The Absolute Racing three-car team is ready for the third event of the 2018 Blancpain GT Series Asia, to be held on the legendary Suzuka Circuit in Japan from June 30 – July 1.
The Rounds 5 and 6 of the season takes the Audi R8 LMS-equipped team and its drivers to the fondly regarded 5,807km circuit created in the 1960s with a distinctive 18 turn figure-eight layout.Last season, Absolute Racing serviced teams scored a double-podium at Suzuka, and the team is motivated, determined and very well prepared for this year’s double header. Pirelli’s new-for-2018 P Zero DHD2 tyre will also be introduced for the first time this year and the teams will have to adapt quickly.
In the first two weekends of the season Absolute Racing was able to collect a lot of data that also highlight the areas where the team needs to improve the most right now. Building from there, the team’s optimism is high.
Absolute Racing’s pro-pairing of Cheng Congfu and Martin Rump currently lie second in the Silver Cup and fourth overall thanks to an impressive Round 3 podium at Chang International Circuit, Thailand. Without any pitstop success penalty, the highest placed Audi wants to keep up this momentum as #3 pair heads to the demanding Japanese circuit.The #7 Audi R8 LMS duo Adderly Fong and Andrew Kim is hoping to step up their game after the good progress made in the previous weekend, where they climbed the podium in the Pro-Am class for the first time.
#37 Paragon Water Systems Absolute Racing duo Josh Burdon and Anthony Liu sit second in the Pro-Am standings, firmly in the hunt for the class title. Burdon’s overall pole-position in Sepang is still fresh in the memory.
Commenting about the weekend ahead, Team Manager Michael Schneider said, “Suzuka Circuit is a fantastic track and we always enjoy racing here, where the Japanese fans presence is warmth felt. We’re pumped up for the weekend since the pace we showed in the two previews events was very strong and that gives us a lot of confidence going into this race. We will try to repeat last year’s qualifying result, even having in mind that the Pirelli DHD2 tires are new for us, as they are for the other teams, and it will be challenging to find the right setup in this short time.”Preparations for the race will begin on Friday with two 45-minute practice sessions, while the two grids order is determined on Saturday morning with two 15-minute qualifying sessions. The first race will be held on Saturday, beginning at 2.20pm local time. The second 60-minute race is scheduled for Sunday at 10.50am.
Weekend Timetable (GMT+9)
Friday, 29th June
Free Practice 1: 13.00 – 13.45
Free Practice 2: 17.05 – 17.50
Saturday, 30th June
Free Practice 3: 08.10 – 08.40
Qualifying 1: 09.55 – 10.10
Qualifying 2: 10.20 – 10.35
Race 1: 14.20 – 15.20
Sunday, 1st July
Race 2: 10.50 – 11.50
2018 Blancpain GT Series Asia Season Calendar:
April 14-15 – Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia
May 12-13 – Chang International Circuit, Thailand
June 30- July 1 – Suzuka International Circuit, Japan
July 21-22 – Fuji Speedway, Japan
September 22-23 – Shanghai International Circuit, China
October 13-14 – Ningbo International Speedpark, China
About Absolute Racing:
Founded in 2010 by motorsports specialists Ingo Matter and Fabien Fior, Absolute Racing rapidly grew into a formidable force and a powerhouse in the region.
Currently operating from Shanghai, Zhuhai, Sepang and in the United States of America, Absolute Racing has captured victories in every major racing series it has entered including the Asian Le Mans Series, Audi R8 LMS Cup, Blancpain GT Series Asia, China GT Championship, GT Asia Series, Pirelli World Challenge, Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and Formula Masters Series.
Enjoying tremendous success both on and off the track, Absolute Racing brings experience, trust, and credibility to all brands and partners associated with the team.
With a strong brand presence and identity, Absolute Racing offers different levels of Customer Racing services. It was no coincidence that a world-class race proven sports car outfit like Absolute Racing was appointed as the sole motorsports organisation to manage the prestigious Bentley’s Customer Racing programme in Asia and USA.
As a major player in one of the fastest growing sports in Asia, the Team is able to take any driver on a journey through the junior formulas to the top level of the sport in the most professional environment
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