- Absolute Racing serviced teams want to keep the form
- Picariello, Lee and Bhurit B. lead PRO, AM+ and AM classes
- The team will run a total of six cars
Shanghai, July 12th, 2017 – As the Audi R8 LMS Cup heads towards Yeongam, 400km south of the Korean capital Seoul, the six Absolute Racing serviced teams are looking to repeat the stunning performance of last month in Suzuka.
Absolute Racing serviced Audi R8 LMS stole the show in the Cup’s first visit to the Suzuka International Circuit, winning both races and leaving Japan on the top of the championship standings.
The former home of Korea’s Formula One Grand Prix is a challenging track, with sector 1 being mainly straights and sectors 2 and 3 being combinations of medium speed corner sequences and some fast sweeping bends. This weekend, the Audi R8 LMS Cup visits the circuit for the fourth consecutive time, having made its debut there in 2014.
Leading the charge into Rounds 5 and 6 will be MGT by Absolute’s Alessio Picariello, who has 41 points advantage over FAW-VW Audi Racing Team’s Franky CongFu Cheng as the region’s only GT3 one-make cup prepares to take on the 5.62km Hermann Tilke-designed track.
Last year’s race one pole sitter Picariello is sure to face stiff competition from Cheng and OD Racing’s Mitch Gilbert. Cheng took his first win this season in Suzuka and has been one of the most consistent drivers in the series. The Malaysian born racer currently holds third place in the point standings, ten points adrift from Cheng, and has been charging hard.
However Absolute Racing serviced teams will not only focus on overall wins as things are looking very promising in the AM+ and AM Classes.
Team Audi Volkswagen Taiwan’s Jeffrey Lee is currently in the lead in the AM+ category’s championship standings. The battle for supremacy in the AM+ Class will see the return of Anthony Liu, who, like the rest of the field, is aiming again for top honors. The Chinese racer returned to the Cup in Suzuka, and won the first race in Japan.
Singha PlanB Motorsport‘s Bhurit Bhirombhakdi is leading the AM Cup trophy. The Thai driver dominated last round by edging out his main rival in both races, and he is the new leader of the category after four rounds.
Team Manager, Michael Schneider, “At the moment we are leading the Pro, AM+ and the AM Championship. Our goal will be to maintain and extend the lead. Looking forward to the race weekend ahead.”
weekend Timetable (GMT+9)
Friday, July 14th
13:00-13:45 – Free Practice 1
16:15-17:00 – Free Practice 2
Saturday, July 15th
10:00-10:15 – Qualifying 1
15:00-15:30 – Race 1
Sunday, July 16th
10:00-10:15 – Qualifying 2
12:40-13:10 – Race 2