Absolute Racing strengthens Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia presence with Porsche
– Absolute Racing and Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific join forces
– Yuan Bo confirmed as first driver
– Further drivers’ announcements set to follow
Zhuhai, January 7, 2019 – Absolute Racing will strengthen its presence in the 2019 Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia. The team will field two 2019-spec Porsche 911 GT3 R in partnership with Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific.
Absolute Racing and Porsche have long enjoyed an association through the successful participation of the China based team in the German brand one-make series in Asia. Now this partnership is strengthened with a two-car attack on the region’s leading GT series.
Founded at the end of 2009, Absolute Racing is one of the powerhouses of GT racing teams in Asia. Among its accolades with Porsche, are two podium finishes in the Macau Grand Prix’s Macau GT Cup race and three Porsche Carrera Cup Asia titles and more than 40 wins.
Returning to the Absolute-Porsche fold will be one of the fastest amateur drivers in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia series, Yuan Bo, who clinched the Class B title with Absolute Racing in 2016. The Chinese driver will line up alongside a Porsche factory driver yet to be nominated. The drivers’ line up for the second entry will be announced within the next couple of weeks.
The squad will be starting an extensive pre-season testing programme at the beginning of February prior to the opening round of this year’s 12-race schedule on April 6/7 at Sepang International Circuit. The Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia, formerly the Blancpain GT Series Asia, features a 6-round, 12-race calendar with events in Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, South Korea and China.
Fabien Fior, Team Director of Absolute Racing, said, “When evaluating our options for 2019 we thought it was a good opportunity to pursue a new challenge and reinforce our presence in the Asia’s leading GT series. Our relationship with Porsche dates from day one of Absolute Racing. We’re creating a program around our loyal customers and Porsche factory drivers and this is a unique opportunity and great platform. I’m looking forward to working together with Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific this year. We’re confident that our drivers’ line up combined with the new GT3 R can achieve great success.”
Alexandre Gibot, Head of Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific, added, “We are delighted to welcome Absolute Racing as a partner from the 2019 season. We are confident that the new Porsche 911 GT3 R combined with the team’s history of strong performance and in the hands of a competitive driver line up, Absolute Racing will make a strong contender for the win in the Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia. We have a long time relationship with the team through their involvement in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and 2019 will mark a strong next step in the development of our collaboration.”
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