With four rounds down and two to go, the 2010 PETRONAS Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) contingent now heads to the Zhuhai International Circuit (ZIC), China for the penultimate leg schedule to kick off this 29 to 31 October 2010.
This year marks the 10th year ZIC host the event and PETRONAS ARRC event promoter Two Wheels Motor Racing, Promotions Director, Ron Hogg extended his thanks to the management, "It's great to see ZIC play host to the Championship once again. It has been a consistent host since 2000 and I hope the collaboration will continue for the years to come," he said.
Ron assured that the Round 5 of the PETRONAS ARRC is expected to be highly competitive as it is the last familiar venue on the race calendar before the season finale kicks off at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. Given that, teams and riders aim to make full use of the opportunity on the 4.319 kilometer circuit to bag as many points possible and secure a better position in the overall standings.
He said, "Fans can expect to see a close battle this weekend because most of the PETRONAS ARRC riders are familiar with the track. Also, now that we are at the vital stages of the Championship, riders will be pushing hard for maximum points and podium finishes.
"Adding on to the challenge, I'm certain China Zongshen Racing will be there competing with top contenders as the team is racing at their home track. To make things more interesting, several local wildcards will join the race as well."
"All in all, Round 5 will be one of the best opportunities for every rider to collect as many points as possible as it's the last chance to make amends. This is because the final race in Qatar will be a big gamble as majority of the riders does not know what it's going to be like racing on a world class circuit at night."
The title chase for both SuperSports 600cc and Underbone 115cc categories are still open and as of Round 4, Decha Kraisat of PETRONAS Yamaha Thailand leads the SuperSports 600cc overall standings with 108 points followed by teammate and defending Champion, Chalermpol Polamai with 90 points. At a tie in third place with 87 points are PETRONAS Yamaha Malaysia riders, Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman and Mohd Zamri Baba.
Meanwhile for the Underbone 115cc, Denny Triyugo of Yamaha TOP1 FDR Racing tops the chart with 94 points followed by Hadi Wijaya from Kawasaki NHK Rextor Manual Tech Racing with 89 points and Fitriansyah Kete of Bikers BRT Indonesian Racing Team with 65 points.