• Absolute Racing to enter two Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo cars
  • Experienced drivers and new faces form strong mix
  • Team’s last race was at Sepang on February 29th

Almost eight months after our last race, Absolute Racing is finally returning to racing in the China Endurance Championship (CEC) Round 2 & 3 at the Ningbo International SpeedPark, Zhejiang Province. 

As the Coronavirus pandemic forced motorsport to delay the restart of the season, the wait is now over, and Absolute Racing will enter two Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo cars. The highly-experienced duo Cheng Congfu and Francis Tjia will join forces to drive the #13 Absolute Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo entry. 

Cheng is his country’s most successful circuit racer to date having competed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in the DTM and various high-profile Asian championships including the Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup. Cheng will line up alongside Francis Tjia in a pairing gunning for overall GT3 glory for Absolute Racing. Modena Motorsport founder Francis Tjia has been competing in a variety of GT and formula car series over the years, primarily aboard Porsche. The Dutch driver, who is ranked as one of the fastest true gentleman drivers in Asia, will be driving an R8 LMS GT3 for the first time. 

Chinese drivers Jiang Jiawei and Bao Jinlong will team up in the #233 Absolute Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo entry. Bao Jinlong is a familiar face to the team, having already made multiple appearances for the team in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia. Teammate Jiang Jiawei is a CEC and SEC Touring Car classes regular and will be driving for Absolute Racing for the first time.

In the past few months, the team practised social distancing and fully complied with the national and local regulations, putting in place the protocols needed to prepare for the end of the year races safely and efficiently. At the same time, the team and drivers had been busy testing at Shanghai, Shaoxing and Ningbo.

Absolute Racing Team Manager, Fabien Fior said: “We could not wait to go back into action. It was the longest period we have been without race since our founding in 2010. Our four drivers are highly motivated, and we are delighted to field such a strong line-up on this return to racing. The team’s determination has not changed, nor has our aim to win races.”

The first 150-minute race will be held on Saturday, beginning at 9.30 pm local time. The second 150-minute race is scheduled for Sunday at 2.15 pm.