Absolute Racing technical supported #32 est cola by AAS Motorsport Bentley Continental GT3 of Maxime Jousse and Kantadhee Kusiri battled back from a challenging start to Round 4 of the Super GT at the Buriram International Circuit, Thailand, to claim a 14thplace finish in the GT300 class during Sunday’s 66-lap race (July 1st).
Rain hit the circuit before the start of Saturday’s qualifying and caused a 15-minute delay, but the track dried sufficiently for slicks when Q2 began. Thailand rising star Kusiri put the only Bentley in the grid to the very top of GT300 class in the Q1, but teammate Jousse couldn’t go any further than 10th in Q2.
On Sunday’s race, the local favourite Bentley wrapped in Michelin tires made the most of the dry weather conditions, having a promising start and moving from 10th to fourth in first few laps. Unfortunately a drive-through penalty for jumping the start relegated it to the back of the field, eventually clawing it way back up to finish 14th in the class.
Speaking about the weekend’s racing, Team Director Fabien Fior said, “We are satisfied with this weekend’s performance, even if the race result does not reflect our true pace. We knew how hard Super GT is and how tough the competition is but the drive through penalty compromised the chances of a better final result. Overall est cola by AAS Motorsport showed that it is capable of acting on equal terms with the top Japanese GT3 teams. We’ll be working hard to use what we learned and put everything together heading into future participations.”
Absolute Racing will keep supporting est cola by AAS Motorsport Bentley Continental GT3 in the remaining races of Thailand Super Series. Thailand’s GT national series resumes for Rounds 5 and 6 at Bangsaen Street Circuit on July 14/15.
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