Far from being a stranger to the race series and the circuit itself, Aylezo Ecotint Racing arrived in Shanghai to tackle the opening round of the 2016 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo. Learning from their experiences, finishing in the podium spots is not an easy task but they managed to soldier on and taking home two third place finishes in class.
The team faced challenges from Day 1 as the team had to add 7 inches of foam to the race seat to secure driver Zen Low in place as the seat was too large for him. Once that was done, both him and Max Wiser had to deal with the heavy rain during practice and taming the Huracan LP 620-2 Super Trofeo race car is not an easy task. Nevertheless, they managed to qualify in 6th and 2nd spot on the grid for Race 1 and Race 2 respectively.
In Race 1, Zen had passed a couple of cars by taking the inside line of T1, but unfortunately was unable to hold the position as the brakes felt spongy, forcing him to pump the brakes before the actual braking point. “It was definitely not a nice feeling having to pump the brakes at over 200kph before the actual braking point every corner,” said Zen.
But that was not a reason for the team to back off as he then handed the wheel to Max and the Italian driver was able to cross the finish line in third place. “That was a difficult race with those poor brakes. I had to concentrate extra hard on the braking points and on the cars in front and behind. But our hard work paid off and finishing third was welcome relief,” said Max.
Once Race 1 was in the bag, the team managed to pinpoint the brake issue and have the car in proper racing condition for Race 2. It sure looked promising for the team when Max was in the lead going into T1, but an unexpected #12 car dived too deep on the inside forcing itself over the kerb and ploughing into the side of Max. As a result, Aylezo Ecotint Racing’s #69 race car had its side aero skirt and rear camber damaged. While the car was difficult to handle in the high speed corners, they still managed to nurse it back home in a respectable third place.
“This weekend certainly had a lot of things we weren’t expecting, but I’m really proud of how the team worked together to fix the problem and how Max and I drove in such difficult conditions to finish on the podium,” said an exhausted but happy Zen.