’43.650s 5.Jakkrit Swangswat (THA) 19’44.600s

Race 2

1.Hiroki Ono (JPN) 15’48.891s 2.Gerry Salim (INA) 15’49.197s 3.Mohd Fitri Ashraf Razali (MAS) 15’49.640s 4.Dwi Satria (INA) 15’49.867s 5.Jakkrit Swangswat (THA) 15’50.316s

Overall Standings

1.Hiroki Ono (JPN) 145 points 2.Mohd Fitri Ashraf Razali (MAS) 82 points 3.Gerry Salim (INA) 81 points 4.Khairul Idham Pawi (MAS) 79 points 5.Jakkrit Swangswat (THA) 69 points

2013 Pan Delta Summer Race a Resounding Success

At 16:00 on 16 June 2013, when the last Asian Pan Delta AFR race car passes the finishing line and in front of the main grandstand, the Pan Delta Super Racing Festival draws to a close. The entire event, filled with exciting races and interesting commercial activites, combine to make Pan Delta one of the most influential and successful regional motorsport event in China.

Improved standards

Due to the changing weather, the event was packed with incidents. But overall the races were successful. Apart from the weather, all the participating teams and drivers showed improved professionalism in all aspects such as technical preparation and race craft. At the same time, these teams and drivers all demonstrated more self-promotion and awareness. For example, in the Circuit Hero races, the race cars are now much better painted and decorated with models on the grid to better attract media and public attention. They are now very aware of the 20,000 people watching them race, which is not common in other races.

Expert operations

Looking at Pan Delta from another angle and you will discover that the commercial developments have reached every corner of the track facilities. Merchandize sales, goods demonstration, auto and motorsport related products, interactive activities, performance stage… etc are all buzzing with people. In the paddock, the guest area and VIP area are also full of people and is indeed very atmospheric.

Pan Delta has been nurturing and educating fans ever since. Nowadays, the 20,000 average fans who attend Pan Delta has made the event a very good platform for promotion. Take the VIP pass for example, the 500 VIP passes available were snapped up long ago. This is a clear sign that the fans do not mind paying more for better hospitality at the race. For just RMB 500, a fan can enjoy a closer look at the cars and the race queens plus a sumptuous buffet lunch by Sheraton Zhongshan Hotel, it is a real bargain.

There is another bright spot from the race and that is the modified car exhibition and sales area. These modified parts sales compaines have teams and drivers in the Circuit Hero races working for or with them, thus they are able to utilise their performance on track to promote their products. The fans can check out and compare the products and services available. The interactivity among parts sales, race teams, drivers and fans have never been this close before.

For the Pan Delta organizers, this has been another great success story. An event packed with activities and commercial partners that fans truly enjoy meeting at  a race track.

  Published:                               2013-06-25

Courtesy of http://www.zic.com.cn/en/news_info.php?id=411&kind=01

SIngapore’s Changi Motorsports Hub Still Dead

The Singapore Sports Council (SSC) announced earlier this week that it would not be proceeding with the re-tender for the Changi Motorsports Hub site following the conclusion of an extensive international and local market sounding and Request for Information (RFI) exercise. For those who have been following the situation closely, it comes as no surprise.

Updating the media on the decision not to proceed with the re-tender, SSC CEO Lim Teck Yin said: “The SSC has decided not to proceed with the re-tender as potential investors had indicated significant combined conditions for the project to be commercially viable, which we cannot accede to. The key requirements from potential investors include requests for flexibility of lease terms and land use as well as tax concessions. For example, with regard to flexibility of lease terms, there were requests for extensions of duration and pricing below valuation.”

“Taking into consideration these requests and potential outcomes, we need to balance the costs and benefits. The land take and proposed use under this project do not justify an operating model that involves significant government subsidies or concessions. After careful consideration and in consultation with other government agencies, we have decided not to proceed with the re-tender,” said Lim.

Read the Full Press Release Here

Die hard Singaporean race fans will now have to continue to rely on Sepang or Johor and hope that Peter Lim’s previously announced Motorsports City development in Iskandar will become a reality.

Red Hot Motorsports Weekend is Imminent! – 2013 Pan Delta Super Racing Festival (Summer Race) About to Begin

Pan Delta Super Racing Festival is in its 9th year and has already established itself as the local motorsport fans’ gathering place. The 2013 Summer Race is about to be held on 15-16 June at Zhuhai International Circuit. Exciting races, interesting activites and top exhibits will help the fans enjoy an unforgetable weekend.

Easygoing and Expanding

Since the beginning of Pan Delta, it has been defined as the motorsport events for the public. The races belongs to the average men and women. During those days when few fans took part in motorsports and there were few national races, Pan Delta held up its flag to draw the crowds in and nurture their developments, by creating the Circuit Hero races.

Today, Pan Delta’s hard work has been approved. The current Circuit Hero One (Advanced class) race routinely receives more than 25 entries. The more grassroot Circuit Hero Two race can attract over 40 entries, for this race an amazing 49 cars entered the competition. With cars lined up as far back as the last corner, this is truly a sight to behold. Similar races are now happening all over the other Chinese circuits.

Circuit Hero has created miracles and Pan Delta is getting ready to create another new race and concept. The new for 2013 Red Bull Drift Challenge already ignited a lot of sparks in the March Pan Delta race. The 10 machinese drifted against each other one-on-one and showed off their race crafts in front of 20,000 people. For this race there will be 13 cars, 3 more than the last, and two highly capable Japanese drifters, Suenaga Naoto and Saito Daigo, will take part, too.

Endless innovation

Pan Delta has never changed its core qualities. For this race, Red Bull has set up a game known as the “Red Bull Kart Castle Defence Battle”. Red Bull has created a 206m long and 4m wide kart track. Just buy two cans of Red Bull on the spot and you may experience the thrill of driving a kart around this special track.

The vintage cars on display in the March Pan Delta will be here once again. This is a part of the themed event “Whole Family together for Father’s Day”. These historic machines, product of technology and wisdom from more than 100 years ago, are the best father-son activity tool. Apart from the vintage cars, there are also many other great modern cars on display, including the brand new Toyota 86, BMW, Audi and Yamaha motorcycles. Other Pan Delta favourites such as nice food, ZIC stage performances etc will of course be there again. Where better to go on Father’s Day than ZIC?

Q-Team, a large motorsport concern created by Zhang Shan-Qi, the first Chinese driver to tackled the Le Mans Series, will hold their own opening ceremony during Pan Delta. Renowned musician Hei Nan will also be present, while famous artist Roy Chiu will race for Q-Team in the Pan Delta AFR Series. Are the Roy Chiu fans ready?

Tuned car fans cannot miss this weekend’s Pan Delta. Option parts outlets will be at the back of the grandstands for the very first time! For this weekend, the Pan Delta organizers has arranged for 12 car tuning shops to show their products during the event. The participating merchants will sell their wares below market price. Buy, change and pay on the spot! The 12 merchants specializes in different goods and they are well stocked to serve you!

Pan Delta in June, with so much happening at ZIC on and off the track, how can you sit at home?

Source: http://www.zic.com.cn/en/news_info.php?kind=01&id=398

Recap of this Past Weekends Asia Racing Action

While most in the US were enjoying their Memorial Day Weekend, we were busy following all of the racing action in Asia.  As it turned out, this was probably the biggest weekend ever for the collective group of AMN members as they took home more than dozen podium finishes.

MSS R2 Winners

Starting with the Malaysian Super Series (MSS) held at Sepang International Circuit, Natasha Seatter and father Stewart finished 2nd in the GT Open class, which was enough for her to take the overall MSS lead from Angus Kirkwood who unfortunately ended his day early with a DNF.  The Seatter team was supported by Race Engineer Martin Hope of GulfSport Racing.  Singaporean Gerald Tan of LTM 9tro coming off his victory last weekend at the Time Attack qualified 4th, but he also ended his day with a DNF.  Everyone will be back in action at the end of June for the 3rd round of the MSS.

Tin Sritrai

The MSS also played host to several other series including the Thailand Super Series Rd1 (follow the link to read the full recap) and the Touring Car Series in Asia by IMSP.  2012 TCSA Champion Tin Sritrai started 2013 with double 1st place finishes and China Dragon Racing dominated the N2000 Class finishing 1, 2 in both races.  In R1 Alex Hui took home the victory followed by teammate Sunny Wong and in R2 they reversed their finishing order.  Billy Lo also ended his weekend on a high note with a 3rd and 4th place finish respectively.

TCSA R1 Winners

In the TCSA Road Sport Challenge Class, AMN members James Tang of TRC and Samuel Hsieh both scored double podium finishes going 2, 3 respectively in both races.  This made Samuel’s first trip to Sepang extremely memorable.  The TCSA will be back in action June 28-30th at the Sepang International Circuit before heading to Korea’s Inje Auto Theme Park for 2 rounds.  Several of our members were at Inje this past weekend to watch the opening round of the Super Taikyu Series, including Mark Thomas who was representing the Asian Le Mans Series which opens their 2013 season there on August 4th.  You can find additional information on the Asian Le Mans Series by visiting their Facebook Page: Asian Le Mans Series – Official.

FRD CTCC R2

There was also racing action at Shanghai International Circuit this past weekend as the China Touring Car Championship and Formula Masters China Series (follow link to see full recap) were both back in action.   FRD could not repeat the 2012 stunning performance at SIC where they completed dominated the field by going 1, 2, 3, 4, but 2012 winner Andy Yan was fast enough to claim both the pole and the race making it 3 straight years for the FRD driver to dominate the Shanghai Circuit Round.  CTCC Rd 1 winner Wang Rui of VW 333 finished 2nd to maintain his driver points lead, but the biggest surprise of the day came from long time friend Pascal’s ASR Da Marco’s team with their first ever podium finish!  First year driver Zhang Shenjun managed to qualify 2nd on Saturday and then pilot the 1.6T Chevy Cruze to a 3rd place finish on Sunday.  The CTCC heads to Tianma Circuit June 8th and 9th.

In closing we also want to mention AMN member Jason Tan of Team Driftmasters and Singapore Stunt Driving successfully completed their Stunt Driving Clinic in Singapore this past weekend.  For those interested there will be another clinic on July 7th. You can find more information on their Facebook Page: Singapore Stunt Driving.

O’YOUNG FORCED TO QUIT FOLLOWING UNLUCKY CRASH IN AUSTRIA

OYoung_Race1_Aut9

Press Release

 

For immediate release

2013 FIA WORLD TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP (WTCC)

ROUND 9 & 10 SALZBURGRING, AUSTRIA

OYOUNG RACE REVIEW

 

·         O’YOUNG FORCED TO QUIT FOLLOWING UNLUCKY CRASH IN AUSTRIA

·         DARRYL RANKS SIXTH ON INDEPENDENT STANDINGS AFTER FIVE ROUNDS

 

(20 May 2013, Hong Kong) ROAL Motorsport driver Darryl O’Young was forced to leave Salzburg without a point after the FIA WTCC Race of Austria last Sunday. The results see the Hong Kong-based driver ranked sixth on the Yokohama Drivers’ Trophy standings with 29 points, after five rounds of the current FIA World Touring Car Championship calendar.

 

Starting from overall P17 in the opening race, Darryl fought his way to as high as overall P14 on the ninth lap, but that was when the unlucky collision took place. Another Hong Kong driver Charles Ng hit Franz Engstler on the back just in front of O’Young, causing the German’s car to spin. Just as he tried to get around on the outside, he got hit too with Engstler’s car continued to spin. The crash sent Darryl’s BMW 320 TC into the gravels and forced the 33-year-old to quit with three laps left in the first race.

 

“I was having a strong race moving up three spots to overall P14. I was involved in a 5-way fight for P9 when suddenly two cars spun in front. I was unable to avoid Engstler and he hit my door as he spun around,” said a dejected O’Young after the race.

 

Following the crash, Darryl’s car was too damaged to continue and therefore O’Young did not make the start of the second race. He had to return home after having endured a disappointing weekend and scored no points in Austria.

 

Round six of the 2013 calendar will be held three weeks later when the Race of Russia make its WTCC debut in Moscow on the second Sunday of June.

 

Sponsors LKM and FUSPEED are the major forces behind Darryl’s pursuit of success in the 2013 FIA World Touring Car Championship.  Please visit www.fiawtcc.com for more WTCC information and www.darryloyoung.com for the latest updates about Darryl.

 

Qualifying 1 at Salzburgring Independent P8 & Overall P18

“For three laps on my qualifying session, each attempt resulted in me catching traffic therefore making it impossible to complete a fast lap. I was later penalized for going too slow on the circuit, but in my opinion, this ruling was complete unfair as I had no option to pass the cars in front as the circuit was blocked. As a result, I took a 5-place grid penalty in Race 1. ”

Race 1 at Salzburgring (2013 round 9) – Independent P10 & Overall P20 (After 9 laps)

“The damage on the doors was severe due to having carbon doors. I didn’t expect it, but the team was unable to fix the car before Race 2. My weekend was over.”

 

Race 2 at Salzburgring (2013 round 10) – DNS

N/A

 

2013 Yokohama Drivers Trophy after Round 10 (Top 6)

Position Driver Total points Stat
1 James Nash (GRB) 78 3 win + 6 podium
2 Michel Nykjaer (DEN) 70 3 win + 3 podium
3 Alex Macdowall (GBR) 66 2 win + 6 podium
4 Mehdi Bennani (MOR) 47 2 win + 1 podium
5 Fredy Barth (SUI) 30 1 podium
6 Darryl O’Young (CHN) 29 1 podium

~ END ~

 

This press release is generated by Passion Marketing on behalf of O’Young Racing Limited.

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Daniel Chan

TV motorsports commentator

Tel: +852 9287 7891

E-mail: daniel@passionmarketing.com.hk