Absolute Racing is set to enter one Audi R8 LMS GT4 car in the six-round GT World Challenge Asia in 2020 with Indonesia’s Anderson Tanoto and Denmark’s Nicolaj Møller Madsen.
The Chinese squad, led by Fabien Fior and Ingo Matter, is the first team to confirm plans to run a new-for-2020 Audi R8 LMS GT4 Evo car in the series this season. Absolute Racing first sampled the GT4 Class at Suzuka circuit last year and that exploratory outing has prompted the team to enter a Audi R8 LMS GT4 for long-standing Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup driver Tanoto and ex-GT4 European Championship race winner Møller Madsen. Tanoto and Mark Williamson took the #89 Absolute Racing Audi R8 LMS GT4 entry to a double class podium on its debut.
Ingo Matter, Team Director, said “I’m extremely pleased to be getting into the GT World Challenge Asia in the new GT4 Silver/Am class. Running the Audi R8 LMS GT4 was an obvious choice; we have a great relationship with Audi Sport customer racing Asia. In Møller Madsen and Anderson we have two highly committed drivers. Absolute Racing will definitely be looking for class wins. This expansion marks a new chapter for the team and we can’t wait to get started.”
Having raced Audi GT4 cars in the Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup before, Tanoto will get his second run in the GT World Challenge Asia this season. The Indonesian driver is a former GT4 Cup champion in the brand with the four rings one-make cup in Asia. His teammate Nicolaj Møller Madsen has raced in the highly-competitive GT4 European Series in the past two seasons with Audi. He went to win a race in Zandvoort last season, finishing sixth in the Silver class standings.
“Anderson Tanoto was one of our first GT4 customers in Asia, and he saw immediate results, including winning the Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup’s GT4 category in 2018. Nicolaj Møller Madsen has a strong record with the Audi R8 LMS GT4 in Europe. His pairing with Anderson will be very competitive in class,” said Martin Kuehl, Director of Audi Sport customer racing Asia.
Commenting about his participation in the GT World Challenge Asia this season, Tanoto said, “It is a whole new challenge for me. Last year’s experience in Suzuka, where we finished with a double podium, was an eye-opener. It is a privilege to return with a new Audi R8 LMS GT4 this year alongside Absolute Racing. I am excited to team up with an experienced GT4 driver like Møller Madsen. This is a huge step up and it will help my development as a driver. I know the team’s expectations are high, but I feel ready for the biggest challenge I’ve ever faced in motor racing.”
Teammate Nicolaj Møller Madsen added “I am really happy and proud to join Absolute Racing for the GT World Challenge Asia in the GT4 class. I think all racedrivers have been looking to get a chance to race in Asia, mainly because of the amazing racing tracks and even more amazing fans. In the past three years I been trying to find a way to get into Asia, and now it finally happened. Doing it with a team like Absolute Racing just make it even more special! I am looking forward to take my experience from the last two years with the Audi in Europe to Asia, and I think we will have the car to fight for the title. I am not gonna fly six times, 15-hour each to finish second, so for sure the goal is to win!”
Sepang International Circuit hosts the opening round of 2020’s GT World Challenge Asia campaign on March 28/29. The series features a 6-round, 11-race calendar with events in Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, and China.
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