MONTEREY, Calif. (Oct. 10, 2016) – Fresh off the back of a second-place finish at Sonoma Raceway, Andrew Kim (South Korea) scored his second Pirelli World Challenge podium finish in-a-row. In his North American debut, Fabian Hamprecht (Germany) had an unfortunate spin and early end to his run at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course in Northern California was new to both Kim and Hamprecht, but both had the powerful 4.0L twin-turbo V8–powered Bentley Continental GT3 at their disposal. Both drivers showed solid improvement throughout practice and qualifying. Kim started P6 on the GTA grid, while Hamprecht started 17th in GT.
Both drivers made strong starts in the 50-minute race. Kim moved up to second and Hamprecht into 14th on the first lap.
At the halfway point, Hamprecht spun in Turn Four and was unable to resume.
Kim held strong through several full-course cautions. The final full-course yellow created a one-lap dash [...]
DALLAS, Texas (Oct. 6, 2016) – Experienced Bentley Continental GT3 driver Fabian Hamprecht (Germany) will stand in for Bentley Team Absolute regular Adderly Fong in the Pirelli World Challenge, this weekend, as the Hong Kong racer looks to take a China GT Championship win on home-soil. Hamprecht will team with Andrew Kim (South Korea) at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the series finale.
A clash with China GT on Fong’s home soil with an excellent chance at victory has created the opportunity for Hamprecht to make his World Challenge and North American racing debut in the No. 88 Bentley Continental GT3. The 21-year old has four years of racing experience under his belt in various GT sprint and endurance series across Europe and Asia, including an Asian GT event with Bentley Team Absolute.
Back for his second Pirelli World Challenge event, Kim will again pilot the No. 78 Bentley Continental GT3 in the GTA [...]
SONOMA, Calif. (Sept. 22, 2016) – In his Pirelli World Challenge debut, this weekend, South Korean driver Andrew Kim stood on the GTA podium, while teammate Adderly Fong (Hong Kong) came away from Sonoma Raceway with a top-10 finish in the front-running GT class.
It was a last-minute entry for Kim’s No. 78 Continental GT3 and Bentley Motorsport in the UK pulled out all the stops to get the car prepared and shipped to arrive on Thursday of race week. After qualifying in fourth on the competitive GTA grid, Kim made his North American racing debut at the 12-turn, 2.285-mile road course in Northern California on Saturday and finished in second place in Sunday’s race.
Hoping to continue his run of podiums, teammate Adderly Fong qualified the No. 88 Bentley Continental GT3 seventh for Saturday’s event and finished ninth. On Sunday he was hit on the first lap and needed to pit for [...]
DALLAS, Texas (Sept. 13, 2016) – Bentley Team Absolute will enter two cars in the Pirelli World Challenge Championship for the final rounds at Sonoma Raceway and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The No. 78 Bentley Continental GT3 will be driven by Andrew Kim (South Korea) in the GTA class.
Kim is no stranger to Absolute Racing or Bentley; in the GT Asia series, he partners with Adderly Fong (Hong Kong) in the No. 7 Bentley Continental GT3. The duo is eighth in the championship there, having scored a win and three podiums together. Sonoma will be Kim’s North American race debut and marks the first time a Korean driver has participated in a Pirelli World Challenge race.
Kim can glean some advice from teammate Fong, who is a full-season PWC driver in the No. 88 Bentley Continental GT3. Fong is currently eighth in GT Drivers Championship and recently scored back-to-back runner-up finishes at [...]
TOOELE, Utah (Aug. 16, 2016) – Bentley Team Absolute driver Adderly Fong (Hong Kong) scored a pair of runner-up finishes in the latest two rounds of the Pirelli World Challenge Championship at Utah Motorsports Campus. He also came away with the fastest race lap of the weekend.
In the heat of the Utah desert, Fong qualified his No. 88 Bentley Continental GT3 sixth for Saturday’s Round 16 race. At the start, a spinning car blocked Fong’s path through Turn One, dropping him to 10th as the race went full-course yellow. On the ensuing restart, Fong perfectly navigated another Turn One accident, and climbed all the way to third.
From there, Fong put pressure on the No. 43 Acura TLX-GT for several laps, before eventually moving into second place. He had his sights set on the leader, but ran out of time to catch him before the checkered flag.
DALLAS, Texas (Aug. 11, 2016) – Only five rounds remain in the Pirelli World Challenge Championship and two of them will be completed this weekend at the Utah Motorsport Campus, just outside of Salt Lake City. Bentley Team Absolute driver Adderly Fong (Hong Kong) is aiming to advance further up the Drivers Championship in the season’s home stretch.
Coming off the back of a top-10 result in the most recent round at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Fong is currently ninth in the GT Drivers Championship. The Pirelli World Challenge newcomer heads to yet another unknown circuit in the No. 88 4.0L twin-turbo V8–powered Bentley Continental GT3.
Located in the Utah desert, the 3.048-mile, 14-turn permanent road course is flanked by the Great Salt Lake and the Oquirrh Mountains. It is one of the younger breeds of North American circuits, having just opened in 2006. The track features few elevation changes and blowing sand [...]
LEXINGTON, Ohio (Aug. 2, 2016) – In the latest round of the Pirelli World Challenge GT Championship at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Bentley Team Absolute showed it could rebound from some tough luck and stay focused on bringing home points. After missing Saturday’s race, Adderly Fong (HK) finished Sunday’s race in 10th despite starting from the back of the grid.
Fong once again faced a circuit he’d never been to before. Still, with only 80 minutes of track time (Friday’s practice was cancelled due to lightning), he was able to qualify his No. 88 Bentley Continental GT3 in sixth.
Unfortunately, while on the pace lap for Saturday’s race, a gearbox issue prevented Fong from taking the start. Without an official race lap, he had to start Sunday’s race from the back of the grid.
Starting 18th, Fong picked his way through the back of the field quickly, moving into 12th in the [...]
DALLAS, Texas (July 27, 2016) – After securing two podium positions at Road America in June, Bentley Team Absolute is ready to take on Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend for the latest round of the Pirelli World Challenge Championship. Adderly Fong will seek to continue his podium streak in the No. 88 Bentley Continental GT3.
Pirelli World Challenge teams have had a month off since Road America. Bentley Team Absolute and Fong are eager to prove its pole-winning and double podium performance there was no fluke. With his 4.0L twin-turbo V8–powered Bentley Continental GT3, Fong is ready to tackle another unknown circuit with confidence.
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is a popular 14-Turn, 2.4-mile road course in the Ohio countryside. It features a mix of fast turns and technical corners with some rolling elevation changes.
Bentley Team Absolute is currently third in the GT Team Championship heading into Rounds 14 and 15 [...]
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 26, 2016) – Bentley Team Absolute enjoyed its best Pirelli World Challenge weekend yet, with Adderly Fong (HK) securing pole position in Saturday’s race and collecting podium finishes both days.
Fong had never been to the 14-turn, four-mile road course before, but that didn’t stop him from clocking the fastest qualifying time in his No. 88 Bentley Continental GT3. His blistering lap of 2:05.352 (115.279 mph) was set on his final flyer, just as the checkered flag came out.
In Saturday’s 50-minute race, Fong was flanked by a pair of Acuras, who managed to beat the polesitter into the first turn. Fong did his best to retake the spot immediately, but ran wide in Turn Five and fell back to fifth. From there, he focused forward and was able to claw his way back to third by the race’s end. It was Fong’s first Pirelli World Challenge podium.
DALLAS, Texas (June 23, 2016) – Bentley Team Absolute heads to Road America for the rounds 12 and 13 of the Pirelli World Challenge, this weekend, with its No. 88 Continental GT3 of Adderly Fong (HK). The identical No. 87 car will not run, as its driver, Andrew Palmer (US), continues to recover in the hospital.
While the team’s thoughts remain with Palmer, crew members continue to be positive and they hope to carry on their success from GT Asia a fortnight ago.
Currently 11th in the GT Drivers Championship, Fong faces yet another unknown circuit, but has the power of the 4.0L twin-turbo V8–powered Bentley Continental GT3 behind him to take on the long straights of Road America.
“It was great to get a podium in GT Asia and I’m hoping I can continue this here in Pirelli World Challenge, this weekend,” commented Fong. “I’ll miss having my team-mate alongside me; not only is [...]