Published on May 22nd, 2017 | by Amirul Mukminin0
Podiums for Audi Drivers in Blancpain GT Series Asia Thailand Scorcher
Audi drivers helped themselves to a number of GT3 podiums at rounds 3 and 4 of the Blancpain GT Series Asia this weekend at Thailand’s Chang International Circuit. The Audi Hong Kong pairing of Marchy Lee and Shaun Thong’s second place finishes in each round see the duo second in the championship standings on 61 points, just two points off the top.
Mitch Gilbert and Aditya Patel of OD Racing team are just three points further back, third overall, after they recorded a dramatic third place finish in round 4, bouncing back from an early retirement in Saturday’s round 3.
Audi R8 LMS Cup championship leader, Alessio Picariello, was also one to stand out on his series debut, with the young Belgian and his J-Fly by Absolute Racing partner Jeffrey Lee grabbing two podiums in the Pro/Am class over the weekend. Team Audi R8 LMS Cup’s Alex Yoong and Alex Au fought hard to finish third overall and second in the Pro/Am class in round 3, but then had to retire after contact with another car on the first lap of round 4.
In the amateur class, the Japanese KCMG duo of Naoto Takeda and Takuya Shirasaka won round 3, but were also unable to finish round 4 after a collision, leaving them second in the class championship, just two points off the GT3 Am lead.
“Congratulations to all of the Audi drivers and particularly to the podium finishers for their truly electrifying performances in Thailand,” commented Bernd Goeres, Director of Audi Sport customer racing Asia. “They showcased the competitiveness and the agility of the Audi R8 LMS GT3 on a fast, technical track, as well as their own determination right to the finish line.”