Absolute Racing make their way to Fuji Speedway, Japan this weekend (20-22 July) for Rounds 7 & 8 of Blancpain GT Series Asia, which marks the start of the second half of the championship season.
• Rump/Cheng hoping to capitalise on Suzuka win
• Burdon/Liu aiming more Pro-Am silverware
• Kim/Fong hoping for more luck in Fuji
33 cars are expected – a season-high entry – at the Mount Fuji racetrack for the much anticipated double-header. Fuji track features a tight, technical section and also the longest straight of the championship at 1.5km.
The home of the first ever Japanese Grand Prix triggers many good memories for Absolute Racing. The team celebrated a couple wins in this circuit in the past few seasons, and the goal for the weekend is to extend the positive streak.
It’s been an incredibly close and competitive year and at the mid-point of the 12-race season, Rump and Congfu are third in the overall title chase and second in the Silver Cup standings. #3 Absolute Racing Audi pair will be hoping to add to that this weekend in Japan.
Fuji circuit presents a lot of challenges but Pro-Am duo Josh Burdon and Anthony Liu is well prepared and will be hungry for more this weekend. Both drivers know the Japanese track well from previous appearances. Liu conquered a class podium last year with an Absolute Racing-run Audi R8 LMS. The #37 Paragon Water Systems Absolute Racing Audi line-up lies in fourth place in the Pro-Am class standings, after securing four podium finishes out of six races including one win.
On the other side of the garage, Pro-Am class drivers Andrew Kim and Adderly Fong are looking to bounce back from a tough weekend at Suzuka. The #7 Absolute Racing duo has been improving their pace every time they went out in their Audi R8 LMS, and will certainly be looking to amass points through the weekend.
Of the challenge ahead, Team Director Ingo Matter says, “We arrive in Fuji fully motivated from our first Blancpain GT Series Asia overall win, and we want to build on that momentum. In a hard fought championship like this, it’s very important to collect points along the way. We’re determined to collect the maximum possible points this weekend and close the gap to the competition.”
Team Manager, Michael Schneider adds, “Notwithstanding the good results we obtained here before, Fuji has not been an easy circuit for us in the past. However we have done our homework and we’ll do our best to close the gap to the championship leaders again.”
Preparations for the race will begin on Friday with two 45-minute practice sessions and continues on Saturday morning with a single 30-minute official practice session, while the two grids order is determined on Saturday with two 15-minute qualifying sessions. The first race will be held on Saturday, beginning at 3.10pm local time (GMT+9). The second 60-minute race is scheduled for Sunday at 1.05pm.
Weekend Timetable (GMT+9)
Friday, 20th July
Free Practice 1: 13.00 – 13.45
Free Practice 2: 15.45 – 16.30
Saturday, 21st July
Free Practice 3: 08.00 – 08.30
Qualifying 1: 11.25 – 11.40
Qualifying 2: 11.50 – 12.05
Race 1: 15.10 – 16.10
Sunday, 22nd July
Race 2: 13.05 – 14.05
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