Published on February 26th, 2019 | by Amirul Mukminin0
Tianshi Racing Team Second in 4 Hours of Sepang
The Tianshi Racing Team (TSRT) Audi R8 LMS GT3 squad of Dries Vanthoor, David Chen and Xu Wei has taken second place at the 2018/19 season finale of the Asian Le Mans Series: The 4 Hours of Sepang. It was the third GT class podium of the four-race season for the Chinese customer squad, with David Chen finishing third in the final GT Drivers’ standings and the team third in the GT Teams’ championship.
The #66 sister entry of Max Wiser, Aven Qi and Dennis Zhang was forced into retirement after two and a half hours. TSRT have used their Am entry to give a rotating squad of gentleman drivers the chance to compete at the highest level of GT racing all season, with Max Wiser the ever-present in the car in his triple role of the car’s professional driver, mentor and driver coach. His points tally over the season has seen the Italian crowned the 2018/19 Asian Le Mans Series GT Am champion for a second time.
TSRT fielded two 2019 Audi R8 LMS GT3s at the event for the car’s Asia-Pacific debut, with the car’s pace all weekend catching the eye. Audi Sport driver Dries Vanthoor capitalised on this to record the model’s first pole position worldwide in Saturday’s qualifying session.
“Tianshi Racing Team did a great job in adjusting to the new car very quickly, and had the pace to win the race today,” said Martin Kuehl, Director of Audi Sport customer racing Asia. “Endurance racing is tough, especially in the heat and humidity of Sepang. Congratulations to the team for their podium and Max Wiser for for his championship class win.”