GT Asia Series front-runners Absolute Racing head to China this weekend as the competitive battle for the title resumes at the Ningbo International Speedpark.
At the moment Cheng Congfu and Sun Jingzu lie second in the championship standings, just a single point adrift. Eyeing a maiden win, #13 Absolute Racing Audi R8 LMS duo is aiming to get back on podium form after a strong round at Buriram, where they finished second overall in the opening race. Racing in home soil for the first time this season, the Chinese duo is looking to put that pace to good use this weekend.
Bhurit Bhirombhakdi and Kantasak Kusiri (#59 Singha PlanB Motorsport by Absolute Racing Audi R8 LMS) conquered another podium position in front of their home crowd at Buriram, following the superb Round 2 win at Sepang. The Thai pair is new to the Chinese track but they had to adapt quickly to new conditions before and they proved to be fast learners.
The battle for supremacy in the top class will see Round 2 podium finishers Vincent Floirendo and Adderly Fong, like the rest of the field, aiming again for top honors. #155 EN Sports by Absolute Racing Audi R8 LMS duo lies sixth in the drivers’ classification. They will ones to watch over the weekend, as multiple GT Asia Series race winner Fong has consistently been one of the quickest drivers in the series and Filipino driver Floirendo is steadily improving fast.
Absolute Racing squad has its sights firmly set on race wins this weekend. Fabien Fior, Team Director said; “Ningbo is a new track for the most of our drivers but we completed a successful test here during the winter. We’ve been quick at every track we’ve visited so far this year, so there’s no reason we shouldn’t be fast here. We’re heading into the weekend full of vigour.”
The GT Series Asia entrants will share the track with a variety of China’s GT Masters Asia competitors on talented field likely to deliver some memorable racing across the two 40-minute compulsory pit stop races scheduled for the coming weekend.
The state-of-the-art 4.015 kilometre circuit is located 250km south of Shanghai in China’s Zhejiang province and was completed to FIA Grade 2 standard in September last year.
Weekend Timetable (GMT+8):
Saturday 7th July
09.00-10.00 Official Practice
11.00-11.15 Qualifying 1
15.25-16.05 Race 1
Sunday 8th July
09.20-09.35 Qualifying 2
14.30-15.10 Race 2
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