Having competed in various GT championships with Audi over the past three seasons, Absolute Racing confirms that Sun Jingzu and Cheng Congfu will switch to a Porsche 911 GT3 R for the 2020 GT World Challenge Asia having completed a successful test recently at Sepang.
Cheng and Sun have plenty of GT races together, the pairing proving a dynamic partnership. Cheng is a hugely experienced driver who has competed successfully in single seaters, touring cars, sportscars and prototypes in an impressive career spanning Asia and Europe. The Chinese star is his country’s most successful circuit racer to date having competed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, FIA World Endurance Series and in the DTM. Sun, meanwhile, is widely regarded as one of the most committed gentleman drivers in the region.
Last season Sun and Cheng finished 11th in the GT3 Pro Am class with 3rd place finish in the last event at home turf as best result.
Cheng anticipated better things in the year ahead: “We had a two day testing in Sepang before Christmas. The car performed faultlessly in the test, with a great blend of balance and power. The GT3 category has never been more competitive and is clearly going from strength to strength. Jingzu and I are 100% committed to do well this season. With Absolute Racing we will be able to achieve strong results. I am really looking forward to the first round of the season.”
Sun added “I can’t wait to finally start the 2020 GT World Challenge Asia season at Sepang. Testing and preparation has gone well with both Absolute Racing and Cheng. We have been doing good mileage with the Porsche 911 GT3 R and we are looking for solid and consistent results over the 2020 season.”
Fabien Fior, Team Director of Absolute Racing, said of the upcoming season, “Cheng and Sun are part of Absolute Racing’s family, and I’m particularly pleased to see them returning in one of the world’s most competitive GT racing series. I am certain that a new car will bring them a new motivation. We’re under no illusions; we know this is a super-competitive championship and everything needs to be spot on if we are to run towards the front. Sun is adapting to his new car well, while Cheng, we know is a fast and consistent driver.”
Alex Gibot, Head of Porsche Motorsport Asia-Pacific, said of the Chinese pair returning to the championship with Porsche, “We’re delighted to welcome Sun Jingzu and “Franky” Cheng Congfu to the Porsche family. This will be their first time competing with Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific and we are always excited to have new drivers join us. They are certainly in safe hands with the team and car combination which won last year’s GT World Challenge Asia Pro-Am title and we look forward to seeing them at the first race in Sepang.”
The team will continue the extensive pre-season testing programme at the beginning of February prior to the opening round of this year’s 12-race schedule on March 28/29 at Sepang International Circuit. The GT World Challenge Asia features a 6-round, 11-race calendar with events in Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, and China.
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