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Twin podium finishes for Ebrahim in Shanghai

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India’s Armaan Ebrahim, along with Sri Lankan team-mate Dilantha Malagamuwa, started his campaign in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Asia Series on a bright note by finishing second in both the races in Shanghai, China, on Sunday (May 22).

Having qualified second for the first race, 27-year old Chennai-based Ebrahim, supported by JK Tyre and driving for Dilantha Racing, was quick off the blocks and soon took the lead, but could not push any more as he encountered problems with the brakes and dropped to second, a position he held to the finish line, according to a release from the driver’s management.

In the next race, Malagamuwa, who had qualified sixth, opened the proceedings and quickly moved to the third spot. However, he was hit from behind which cost him track positions. He soon pitted for Ebrahim to take over.

Ebrahim made positions to move into second place, but could not make headway thereafter and opted to hold position to complete a successful weekend.

“We could have probably won both the races, but not a bad way to start the championship. I am happy to have points in the bag. We had a few issues with the car, but overall, it was a good weekend,” Ebrahim was quoted as saying in the release.

“The qualifying sessions on Saturday were in the wet. However, it was cloudy but dry today (Sunday). In the first race, I had a problem with the brakes when leading and conceded the lead. I decided to settle for second place.

“I am coming out of a long off-season, nearly six months, but was happy I could settle down. It is a long season as we finish only in December. So, we will take it race by race. I look forward to the next round in Suzuka, Japan, next month (June 11-12) and build on the momentum,” added the driver, who was awarded the FMSCI’s Motorsports Man of the Year for 2015.