Beijing, August 9, 2018 – Absolute Racing has become the first-ever Asian-based operation to be made an official Audi factory team. Audi Sport Team Absolute Racing will join the brand with the four rings bids to strengthen its seven-point lead in the Intercontinental GT Challenge manufacturer standings at the Suzuka 10 Hours from August 24 to 26.
“It is great to see the European and Asian motorsport platforms of Audi joining forces for the prestigious Suzuka 10 Hours,” said Martin Kuehl, Director of Audi Sport customer racing Asia. “Congratulations to Absolute Racing on their debut as an official Audi factory team. The appointment bears testimony to the success and development of Asian racing outfits over the past few years.”
At the Intercontinental GT Challenge’s first visit to Japan, Audi Sport will enter three factory-backed Audi R8 LMS GT3s. Audi Sport Team Absolute Racing has announced its line-up of Christopher Haase and Markus Winkelhock of Germany, and 22-year-old
This weekend marks the second round of the 2018 GT Masters Asia, where two Absolute Racing Audi R8 LMS serviced teams are keenly wait to compete in the team’s home event, aiming top tier results in front of the passionate Chinese crowd.
Following a race win at the GT Asia Series opening round at Sepang, Bhurit Bhrombhakdi and Kantasak Kusiri stormed to an outstanding double victory in the GT Masters Asia season-opener Ningbo International Speedpark. The #59 Singha Plan-B Motorsport by Absolute Racing duo sit in a comfortable first place in the standings, and will be aiming to return to the podium this weekend.
The Chinese Formula One Grand Prix venue, with sweeping curves and long straights, offers a totally different scenario to the Ningbo circuit, which played host to the opening event. Vincent Floirendo and Adderly Fong will share again the driving duties in the #55 EN Sports by Absolute Racing Audi R8 LMS,
Audi is leading the drivers’ and teams’ classification of the Intercontinental GT Challenge and now faces a new task: From August 24 to 26, the young racing series will visit the circuit at Suzuka in Japan for the first time. The track 400 kilometers southwest of Tokyo with its combinations of turns that are unique in the world is a popular and challenging one.
Audi Sport have confirmed today the five teams and driver crews. Two of the five Audi R8 LMS GT3 entries will be Absolute Racing-run cars.
Factory-backed entry #6 Audi Sport Team Absolute Racing relies on Christopher Haase, Kelvin van der Linde and Markus Winkelhock.
A privateer car from Absolute Racing completes the lineup. The two Chinese Jingzu Sun and Congfu Cheng, who was a Blancpain GT Series Asia race winner with Absolute at Suzuka earlier this year, as well as Adderly Fong from Hong Kong have been determined
Absolute Racing serviced teams picked up an Overall and a Pro-Am Class win in the second-ever visit of Porsche Carrrera Cup Asia to Sydney Motorsport Park.
– One-Two finish for Absolute Racing in race two – Philip Hamprecht scores his fourth win of 2018 – Bao Jin Long wins again in Pro-Am class
Qualifying for Rounds 6 and 7 took place on Friday with all six Absolute Racing-serviced cars recording top ten times.
Team StarChase’s Philip Hamprecht posted the third-fastest time during qualifying. As the second best qualifying time determines the grid for the second race of the weekend, the German youngster placed his car second on the grid for race two while AAS Motorsport by Absolute Racing’s Maxime Jousse lined up third for the Round 7.
est cola PTT’s Tanart Sathienthirakul, who was the fastest in Free Practice 1 on Friday morning, locked the seventh-best time, right ahead of Porsche
Absolute Racing serviced teams Team StarChase, Porsche China Junior Team, AAS Motorsport by Absolute Racing, est cola PTT, Porsche Shanghai Waigaoqiao & Pudong and Zheng Tong Auto head down under, where from August 3-4 the fourth round of the 2018 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia (PCCA) takes place at the Sydney Motorsport Park.
• Team StarChase’s Philip Hamprecht on title hunt • Only Jousse, Bao and Bo raced in this track before • Second Invitational race of the season wrap ups the weekend
With three wins in five races, Philip Hamprecht is currently second in standings, far from being out of contention, 18 points adrift from the top. This will be the first time at Sydney Motorsport Park for the #99 Team StarChase driver who is aiming to collect the maximum available points to stay in the title hunt. On the other hand, Team StarChase heads the Porsche Dealer Trophy standings by a comfortable
Blancpain GT Series Asia Round 7 & 8 weekend at the Fuji Speedway, in Japan, proved to be a big challenge for the three-car Absolute Racing team but in the end the Audi R8 LMS armada still managed to score points in both races with all the cars, which has to be considered a positive factor.
– Rump and Cheng still on GT3 Overall and Silver Cup titles chase – Liu and Burdon missed out on the Pro-Am podium by just 3 tenths – Kim and Fong keep scoring in Pro-Am class
Qualifying didn’t go quite as well as the team would hope. Rump’s Q1 was thwarted by traffic where a clean lap was unobtainable. The Estonian driver set the fifth fastest with a lap of 1:38.278 around the 4.563-kilometer, 16-turn track. Elsewhere, Anthony Liu qualified 12th place, and fourth in the Pro Am class, while Andrew Kim placed his car
Absolute Racing make their way to Fuji Speedway, Japan this weekend (20-22 July) for Rounds 7 & 8 of Blancpain GT Series Asia, which marks the start of the second half of the championship season.
• Rump/Cheng hoping to capitalise on Suzuka win • Burdon/Liu aiming more Pro-Am silverware • Kim/Fong hoping for more luck in Fuji
33 cars are expected – a season-high entry – at the Mount Fuji racetrack for the much anticipated double-header. Fuji track features a tight, technical section and also the longest straight of the championship at 1.5km.
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On a less than easy weekend in the streets of Bangsaen, Thailand, Absolute Racing serviced teams added another win to its tally. Team StarChase’s Philip Hamprecht won the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia (PCCA) Round 5 as Bao Jing Long took the honors for Zheng Tong Auto in the Pro-Am Class.
As with many Carrera Cup series this year, PCCA switched to the second generation 911 GT3 Cup car, bringing faster lap times amongst a number of improvements to the 12thedition of the Bangsaen Grand Prix.
Hamprecht registered the second best time in qualifying. This year’s PCCA returnee Maxime Jousse timed in sixth fastest, while Tanart Sathienthirakul posted the seventh best time. AAS Motorsport by Absolute Racing’s Jousse and est cola PTT’s Sathienthirakul were promoted one place up the grid because of an opponent grid penalty.
Further back in the field, Yuan Bo was placed seventh on the grid, while Bao Jing Long, who did the