For the China GT Championship season finale, eight Porsche customer entries across the GT3 and GTC classes are in action, as another strong campaign comes to an end at the Shanghai International Circuit (19-21 October).
This is the series’ second visit to the Chinese Grand Prix venue this season, with the previous one proving fruitful for the Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific-supported teams, who collected five class podium finishes between them.
Team JRM return with a pair of Porsche 911 GT3 R, as two-time Porsche Carrera Cup Asia champion and current PCCA points leader Chris van der Drift, and Li Chao partner once again in the #911 challenger. The pair are still in contention for the title, and will look to take a deserved victory after being denied a number of times this season.
Joining them at the JRM outfit are Min Heng and Lin Nan, who impressed at Wuhan last time out after securing a victory. The AM/AM pairing will once again jump on-board the #991 Porsche 911 GT3 R, which carries a special livery this weekend, paying homage to Porsche’s GTE Pro win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans earlier this year.
Rounding off the GT3 entries is Pan Chao who will run in the #777 R+ Racing Porsche, following an AM/AM victory on the duo’s last visit to Shanghai. Partnering him is former Porsche Carrera Cup Asia driver Zhang Da Sheng.
In the GTC class, five Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars head to the 5.451 km circuit, with R+ Racing fielding Wang Tao and Wu Pei in the #307 car, as the former looks to claim second in class in the championship.
Moby-Dick Motorsport Club return to the series and the Shanghai International Circuit, where they took second with one of their entries in rounds seven and eight. They will field four Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars this time, with Porsche China Junior Daniel Lu joining Lawrence Liu in the #9 entry, Steve Yin in #10, Jeffrey Zee and Jacky Wu in #69, and Shao Fei driving the #47 machine.
Steve Yin, #10 Moby-Dick Motorsport Club, said: “We are a group of owner-drivers that love racing and being behind the wheel. We are more than impressed by our experience with the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars. The performance is excellent, they are reliable, easy to support, and most of all, so much fun to drive.“
Alexandre Gibot, Head of Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific, said: “We are very excited to see this bolstered list of Porsche entries head to Shanghai for the China GT Championship finale. Eight cars in total confirms the strength of both the Porsche 911 GT3 R and Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, and we are sure they’ll be challenging at the front again. R+ Racing are in with a chance of taking the GTC championship and have been showing strong pace this year. Team JRM will want to end the season on a high and they have the right drivers and team members to go for victory here. Moby-Dick Motorsport Club are back fielding their cars and I’m sure they’ll do a great job.”