Audi is leading the drivers’ and teams’ classification of the Intercontinental GT Challenge and now faces a new task: From August 24 to 26, the young racing series will visit the circuit at Suzuka in Japan for the first time. The track 400 kilometers southwest of Tokyo with its combinations of turns that are unique in the world is a popular and challenging one.
Audi Sport have confirmed today the five teams and driver crews. Two of the five Audi R8 LMS GT3 entries will be Absolute Racing-run cars.
Factory-backed entry #6 Audi Sport Team Absolute Racing relies on Christopher Haase, Kelvin van der Linde and Markus Winkelhock.
A privateer car from Absolute Racing completes the lineup. The two Chinese Jingzu Sun and Congfu Cheng, who was a Blancpain GT Series Asia race winner with Absolute at Suzuka earlier this year, as well as Adderly Fong from Hong Kong have been determined as #13 Absolute Racing drivers.
Following free practice sessions on Friday, every driver has to contest a single qualifying on Saturday. The subsequent single-lap shootout will determine the top 20 positions on the grid. The 10-hour race will start at 10 on Sunday morning, continuing a proud endurance racing tradition at Suzuka that marks the 47th occasion on which the crowd will witness the event known as the “Summer Endurance Race.”
Audi is one of 13 manufacturers confirmed for the inaugural Suzuka 10 Hours, and in the Intercontinental GT Challenge field of five manufacturers, Audi has a seven-point advantage over Mercedes-AMG.
#6 Audi Sport Team Absolute Racing
Christopher Haase/Kelvin van der Linde/Markus Winkelhock (D/ZA/D)
#13 Absolute Racing
Congfu Cheng/Adderly Fong/Jingzu Sun (CN/HK/CN)
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