Sri Lanka s Dilantha Malagamuwa is the first driver to win the first ever race of the GT4 held in Asia. This event was held over the week end in Malaysia. He was to drive a Nissan 350Z prepared by Nissan Works team Nismo who sponsors him for the event but as he failed to receive the car in time. Adrian de Silva, a Malaysian, racing in the same series invited him to drive his car with him.
Drivers from all parts of the world will race in 6 rounds covering a total of 12 races for the championship. The races will be held in Malaysia, Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Macau .
Two races were run on May 15 and 16 respectively. Malagamuwa recorded the fastest lap during the qualifying round to take pole position.
Malagamuwa who started well and by lap No. 8 was in lead by 20 seconds. Adrian who partnered him took from the ninth lap and drove the rest of the race to record a great victory for him to bring pride to country once again.
His partner Adrian started the second in fifth position and had problems in lap two and fell behind. However managed to secure the third position and while trying to go ahead, the front runner banged on him causing a damage to tires.
The time that took for the change of tires put him to the sixth slot again. With these points, he is placed third in the championship with a difference of only two points.
Next two rounds will be staged in June at the Sepang FI Circuit in Malaysia. Malagamuwa hopes to have the vehicle ready for the next meet to have an impact.
Asian GT3 Round 1 race 1 and 2
Malagamuwa also competed in the Asian GT3 Round I races 1 and 2 driving a three year old Lamborghini at Sepang F1 circuit Malaysia.
On Friday during his qualifying rounds he came across with few technical problems and could not reach the best timings as expected and finished with the fifth best time. Driving a Lamborghini for the first time and starting from the fifth position he managed to end the race in third place in race 1.
Mok Weng and Michael Choi were the winner and the runner up respectively in this race.
Malagamuwa did not have a good start in the second race due to technical problems and was lying 12. But with his experience and the talent he reached the fifth position in the ninth lap.
He says that running with old tires found it difficult to control the car with technical problems arising again.
As I need to get points for the Championship had to finish the race, I managed to end as the overall fifth and second in Masters class added Malagamuwa.
Alan won the race while Michael Choi was placed third.
Though I managed to go past Alan on three occasions, could not hold on to the lead as the vehicle came up with a gear trouble.
In addition to that, the bonnet of the car also flew away and had to finish without the bonnet said Malagamuwa.
However after collecting some vital points he has managed to stay in the second slot with a difference of only two points from the leader in the GT3 category.
He also said that he is expecting to get the new car before the next event.
Malagamuwa s next race will be the Malaysian Super Car Series Round 1 race No.1 and 2 scheduled to run on the Sepang FI Circuit, in Malaysia next week end (May 22 and 23).