The five Audi R8 LMS GT3 entries are back in action this weekend as the 2019 Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia resumes at the 4.554km FIA Grade I Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand. All four Audi Sport Asia drivers are in action alongside the region’s leading privateers and they will be on the hunt of vital points across the overall, Silver Cup, Pro/Am, Am Cup and Team classifications in rounds three and four.
“After a challenging but promising season opener last month, our customer teams will be looking to build further momentum in Thailand,” said Martin Kuehl, Director of Audi Sport customer racing Asia. “The field is very competitive, but we have strong teams, a strong car and very talented drivers. To bring it all together, everybody needs to work hard and focus.”
Currently fourth in the GT3 Silver Cup standings and seventh overall are the Audi Sport Asia Team Absolute pairing of official drivers Martin Rump of Estonia and FIA WEC race winner Weiron Tan of Malaysia. Right behind them on the leaderboard are Audi Sport Asia Team TSRT’s David Chen of China, an Audi Sport Asia driver in 2019, and Japan GT star André Couto of Macau. Luck was most definitely not on their side in round one, losing their race lead after being blocked in the pits by a competitor, but in Thailand they will be looking for the chance to demonstrate their full potential.
Two local squads, Singha Plan-B by Absolute and B-Quik Racing Team will be on the hunt for Pro/Am and Am Cup points respectively at their home races.
Bhurit Bhirombhakdi will be buoyed by his Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup race win last weekend at China’s Zhuhai International Circuit. He will be joined in the Singha Plan-B by Absolute Audi R8 LMS by fellow Thai, Kantasak Kusiri. The pair lie fourth in the Pro/Am standings after their class podium last time out for the series in Sepang.
Audi Sport Asia Team Absolute’s Sun Jingzu of China and Audi Sport Asia driver and Audi China ambassador Cheng Congfu, will be on the hunt for Pro/Am points after enduring a challenging start to their Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia season in Malaysia.
After an impressive round two Am victory at the season opener, the Thailand-based B-Quik Racing Team of Henk Kiks and Daniel Bilski arrive at their home track in a rich vein of form. The duo followed their Blancpain GT World Challenge class win with an outright victory at the Thailand Super Series curtain raiser last month. Bilski then followed this up with second overall at round three of the Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup in Zhuhai.
Rounds three and four of the 2019 Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia begin on Friday, May 10, with two 45-minute practice sessions. Two 15-minute qualifying sessions on Saturday, May 11, beginning at 12:02, are followed by round three at 15:30. Round four follows on Sunday, May 12, at 11:45 (all times are UTC +7)
Both qualifying sessions and races will be broadcast live on the Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia Facebook page and SRO’s GT World YouTube channel.
Source. Audi/Photo. B-Quik Racing