A trio of the most experienced GT3 drivers in China will spear-head an Absolute Racing Audi entry into the inaugural SIC888 endurance event at Shanghai International Circuit on October 7.
Sun Jingzu, Cheng Congfu (Franky) and Adderly Fong will share a second-generation Audi R8 LMS GT3 in the 888-kilometre endurance event, the three experienced GT campaigners expected to be outright contenders.
Cheng is arguably the most famous GT driver in China, his pioneering efforts have seen him entered in open-wheelers, DTM and Le Mans prototypes whilst also contributing to the success of the growth of GT racing in Asia as a regular at the highest levels of competition.
The Absolute Racing celebrated a remarkable Blancpain GT Series Asia double overall podium result at Shanghai International Circuit over the weekend, 22nd/23rdSeptember, and secured two class wins and more silverware at China’s Formula 1 circuit.
–Two Audi R8 LMS cars on the overall podium,
– “1-2” finish in the Pro-Am class in race one,
– Silver Cup podium finish in race two,
– Singha Plan B by Absolute Racing shines on Am Cup debut.
Saturday’s qualifying sessions saw Absolute Racing drivers performing strong once again. Cheng Congfu has stormed to a front row start for Round 9. The Chinese driver put together a 2:06.397 to start Saturday’s race from second.
The other story of Blancpain GT Series Asia’s first qualifying session was that of the Audi bronze-ranked drivers. Andrew Kim took Pro-Am pole (2:07.254), the highest qualifying bronze-ranked driver in the 32-car field, placing his car in seventh on the grid. Anthony Liu (2:07.631) qualified ninth overall
Absolute Racing drivers scored more podiums finishes and class wins at the team’s home rounds of the F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA at Shanghai International Circuit this weekend as Jaden Conwright reached the podium on race three and Liu Zexuan won in the Masters class twice.
With Thursday’s practice sessions held in wet conditions, Saturday’s Free Practice presented the international field of fledging talent its first opportunity to run on the 5.451km home of the Chinese F1 Grand Prix in the dry. Later in the day, the qualifying sessions brought another strong performance by the home team.
Setting the grid positions for race one, Akash Nandy set a lap time of 2:05.825 min to sit i [...]
Absolute Racing competes on home ground this weekend when the Blancpain GT Series Asia makes its annual trip to China for the Shanghai International Circuit rounds.
– Rump and Cheng on GT3 Overall and Silver Cup titles chase
– New team-mate for Anthony Liu
– Singha Plan-B by Absolute Racing joins the trio
Absolute Racing aims to bounce back from a tough Fuji meeting last month and close the gap to the Championship leaders as the Blancpain GT Series Asia enters the final two meetings of 2018. Shanghai has been a happy hunting ground for the team in the past, with Absolute Racing celebrating many victories and podiums on the “home of Chinese Motorsport” in recent years, including two podium finishes here in 2017.
Cheng Congfu and Martin Rump are leading the team’s charge, and the two official Audi Sport Asia drivers are confident they can bounce back from a tricky second weekend in
The Absolute Racing Formula 3 operation is back in action this weekend for the third round of the 2018 F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA at the Shanghai International Circuit.
Heading to its local circuit as the series reaches its halfway point, the Absolute Racing squad is hoping home-advantage plays a part in the weekend’s proceedings in front of a home crowd on the iconic Chinese circuit.
American Jaden Conwright will be starting the weekend with the second place in standings after experiencing a positive weekend last time around in Ningbo, while Akash Nandy is looking forward to exploiting his full potential and making gains from the fourth position.
The Ningbo weekend’s results have helped Absolute Racing to close the gap to the team in front in the Teams Championship.
Absolute Racing-run Emc2 Racing entry impressed on championship debut at Ningbo. China’s Liu Zexuan collected one win and two second-place finishes in the Masters Class and
Absolute Racing put in a battling performance to place three cars in the top-six of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Round 8 at Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore.
– Team StarChase’s speed goes unrewarded – Tanart S. and Daniel Lu performed strong – Bao Jin Long is the new Pro-Am Class leader
The weekend had a promising start with Philip Hamprecht storming to a stunning pole position. The German driver clinched pole after blasting through the streets of Singapore and setting a 2:16.258 lap time on Saturday afternoon. Team-mates Tanart Sathienthirakul, Daniel Lu and Yuan Bo qualified all within top-8.
Sathienthirakul set a superb lap time of 2:17.040 min to sit in fifth on the time sheet. Series debutant Lu stopped the clock eight hundredth of a second behind him in seventh, with Yuan Bo taking the final top eight position with a 2:18.096 min quick lap. Pro-Am title contender Bao Jin
The Lion City is the destination for the Absolute Racing serviced teams this coming weekend thatmarks the beginning of the second half of the 2018 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia (PCCA).
– Team StarChase aims to defend winning streak
– Pro-Am class title fight resumes for Bao Jin Long
– Li Jiaqi joins team line up
The race in support of the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix is among the highlights of the 2018 PCCA calendar, which saw the first meetings take place in Shanghai, Fuji, Sydney and in the streets of Bangsaen. It became the most famous races on the calendar and it’s easy to see why. On a merciless street circuit, the heat and humidity make it even tougher for the drivers.
Philip Hamprecht wants to keep the winning streak. Team StarChase driver won a race in every PCCA event so far this season, and he has good memories of Marina Bay Street Circuit,
Sun Jingzu and Bhurit Bhirombhakdi shared the wins at Ningbo International Speedpark to make it a fine weekend for the Absolute Racing contingent in the Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup.
On Saturday, even carrying the 20kg of success ballast, Sun Jingzu emerged victorious in Round 5. Fresh from a solid performance in the Suzuka 10 Hours, the Chinese driver conquered maiden overall win in the series. Second, following a valiant charge to the podium after being shunted to the back of the pack, was Australian Yasser Shahin. This weekend was the first that the The Bend Motorsport Park liveried Audi R8 LMS GT3 was technically supported by Absolute Racing.
Taking the final podium place was championship points-leader, ProMax Team’s Andrew Haryanto, who crossed the line first but was handed a 30-second post-race penalty for a first turn clash with pole-sitter Bhurit Bhirombhakdi. Even carrying the full 50kg of success ballast, the Thai driver fought back,
Absolute Racing celebrated a victorious weekend at Ningbo International Speedpark during rounds 4, 5 & 6 of the F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA, with Jaden Conwright taking its maiden win of the season on the 4.060km Chinese track.
Heading into Saturday afternoon’s qualifying session off the back of a strong Free Practice performance, Conwright’s pace earned the #80 a first place spot for the start of Saturday’s opening race and for Sunday’s race ahead of team-mate Akash Nandy.
On Saturday’s morning race both Absolute Racing drivers had a poor start. Pole-sitter Conwright made a sluggish getaway and immediately lost three places but then enjoyed a good run to recover two positions during a thrilling first lap. The American showed a strong pace, setting the fastest lap of the race, but was just unable to put himself in a position to secure his first win in the series.
After the season kick-off in Sepang, the Absolute Racing is heading to Ningbo for the second event of 2018 F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA.
In the Malaysian opening round, Malaysia’s Akash Nandy and USA’s Jaden Conwright showed potential and they are both highly motivated to extract the maximum performance of the new Tatuus Formula 3 cars, knowing that the Ningbo International Speedpark features different characteristics.
Completed only last year, Ningbo’s new circuit is a relatively unknown quantity. The 4.015-kilometre track runs in an anti-clockwise direction and is located 250km south of Shanghai in China’s Zhejiang province.
The team is going into the weekend with optimism, after completing a successful two-day test, and expect to be competitive from the start. To better prepare the race weekend both drivers stayed in China over the short break.
All three races will be live-streamed on the official website and Facebook page.