- Yuan Bo convincing race one win
- Bao Jinlong take honours in race two
- Chinese artist Kris Wu impresses with a double GT4 class win in the race debut
Absolute Racing drivers produced a sparkling performance on home soil clinching a clean sweep of GT3 podium positions and two GT4 category wins in the Porsche Sprint Challenge at the Shanghai International Circuit last weekend. Yuan Bo, Bao Jinlong and Bian Ye took over the overall podium as Chinese artist Kris Wu made his motorsport debut with an impressive double win in the GT4 class.
Having dominated last year’s edition, Absolute Racing entered six cars in the 2020 Porsche Sports Cup races. Sunday morning race saw the polesitter Yuan Bo, Bao Jinlong and Bian Ye quickly opening the gap to other cars in the field. Yuan Bo, a race winner in the 2019 Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia, was the man to beat. After resisting Bao Jinlong’s pursuit at the opening stage, he quickly widened the gap to other cars to enjoy a trouble-free win.
Bao Jinlong, who has been a Porsche Carrera Cup Asia regular, is no stranger to Shanghai International Circuit, but this time was his first at the wheel of a Porsche 911 GT3 R car. He kept improving lap after lap, and was able to make the difference in the second race of the day. Contrary to all weather reports and the sporadic showers at noon, it was a dry second race. Bao took advantage of a new set of slick tires to beat his teammate Bob, who was running with a used set of tires, to win the race two.
Bian Ye also ushered in his 911 GT3 R debut. The newcomer had two very clean races, despite not being able to keep up with the frontrunner’s pace. He never made any mistake and held P3 throughout the two races.
This year’s Porsche Sprint Challenge also saw Chinese artist Kris Wu making his motorsport debut following months of training with Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific in the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport and Porsche 911 GT3 R. Having chosen the Porsche brand to take his first steps into motorsport with as an avid Porsche owner and fan, Kris Wu was the untouchable in both races in the GT4 class, mixing up with faster cars. He finished P11 and P12 overall in race one and race two respectively.
Last year’s GT4 class winner Liu Hangcheng and Porsche dealer Shanghai Baode driver David Szu encountered a lot of challenges in their first race weekend of the year. Liu Hangcheng ended up as first runner up with a second and third place class finish.
Commenting about the weekend, Ingo Matter, Team Director of Absolute Racing, said: “Everything we wanted to achieve this weekend we’ve achieved. I am happy with all the drivers. Great double win for Bob, great pace for Bao and excellent first GT3 race weekend for Bian. Regarding our GT4 entries, I am more than happy with Kris’s performance. His results and lap times were sensational. The way he improved was very impressive. Liu Hang Cheng and David did also very good. They are both relatively new to the sport, and a year like this where you don’t race or test, it is difficult to improve. I hope we can go testing again very soon.”
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