IR News: Heart-pounding Qualifying for Team Suzuki Pilipinas
Date posted on December 2, 2017
Team Suzuki Pilipinas had an epic qualifying at the final round of the 2017 Suzuki Asian Challenge (SAC) which is being held at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram Thailand.
Team Suzuki Pilipinas praying for the Lord God’s guidance before the start of the qualifying
Team Suzuki Pilipinas riders Eane Jaye Sobretodo and April King Mascardo
SAC riders went all out trying to get the best grid position. It was windy during qualifying.
It was a heart-pounding moment for Team Suzuki Pilipinas as our rider April King Mascardo crashed early in the session. The front wheel of Mascardo’s race bike slid causing him to have a low side crash. Fortunately, Suzuki Asian Challenge mechanics was able to fix his bike in time and Mascardo rejoined the qualifying with only 6 minutes left.
Mascardo’s bike being fixed by mechanics
Impressively, being able to run for 3 laps only, Mascardo clocked in 2:16.561s and placed fourth in the qualifying. This was better than his 2:17s lap time a day before during the practice sessions. Mascardo is currently second in the overall standings and is gunning for the overall title this year.
Mascardo about to rejoin the qualifying
Meanwhile, Eane Jaye Sobretodo placed eighth in qualifying with his 2.17.361s lap time. With adjustments in the race bike, the Team Suzuki Pilipinas rider is hopeful and aims to deliver higher results in the race.
Eane Jaye Sobretodo
Pole position was taken by Thai rider Punchana Kulrojchalalai who is also on top of the overall standings. His qualifying time was 2:13.402s.
Race 1 is at 4:10 p.m. (5:10 p.m. in the Philippines) on December 2.
Go Team Suzuki Pilipinas!