Avila lifts ASCC 2008 crown

Asia SuperCar Challenge (ASCC) Sepang, Malaysia Races 6 & 7

Macanese driver Rodolfo Avila has secured the ASCC’s title following a double 3 rd place finish in the latest event of the season at Sepang.

Avila did what he needed to do in Malaysia to become the first Macau driver to claim a GT championship title.

The challenge the 21 years old driver faced before the start was not as simple as all that. Qualifying session saw Avila’s times being excluded due to underweight of the car. Nevertheless Avila motivation was always up to the challenge. Mastercar Italy driver started from the back of the grid to take an amazing 3 rd position after 10 outstanding laps around Sepang.

Needing only to finish in the points to be crowned champion, Race 2 saw Avila produced an assured drive in tricky conditions to end the season with a comfortable margin over the second despite a tremendous scare when he wastouched by another car on the first start and considerably damaged the rear of his Ferrari 360 Modena Challenge.

With the ASCC drivers' title now secured, Macau SAR official driver was understandably pleased with the result.

"It's just fantastic!" he said. "Finishing third twice after such a tough weekend means a lot to me. We always believed we would succeed.  I am pleased and very happy to earn ASCC title. It is very special to me. This was my first year to race in GT cars, and so many people helped me with my learning curve.

"The team has always been there for me, and I would to thank them very much. I want to say a special thanks to my family, to Macau, Macau Government, Macau-slot.com, BNU, TsingTao Beer, Fat SiuLau Restaurant, RP Macau and Sujika Crafts. They knew from the beginning that we could claim this title today”.

The new ASCC Champion is now looking forward Macau GP in the end of the year. Avila expects to announce his program for the most important race of the year in the next few weeks.


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