Absolute Racing heads into this weekend’s 2018 Blancpain GT Series Asia season finale ready to do battle.
Going into the season’s final weekend the best-placed Audi shared by Absolute Racing’s Franky Cheng and Martin Rump is lay in sixth place in the GT3 Drivers Championship. The Audi Sport Asia drivers are theoretically in the hunt for the title but represent a more likely Silver Cup challenger.
In the Silver Cup, 29 points covers the five crews that could yet win the class title at Ningbo, and Rump and Cheng are also potential champions in waiting. With just two races to go and a maximum of 25 points available per race, the #3 Absolute Racing Audi entry is 29 points shy from the top spot.
Pro-Am class also features several potential champions. A tough challenge lays ahead, but the #37 Absolute Racing Adui pair know they have it and will give their utmost to get the job done. Anthony Liu, who will line up again alongside Alessio Picariello, must bridge a 40-point deficit if he’s to overhaul the current class-leading opponent.
Andrew Kim and Adderly Fong are not involved in any title fight but the #7 Absolute Racing Audi duo arrives very motivated to Ningbo after a strong performance in the previous weekend at Shanghai, where they conquered their first overall podium in the championship.
Absolute Racing Team Manager, Michael Schneider said, “I think Ningbo will be a track that will suit our Audis. For sure we will do our best to achieve another double podium like in the last round in Shanghai. The competition is very strong, but we will do our utmost to repeat it.”
Team Director Ingo Matter, added, “Ningbo circuit is not new to us as this is going to be our third visit there this season. The focus must remain high for this last race. Despite the challenges presented by the competition, we want to finish the season on high note. Our driver crews will be looking forward to score the maximum available points to move up in the championship standings.”
This weekend’s qualifying session and two hour-long races will be shown live on the Blancpain GT Series Asia website and Facebook page, as well as SRO’s GT World Youtube channel.
Friday 12 October
12:40 – 13:25: Free Practice 1
15:25 – 16:10: Free Practice 2
Saturday 13 October
09:00 – 09:30: Official Practice
11:35 – 11:50: Qualifying 1
12:00 – 12:15: Qualifying 2
15:20 – 16:20: Race 1
Sunday 14 October
10:55 – 11:55: Race 2
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