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GT Asia Series final in Shanghai promises best of season

GT Asia Series final in Shanghai promises best of season

18/10/2016, Asia, Motorsport - Road Racing, GT Asia Series, Article # 19811848
GT Asia Series final in Shanghai promises best of season
GT Asia Series Shang Peng Race of Shanghai
Shanghai International Circuit, China
Rnd#11/12, 2016 GT Asia Series - 19-20 October, 2016
 
• 11 drivers in with a mathematical chance of Series victory in Shanghai
• Just nine points separates the top two teams with 36-points in play
• 2016 will see first time GT Asia Series champions
 
After a season that has seen some of the best GT racing anywhere in the world, the 2016 GT Asia Series will come to its dramatic conclusion later this week with the final two rounds of the championship contested over two 60-minute races at Shanghai International Circuit in China.
 
There’s just nine-points separating the top two teams with 36-points on offer across the two races, and whilst rising young Italian stars Edoardo Liberati and Andrea Amici lead the championship in their stunning black Roger Dubuis Lamborghini Huracan GT3, local heroes Anthony Liu and Davide Rizzo have every chance of turning the tables at their home circuit.
 
Across the 10-races that have so far made up the 2016 season, we’ve seen six different winning combinations, so should either of the top teams falter, there is no shortage of challengers who will take the fight into Thursday afternoon’s final race. 
 
The Series coming down to the wire is not unusual for GT Asia, but in season 2016, the number of drivers capable of claiming the crown has dramatically increased - 11-drivers still in mathematical contention.
 
After a testing few weeks ahead of the conclusion to the 2016 Series, the final event has been forced to concede to a two-day, mid-week format, although nothing will change with the race length, the two final rounds contested across a 60-minute - compulsory pit stop - format, however unlike much of the current season, both races will be held on a single day, something which will have an impact on strategy with the title on the line.
 
“We’re really looking forward to the final event of the season - the ‘GT Asia Series Shang Peng Race of Shanghai’”, Motorsport Asia CEO David Sonenscher admitted. “The depth of competition in the Series this year is incredible - the best in our six-year history - effectively every car in the field is capable of the podium which makes the result completely unpredictable and that also means there’s no guarantee of who will claim the title this year.
 
“It’s great to have Shang Peng join the Series for the final too, and we look forward to providing them, their associates and our legions of fans live on network television and online around the world a race to remember - it will certainly be a fitting conclusion to the season.”
 
Teams will hit the Shanghai circuit for the first time on Wednesday morning (19 October) at 9:00am for the first of two 90-minute practice sessions, the second coming at 11:30am, before the two 15-minute qualifying sessions set the grid for the two races on Thursday, and whilst qualifying is important, in season 2016 the pole-sitter has won only three of the ten rounds contested, so it’s by no means a guarantee of a podium finish..
 
During the August event the pace-setters were Audi, with Phoenix Racing Asia’s Alex Yoong, Marchy Lee and Shaun Thong consistently at the top of the timesheets. Sadly for Lee and Thong a technical issue sidelined them early in opening qualifying forcing two rear of field starts, the duo though working their way from the back to positions inside the top five. Should they carry on that impressive form, they could well surprise the points leaders.
 
Bottom-line is that if you have the ability to watch this event unfold LIVE on FOX Sports Asia or Star TV, or LIVE online, make sure you do, these two races have the foundations to become the greatest GT Asia Series rounds ever contested..!
 
WHO TO WATCH OUT FOR;
If you can predict the race winners and ultimately the championship winners, you’d have to be in possession of a crystal ball because there is no guarantee that the two 60-minute races will provide a predictable result..
 
On points you could argue that the two FFF Racing Team by ACM Lamborghini drivers are in the box seat with their nine point championship lead, but that would be discounting some of the best teams in Asia.
 
The local BBT team are strong in Shanghai, and they’ll be ruing some difficult strategy decisions last time out that saw them leave Shanghai’s tenth round with a nine-point Series deficit - they’re a sharp operation though, and aided by the resources and knowledge of Ferrari’s AF Corse, they will be throwing everything they have at Liu and Rizzo to go after the crown.
 
That said, Marchy Lee and Shaun Thong and the three Bentley Team Absolute cars are all in contention for the crown, and all are having a strong finish to the season, so discount them at your peril..!
 
HOW TO FOLLOW SHANGHAI;
In fantastic news for the category, Fox Sports Asia will broadcast both races live to millions of viewers throughout the Asian region as the action unfolds and for those that miss it with mid-week commitments, they will replay both races in full on the Sunday immediately following the event (check http://tv.foxsportsasia.com/ for scheduled times). In China, Star Sports will also broadcast both races live, whilst China’s popular online network LeTv will also host both races live, the network one of 27-online platforms that saw the fifth event of the season at Shanghai broadcast to more than 6.3-million viewers across China.
 
Of course, both races will also be streamed live online through www.gtasiaseries.com
 
Details of the streams and the broadcast times will be available on the GT Asia Series website - www.gtasiaseries.com - and through social media; www.facebook.com/GTAsiaSeries will also post news, video clips, images and updates, and you can also get involved in the conversation on www.twitter.com/GTAsiaSeries 
 
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SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT;
Jiading, Shanghai, China
Track length: 5.451-kilometres
Corners: 16
Rotation: clockwise
Designer/Circuit first opened: Hermann Tilke, 2004
GT3 Lap record: 2:06.224 - Race (Maro Engel - Mercedes-AMG GT3, August 2016), 2:05.906  - Qualifying (Alex Yoong - Audi R8 LMS GT3, August 2016)
Number of times GT Asia Series has competed at Sepang previously: 3 (2014/2015/2016)
 
GT ASIA AND SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT
The final will see GT Asia’s second visit to the 5.5-kilometre Grand Prix circuit this year, and the fourth in the six year history of the Series.
 
During previous visits (2014-2015), the Series competed on the shorter ‘national’ circuit, but last time out in August, teams were treated to the full length 16-turn Formula One layout and the pace was impressive.
 
Qualifying saw 11 cars covered by less than a second over a 2:05-minute lap, whilst the opening race saw three cars - all different marques - cross the line just two tenths of a second apart after 60-minutes of intense racing, and the Series finale should provide nothing less!
 
In the previous three visits to Shanghai, wins have fallen in favour of Darryl O’Young (two wins), Keita Sawa (two wins) and Jonathan Venter (one win), whilst Anthony Liu and Davide Rizzo also have the impressive record of finishing on the podium in four of their six starts their to date, including two wins themselves.
 
HOW THINGS PLAYED OUT LAST TIME AT SHANGHAI..
2016 GT Asia Series - Rnd#9 (60-minutes - 28-laps) - 20 August
Pole position: Alex Yoong (Phoenix Racing Asia Audi R8 LMS GT3) - 2:05.906
1. Davide Rizzo/Anthony Liu (BBT Ferrari 458 Italia GT3)
2. Duncan Tappy/Vutthikorn (Absolute Team Bentley Continental GT3) +0.052
3. Alex Yoong/Alex Au (Phoenix Racing Asia Audi R8 LMS GT3) +0.221
 
2016 GT Asia Series - Rnd#10 (60-minutes - 28-laps) - 20 August
Pole position: Jeroen Mul (FFF Racing Team by ACM Lamborghini GT3) - 2:06.297
1. Keita Sawa/Jonathan Venter (Absolute Team Bentley Continental GT3)
2. Andrea Amici/Edoardo Liberati (FFF Racing Team Lamborghini GT3) +11.515
3. Vutthikorn/Duncan Tappy (Absolute Team Bentley Continental GT3) +13.386
 
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Rnd#11/#12 - 2016 GT Asia Series

Shanghai International Circuit, China
GT Asia Series Shang Peng Race of Shanghai
Schedule (CST - GMT +8)
 
Wednesday, 19 October
09:00 - Practice #1 (90-minutes)
11:30 - Practice #2 (90-minutes)
16:00 - Qualifying #1 (15-minutes)
16:25 - Qualifying #2 (15-minutes)
 
Thursday, 20 October

10:30 - Race#1 (60-minutes)
14:30 - Race#2 (60-minutes)
 
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GT3 Championship points (after ten rounds of 12)
1. Edoardo Liberati/Andrea Amici (119-points), 2. Anthony Liu/Davide Rizzo (110), 3. Vutthikorn Inthrapuvasak (96), 4. Marchy Lee/Shaun Thong (94), 5. Adderly Fong/Andrew Kim (92), 6. Jonathan Venter (91), 7. Keita Sawa, Piti Bhirombhakdi/Carlo Van Dam (84), 8. Duncan Tappy (81), 9. Alex Yoong/Alex Au (80), 10. Frank Yu/Richard Lyons, Tim Sugden (56), 11. Darryl O’Young/Naiyanobh Bhirombhakdi (49), 12. Jono Lester (32), 13. Mok Weng Sun (28), 14. George Miedecke (18), 15. Gianmaria Bruni (15), 16. George Richardson (14), 17. Ashley Walsh, Franky Cheng/JingZu Sun, Richard Wee (13), 18. Philip Ma (10), 19. Andrew Palmer (8), 20. Christer Jöns, Fabian Hamprecht (7), 21. Nathan Morcom (5) 
 
Pro-Am Cup points (after ten rounds of 12)
1. Anthony Liu (123-points), 2. Shaun Thong (119), 3. Vutthikorn Inthrapuvasak (110), 4. Andrew Kim (109), 5. Piti Bhirombhakdi (105), 6. Alex Au (100), 7. Frank Yu (76), 8. Naiyanobh Bhirombhakdi (72), 9. Philip Ma (25), 10. Mok Weng Sun (17), 10. JingZu Sun (16)
 
Pro Cup points (after ten rounds of 12)
1. Edoardo Liberati/Andrea Amici (119), 2. Davide Rizzo (110), 3. Marchy Lee (94), 4. Adderly Fong (92), 5. Jonathan Venter (91), 6. Keita Sawa, Carlo Van Dam (84), 8. Duncan Tappy (81), 9. Alex Yoong (80), 11. Tim Sugden (62), 12. Richard Lyons (56), 13. Darryl O’Young (50), 14. Jono Lester (32), 15. George Miedecke (17), 16. Gianmaria Bruni (15), 17. George Richardson (14), 18. Franky Cheng, Ashley Walsh (13), 20. Andrew Palmer (8), 21. Christer Jöns, Fabian Hamprecht (7), 23. Nathan Morcom (4)
 
GT Cup points (after ten rounds of 12)
1. Kantasak Kusiri/Bhurit Bhirombhakdi (84-points), 3. Voravud Bhirombhakdi/Tin Sritra (34), 5. Aekrat Discharoen (32), 6. Suttiluck Buncharoen, Toshihito Funai/Masayuki Ueda (16), 9. Akihiro Asai/Ken Seto (14)
 
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Shang Peng Gao Ke
Shang Peng Gao Ke is a cross-border e-commerce marketing company, offering IT Applications to individuals and SME businesses, to increase online communications efficiency, productivity and profitability. Shang Peng Health offers an exclusive line of high-performance specialty nutrition products and skin health products developed and made in the USA, for personal use in the PRC.www.ShangPengGaoKe.cn
 
The GT Asia Series is sanctioned by the FIA as an International Series and is clearly recognised as the Region’s leading GT Championship. It is solely managed and promoted by Motorsport Asia Ltd and is backed by Shang Peng, Singha, Michelin, KW Automotive, Motul, Race Room, Panta, YOFC and Tunewear.
GT Asia Series reveal Shang Peng as event title sponsor for season finale

GT Asia Series reveal Shang Peng as event title sponsor for season finale

11/10/2016, Asia, Motorsport - Road Racing, GT Asia Series, Article # 19720836
GT Asia Series reveal Shang Peng as event title sponsor for season finale
2016 GT Asia Series
11 October, 2016
 
The 2016 GT Asia Series comes to it’s dramatic conclusion in Shanghai on 19-20 October with news that Shang Peng Gao Ke will be joining the Series as the official event title sponsor - the event will now be known as the ‘GT Asia Series Shang Peng Race of Shanghai’.
 
Shang Peng Gao Ke is a cross-border e-commerce marketing company and their involvement will allow thousands of Shang Peng associates to enjoy the drama and emotion of Asia’s leading GT championship, as six teams battle for the right to become the 2016 Series champions. 
 
Shang Peng associates will also have the opportunity to cheer on their very own team!
 
For the Series final Craft-Bamboo Racing’s Frank Yu and Richard Lyons will wear the colours of Shang Peng on their #88 Porsche GT3 R, providing a great focal point for the fans, and thanks to a striking new livery, the car will be easy to identify and follow with its angular red and white theme that draws inspiration from the Shang Peng corporate colours.
 
As title sponsor of this epic season finale, Shang Peng will enjoy fantastic brand exposure around the race track and grandstand sections. Shang Peng race queens will feature in the paddock, pit lane and on the grid where they will be sure to draw a crowd of both fans and media. A large hospitality tent will also be present to allow visitors to personally connect with Shang Peng and their drivers and collect Shang Peng team memorabilia. They can also get their photos taken with the official Shang Peng race queens as a reminder of what will be an outstanding conclusion to the 2016 season.
 
And in fantastic news for the category, Fox Sports Asia will broadcast both races live to millions of viewers throughout the Asian region as the races unfold, and for those that miss it with mid-week commitments, they will replay both races in full on the Sunday immediately following the event (check http://tv.foxsportsasia.com/ for scheduled times). In China, Star Sports will also broadcast both races live, whilst China’s popular online network LeTv will also host both races live, the network one of 27-online platforms that saw the fifth event of the season at Shanghai (19-21 August) broadcast to more than 6.3-million viewers across China.
 
Of course, both races will also be streamed live online through www.gtasiaseries.com
 
Shang Peng Gao Ke
Shang Peng Gao Ke is a cross-border e-commerce marketing company, offering IT Applications to individuals and SME businesses, to increase online communications efficiency, productivity and profitability. Shang Peng Health offers an exclusive line of high-performance specialty nutrition products and skin health products developed and made in the USA, for personal use in the PRC.www.ShangPengGaoKe.cn
 
Schedule; 2016 GT Asia Series 
FINALE, Shanghai International Circuit, China (19-20 October)
Thursday, 20 October 2016
Race One (60-minutes): 10:30am 
Race Two (60-minutes): 2:30pm
 
The GT Asia Series is sanctioned by the FIA as an International Series and is clearly recognised as the Region’s leading GT Championship. It is solely managed and promoted by Motorsport Asia Ltd and is backed by Singha, Michelin, KW Automotive, Motul, Race Room, Panta, YOFC and Tunewear.
Fox Sports Asia to cover both races of GT Asia Series final LIVE

Fox Sports Asia to cover both races of GT Asia Series final LIVE

09/10/2016, Asia, Motorsport - Road Racing, GT Asia Series, Article # 19694568
Fox Sports Asia to cover both races of GT Asia Series final LIVE
2016 GT Asia Series
9 October, 2016
After the closest season in GT Asia Series history, the 2016 championship comes to it’s conclusion at Shanghai International Circuit on 19-20 October and Fox Sports Asia - who have been instrumental in building the profile of the category over the last six months - have pulled out all stops to cover every minute of the action from the final two rounds of the year.
 
13-drivers are still in the Series with a mathematical chance of championship victory heading to the Chinese event, which due to a last-minute change forced upon Motorsport Asia by an external event promoter has seen the date change to mid-week, with the final now scheduled for Wednesday 19 October and Thursday 20 October.
 
As a result Fox Sports Asia (and Star Sports China), have committed to cover both final races LIVE, whilst Fox Sports will also replay both races on Sunday 23 October for those who were unable to catch all the live action as it unfolded.
 
In addition, China’s popular online network LeTv will also host both races live, the network one of 27-online platforms that saw the fifth event of the season at Shanghai (19-21 August) broadcast to more than 6.3-million viewers across China.
 
“I have to say, this is fantastic news, and thanks to Fox International Channels for supporting us with the final after what has been a particularly challenging month for the category, with promoters failing to deliver on promises,” Motorsport Asia Limited CEO David Sonenscher admitted.
 
“There’s no question that the 2016 season has been the closest on record. Six different teams in four different marques - five different models - have taken wins in the ten races so far, whilst the most recent round saw 11 cars separated by less than a second in qualifying, and two tenths of a second covered three marques at the line after 60-minutes of intense competition..!
 
“It really has been a season to remember with some incredible racing across every round, so it’s really only fitting that we are able to show both races of the final round live and to continue to promote GT Asia to the growing fan-base in China who have clearly taken to the category with great interest.”
 
Schedule; 2016 GT Asia Series 
FINAL, Shanghai International Circuit, China (19-20 October)
Thursday, 20 October 2016 (CST - GMT +8)
Race One (60-minutes): 10:30am 
Race Two (60-minutes): 2:30pm
 
The GT Asia Series is sanctioned by the FIA as an International Series and is clearly recognised as the Region’s leading GT Championship. It is solely managed and promoted by Motorsport Asia Ltd and is backed by Singha, Michelin, KW Automotive, Motul, Race Room, Panta, YOFC and Tunewear.
13 drivers in GT Asia Series title contention heading to season final

13 drivers in GT Asia Series title contention heading to season final

05/10/2016, Asia, Motorsport - Road Racing, GT Asia Series, Article # 19645776
13 drivers in GT Asia Series title contention heading to season final
2016 GT Asia Series
3 October, 2016
 
After what can only be described as an epic season of the GT Asia Series, the final event of the year approaches with 13 drivers, seven teams and four marques still in with a mathematical chance of outright championship victory.
 
So far there have been six different winning combinations across the ten races so far, and despite there being just two races to go, there is still absolutely no guarantee of who will be standing on the top step of the championship podium at the conclusion of the 2016 Series.
 
Last time out in Shanghai we were given another glimpse of just how close the title race has been, with 11 cars [five marques] separated by less than one second in qualifying [across a 2:05-minute lap], whilst the opening race saw three cars from three different manufacturers separated by just two tenths of a second after 60-minutes of intense racing..
 
Currently the championship lead is held by rising young Italian stars Edoardo Liberati and Andrea Amici from the FFF Racing Team by ACM Lamborghini operation, the two factory Lamborghini Squadra Corse junior drivers have been both fast and consistent all season, with six podium finishes to their name, but with just one round win in Fuji.
 
They come into the final round just nine points clear of two-time 2016 winners Anthony Liu and Davide Rizzo, the two Ferrari drivers have immense experience at home in Shanghai, and were winners last time out at the Chinese Formula One venue.
 
Just 14 points back, is another team that has been quietly going about their business since the start of the season. Led by Thailand’s Vutthikorn Inthrapuvasak, the #9 Bentley Team Absolute machine has been on the podium four times this season, and every one of those starts has seen Englishman Duncan Tappy in the co-pilot’s seat. 
 
Vutthikorn started the season alongside American Andrew Palmer before an accident at home in the US sidelined the rising young Absolute Racing star. That saw 2015 GT Asia race-winner Tappy drafted back into the equation to put the #9 car on the podium for both races in Thailand, before German Bentley factory driver Christer Jons took over the wheel. Sadly for Jons a less than ideal event at Okayama saw Tappy back for Fuji, and for Shanghai where the Englishman again assisted Vutthikorn to back-to-back podiums. Vutthikorn is a long-shot for championship victory, however one slip by the leading teams, and just like recent years, it could all come down to the final race of the year..
 
The Bentley Team Absolute operation too will have their hands full in the title chase, with 2015 GT Asia Series runner-up Adderly Fong and team-mate Andrew Kim just four points back from Vutthikorn, whilst three-time 2016 winner Jonathan Venter is just a solitary point behind them. Venter’s team-mate Keita Sawa too is within mathematical reach of the title, and is just seven points back from Venter after missing a round to compete in the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hour race, but at 35-points behind the points leaders, he’d need a minor miracle to claim the crown, but could be more than instrumental in assisting team-mate Venter to victory, especially as they too were winners last time out at Shanghai.
 
Separating the Bentley teams on the points table are two-time 2016 winners Marchy Lee and Shaun Thong. Campaigning the brilliant gold AAPE by Bathing Ape Audi R8 LMS GT3 for Lee’s Phoenix Racing Asia outfit, they sit just 25 points behind the points leading Lamborghini, but importantly they showed at Shanghai last time out that the Audi was the car to beat. Sadly for them, a broken gearbox in qualifying saw them start last in both races, but they completed the round with a fourth and fifth placed finish, and were regularly the fastest car on the circuit - an ominous sign perhaps for the points leaders.
 
For the outright leaders though, their job will be to maintain their consistency, whilst for Liu and Rizzo they need to go on maximum attack, but they have shown over the last three seasons in Shanghai, that they’re up to the challenge. That said, so too are the FFF duo, who last time out matched the local stars on points with 25 apiece - under those conditions, Liberati and Amici would become the 2016 champions..
 
The key however might be team-mates, and whilst neither team has publicly declared they will include a second team to the entry list, both have already shown over the last two seasons that they are prepared to add a second car - BBT in 2015 at Shanghai with Max Wiser and Jiang Xin, whilst last time out FFF drafted in Squadra Corse factory stars Jeroen Mul and Richard Antinucci. The result of that second Lamborghini was a comfortable podium finish for Liberati and Amici in race two, whilst Liu and Rizzo were forced to use up their tyres early trying to get around the #15 entry, before fading to a tenth placed finish. They won’t make that mistake a second time..
 
Just as it did in 2015 - and for that matter, every season prior - the final round will provide plenty of action and intrigue, and if there’s one thing that can be guaranteed, that’s the fact that the title race will go all the way down to the wire, with no quarter given..! Don’t miss this one, it will be memorable!
 
GT3 Championship points (after ten rounds of 12)
1. Edoardo Liberati/Andrea Amici (119-points), 2. Anthony Liu/Davide Rizzo (110), 3. Vutthikorn Inthrapuvasak (96), 4. Marchy Lee/Shaun Thong (94), 5. Adderly Fong/Andrew Kim (92), 6. Jonathan Venter (91), 7. Keita Sawa, Piti Bhirombhakdi/Carlo Van Dam (84), 8. Duncan Tappy (81), 9. Alex Yoong/Alex Au (80), 10. Frank Yu/Richard Lyons, Tim Sugden (56), 11. Darryl O’Young/Naiyanobh Bhirombhakdi (49), 12. Jono Lester (32), 13. Mok Weng Sun (28), 14. George Miedecke (18), 15. Gianmaria Bruni (15), 16. George Richardson (14), 17. Ashley Walsh, Franky Cheng/JingZu Sun, Richard Wee (13), 18. Philip Ma (10), 19. Andrew Palmer (8), 20. Christer Jöns, Fabian Hamprecht (7), 21. Nathan Morcom (5)
 
Pro-Am Cup points (after ten rounds of 12)
1. Anthony Liu (123-points), 2. Shaun Thong (119), 3. Vutthikorn Inthrapuvasak (110), 4. Andrew Kim (109), 5. Piti Bhirombhakdi (105), 6. Alex Au (100), 7. Frank Yu (76), 8. Naiyanobh Bhirombhakdi (72), 9. Philip Ma (25), 10. Mok Weng Sun (17), 10. JingZu Sun (16)
 
Pro Cup points (after ten rounds of 12)
1. Edoardo Liberati/Andrea Amici (119), 2. Davide Rizzo (110), 3. Marchy Lee (94), 4. Adderly Fong (92), 5. Jonathan Venter (91), 6. Keita Sawa, Carlo Van Dam (84), 8. Duncan Tappy (81), 9. Alex Yoong (80), 11. Tim Sugden (62), 12. Richard Lyons (56), 13. Darryl O’Young (50), 14. Jono Lester (32), 15. George Miedecke (17), 16. Gianmaria Bruni (15), 17. George Richardson (14), 18. Franky Cheng, Ashley Walsh (13), 20. Andrew Palmer (8), 21. Christer Jöns, Fabian Hamprecht (7), 23. Nathan Morcom (4)
 
GT Cup points (after ten rounds of 12)
1. Kantasak Kusiri/Bhurit Bhirombhakdi (84-points), 3. Voravud Bhirombhakdi/Tin Sritra (34), 5. Aekrat Discharoen (32), 6. Suttiluck Buncharoen, Toshihito Funai/Masayuki Ueda (16), 9. Akihiro Asai/Ken Seto (14)
 
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HOW TO FOLLOW THE GT ASIA SERIES;
This season Fox Sports Asia and Star Sports in China will also broadcast every event of the GT Asia Series live (race two in full, with highlights from the opening race), whilst the series itself will also live-stream every round.
 
Details of the streams and the broadcast times will be available on the GT Asia Series website - www.gtasiaseries.com - and through social media; www.facebook.com/GTAsiaSeries will also post news, video clips, images and updates, and you can also get involved in the conversation on www.twitter.com/GTAsiaSeries 
 
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The GT Asia Series is sanctioned by the FIA as an International Series and is clearly recognised as the Region’s leading GT Championship. It is solely managed and promoted by Motorsport Asia Ltd and is backed by Singha, Michelin, KW Automotive, Motul, Race Room, Panta, YOFC and Tunewear.
 
Keep in touch with www.facebook.com/GTAsiaSeries for news and updates, and get involved in the conversation on www.twitter.com/GTAsiaSeries 
 
For more information on the GT Asia Series, please visit www.gtasiaseries.com 
#GTAsiaSeries 
​GT Asia Series to return to Shanghai for final event of the season

​GT Asia Series to return to Shanghai for final event of the season

09/09/2016, Asia, Motorsport - Road Racing, GT Asia Series, Article # 19322187
GT Asia Series to return to Shanghai for final event of the season
2016 GT Asia Series
9 September, 2016
 
After five outstanding events, the 2016 GT Asia Series is fast approaching the last meeting of the year, and whilst originally scheduled for the new Zhejiang circuit in China, delays in the final stages of construction have seen Motorsport Asia Limited - the promoter of the region’s leading GT category - make alternate plans.
 
Always a popular venue on the calendar and the scene of the closest finish in GT Asia history three weeks ago, the Shanghai circuit will once more play host to the hottest marques on the planet with the final two rounds of the championship held on the same October date as originally scheduled (21-23 October).
 
“We had big plans for Zhejiang and were fully in support of their proposal to develop another great international venue in China, but sadly, despite assurances all year to the contrary, they’ve been unable to complete the circuit construction ahead of our scheduled date, so we had no other option but to find an alternate venue,” David Sonenscher, the CEO of Motorsport Asia explained.
 
“It’s disappointing in many ways, not the least being that the industry needs to support the development of new venues in Asia and we felt we were at the forefront of providing that support, but for the sake of our competitors, we needed an alternative that was going to provide the best solution to the challenge we were facing, and a return to Shanghai delivered that solution.”
 
Just three weeks ago, Shanghai was the scene of one of the best events in GT Asia Series history. Mercedes-AMG made a return to the category after a three-year absence and was one of six marques that qualified less than one second from pole on the full-length Formula One circuit! That very same afternoon during the opening race, Ferrari, Bentley and Audi were separated by just two tenths of a second on the line after 60-minutes of intense door-to-door racing, paving the way for a similar result for the season finale.
 
“Our schedule will be slightly different this time around given the program we’re running to,” Sonenscher explained. “Qualifying will come on Friday afternoon, with the penultimate race of the season on Saturday morning ahead of the final race of the year on Sunday afternoon where we’ll crown the 2016 GT Asia Series champions.”
 
2016 GT Asia Series - calendar 
Rnd#1/#2, 13-15 May - Korea International Circuit (South Korea) 
Rnd#3/#4, 10-12 June - Buriram International Circuit (Thailand) 
Rnd#5/#6, 1-3 July - Okayama International Circuit (Japan) 
Rnd#7/#8, 15-17 July - Fuji International Speedway (Japan) 
Rnd#9/#10, 19-21 August - Shanghai International Circuit (China) 
Rnd#11/#12, 21-23 October - Shanghai International Circuit (China) 
 
The GT Asia Series is sanctioned by the FIA as an International Series and is clearly recognised as the Region’s leading GT Championship. It is solely managed and promoted by Motorsport Asia Ltd and is backed by Singha, Michelin, KW Automotive, Motul, Race Room, Panta, YOFC and Tunewear.
Shanghai’s GT Asia Series round delivers the best of the season

Shanghai’s GT Asia Series round delivers the best of the season

24/08/2016, Asia, Motorsport - Road Racing, GT Asia Series, Article # 19131920
Shanghai’s GT Asia Series round delivers the best of the season
Shanghai International Circuit, China
Rnd#9/10, 2016 GT Asia Series (19-21 August, 2016)
 
• FFF Racing Team by ACM lead championship points after podium finish in Rnd#10
• Three-wide finish at the conclusion of the opening race, just 0.2-seconds first to third
• Rizzo/Liu claim second victory in Rnd#9, Sawa/Venter their third in Rnd#10
 
For those that watched the opening GT Asia Series race at Shanghai unfold on-line or LIVE throughout Asia, they were treated to one of the best GT3 races on record, the result of which was three cars - all from different marques - running side-by-side across the finish line to end what had been an incredible 60-minute sprint from lights to flag.
 
The fact that two-time Formula One World Champion Mika Hakkinen was the man waving that flag was icing on the cake, the Mercedes-AMG ambassador treated to a fantastic display of driving that had fans on their feet over the closing laps as rain began to fall, paving the way for local hero Anthony Liu to breach an almost impossible gap to claim the win on the line, the second for the BBT Ferrari team this year.
 
The following day another epic drive by Keita Sawa and Jonathan Venter netted their third win of the year, putting them back in the title race, whilst the FFF Racing Team by ACM - who started the second race with both their cars on the front row - head into the final round of the season with a nine point lead after claiming second in race two.
 
The weekend had started with another brilliant drive, this time for Audi’s Alex Yoong, the former Formula One driver claiming pole in the opening qualifying session from England’s Duncan Tappy and fan-favourite Franky Cheng - the three cars covered by just 32 one-thousandths of a second.. In fact, the gap from pole to eleventh was less than a second, promising a battle to remember for the opening race which was contested across the full Grand Prix circuit, with a lap of over two minutes.
 
Session two though was very much about strategy and with the two FFF Racing Team by ACM Lamborghini Huracan GT3s claiming the front row from the local Ferrari of Anthony Liu, there was always likely to be fireworks. In the end the man who developed the new Lamborghini GT3 - Jeroen Mul - was too good for his team mate in qualifying, dropping Andrea Amici back to P2, and they created a headache for Liu off the line during Sunday’s second race and in the process, dropped the Ferrari team back to second in points heading into the final event of the year.
 
Qualifying#1

As they had done through Friday’s three official practice sessions, Audi were quick straight out of the box, but this time it was Alex Yoong who laid down the early benchmark, a time which was ultimately unbeaten across the 15-minute session. Yoong though did suffer a few anxious moments back in the garage over the dying stages of the opening qualifier as both long-time rival Franky Cheng and Bentley’s Duncan Tappy got close. In the end, the margin between the three cars was just 32 one thousandths of a second, paving the way for a momentous opening race.
 
Sadly for the man who had thrown down the gauntlet with the fastest lap of the day during official practice on Friday - Yoong’s Phoenix Racing Asia team-mate - Marchy Lee, he was forced to sit out much of qualifying with a technical issue with their transaxle gearbox, the team ultimately forced to make an overnight change, but the damage had been done forcing two starts from much further back in the field than they’d deserved.
 
Not surprisingly, AMG were right in the mix with both their cars, with very little separating the ‘King of Macau’ - Maro Engel - and the second car of Nico Bastian - Engel claimed the top spot over his younger team-mate, but the margin between the two cars was a mere 13 one hundredths of a second, for fourth and fifth on the grid. That result saw them qualify ahead of the man who had been so dominant at Shanghai in the previous two GT Asia Series visits, Craft-Bamboo Racing’s Richard Lyons.
 
Despite signing on the elite pairing of Richard Antinucci and Jeroen Mul to pilot the second of the FFF Racing Team by ACM Lamborghini’s, it was the points leading #55 car who emerged on top in Q1, Edoardo Liberati posting the seventh fastest time ahead of title rival Davide Rizzo who admitted his goal for the weekend was to stay ahead of the two young Italian’s in the black Huracan..

South Korean round winner Jonathan Venter was next quickest, the young Australian admitting they weren’t working 100% in unison with their #8 Bentley Continental GT3, but that didn’t stop the Absolute Racing team from working tirelessly to find the sweet spot, whilst Antinucci rounded out the top ten.
 
Fuji winners Singha Motorsport were next, the first car outside the ten and still within a second of the pole time, whilst Shaun Thong was able to eke out a handful of laps before the gearbox issue sidelined the gold #5 car.
 
The returning Dasheng Zhang took top honours for the GruppeM Racing team, posting the 13th fastest time, whilst Tim Sugden admitted the team were struggling to find a good baseline setup for the Chinese F1 venue, and were further back than they would have liked..
 
Darryl O’Young claimed the 15th spot on the grid, side-by-side with 2015 title rival Adderly Fong, the Hong Kong driver just happy to be in the field after a big accident in practice forced an overnight rebuild by the Absolute Racing team, the only drama a loose turbo pipe which kept him from posting a quick lap.
 
Rounding out the field was the Team FIST with AAI Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo with Lin Yu behind the wheel, the GTM class crew just over four seconds shy of O’Young’s Porsche.
 
Qualifying#2

Ten minutes after the excitement of the opening qualifier, the teams were back in action again for Q2, and very quickly it looked like being a FFF Racing Team by ACM whitewash, with Jeroen Mul and Andrea Amici battling over the top spot whilst Friday’s pace setter Marchy Lee looked on helplessly in the garage.
 
As expected, Anthony Liu got in on the action and at one stage had split the two Lamborghini’s before Andrea Amici put in a late flyer to take back P2 whilst behind them, Jonathan Venter showed impressive pace to claim a fourth placed start.
 
Former GT Asia Series race winner Matt Solomon was next, taking the gorgeous #66 Mercedes-AMG Driving Academy-Team AAI AMG GT3 to P5 ahead of the ever-improving Vutthikorn Inthrapuvasak.

Alex Au carried on the impressive pace of team-leader Alex Yoong to claim P7, just ahead of New Zealand’s returning Jono Lester who admitted that like Sugden, they were struggling to find the perfect balance in the GruppeM Racing Porsche GT3-R.
 
Sun JingZu claimed ninth in his best ever effort in qualifying, showing immense improvement, the Chinese driver proving just how comfortable the amateur drivers are with extracting pace from the new Audi R8 LMS, whilst Andrew Kim rounded out the ten, the South Korean driver lamenting a lack of laps after team-mate Fong’s accident on Friday afternoon.
 
Piti Bhirombhakdi was a frustrated eleventh, the Thai driver back a lot further than could have been expected, qualifying half a second clear of his cousin Naiyanobh ‘Toy’ Bhirombhakdi in the #91 VLT Porsche of reigning champion Darryl O’Young.
 
Li Chao was next ahead of Craft-Bamboo Racing’s Frank Yu with Jun San Chen doing an impressive job in the GTM class Lamborghini to be 15th ahead of GT3 rookie Zhang Wenhe, whilst Marchy Lee was classified last despite being stranded in the pits with a technical issue, setting up what would be an inspirational drive through the field on Sunday afternoon.
 
Race#1 (Round#9)
Just a week prior to Shanghai, Phoenix Racing Asia’s Alex Yoong had stormed from pole in the Audi R8 LMS Cup to victory in Malaysia holding out DTM star Edoardo Mortara in a great display of driving that was set up by some brilliant team strategy with car setup. That allowed the former F1 star to bolt away from the field off the line, and it was clear they were employing a similar strategy for the opening race in China.
 
Yoong very quickly grabbed the lead from Franky Cheng off the line, but Duncan Tappy had made a better start than the local hero, firing the #9 Bentley up the inside into turn one to drop Cheng back to third.
 
Behind them Maro Engel grabbed fourth from team-mate Nico Bastian, with Richard Lyons sixth, although the experience GT Asia Series campaigner was soon back through to fifth, taking Bastian at turn three, whilst behind them Edo Liberati managed to stay ahead of title rival Davide Rizzo.
 
As he had done a week before, Yoong started to eke out a small gap to Tappy, but sadly for the Malaysian, he wasn’t able to stretch or maintain it, Tappy quickly locking in under the rear wing of the Takchun/Double Duck Audi and applying maximum pressure.
 
Yoong did everything he could to hold the position and he did so for much of the opening stint before Tappy ultimately made a move stick up the inside at turn one, although not without the slightest of touches as Yoong moved across to try and protect his lead. From there Tappy bolted, but like Yoong, his advantage was short-lived as traffic came into play allowing the Malaysian to tuck in behind him as they came in for the compulsory pit stop [CPS] in the closing stages of the pit-stop window.
 
Behind the leading trio Maro Engel was sitting in a watching brief, whilst behind him, Nico Bastian had worked his way past Lyons in the Porsche to lock onto the tail of his team-mate, and at one stage in traffic, pull alongside..
 
Further back the championship battle was firing up, and Davide Rizzo was caught between a pair of Lamborghinis, but that battle was soon won in favour of the Ferrari who entered the pits early to bolt on a fresh set of rubber and send Anthony Liu out to complete the job. 
 
Sadly for Richard Antinucci who’d been holding down a strong position inside the top ten, a tyre failure on the left rear after contact earlier in the race saw the American forced off the circuit and out of the race ahead of the scheduled stop.
 
After the stops were completed though it was Thailand’s Vutthikorn Inthrapuvasak who held a strong lead over Alex Au in the #6 Audi he shared with Alex Yoong, the former Audi Cup Amateur Class champion charging early to quickly catch the #9 Bentley, whilst behind them, Anthony Liu was on a mission, working his way through the pack to be third but more than 20-seconds back with 15 minutes remaining in the race.
 
Au looked to be the greatest threat to Vutthikorn’s lead, but as the Audi driver was preparing to make a move, light rain began to fall, the ‘Parabolica’ especially wet which caused some concern for the Bentley driver who had been struggling with exit-oversteer.
 
That was all the incentive that Liu needed, the two drivers in front of him losing up to four seconds a lap on the local Ferrari as Liu ranged in to catch them for a three-way fight for the lead.
 
Two laps from home he made a huge dive under brakes at turn 11, running well past the corner and into the runoff zone, Alex Au later admitting he could see the Ferrari coming so braked as late as he dared, allowing Vutthikorn a brief reprieve.
 
Very quickly Liu was back on their tail and through on Au ahead of the final lap, the three drivers doing everything they could to hang on in the slippery conditions, with drive off the corners almost impossible to come by. In the end it came down to the final corner, with Liu side-by-side with the Bentley on the run into the final corner, but out of position for a move, but Vutthikorn was off the ideal line on the exit allowing the Ferrari to pull alongside. At the same time Au pulled inside the two of them, all three involved in a drag race to the line with limited traction, Liu getting the best of it to win by just five one hundredths of a second, with Au making it three cars across the line in two tenths of a second..
 
Fourth ultimately was Marchy Lee who put in a meteoric drive from towards the back of the field to finish just seven seconds behind the leaders, with Andrea Amici keeping the FFF Racing Team by ACM’s title hopes alive with fifth in the dying stages, the result drawing them equal on points with race winners Liu and Rizzo heading into the tenth round of the season.
 
Sadly for AMG, Amici’s result came in part as a consequence of the retirement of the Matt Solomon Mercedes-AMG GT3, the young Hong Kong driver comfortably the fastest driver on track during his early laps after the CPS, but a technical issue with the gearbox saw him rapidly drop from Liu’s tail and back down the order before the team instructed him to pull off the circuit on the final lap. A quick look at his face post-race revealed what may well have been a repeat performance of his incredible debut win in GT Asia in 2013 with Mika Hakkinen.
 
After a tough qualifier, Piti Bhirombhakdi drove brilliantly through the damp conditions to claim sixth, ahead of Andrew Kim in the #7 Bentley and Jono Lester who put in a storming drive over the closing laps in the #98 GruppeM Porsche.
 
Sun JingZu (Audi) and Keita Sawa (Bentley) completed the ten, with Maro Engel’s team-mate - rookie Zhang Wenhe - an impressive eleventh on debut despite limited laps in the new AMG GT3 and in testing conditions.
 
Frank Yu was next across the line in the Interush Porsche GT3 R from Li Chao in the second GruppeM Porsche, whilst the Lin/Chen combination claimed the win in the GTM Class in the Team FIST by AAI Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo.
 
Race#2 (Round#10)
The opening race might have been exciting but even before a lap was turned for Sunday’s tenth round race you could feel the tension in pit lane with the championship entering the last but two races of the year. The emotions continued on the grid which had attracted a number of local celebrities, one of which was Shanghai’s former NBA basketball superstar Yao Ming, standing beside him, the relatively diminutive Mika Hakkinen - this race was building up to be the highlight of the year..
 
As expected the FFF Racing Team by ACM Lamborghinis were quickly into formation in turn one, with Mul leading Amici who was holding the fast starting Liu at bay in third, the Ferrari driver though under attack from Keita Sawa and Matt Solomon.
 
Perfectly to the script, by the close of the lap Amici was through on Mul who acted as ‘tail gunner’ for the his title contending team-mate, keeping Liu at bay as the #55 Huracan began to punch out a sequence of fastest laps at the front of the field.
 
Sadly for the #37 Ferrari, there was little Liu could do about Mul, having used two sets of their prime Michelin tyres in the opening race, Liu had little to offer the leaders, instead he was doing his best to defend from attack by Sawa behind him.
 
For Sawa and team-mate Jonathan Venter, they knew that race two was their chance to get back into the title fight, and Sawa was on a charge. Quickly through on Liu, he set off after the leaders and quickly caught Mul who managed to stay in front ahead of his CPS. After building an eleven second lead, Amici was into the pits for his CPS at the mid-point of the race, handing the car to team-mate Edoardo Liberati who emerged from the pits behind new race leader Tim Sugden.
 
That lead battle very quickly became a three-way affair with Jonathan Venter emerging from pit lane to pull alongside Liberati on the run into turn one, the Australian keeping the joint points-leader at bay before settling into a comfortable rhythm to set off in pursuit of Sugden.
 
Venter was quickly through, but behind him - mindful of the bigger picture - Liberati took a more conservative approach and the experienced Sugden was well aware that the young Italian would not jeopardise points with any desperate moves, so he was able to hold the Lamborghini at bay for a number of laps.
 
Sadly, despite showing pace good enough for a podium position, Sugden was forced down pit lane, an investigation revealing that the team had released him too soon during the CPS, incurring a frustrating drive-through penalty as a result, a position which also claimed the #66 Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Matt Solomon and Nico Bastian, which effectively ended their charge for the podium.
 
Behind the leaders Duncan Tappy and Adderly Fong were on a charge through the pack, Tappy though on older rubber, whilst Fong was taking advantage of a fresh set of tyres, the team shuffling the order to let the Hong Kong driver through, although very quickly Tappy showed his used tyre pace was better, the Englishman taking back the position in the closing stages to cross the line third, two seconds down on Liberati.
 
Up front though there was no denying the winner, Jonathan Venter setting a cracking pace to cross the line almost 12-seconds clear of the field, whilst Marchy Lee and Shaun Thong put in one of the drives of the day to claim fifth behind Adderly Fong after starting from the rear of the field.
 
Richard Antinucci crossed the line sixth, with the hard charging Alex Yoong in the #6 Audi locked under his rear wing with Franky Cheng right on his tail.
 
Nico Bastian recovered for ninth, with Davide Rizzo a frustrated tenth, splitting the two Mercedes-AMG GT3s, the result dropping the BBT Ferrari team to second in the points. Starting well back in the pack, Maro Engel was comfortably the fastest driver in the field over the closing laps, the 2016 Nurburgring 24-Hour race winner setting a new lap record for the F1 circuit of 2:06.224 as he battled his way through the pack.
 
Darryl O’Young recovered 12th for the Craft-Bamboo Racing team after a frustrating opening stanza of the race which saw his team-mate ‘Toy’ Bhirombhakdi and team-boss Frank Yu making contact on the way into turn one. That spun both cars around, and saw Yu stranded mid-circuit facing the flow of traffic and unable initially to get the car started. For a brief moment that brought the Safety Car onto the circuit, but the Series veteran was able to recover, handing Richard Lyons the car at the start of the CPS to go on and complete the race.
 
Carlo Van Dam was another driver forced to make a recovery, the Fuji race winner working his way back through the field despite a slow leak in a tyre to claim 13th ahead of Sugden, whilst Zhang Dasheng crossed the line on the tail of his GruppeM team-mate just clear of Lyons in the identical Porsche GT3 R, whilst Lin Yu completed the field in the GTM Class Lamborghini.
 
As a result of their second placed finish and the struggle across the final laps by the BBT Ferrari team, the title fight comes down to the wire once more - a haulmark of the GT Asia Series over recent years - with Liberati and Amici holding a nine point lead over Liu and Rizzo, the Ferrari drivers though just a similar distance clear of a string of teams including two-time winners Marchy Lee and Shaun Thong, Okayama winners Adderly Fong and Andrew Kim, and their Bentley team-mate Vutthikorn Inthrapuvasak.
 
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What the drivers had to say (Rnd#9);
 
1. Davide Rizzo (#37 BBT Ferrari 488 GT3) 
“At the beginning I just tried to hold my qualifying position. I lost a couple of positions off the start which was pretty messy, but the main thing was to avoid any contact, but then I made them back. I had a good fight with Edoardo [Liberati], he made the job a little tougher, but I eventually got past him. The win in Shanghai was more important than thinking about the championship, we still have three races ahead to do that.”
 
1. Anthony Liu (#37 BBT Ferrari 488 GT3) 
“Third was our target all along, as long as Davide maintained or improved his position, the simulation showed that third would be possible. If the rain hadn’t come today, there was no way we would have won. When the rain started to fall I could see the cars around me braking earlier but I was still able to brake at the same point, that’s when I knew it was possible. I saw at turn 13 - the ‘Parabolica’ that some drifting was required, so I knew it was possible because I actually like oversteer in a car.”
 
2. Duncan Tappy (#9 Bentley Team Absolute Bentley Continental GT3) 
“I much prefer to drive than watch, my nerves can’t handle it. My stint was pretty good, I got a good start and managed to tuck in behind Alex [Yoong] and over the first few laps I wondered if we had the pace to run with him, but then I could see that his tyres were starting to go off and a few places where we were quicker, so then it was just a matter of biding my time until I could find the best place to overtake, and I managed to do that in turn one. From there I pulled a bit of a gap, but the back markers allowed Alex [Yoong] to close again at the pit stop which probably didn’t help us. Vutthi did a brilliant job. We elected to stay on the same tyres we’d used in my stint, whilst everyone around us changed to fresh rubber, which in the end wasn’t the ideal scenario.”
 
2. Vutthikorn Inthrapuvasak (#9 Team Absolute Bentley Continental GT3) 
“My pace wasn’t as good as I needed - I tried to push, but couldn’t do anything more to go quicker. It got worse after the rain started to fall, lots of oversteer, so I had to brake much earlier and be very smooth on the throttle.”
 
3. Alex Yoong (#6 Phoenix Racing Asia Audi R8 LMS GT3) 
“I’m very happy with our first podium of the year - it’s come quite late in the year, but we’ve just been getting better and better at every round we’ve come to. We’ve been experimenting with some quite different setups and it seems to have paid off. Our long run pace in the race saw the car develop oversteer from about lap three or four, so I knew it would be a struggle. The Bentley got us just before the pit stops, but I was right on its tail as he came in. We changed tyres and Alex did a really great job, he was charging hard at the end and I really thought we had a chance for a win at one point.”
 
3. Alex Au (#6 Phoenix Racing Asia Audi R8 LMS GT3)
 “My only complaint is really the rain. I was catching, catching and catching and when the rain started I was catching even more - he [Bentley] really defended the inside well, I could outbrake him on the outside but there was no move there, but by the time I’d constructed an overtake, a big red car was behind me and I had to start to think about him from then on..”
 
What the drivers had to say (Rnd#10);
 
1. Keita Sawa (#8 Bentley Team Absolute Bentley Continental GT3)
 “We didn’t have such a great start to the weekend, and actually yesterday we still had some problems, but the team worked very hard on the car overnight and there were no issues today. I was more concerned with tyre conservation, so focused more on the last ten minutes before the pit stop and passed a few cars leaving my stop until the final minutes of the window to hand Jono the car. From there he was able to take the lead and pull away.”
 
1. Jonathan Venter (#8 Bentley Team Absolute Bentley Continental GT3) 
“That was a hard second stint, especially without the cool suit, it made the closing laps very difficult. This was very much a team result, because yesterday we had some damage to the front and rear of the car so they worked hard overnight to make repairs and today the car was absolutely perfect. Earlier in the weekend we struggled to find the perfect balance in the car, so we sat down to figure that out and I think today showed that as a team we were able to work around that and find a good solid solution. Sawa-san had a great start as always and had good pace and when he handed across to me I knew we had a good shot for the lead and we managed to stay in front of the Lamborghini and pass the Porsche [Sugden]. Hopefully that momentum will carry over to the next race, but for now we’re going to enjoy this one..!”
 
2. Andrea Amici (#55 FFF Racing  by ACM Lamborghini Huracan GT3) 
“It’s been a hard weekend, especially when you’re fighting for a championship, you have to be very focused. We have worked as a team all weekend to have the best setup we can. Yesterday I was not so happy with my qualifying time, I made a small mistake, but my job today was to open a gap and hand the car to Edo and that meant we were in a position to get a podium finish. The final stint of the race was hard too, because Edo didn’t have fresh tyres so he had to work hard for the finish. Yesterday it was important to finish in either P5 or P6 because to keep ourselves in the championship at a minimum we have to be P5 or P6 in one race and on the podium in the other, so it was fantastic that we were able to do that in the closing laps.”
 
2. Edoardo Liberati (#55 FFF Racing  by ACM Lamborghini Huracan GT3)
 “It was really, really tough following the Porsche [Sugden] around for so long, because at this track there’s a big drop-off in tyres, especially in these temperatures and our car develops a lot of understeer when you follow someone closely behind, but I also didn’t want to take any risk of contact. We’d saved a fresh set of tyres for the second race because we knew with our extra pitstop time penalty in race one it was impossible.”
 
3. Vutthikorn Inthrapuvasak (#9 Team Absolute Bentley Continental GT3) 
“I started in P6 and wanted to hand Duncan the car in the same position but I couldn’t manage to do that because my tyre pressures came in very late which was the plan, so I gave him the car from P7 and he put in some great moves in the final ten minutes to give us P3.”
 
3. Duncan Tappy (#9 Bentley Team Absolute Bentley Continental GT3)
 “Our pace was pretty similar to yesterday to be honest, but we didn’t have any new tyres for today so we had to just do our best. Yesterday we had to think about whether we’d go all out for the win, or play the numbers game and try and get some podiums for the weekend. In some ways I regretted it a bit because I would have loved the win yesterday, but two podiums was pretty good, especially in todays race when we had the additional 9-second pit stop penalty for yesterday’s result.”
 
Shanghai International Circuit, China (20 August, 2016)
Qualifying #1 (15-minutes)
1. 6. Alex Yoong (Phoenix Racing Asia Audi R8 LMS GT3) - 2:05.906
2. 13. Franky Cheng (Absolute Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3) - 2:05.931
3. 9. Duncan Tappy (Absolute Racing Bentley Continental GT3) - 2:05.938
4. 68. Maro Engel (Mercedes-AMG GT3) - 2:06.033
5. 66. Nico Bastian (Mercedes-AMG GT3) - 2:06.136
6. 88. Richard Lyons (Craft-Bamboo Racing Porsche GT3-R) - 2:06.157
7. 55. Edoardo Liberati (FFF Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3) - 2:06.410
8. 37. Davide Rizzo (BBT Ferrari 488 GT3) - 2:06.541
9. 8. Jonathan Venter (Absolute Racing Bentley Continental GT3) - 2:06.813
10. 15. Richard Antinucci (FFF Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3) - 2:06.851
11. 12. Carlo Van Dam (Singha Motorsport Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) - 2:06.857
12. 5. Shaun Thong (Phoenix Racing Asia Audi R8 LMS GT3) - 2:06.963
13. 96. Zhang Dasheng (GruppeM Racing Porsche GT3-R) - 2:08.010
14. 98. Tim Sugden (GruppeM Racing Porsche GT3-R) - 2:08.063
15. 91. Darryl O’Young (Craft Bamboo Racing Porsche GT3-R) - 2:08.253
16. 7. Adderly Fong (Absolute Racing Bentley Continental GT3) - 2:11.166
17. 90. Lin Yu (Team FIST with AAI Lamborghini Super Trofeo) - 2:12.402
 
Qualifying #2 (15-minutes)
1. 15. Jeroen Mul (FFF Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3) - 2:06.297
2. 55. Andrea Amici (FFF Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3) - 2:06.584
3. 37. Anthony Liu (BBT Ferrari 488 GT3) - 2:06.736
4. 8. Keita Sawa (Absolute Racing Bentley Continental GT3) - 2:06.803
5. 66. Matt Solomon (Mercedes-AMG GT3) - 2:07.174
6. 9. Vutthikorn Inthrapuvasak (Absolute Racing Bentley Continental GT3) - 2:07.243
7. 6. Alex Au (Phoenix Racing Asia Audi R8 LMS GT3) - 2:07.827
8. 98. Jono Lester (GruppeM Racing Porsche GT3-R) - 2:08.237
9. 13. Jingzu Sun (Absolute Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3) - 2:08.962
10. 7. Andrew Kim (Absolute Racing Bentley Continental GT3) - 2:08.968
11. 12. Piti Bhirombhakdi (Singha Motorsport Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) - 2:09.108
12. 91. Naiyanobh Bhirombhakdi (Craft-Bamboo Racing Porsche GT3-R) - 2:09.644
13. 96. Chao Li (GruppeM Racing Porsche GT3-R) - 2:09.962
14. 88. Frank Yu (Craft-Bamboo Racing Porsche GT3-R) - 2:10.181
15. 90. Jun San Chen (Team FIST with AAI Lamborghini Super Trofeo) - 2:11.048
16. 68. Zhang Wenhe (Mercedes-AMG GT3) - 2:11.390
17. 5. Marchy Lee (Phoenix Racing Asia Audi R8 LMS GT3) - NTR
 
Race#1 (60-minutes)
1. 37. Rizzo/Liu (BBT Ferrari 488 GT3) - 28-laps
2. 9. Tappy/Inthraphuvasak (Absolute Bentley Continental GT3) +0.052
3. 6. Yoong/Au (Phoenix Racing Asia Audi R8 LMS GT3) +0.221
4. 5. Thong/Lee (Phoenix Racing Asia Audi R8 LMS GT3) +7.503
5. 55. Liberati/Amici (FFF Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3) +30.971
6. 12. Van Dam/Bhirombhakdi (Singha Motorsport Ferrari 458 GT3) +32.820
7. 7. Fong/Kim (Absolute Racing Bentley Continental GT3) +33.188
8. 98. Sugden/Lester (GruppeM Racing Porsche GT3-R) +38.261
9. 13. Cheng/Sun (Absolute Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3) +44.516
10. 8. Venter/Sawa (Absolute Racing Bentley Continental GT3) +55.751
11. 68. Engel/Zhang (Mercedes-AMG GT3) + 1:05.900
12. 88. Lyons/Yu (Craft Bamboo Racing Porsche GT3-R) +1:34.275
13. 96. Zhang/Li (GruppeM Racing Porsche GT3-R) + 2:08.605
14. 66. Bastian/Solomon (Mercedes-AMG GT3) - 27-laps
15. 91. O’Young/Bhirombhakdi (Craft Bamboo Racing Porsche GT3-R) - 26-laps
16. 90. Lin/Chen (Team FIST with AAI Lamborghini Super Trofeo)
17. 15. Antinucci/Mul (FFF Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3) - 9-laps
 
Shanghai International Circuit, China (21 August, 2016)
Race#2 (60-minutes)
1. 8. Venter/Sawa (Absolute Racing Bentley Continental GT3) - 28-laps
2. 55. Liberati/Amici (FFF Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3) +11.515
3. 9. Tappy/Inthraphuvasak (Absolute Bentley Continental GT3) +13.386
4. 7. Fong/Kim (Absolute Racing Bentley Continental GT3) +14.425
5. 5. Thong/Lee (Phoenix Racing Asia Audi R8 LMS GT3) +17.096
6. 15. Mul/Antinucci (FFF Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3) +20.292
7. 6. Au/Yoong (Phoenix Racing Asia Audi R8 LMS GT3) +20.851
8. 13. Sun/Cheng (Absolute Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3) +21.412
9. 66. Solomon/Bastian (Mercedes-AMG GT3) +23.647
10. 37. Liu/Rizzo (BBT Ferrari 488 GT3) +37.664
11. 68. Zhang/Engel (Mercedes-AMG GT3) + 44.805
12. 91. Bhirombhakdi/O’Young (Craft Bamboo Racing Porsche GT3-R) +47.468
13. 12. Bhirombhakdi/Van Dam (Singha Motorsport Ferrari 458 GT3) +50.850
14. 98. Lester/Sugden (GruppeM Racing Porsche GT3-R) +54.560
15. 96. Li/Zhang (GruppeM Racing Porsche GT3-R) +55.757
16. 88. Yu/Lyons (Craft Bamboo Racing Porsche GT3-R) +1:39.011
17. 90. Chen/Lin (Team FIST with AAI Lamborghini Super Trofeo) - 26-laps
 
GT3 Championship points (after ten rounds of 12)
1. Edoardo Liberati/Andrea Amici (119-points), 2. Anthony Liu/Davide Rizzo (110), 3. Vutthikorn Inthrapuvasak (96), 4. Marchy Lee/Shaun Thong (94), 5. Adderly Fong/Andrew Kim (92), 6. Jonathan Venter (91), 7. Keita Sawa, Piti Bhirombhakdi/Carlo Van Dam (84), 8. Duncan Tappy (81), 9. Alex Yoong/Alex Au (80), 10. Frank Yu/Richard Lyons, Tim Sugden (56), 11. Darryl O’Young/Naiyanobh Bhirombhakdi (49), 12. Jono Lester (32), 13. Mok Weng Sun (28), 14. George Miedecke (18), 15. Gianmaria Bruni (15), 16. George Richardson (14), 17. Ashley Walsh, Franky Cheng/JingZu Sun, Richard Wee (13), 18. Philip Ma (10), 19. Andrew Palmer (8), 20. Christer Jöns, Fabian Hamprecht (7), 21. Nathan Morcom (5)
 
Pro-Am Cup points (after ten rounds of 12)
1. Anthony Liu (123-points), 2. Shaun Thong (119), 3. Vutthikorn Inthrapuvasak (110), 4. Andrew Kim (109), 5. Piti Bhirombhakdi (105), 6. Alex Au (100), 7. Frank Yu (76), 8. Naiyanobh Bhirombhakdi (72), 9. Philip Ma (25), 10. Mok Weng Sun (17), 10. JingZu Sun (16)
 
Pro Cup points (after ten rounds of 12)
1. Edoardo Liberati/Andrea Amici (119), 2. Davide Rizzo (110), 3. Marchy Lee (94), 4. Adderly Fong (92), 5. Jonathan Venter (91), 6. Keita Sawa, Carlo Van Dam (84), 8. Duncan Tappy (81), 9. Alex Yoong (80), 11. Tim Sugden (62), 12. Richard Lyons (56), 13. Darryl O’Young (50), 14. Jono Lester (32), 15. George Miedecke (17), 16. Gianmaria Bruni (15), 17. George Richardson (14), 18. Franky Cheng, Ashley Walsh (13), 20. Andrew Palmer (8), 21. Christer Jöns, Fabian Hamprecht (7), 23. Nathan Morcom (4)
 
GT Cup points (after ten rounds of 12)
1. Kantasak Kusiri/Bhurit Bhirombhakdi (84-points), 3. Voravud Bhirombhakdi/Tin Sritra (34), 5. Aekrat Discharoen (32), 6. Suttiluck Buncharoen, Toshihito Funai/Masayuki Ueda (16), 9. Akihiro Asai/Ken Seto (14)
 
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HOW TO FOLLOW THE GT ASIA SERIES;
This season Fox Sports Asia and Star Sports in China will also broadcast every event of the GT Asia Series live (race two in full, with highlights from the opening race), whilst the series itself will also live-stream every round with experienced commentators Jonathan Green - the voice of GT Asia - joined by Steve Martin to call both live television and live streaming action as it unfolds. 
 
Details of the streams and the broadcast times will be available on the GT Asia Series website - www.gtasiaseries.com - and through social media; www.facebook.com/GTAsiaSeries will also post news, video clips, images and updates, and you can also get involved in the conversation on www.twitter.com/GTAsiaSeries 
 
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The GT Asia Series is sanctioned by the FIA as an International Series and is clearly recognised as the Region’s leading GT Championship. It is solely managed and promoted by Motorsport Asia Ltd and is backed by Singha, Michelin, KW Automotive, Motul, Race Room, Panta, YOFC and Tunewear.
Audis on top early in GT Asia Series Shanghai showdown

Audis on top early in GT Asia Series Shanghai showdown

20/08/2016, Asia, Motorsport - Road Racing, GT Asia Series, Article # 19078849
Audis on top early in GT Asia Series Shanghai showdown
Shanghai International Circuit, China
Rnd#9/10, 2016 GT Asia Series - 19-21 August, 2016
 
• GT Asia Series arrives in Shanghai with the most competitive field of the season
• Audi emerge as the fastest team from the three official practice sessions
• Eight tenths of a second separates the top ten teams, and all seven marques
 
It has been billed as an epic round of the GT Asia Series, and with good reason. Already 2016 has proven to be the most competitive season on record, the addition of some impressive new entries has only bolstered that reputation, and after official practice at Shanghai International Circuit, there’s next to nothing separating the top teams heading into qualifying.
 
In fact all seven marques are separated by just eight tenths of a second around the 5.451-kilometre Formula One venue, and whilst Audi can perhaps claim credit for topping all three sessions, their margin of advantage is too slight to lay down any predictions.
 
Interestingly it was two-time 2016 race winner Marchy Lee who topped the opening session, punching out an impressive 2:05.796 in the opening laps of the first session, just eight one thousandths faster than his Phoenix Racing Asia team-mate Alex Yoong, the two Audi veterans laying down the gauntlet for their rivals, who were ultimately unable to match them.
 
That experience - especially of the Shanghai circuit - was the feature of day one, the local stars and experienced GT Asia Series crews the ones who emerged on top at the conclusion of the three 60-minute sessions. In the end, despite some spirited driving and some qualifying simulations late in the day, Lee’s opening session best was the fastest of the day, Yoong retaining P2 overall, whilst their Nurburgring 24-Hour team-mate Franky Cheng in the Absolute Racing Audi R8 LMS, was fastest in sessions two and three to finish fourth fastest for the day.
 
Another local crew too was keeping the new teams honest, Anthony Liu and Davide Rizzo in the BBT Ferrari showing just how quick they can be at their home circuit, putting in some blistering times to really push the Audis, however a technical issue in the final session saw them unable to record a time, but as former winners and pole-sitters, they still provide one of the greatest threats this weekend.
 
Points-leaders Lamborghini too were fast, but it was the established pairing of Andrea Amici and Edoardo Liberati who were quickest despite the experience of the team’s second [#15] entry of Richard Antinucci and Jeroen Mul, they - like the highly-rated AMG factory drivers - were finding out first-hand just how quick the GT Asia Series regulars can be.
 
Fresh from back-to-back podiums in the USA last weekend, 2016 race winner Adderly Fong was quick too during the opening session, the Hong Kong Bentley driver looking for more in session two, but he ultimately paid the price after a spin and heavy contact with the barriers in the final corner. That contact forced the second red flag of the session (the first for debris) whilst safety crews recovered the stricken Bentley which had suffered significant damage to the right front corner.
 
Fong was understandably disappointed, with data supporting the fact that apart from running slightly wide on the exit, he’d done little wrong. Perhaps the vagaries of international flight though may have impacted his usually impressive reaction time.
 
With Fong and Kim back in the garage for the following session, the Bentley charge was left in the capable hands of two-time 2016 winners Keita Sawa and Jonathan Venter, the popular Japanese-Australian pairing sixth fastest in session two, immediately ahead of the first of the AMG GT3 pairings of Nico Bastian and Matt Solomon.
 
Making their maiden appearance in GT Asia, and with typical German precision (the local AAI team are being supported technically from Germany), the two pristine white AMGs spent their three sessions establishing a strong baseline setup from which to push during qualifying, whilst also ensuring that new recruit Zhang Wenhe could take as much time behind the wheel under the guidance of team-mate Maro Engel.
 
In the end the team pronounced themselves happy with their pace, whilst some suggested the successful international marque were ‘foxing’ ahead of qualifying, a not uncommon sight in world motorsport, however qualifying - the most important session of the weekend - usually gives a better indication of where the performance really lies.
 
As the fastest driver in the two prior visits to Shanghai for the GT Asia Series, Craft-Bamboo Racing’s Richard Lyons was also in the mix, however the reigning driver’s champions were still looking to extract more performance from their Porsche GT3 Rs, so too the [now] two-car GruppeM operation who added 2014 podium-placegetters Zhang Dasheng and Li Chao to their driver roster.
 
So what could we take from official practice.. Ultimately the heat affected the performance of some cars during the middle of the day, whilst the morning session saw the fastest lap times of the day, a time of day when qualifying will take place, and with what teams uncovered during their extended three hour sessions, you could perhaps expect a low 2:04-minute lap time to take the top spot.
 
As for the racing, practice proved what everyone expected - that the competition will be tight - with less than a second covering ten cars over a two-minute lap, this weekend could belong to anyone, but keep an eye on the established teams to dominate the podium, although don’t be too surprised if the international stars make an impression, that’s certainly their intent..!
 
Teams now prepare for qualifying at 9:40am (CST time) on Saturday morning with two 15-minute sessions separated by a ten minute break, ahead of the opening round in China at 4:05pm, in the peak of the heat of the day where temperatures are expected to hit 37 degrees with some chance of an afternoon storm. Round ten (race two at Shanghai) will be held at 2:00 on Sunday afternoon, with increasing chances that thunderstorms will hit during the day.
 
This season Fox Sports Asia and Star Sports in China will broadcast every event of GT Asia Series live (race two in full, with highlights of the opening race), whilst the series itself will also live-stream every round with commentators Jonathan Green - the voice of GT Asia - joined by Steve Martin to call both live television and live streaming.
 
Details of the streams and the broadcast times will be available on the GT Asia Series website - www.gtasiaseries.com - and through social media; www.facebook.com/GTAsiaSeries will also post news, video clips, images and updates, and you can also get involved in the conversation on www.twitter.com/GTAsiaSeries 
 
Shanghai International Circuit, China (19 August, 2016)
Official Practice#1 (60-minutes)
1. 5. Lee/Thong (Phoenix Racing Asia Audi R8 LMS GT3) - 2:05.796
2. 6. Yoong/Au (Phoenix Racing Asia Audi R8 LMS GT3) - 2:05.804
3. 37. Rizzo/Liu (BBT Ferrari 488 GT3) - 2:05.839
4. 7. Fong/Kim (Absolute Racing Bentley Continental GT3) - 2:06.267
5. 55. Liberati/Amici (FFF Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3) - 2:06.329
6. 13. Cheng/Sun (Absolute Racing Asia Audi R8 LMS GT3) - 2:06.612
7. 66. Bastian/Solomon (Mercedes-AMG GT3) - 2:06.948
8. 68. Engel/Zhang (Mercedes-AMG GT3) - 2:06.964
9. 12. Bhirombhakdi/Van Dam (Singha Motorsport Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) - 2:07.086
10. 8. Venter/Sawa (Absolute Racing Bentley Continental GT3) - 2:06.307
11. 91. O’Young/Bhirombakdi (Craft Bamboo Racing Porsche GT3-R) - 2:07.342
12. 9. Tappy/Inthraphuvasak (Absolute Racing Bentley Continental GT3) - 2:07.707
13. 88. Lyons/ Yu (Craft Bamboo Racing Porsche GT3-R) - 2:07.750
14. 15. Antinucci/Mul (FFF Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3) - 2:08.065
15. 96. Zhang/Li (GruppeM Racing Porsche GT3-R) - 2:08.614
16. 98. Sugden/Lester (GruppeM Racing Porsche GT3-R) - 2:08.815
17. 90. Lin/Chen (Team FIST with AAI Lamborghini Super Trofeo) - 2:13.637
 
Official Practice#2 (60-minutes)
1. 13. Cheng/Sun (Absolute Racing Asia Audi R8 LMS GT3) - 2:06.026
2. 37. Rizzo/Liu (BBT Ferrari 488 GT3) - 2:06.192
3. 88. Lyons/ Yu (Craft Bamboo Racing Porsche GT3-R) - 2:06.381
4. 5. Lee/Thong (Phoenix Racing Asia Audi R8 LMS GT3) - 2:06.441
5. 66. Bastian/Solomon (Mercedes-AMG GT3) - 2:06.551
6. 8. Venter/Sawa (Absolute Racing Bentley Continental GT3) - 2:06.767
7. 68. Engel/Zhang (Mercedes-AMG GT3) - 2:06.928
8. 91. O’Young/Bhirombakdi (Craft Bamboo Racing Porsche GT3-R) - 2:07.272
9. 55. Liberati/Amici (FFF Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3) - 2:07.512
10. 12. Bhirombhakdi/Van Dam (Singha Motorsport Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) - 2:07.532
11. 98. Sugden/Lester (GruppeM Racing Porsche GT3-R) - 2:07.981
12. 15. Antinucci/Mul (FFF Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3) - 2:08.062
13. 9. Tappy/Inthraphuvasak (Absolute Racing Bentley Continental GT3) - 2:08.123
14. 6. Yoong/Au (Phoenix Racing Asia Audi R8 LMS GT3) - 2:08.389
15. 96. Zhang/Li (GruppeM Racing Porsche GT3-R) - 2:09.665
16. 7. Fong/Kim (Absolute Racing Bentley Continental GT3) - 2:10.626
17. 90. Lin/Chen (Team FIST with AAI Lamborghini Super Trofeo) - 2:16.737
 
Official Practice#3 (60-minutes)
1. 13. Cheng/Sun (Absolute Racing Asia Audi R8 LMS GT3) - 2:05.971
2. 6. Yoong/Au (Phoenix Racing Asia Audi R8 LMS GT3) - 2:06.110
3. 9. Tappy/Inthraphuvasak (Absolute Racing Bentley Continental GT3) - 2:06.184
4. 5. Lee/Thong (Phoenix Racing Asia Audi R8 LMS GT3) - 2:06.245
5. 66. Bastian/Solomon (Mercedes-AMG GT3) - 2:06.297
6. 88. Lyons/ Yu (Craft Bamboo Racing Porsche GT3-R) - 2:06.409
7. 8. Venter/Sawa (Absolute Racing Bentley Continental GT3) - 2:06.509
8. 68. Engel/Zhang (Mercedes-AMG GT3) - 2:06.674
9. 55. Liberati/Amici (FFF Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3) - 2:06.801
10. 15. Antinucci/Mul (FFF Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3) - 2:07.162
11. 12. Bhirombhakdi/Van Dam (Singha Motorsport Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) - 2:07.477
12. 98. Sugden/Lester (GruppeM Racing Porsche GT3-R) - 2:07.550
13. 96. Zhang/Li (GruppeM Racing Porsche GT3-R) - 2:08.166
14. 91. O’Young/Bhirombakdi (Craft Bamboo Racing Porsche GT3-R) - 2:08.604
15. 90. Lin/Chen (Team FIST with AAI Lamborghini Super Trofeo) - 2:15.024
NTR. 7. Fong/Kim (Absolute Racing Bentley Continental GT3) 
NTR. 37. Rizzo/Liu (BBT Ferrari 488 GT3)
 
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HOW TO FOLLOW SHANGHAI;
This season Fox Sports Asia and Star Sports in China will also broadcast every event of the GT Asia Series live (race two in full, with highlights from the opening race), whilst the series itself will also live-stream every round with experienced commentators Jonathan Green - the voice of GT Asia - joined by Steve Martin to call both live television and live streaming action as it unfolds. 
 
Details of the streams and the broadcast times will be available on the GT Asia Series website - www.gtasiaseries.com - and through social media; www.facebook.com/GTAsiaSeries will also post news, video clips, images and updates, and you can also get involved in the conversation on www.twitter.com/GTAsiaSeries 
 
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SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT;
Jiading, Shanghai, China
Track length: 5.451-kilometres
Corners: 16
Rotation: clockwise
Designer/Circuit first opened: Hermann Tilke, 2004
GT3 Lap record: 1:47.107 - Race (Richard Lyons, 2015), 1:46.985  - Qualifying (Richard Lyons, 2015)
Support classes: TCR Asia Series, Asian Formula Renault, Clio Cup China
Number of times GT Asia Series has competed at Sepang previously: 2 (2014/2015)
 
GT ASIA AND SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT;
2016 will see the third visit by the GT Asia Series to the Chinese Formula One venue. During the Series’ first visit, local stars Anthony Liu and Davide Rizzo claimed pole position for both races and the first ever victory at the 5.5-kilometre venue. For the second race the local Ferrari stars were in the mix again, but contact with the debuting Absolute Racing Bentley ended their run at the front, allowing Clearwater Racing’s Mok Weng Sun and Keita Sawa to claim a victory which would all but seal Mok’s third championship crown.
 
Last year Liu and Rizzo claimed second in race two at Shanghai, but again they were right in the mix, but it was Craft-Bamboo Racing’s Darryl O’Young and Daniel Lloyd who claimed back-to-back wins.. the interesting point being that the Shanghai winners on Sunday in both 2014 and last year have both gone on to claim the championship crown.. an ominous sign perhaps!!
 
There is one difference in 2016 however, for the first time the Series will use the full 5.453-kilometre Grand Prix circuit unlike the shorter version (which eliminates turns 5 and 6) used in 2014 and 2015
 
HOW THINGS PLAYED OUT LAST YEAR AT SHANGHAI..
2015 GT Asia Series - Rnd#8 (50-minutes - 24-laps) - 26 September
Pole position: Richard Lyons (Craft-Bamboo Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT3) - 1:46.985
1. Darryl O’Young/Daniel Lloyd (Craft-Bamboo Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT3) 
2. Carlo Van Dam/Piti Bhirombhakdi (TP12 Racing Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) +1.751
3. Keita Sawa/Adderly Fong (Absolute Team Bentley Continental GT3) +5.067
 
2015 GT Asia Series - Rnd#9 (50-minutes - 26-laps) - 27 September
Pole position: Daniel Lloyd (Craft-Bamboo Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT3) - 1:47.292
1. Daniel Lloyd/Darryl O’Young (Craft-Bamboo Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT3) 
2. Anthony Liu/Davide Rizzo (BBT Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) +9.310
3. Adderly Fong/Keita Sawa (Absolute Team Bentley Continental GT3) +10.946
 
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Rnd#9/#10 - 2016 GT Asia Series

Shanghai International Circuit, China
Schedule (CST - GMT +8)
 
Saturday, 20 August

09:40 - Qualifying #1 (15-minutes)
10:05 - Qualifying #2 (15-minutes)
16:05 - Race#1 (60-minutes)
 
Sunday, 21 August
14:00 - Race#2 (60-minutes)
 
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GT3 Championship points (after eight rounds of 12)
1. Edoardo Liberati/Andrea Amici (94-points), 3. Anthony Liu/Davide Rizzo (85), 5. Marchy Lee/Shaun Thong, Adderly Fong/Andrew Kim (75), 9. Piti Bhirombhakdi/Carlo Van Dam (71), 11. Jonathan Venter (68), 12. Vutthikorn Inthrapuvasak (66), 13. Keita Sawa (61), 14. Alex Yoong/Alex Au (58), 16. Duncan Tappy (51), 17. Frank Yu/Richard Lyons (50), 19. Tim Sugden (46), 20. Darryl O’Young/Naiyanobh Bhirombhakdi (41), 22. Mok Weng Sun (28), 23. Jono Lester (22), 24. George Miedecke (18), 25. Gianmaria Bruni (15), 26. George Richardson (14), 27. Ashley Walsh, Franky Cheng/JingZu Sun, Richard Wee (13), 31. Philip Ma (10), 32. Andrew Palmer (8), 33. Christer Jöns, Fabian Hamprecht (7), 35. Nathan Morcom (5)
 
Pro-Am Cup points (after eight rounds of 12)
1. Anthony Liu (96-points), 2. Shaun Thong (95), 3. Piti Bhirombhakdi (89), 4. Andrew Kim (85), 5. Alex Au, Vutthikorn Inthrapuvasak (76), 7. Frank Yu (63), 8. Naiyanobh Bhirombhakdi (58), 9. Philip Ma (25), 10. Mok Weng Sun (17), 11. JingZu Sun (16)
 
Pro Cup points (after eight rounds of 12)
1. Edoardo Liberati/Andrea Amici (94-points), 3. Davide Rizzo (85), 4. Adderly Fong, Marchy Lee (75), 6. Carlo Van Dam (71), 7. Jonathan Venter (68), 8. Keita Sawa (61), 9. Alex Yoong (58), 10. Tim Sugden (52), 11. Duncan Tappy (51), 12. Richard Lyons (50), 13. Darryl O’Young (42), 14. Jono Lester (22), 15. George Miedecke (17), 16. Gianmaria Bruni (15), 17. George Richardson (14), 18. Ash Walsh, Franky Cheng (13), 20. Andrew Palmer (8), 21. Christer Jöns, Fabian Hamprecht (7), 23. Nathan Morcom (4)
 
GT Cup points (after eight rounds of 12)
1. Kantasak Kusiri/Bhurit Bhirombhakdi (102-points), 3. Voravud Bhirombhakdi/Tin Sritra (34), 5. Aekrat Discharoen, Toshihito Funai/Masayuki Ueda (32), 8. Akihiro Asai/Ken Seto (28), 10. Suttiluck Buncharoen, (16)
Epic GT Asia Series field descends on Shanghai

Epic GT Asia Series field descends on Shanghai

19/08/2016, Asia, Motorsport - Road Racing, GT Asia Series, Article # 19070620
Epic GT Asia Series field descends on Shanghai
Shanghai International Circuit, China
Rnd#9/10, 2016 GT Asia Series - 19-21 August, 2016
 
• GT Asia Series arrives in Shanghai with the most competitive field of the season
• Mercedes-AMG returns to GT Asia with new AMG GT3
• FFF Racing add a second car to boost championship aspirations
 
The GT Asia Series arrives at the Shanghai Formula One circuit in China for the penultimate event of the 2016 season, a season which has already delivered some incredible racing, but as always, Shanghai is preparing to step things up to a whole new level with a title fight on the line, and the addition of some seriously talented entries.
 
Just days ago Mercedes-AMG announced they would make an all-out assault on the Shanghai round, with the addition of two new Mercedes-AMG GT3s, whilst points leaders FFF Racing Team by ACM had an announcement of their own, adding a second Huracan GT3 for Lamborghini Squadra Corse drivers Jeroen Mul and Richard Antinucci
 
They aren’t the only ones either, 2014 podium place-getters Zhang Dasheng and Li Chao will make a welcome return, joining Tim Sugden and Jono Lester in the GruppeM Racing team in a second Porsche GT3 R, whilst Lin Yu and Jun San Chen will share a Lamborghini Super Trofeo in the GTM category, run under the same AAI banner as the two Merecedes-AMG GT3s.
 
The new teams will be looking to ‘shake things up’ because they’re not in championship contention, but don’t discount the title contenders, any and all points will contribute to the overall standings as they head towards the final event of the season, so they’re not going to just lay down and let the new teams dictate, it will be all out war!
 
Leading the charge for the established teams is FFF Racing duo Edoardo Liberati and Andrea Amici, the two Lamborghini junior drivers took their maiden win of the season last time out in Fuji to take the championship lead by just nine points from the BBT Ferrari pairing of Anthony Liu and Davide Rizzo - but now the Lamborghini drivers are in Anthony Liu’s back yard!
 
Two years ago - during their maiden season in GT Asia - Liu and Rizzo set pole position for both legs of the first ever Shanghai event for the successful Asian championship, out-qualifying all challengers to go on and win the opening race. During the second race of 2014, they came up against the debut of the mighty Bentley Continental GT3 - which since then has been one of the most successful marques in the Series - and lost out after contact battling into the final turn. That contact effectively cost them the championship, Liu going on to finish second in the driver’s championship, just five points behind Clearwater Racing’s Mok Weng Sun.
 
12-months ago the BBT duo were back in action at Shanghai, finishing second in race two, so they know the circuit and are looking to get back into the championship fight, although they may have to contend with the two Lamborghinis of another local - FFF team-boss Sean Fu - in order to do so.
 
The 2016 GT Asia Series has been such a tight affair this season, that any slip by the leaders could result in a vastly different point-score on Sunday evening. Team Bentley Absolute have won three of the eight races so far in season 2016, and they’ll be hoping that the Lamborghini and Ferrari battle will allow them to move through to claim the top spot, especially as Adderly Fong and Andrew Kim sit just 10-points back from Liu and Rizzo in the championship - but the Bentley duo have their own battle to contest.
 
Former Series regular Marchy Lee arrived at the opening round in South Korea with one of the most impressive operations anywhere in the world of GT3 racing, after agreeing terms with German powerhouse Phoenix Racing to form Phoenix Racing Asia, and in just their maiden season, Lee and team-mate Shaun Thong have gone on to claim two wins (Thailand and Okayama) to share third place in the points with Fong and Kim.
 
Both teams are expected to challenge at the front of the field, and Fong especially is race-ready, the Hong Kong-based driver having come off back-to-back podium finishes at Utah in the USA last weekend in his Bentley Continental GT3, so he is ready for a fight..
 
So too Keita Sawa and Jonathan Venter, the Bentley duo dominated the opening round of the season with back-to-back wins in South Korea, but since that point have suffered a string of DNFs which have dropped them well back in the points, their only chance to get back into the title fight comes by battling for the top points and they both well understand that. Last time out in Fuji they finished second to the Lamborghini so are mounting a recovery and have every chance of claiming the top step, especially considering Sawa is a former race winner at Shanghai (2014).
 
Three years ago AMG made a one-off appearance in that year’s GT Asia Series, campaigning two SLS AMG GT3s at Zhuhai, one of which was driven by three-time Formula One world champion Mika Hakkinen and a rising young teenage star from Hong Kong, Matt Solomon..
 
It’s in the history books now, but the duo claimed the win on their maiden attempt after a desperate last lap pass for the lead by then 17-year old Solomon who returns to the fold this weekend as one of four drivers for the AAI-supported AMG Customer Racing team.
 
Joining Solomon in the #66 car will be another rising young star, Germany’s Nico Bastian who has done a lot of miles in the new AMG GT3, whilst Solomon’s 2013 mentor Hakkinen will also make an appearance at Shanghai, although due to his elite driver ranking, and Solomon’s subsequent leap up the rankings in recent years, he’s unable to drive. Always popular with the Chinese fans, Hakkinen will be at Shanghai for AMG, and the organisers have tasked the Finn with waving the chequered flag for the two GT Asia Series races.
 
As for the second car, it too will have an impressive lineup with the new ‘King of Macau’ Maro Engel (2014-2015 winner on the Guia Circuit) joining emerging Chinese star Zhang Wenhe in the #68 entry. Engel is expected to push the new car to the limit, the former DTM star and factory AMG favourite is widely regarded as one of the best GT3 drivers in the world, whilst Solomon has already taken the new car to victory in Australia earlier in the year.
 
You could be forgiven for thinking these teams would provide more than enough ingredients for what will be the biggest and best race of the season, but that’s without taking into consideration the most experienced team in GT Asia - Craft-Bamboo Racing.. The 2015 driver’s champions made a marque change last year from Aston Martin to Porsche, and since the opening round have been on an aggressive development curve, and that curve delivered great results at Fuji with team-leader Frank Yu and experienced Asian GT3 star Richard Lyons claiming a pair of podium finishes.
 
12-months ago Shanghai was all about Craft-Bamboo with Series champion Darryl O’Young and English team-mate Daniel Lloyd claiming victory in both 50-minute races, whilst Lyons holds an unbeaten record at Shanghai for the category as the outright lap record holder for both qualifying (1:46.985) and the race (1:47.107). With the new Porsche GT3 R now sorted, you couldn’t discount Craft-Bamboo continuing that winning streak this weekend.
 
As for the second of the teams campaigning the new Type 991 Porsche GT3 R - GruppeM Racing, they’ve already been on the 2016 Series podium with Englishman Tim Sudgen and rapid New Zealander Jono Lester. Lester stood down at Okayama for team-leader Philip Ma, but he’s back in for this weekend and desperate to prove he is still one of the best GT3 drivers in the Pan-Asian region by taking the new team to another podium, and if the stars align, the first win of the year for Porsche could fall their way..
 
Throw in a couple more stars - former F1 driver Alex Yoong, and Chinese motorsport hero Franky Cheng - both in identical Audi R8 LMS GT3s, and opening race Fuji winners Carlo Van Dam and Piti Bhirombhakdi in their Singha Motorsport Ferrari 458 and you have the perfect recipe for an event which will keep you captivated across both 60-minute races..!
 
WHO TO WATCH OUT FOR;
Where do we start.. This year it has been a challenge to predict who will make a GT Asia podium, but the addition of some seriously talented drivers, some impressive new equipment and an A-list of current drivers who are right in the title battle suggests it would be easier to predict the lottery numbers..!
 
If this season has shown anything, it’s that any number of the teams entered have a chance to claim a podium finish, and with the title on the line ahead of the final round, this weekend could provide plenty of fireworks.. if you need a prediction you’re not going to get it, but if you need some sage advice.. don’t miss this one, it’s going to be memorable!
 
HOW TO FOLLOW SHANGHAI;
This season Fox Sports Asia and Star Sports in China will also broadcast every event of the GT Asia Series live (race two in full, with highlights from the opening race), whilst the series itself will also live-stream every round with experienced commentators Jonathan Green - the voice of GT Asia - joined by Steve Martin to call both live television and live streaming action as it unfolds. 
 
Details of the streams and the broadcast times will be available on the GT Asia Series website - www.gtasiaseries.com - and through social media; www.facebook.com/GTAsiaSeries will also post news, video clips, images and updates, and you can also get involved in the conversation on www.twitter.com/GTAsiaSeries 
 
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SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT;
Jiading, Shanghai, China
Track length: 5.451-kilometres
Corners: 16
Rotation: clockwise
Designer/Circuit first opened: Hermann Tilke, 2004
GT3 Lap record: 1:47.107 - Race (Richard Lyons, 2015), 1:46.985  - Qualifying (Richard Lyons, 2015)
Support classes: TCR Asia Series, Asian Formula Renault, Clio Cup China
Number of times GT Asia Series has competed at Sepang previously: 2 (2014/2015)
 
GT ASIA AND SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT
2016 will see the third visit by the GT Asia Series to the Chinese Formula One venue. During the Series’ first visit, local stars Anthony Liu and Davide Rizzo claimed pole position for both races and the first ever victory at the 5.5-kilometre venue. For the second race the local Ferrari stars were in the mix again, but contact with the debuting Absolute Racing Bentley ended their run at the front, allowing Clearwater Racing’s Mok Weng Sun and Keita Sawa to claim a victory which would all but seal Mok’s third championship crown.
 
Last year Liu and Rizzo claimed second in race two at Shanghai, but again they were right in the mix, but it was Craft-Bamboo Racing’s Darryl O’Young and Daniel Lloyd who claimed back-to-back wins.. the interesting point being that the Shanghai winners on Sunday in both 2014 and last year have both gone on to claim the championship crown.. an ominous sign perhaps!!
 
There is one difference in 2016 however, for the first time the Series will use the full 5.453-kilometre Grand Prix circuit unlike the shorter version (which eliminates turns 5 and 6) used in 2014 and 2015
 
HOW THINGS PLAYED OUT LAST YEAR AT SHANGHAI..
2015 GT Asia Series - Rnd#8 (50-minutes - 24-laps) - 26 September
Pole position: Richard Lyons (Craft-Bamboo Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT3) - 1:46.985
1. Darryl O’Young/Daniel Lloyd (Craft-Bamboo Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT3) 
2. Carlo Van Dam/Piti Bhirombhakdi (TP12 Racing Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) +1.751
3. Keita Sawa/Adderly Fong (Absolute Team Bentley Continental GT3) +5.067
 
2015 GT Asia Series - Rnd#9 (50-minutes - 26-laps) - 27 September
Pole position: Daniel Lloyd (Craft-Bamboo Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT3) - 1:47.292
1. Daniel Lloyd/Darryl O’Young (Craft-Bamboo Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT3) 
2. Anthony Liu/Davide Rizzo (BBT Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) +9.310
3. Adderly Fong/Keita Sawa (Absolute Team Bentley Continental GT3) +10.946
 
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Rnd#9/#10 - 2016 GT Asia Series

Shanghai International Circuit, China
Schedule (CST - GMT +8)
 
Friday, 19 August
09:00 - Practice #1 (60-minutes)
12:40 - Practice #2 (60-minutes)
15:10 - Practice #3 (60-minutes)
 
Saturday,20 August

09:40 - Qualifying #1 (15-minutes)
10:05 - Qualifying #2 (15-minutes)
16:05 - Race#1 (60-minutes)
 
Sunday, 21 August
14:00 - Race#2 (60-minutes)
 
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GT3 Championship points (after eight rounds of 12)
1. Edoardo Liberati/Andrea Amici (94-points), 3. Anthony Liu/Davide Rizzo (85), 5. Marchy Lee/Shaun Thong, Adderly Fong/Andrew Kim (75), 9. Piti Bhirombhakdi/Carlo Van Dam (71), 11. Jonathan Venter (68), 12. Vutthikorn Inthrapuvasak (66), 13. Keita Sawa (61), 14. Alex Yoong/Alex Au (58), 16. Duncan Tappy (51), 17. Frank Yu/Richard Lyons (50), 19. Tim Sugden (46), 20. Darryl O’Young/Naiyanobh Bhirombhakdi (41), 22. Mok Weng Sun (28), 23. Jono Lester (22), 24. George Miedecke (18), 25. Gianmaria Bruni (15), 26. George Richardson (14), 27. Ashley Walsh, Franky Cheng/JingZu Sun, Richard Wee (13), 31. Philip Ma (10), 32. Andrew Palmer (8), 33. Christer Jöns, Fabian Hamprecht (7), 35. Nathan Morcom (5)
 
Pro-Am Cup points (after eight rounds of 12)
1. Anthony Liu (96-points), 2. Shaun Thong (95), 3. Piti Bhirombhakdi (89), 4. Andrew Kim (85), 5. Alex Au, Vutthikorn Inthrapuvasak (76), 7. Frank Yu (63), 8. Naiyanobh Bhirombhakdi (58), 9. Philip Ma (25), 10. Mok Weng Sun (17), 11. JingZu Sun (16)
 
Pro Cup points (after eight rounds of 12)
1. Edoardo Liberati/Andrea Amici (94-points), 3. Davide Rizzo (85), 4. Adderly Fong, Marchy Lee (75), 6. Carlo Van Dam (71), 7. Jonathan Venter (68), 8. Keita Sawa (61), 9. Alex Yoong (58), 10. Tim Sugden (52), 11. Duncan Tappy (51), 12. Richard Lyons (50), 13. Darryl O’Young (42), 14. Jono Lester (22), 15. George Miedecke (17), 16. Gianmaria Bruni (15), 17. George Richardson (14), 18. Ash Walsh, Franky Cheng (13), 20. Andrew Palmer (8), 21. Christer Jöns, Fabian Hamprecht (7), 23. Nathan Morcom (4)
 
GT Cup points (after eight rounds of 12)
1. Kantasak Kusiri/Bhurit Bhirombhakdi (102-points), 3. Voravud Bhirombhakdi/Tin Sritra (34), 5. Aekrat Discharoen, Toshihito Funai/Masayuki Ueda (32), 8. Akihiro Asai/Ken Seto (28), 10. Suttiluck Buncharoen, (16)
 
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The GT Asia Series is sanctioned by the FIA as an International Series and is clearly recognised as the Region’s leading GT Championship. It is solely managed and promoted by Motorsport Asia Ltd and is backed by Singha, Michelin, KW Automotive, Motul, Race Room, Panta, YOFC and Tunewear.
GT Asia’s foundations set for 2017 with strong team support

GT Asia’s foundations set for 2017 with strong team support

16/08/2016, Asia, Motorsport - Road Racing, GT Asia Series, Article # 19021593
GT Asia’s foundations set for 2017 with strong team support
15 August, 2016
 
Hot on the heels of the most competitive season of the GT Asia Series in the six year history of the category, comes news of an expanded program for 2017 and confirmation from many of Asia’s leading teams of their commitment to that program.
 
Citing increased competition, the success of the live global television programming and the depth of driving talent coming from all quarters of the world, Motorsport Asia Limited CEO David Sonenscher explained that plans are well underway to take the Series to another level in 2017.
 
“There’s no question that the GT Asia Series has come of age in season 2016,” Sonenscher admitted. “A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes to build the championship this year, and we’ll continue that development as the season progresses heading into next season. Since the start of this year, we’ve fielded quite a number of enquiries from teams - both existing and new - about the details of the 2017 calendar, so we’re unveiling those dates in the coming weeks to allow them to start planning well in advance for the new season.”
 
It’s a move that has been universally welcomed by teams and competitors with acknowledgment from some of the region’s most successful teams that they are committed to GT Asia into 2017 and beyond.
 
“So far the 2016 season has seen some outstanding racing - the best we’ve ever seen in the GT Asia Series,” Ingo Matter, Team Principal Absolute Racing said. “It’s great that planning has begun for the 2017 season, and all I’ve heard is that next year will be a very positive step forward for the category.
 
“From our perspective we’re not only going to continue with the program we already have, but we’re also looking at increasing our involvement. GT Asia is a great championship, the events and venues are fantastic and the atmosphere around the Series - certainly this year - is great, especially the new involvement with media and FOX Sports Live. One of our goals for next year is to help increase the field sizes, and from what I hear that message has been heard by a number of teams in the region who are looking to join us in 2017, and for one, I welcome the competition.”
 
Even before they’d claimed their maiden win in the 2016 Series, FFF Racing Team by ACM’s Team manager Alf Boarer was already in the planning stages for the 2017 season, with discussions already underway with potential drivers to join the Lamborghini Huracan operation next year.
 
“It’s our intention to run a two car team next year - two Lamborghinis - and we want to come back again and enjoy it. The racing in GT Asia is now at the same level as the leading championships in the rest of the world. We’re committed to GT Asia 100% no question, we want to do it and we’re really looking forward to it.”
 
“I think the media program and the way the Series has been developed this year for GT Asia has been fantastic, and I see that the Series is looking to expand that message again for 2017 to attract more competitors and get the message out to a wider audience,” Marchy Lee, Team Principal (and driver) of Phoenix Racing Asia admitted. “From Phoenix Racing Asia’s perspective, we want competition, and we’ve certainly had that in the GT Asia Series this year, and that ongoing challenge will see us commit to the future of GT Asia going forward.”
 
Meanwhile 2015 GT Asia Series champions Craft-Bamboo Racing have also reaffirmed their position within the category, CEO Richard Coleman quick to confirm their intent.
 
"GT Asia is part of the lifeblood of Craft-Bamboo Racing, it is the premier Pan-Asian series and a platform that is very important to us for our partners. The improved live TV this season has been excellent and things have been on the up for some time."
 
Alongside the established teams, some of those that have campaigned part-time programs in 2016 to get a feel for the popular Asian championship have also confirmed they are looking for a full-time entry in 2017.
 
“There’s no question that our Plan A is to come back into GT Asia in 2017 with a two-car operation and go after the championship,” Miedecke Stone Motorsport’s George Miedecke explained at the conclusion of their two-race programme recently in Japan. 
 
“The competition is world class and the opportunities to compete on some of the best circuits in the world and be competitive against some of the best teams on the planet is a huge attraction and we’re certainly focused on being on the grid in 2017.”
 
Plan B Motorsport’s Bhurit Bhirombhakdi confirmed he too was looking to GT Asia in 2017, citing a desire to compete in the outright GT3 class after winning multiple races in GTC during 2016. “There’s no question the outright class is where I want to be,” the Thai star admitted. “We’ve had a great time in the Ferrari 458 Challenge car this year, but we want to run with the leaders, and to do that we need an outright car and certainly my aim is to be in GT Asia battling for the podium in 2017.”
 
Three-time champions Clearwater Racing too have echoed their commitment to the 2017 season, although there is no secret that the Ferrari team have their focus set on a global WEC program next year and may not compete in Asia at all, however plans are in the pipeline for a two car team in GT Asia should they proceed locally.
 
“It’s great that we’re already getting commitments from teams for 2017, that gives us a good indication that we’re heading in the right direction,” David Sonenscher agreed.
 
“Like any competitive endeavour though there’s always challenges, and we’ve certainly not been immune from that, but what we’ve established in Asia takes an immense amount of planning and experience in the market.
 
“My focus is the teams - our stakeholders - so our job is to continue to offer one of the best GT championships in the world and to keep looking for ways to improve the program, and I think what we have proposed for 2017 will more than achieve that.”
 
Recently Motorsport Asia Limited revealed the introduction of a new category for the 2017 GT Asia Series focused on amateur drivers - with two levels of competition and valuable prize money - whilst the new season will also see a restructure of the Silver-Silver driver classification to bring the competition closer together, allowing the true Pro-Am teams a stronger chance of Race and championship victory.
 
They also revealed that next season an iconic street race will be introduced to the already popular race programme to ‘step things up’ another level.
 
“We’re just finalising our 2017 calendar now - which we will reveal in the coming weeks - I think it will provide teams with a lot of incentive to compete next year at some of the best venues in Asia,” Sonenscher added.
 

The GT Asia Series is sanctioned by the FIA as an International Series and is clearly recognised as the Region’s leading GT Championship. It is solely managed and promoted by Motorsport Asia Ltd and is backed by Singha, Michelin, KW Automotive, Motul, Race Room, Panta, Tunewear and YOFC.
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