28 May 2022 Pole by a mere 0.058, Jack Ao Ieong takes pole position for Speed Hero Race One
On 28 May, Zhuhai International Circuit welcomed the first ZMA Club Race of 2022, Speed Hero qualifying. In the end, Silver Steed Racing Team #99 Jack Ao Ieong takes the pole position for race one with a fastest lap of 1:36.351.
Speed Hero qualifying session begins at 14:20 and it lasts for 20 minutes. Two laps later, Silver Steed Racing Team #99 Jack Ao Ieong goes fastest with a 1:36.710. Jim777y GT Racing #19 Chen Hong-Yan is second, 0.467 second behind.. Silver Steed Racing Team #17 Lin Zhi-Fei leads by a second, Lightning 22 Racing #22 Sha Jun-Tong leads by 1.7 seconds and Simon Racing Team #24 Guo Jie also leads by 0.9 second in the CL1, CL2, and CL3 classes respectively.
At the half way point of the session, Jack Ao Ieong continues to lead the field. Yamaha China Racing #26 Li Zheng-Peng is up to second and is less than 0.1 second behind. Chen Hong-Yan drops to third place. Lin Zhi-Fei, Sha Jun-Tong and Guo Jie continues to lead in their respective classes.
In the last 5 minutes, Li Zheng-Peng and Jack Ao Ieong begins to trade fastest laps, the gap between them is just 0.058 second. But in the end Li Zheng-Peng is unable to topple Jack Ao Ieong and the order is set. Silver Steed Racing Team #99 Jack Ao Ieong takes the pole position for tomorrow’s race one, Yamaha China Racing #26 Li Zheng-Peng, Jim777y GT Racing #19 Chen Hong-Yan are second and third respectively.
Post qualifying interview
After the session, pole position starter Jack Ao Ieong said, “I’m very happy to come back and race in Speed Hero. I have not run at Zhuhai International Circuit for a long time and I feel good. I am very thankful to my family and race team for their support. Tomorrow I don’t have much pressure, I will just do my best to try to win the race.”