Absolute Racing Aim to Maintain Strong Form in Suzuka
- OD Racing continues the title hunt
- Picariello to assist Lee on Pro-Am fight
- Singha Plan-B and Milestone Racing looking for points
Shanghai, 20th June 2017 – The Absolute Racing serviced teams are ready for the third round of the 2017 Blancpain GT Series Asia, to be held on the legendary Suzuka Circuit in Japan.
Following another strong showing in Buriram, where the four Absolute Racing serviced Audi R8 LMS GT3 entries claimed a pole-position, an overall podium position and two class podiums, OD Racing Team, J-Fly by Absolute Racing, Singha Plan-B Motorsport and Milestone Racing are fired up to deliver strong results on the famously unforgiving Japanese circuit.
Suzuka is a very technical and challenging track for car and driver, having all of the different elements you would want as a driver. It’s fast, technical, difficult, rewarding, and really fun to drive.
#86 OD Racing pair Mitch Gilbert and Aditya Patel sits third in the GT3 overall standings, five points shy of the championship leader, and is aiming high for the weekend. The strong Asian duo had their share of bad luck in Buriram, when a gearbox glitch put them out of the race one, but they came back stronger from that, finishing on the podium in the second race of the weekend. Due to this third podium result of the season, Gilbert and Patel will serve a pitstop success penalty during Suzuka’s opening contest next Saturday.
#7 J-Fly by Absolute Racing’s Jeffrey Lee will pair up again with Audi R8 LMS Cup Suzuka race one winner and Blancpain GT Series Asia Buriram race one poleman Alessio Picariello. Lee sits currently second in the GT3 Pro-Am Class standings. Following a double third place finish in Thailand, Lee and Picariello will be looking to continue their run of success.
#13 Milestone Racing’s Franky Cheng Congfu and Sun Jiangzu are eager to bounce back this weekend after enduring a tough weekend in Thailand. Cheng arrives in Suzuka fully motivated by the Audi R8 LMS Cup first victory of the season in this same circuit two weeks ago.
Despite no opportunities of testing in between the races, on the #59 Singha Plan-B Motorsport side of things, Bhurit Bhirombhakdi and Kantasak Kusiri will continue their learning curve, eyeing a possible podium in the GT3 Pro-Am Class if the opportunity arises.
Team Director, Ingo Matter, said: “Our great start to the season creates some positive pressure because we know our teams are hoping for another strong result and we are determined to meet their expectations. We will keep both feet on the ground and do the best we can in every area until the job is done. We are more motivated than ever to fight and deliver one more solid performance.”
Preparations for the race will begin on Friday with two 50-minute practice sessions, while the race one and two grids order is determined on Saturday with two 15-minute qualifying sessions. The first race will be held on Saturday, beginning at 3.10am local time. The second 60-minute race is scheduled for Sunday at 11.30am.
Weekend Timetable (GMT+9)
Friday, 23rd June
Free Practice 1: 12.20 – 13.10
Free Practice 2: 17.20 – 18.10
Saturday, 24th June
Free Practice 3: 08.00 – 08.20
Qualifying 1: 10.05 – 10.20
Qualifying 2: 10.30 – 10.45
Race 1: 15.10 – 16.10
Sunday, 24th June
Race 2: 11.30 – 12.30