Published on October 14th, 2018 | by Amirul Mukminin0
Audi Customers Finish 2018 Blancpain GT Series Asia Season on a High
Alessio Picariello and Anthony Liu equalled their best finish of the season in the final race of the 2018 Blancpain GT Series Asia, taking second overall. The result saw them record the round 12 Pro/Am class win from Absolute Racing teammates Adderly Fong and Andrew Kim, who crossed the line sixth overall after a strong comeback drive.
All four Audi R8 LMS GT3s finished in the top seven in round 12, with Cheng Congfu and Martin Rump fourth. That earned the Absolute Racing pair third place in the 2018 Silver Cup championship (164 points). The result also helped Absolute Racing (213 points) to achieve third place in the season’s GT3 Teams championship.
“The two podium finishes and two class wins this weekend delivered a successful finale to a challenging and highly competitive season for our customer teams and Audi Sport Asia drivers. The spirit is high and we will come back strongly,” said Martin Kuehl, Director of Audi Sport customer racing Asia. “We congratulate Lamborghini, Dennis Lind, Martin Kodric and FFF Racing Team by ACM on their overall championship win.”
With the dust settled after 12 rounds of action across four Asian nations, Cheng and Rump’s third in the Silver Cup standings was complimented by fourth place in the overall GT3 championship (116 points). Gilbert and Patel finished 10th in the Silver Cup on 82 points after crossing the line seventh in round 12.
Anthony Liu finished fourth in the Pro/Am standings (141 points) after two wins in the last four races, with Kim and Fong classified seventh in class (113 points).
The Japanese KCMG Audi R8 LMS GT3 team of Naoto Takeda and Takuya Shirasaka had already been crowned Am Cup champions at the penultimate rounds in Shanghai.