Following a strong weekend in Fuji, four Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific Porsche 911 GT3 R customer cars travel to Yeongam, South Korea, for the penultimate round of the 2019 Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia season.
The Korea International Circuit hosts its maiden Blancpain GT round, making it a level playing field in terms of experience between the teams and drivers, and is the first visit for Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific since 2015 when the former Grand Prix venue hosted Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.
Absolute Racing arrive ready to do battle after a competitive showing last time out in Fuji, extending their lead in the teams’ standings to 121 points. The #911 car holds its lead in the overall and Silver Cup drivers’ championship thanks to a solid performance from the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia duo Tanart Sathienthirakul and Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific Young Professional Phillip Hamprecht, who secured pole position in the previous round.
Yuan Bo and fellow Chinese driver Leo Ye Hongli look to repeat their Suzuka success, where they last stood on the Silver Cup podium, at this new venue in the sister #912 Porsche 911 GT3 R.
The #918 Porsche, driven by Pro-Am championship leader Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak and team-mate 2012 Carrera Cup Asia champion Alexandre Imperatori, enters the weekend on a high having scored a second-place finish with Panther/AAS Motorsport at the previous race, aiming for similar success at the 5.62km Yeongam circuit.
Triple Carrera Cup Asia champion Chris van der Drift has a new team-mate on board his #910 JRM Porsche for the Korea race weekend. Former Carrera Cup Asia racer and twice Asian Le Mans Series vice champion Anthony Liu makes his return to the series, in place of Li Chao, and will experience the Porsche 911 GT3 R for the first time.
Track action will begin on Friday 2 August with two 45-minute practice sessions at 13:10 and 15:55. Qualifying on Saturday starts at 11:37 with race one at 15:40. Sunday’s 60-minute race will be at 12:20, with every session being livestreamed on the Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific website..
Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak, Panther/AAS Motorsport: “I’m really looking forward to getting to Korea after two good race weekends in Japan. I’ve had the chance to drive this circuit before, but it will be my first time in the Porsche 911 GT3 R. It’s a pretty technical track and it can take a few laps to find the right braking points and apexes. The plan for Korea is the same as before – try to collect maximum points and keep my Pro-Am championship lead.”
Alexandre Imperatori, Panther/AAS Motorsport: “The series is getting into the last stretch and everything is still to play for. It will be my first time in Korea but the team and Vutthi have experience here, so we’ll be aiming to solidify our position in the standings and climb up the overall classification. I’m looking forward to a strong weekend.”
Chris van der Drift, JRM: “I’m very much looking forward to jumping back into the Porsche 911 GT3 R this weekend. The last time I visited the track was in 2015 for Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, so it’s going to be exciting to get out there again. We have a different feeling at this event as I won’t be racing with my normal team-mate but like always I’ll be pushing for victory. I welcome Anthony to the team and will do all I can to help him acclimatise to the car.”
Anthony Liu, JRM: “I am very happy to be back racing at the Yeongam circuit, one of my favourites in Asia, and to try the new Porsche 911 GT3 R. It has been a while since my last race in Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia but I’ve been following the series and it looks like Porsche have a lot of potential. I can’t wait to work with Chris this weekend and hear all of his tips and tricks.”
Alexandre Gibot, Head of Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific: “We’re at the penultimate meeting of the 2019 Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia championship and our cars are in strong positions in the various standings, thanks to the efforts of our customer teams. It is great to see drivers in the new Porsche 911 GT3 R put the car through its paces, and we are encouraged with the results thus far. I wish our customers the very best of luck for this weekend and hope they continue to score some more impressive results.”
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