Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific’s six customer entries in the third round of the Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia championship will aim to add to the number of Porsche 911 GT3 R wins this weekend at the Suzuka International Circuit.
As the 2019 campaign reaches its halfway mark, teams’ standings leaders Absolute Racing has a new line-up on board the #912 machine, with 2018 Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia podium finisher Leo Ye joining Yuan Bo.
Sepang winners Tanart Sathienthirakul and Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific Young Professional Philip Hamprecht return in the sister #911 car. They currently sit third in the overall drivers’ championship and arrive fresh from the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia event in Fuji.
Fellow Carrera Cup Asia driver Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak lies second in the Pro-Am standings following his victory with Panther/AAS Motorsport in Buriram. He also has a new team-mate in the #918 car, with double Le Mans 24 Hours class podium finisher Marco Holzer temporarily taking Alexandre Imperatori’s place as he competes in the Nürburgring 24 Hours.
Following their podium finishes in Fuji last weekend, twice overall China GT runner-up Li Chao and triple Carrera Cup Asia champion Chris van der Drift are back in the #910 JRM car, as they aim to break back into the top three of the Pro-Am championship.
Racing on home turf, 2017 Super Taikyu champion Hiroaki Nagai and 2019 Porsche Japan Junior Yuta Kamimura will be looking to add more points to their Pro-Am tally in the #8 ARN Racing car, as the Japanese squad continues its new-for-2019 Porsche programme.
Super GT class winners LM Corsa arrives as a new customer with bronze Japanese duo GT500 podium finisher Shigekazu Wakisaka and Kei Nakanishi.
This will be the third Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific event at Suzuka of 2019 following the Carrera Cup Asia and Carrera Cup Japan races in May. The next will be the Suzuka 10 Hours in August, for which driver announcements will come in the near future, and a second Carrera Cup Japan race in October.
Qualifying will start at 10:27 local time on Saturday 22 June, with race one at 15:10 and race two at 11:10 on Sunday. These sessions will be livestreamed on the Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific website, as well as the official Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia Facebook page and GTWorld YouTube channel.
Philip Hamprecht, Absolute Racing: “I’m really looking forward to this weekend. Suzuka is my favourite track in Asia and probably one of my favourites of all time. It’s a real drivers’ circuit which I love. Our car should be very good here and we think with our performances from the last few races we can have another strong weekend in Japan. The momentum is good right now since I did really well at Suzuka in Porsche Carrera Cup Asia a few weeks ago.”
Fabien Fior, Absolute Racing Team Director: “I think we’re looking good heading to Suzuka, the pace is there. This is a track that all drivers love. It’s a great atmosphere and you can really feel the whole history here. Absolute Racing is leading the GT3 teams’ standings and we will be aiming for the wins this weekend. If we can’t achieve it, a really solid haul of points will also be great for our championships.”
Alexandre Gibot, Head of Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific: “The Suzuka International Circuit is a hot spot for Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific this year, with the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and our customers in the Intercontinental GT Challenge also racing there in 2019. We have had a really strong start to the season with the new-generation Porsche 911 GT3 R, which has won two of the four races so far. We hope for similarly strong results this weekend.”
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