Sunday, 30 March 2014 | MYT 7:15 PM
Dilantha storms to second victory
SEPANG: Sri Lankan ace Dilantha Malagumuwa sealed his second victory for the weekend by winning Race 2 of the Malaysian Super Series opening round at the Sepang International Circuit.
Dilantha began from pole position in his Lamborghini LP600 machine but was temporarily upstaged by Briton Philip Callow, who shot into the lead after a rolling start in the nine-lap GT3 race.
Dilantha, a highly experienced driver with stints in the Porsche Carrera Asia Cup, Japan’s Formula Nippon and Aston Martin Asia Series, fought back and passed Callow at the end of Lap 2 before going on to widen the gap on his rival.
The Sri Lankan went on to finish the race in 19:42.256, taking the chequered flag 26.286 seconds ahead of second-placed Adrian Silva of Malaysia.
Callow, who finished second in Race 1 on Saturday, could not repeat the feat after losing control of his Radical SR8 machine at Turn 8 and skidding into the gravel bed with four laps to go.
Adrian, representing Nexus Racing and driving a Ferrari 458 GT3 car, held off a stiff challenge from compatriot Rocky Siow in his Juno machine to finish the race in 20:08.542. Rocky clocked 20:08.698.
Asia’s fastest woman driver Natasha Seatter, who was forced to retire in Race 1 with a broken drive shaft, endured another disappointing race after being slapped with a 30-second time penalty for a jump start offence. She finished seventh overall.
With two wins in Round 1, Dilantha leads the MSS GT3 championship with a perfect score of 50 points, with Adrian second with 40 points.
The next stop for the five-round championship will be at the same circuit from May 9-11.