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GT Asia Series; Tight At The Top Between Aston Martin And Ferrari At Fuji
Posted by: newsla on Jul 12, 2014 - 07:01 AM
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GT Asia Series; Tight At The Top Between Aston Martin And Ferrari At Fuji

The GT Asia Series returned to Japan for race three on the 2014 program, but whilst a number of teams had tested at the popular Fuji Speedway circuit in the weeks after the recent Autopolis round, none were quite prepared for what they’d see when they arrived for opening unofficial practice on Thursday.


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In the end only half the field dared to venture onto the 4.563-kilometre 16-turn circuit after the Shizuoka Prefecture - like much of Japan - was hit by Typhoon Neoguri, providing high winds and heavy rain.

By the close of the two 90-minute practice sessions, the circuit saw only limited running, with large channels of water running across the circuit at various stages. Despite this, a number of teams, including pace-setters ‘Absolute Racing’ with Audi factory favourite Christopher Mies topping the timesheets with a best of 1:55.728 in Jeffrey Lee’s Audi R8, ventured onto the circuit to get some sighting laps - just in case!

Second quickest was the B-Max Racing Nissan GT-R of new GT Asia recruits Katsumasa Chiyo (fresh from the Nurburgring 24-Hours) and Robert Hori, with former F1-driver Alex Yoong third in the Phillip Ma Absolute Racing Audi.

The centre of the storm crossed the region late on Thursday night, but Friday’s first official practice session was dry, and that’s where the stars came out to play!

The battle for the top spot was waged between 2013 Fuji race winners Stefan Mucke and Frank Yu in the Craft-Bamboo Racing Aston Martin and Rui Aguas in the ‘Spirit of Race’ Ferrari 458.

In the end it was Aguas who topped the first timed session with a 1:42.490, just two one hundredths faster than Mucke. Autopolis opening race winner Keita Sawa was third, just four tenths off Aguas, with championship points leader Rob Bell fourth in the second of the Clearwater Racing cars.

Fifth was Joel Camathias, the Swiss driver now Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG mounted after a practice crash at Fuji in the break between rounds damaged the #5 NB Team Aston Martin, necessitating repairs which could not be completed ahead of this round.

Korean round winners Davide Rizzo and Anthony Liu were sixth in the BBT Ferrari 458, with Mies/Lee just hundredths behind. Max Wiser in the second NB Team car was ninth, with Takashi Hata rounding out the top ten of the GT3 class in the Team KRM Porsche GT3-R.

Despite setting the pace in the torrential conditions of Thursday’s unofficial practice sessions, GTM class pace-setter Francis Hideki Onda - returning for the first time this year - was forced to sit out much of session one after a tyre failure [debris] at over 250kmh sent him off track. Fortunately the car was relatively unscathed, but the lack of track time impacted his outright position.

“It certainly got my attention,” he admitted afterwards.

With Onda out, the top position in GTM went to Onda’s Ferrari Challenge rival Satoshi Hoshino in the D’Station HAI Racing Porsche GT3 Cup car, with Taiwan Top Speed Racing’s Ryo Fukuda and Terry Fang second.

Session two again saw Aguas and Mucke battle at the top, but this time with Bathurst 12-Hour champion (alongside Darryl O’Young) Christoper Mies in the mix in the Jeffrey Lee Audi R8, Mies in the end just three tenths shy of Mucke’s best lap of 1:42.310.

Aguas was again inside the top three, with Sawa fourth ahead of the B-Max Nissan. Rizzo was sixth fastest, ahead of Tatsuya Kataoka in the Direction Racing Ferrari 458 and Takashi Hata in the Porsche.

Max Wiser was ninth again in the NB Team Aston Martin, with Craig Baird and Richard Wee rounding out the top ten in the second of the Clearwater Racing Ferrari 458s.

In the battle for GTM class honours, session two saw Satoshi Hoshino back on top in the D’Station HAI Racing Porsche GT3 Cup car with 2013 GT Asia Series title rivals Wayne Shen and Francis Tjia close behind in their identical Porsches.

Teams now prepare for the two 15-minute qualifying sessions on Saturday morning (one for each driver), ahead of the opening 50-minute race at 12:15pm (JST), then race two on Sunday at 4:10pm.

Keep up to date with the Fuji round of the GT Asia Series via www.afos.com and through social media; www.facebook.com/GTAsiaSeries

Both races from Fuji will be broadcast on the GT Asia Series network of free-to-air and Pay TV television providers. Details will be provided once confirmed.

GT Asia Series - Official practice (Friday, 11 July, 2014)
Fuji International Speedway
Combined times (2x 45-minute sessions)
1. 97. Frank Yu/Stefan Mucke (CRAFT Bamboo Racing Aston Martin Vantage) - 1:42.310 [P2]
2. 38. Rui Aguas/Nasrat Muzayyin (Spirit of Race Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) - 1:42.490 [P1]
3. 7. Jeffrey Lee/Christoper Mies(Absolute Racing Audi R8 LMS ultra GT3) - 1:42.673 [P2]
4. 3. Keita Sawa/Mok Weng Sun (Clearwater Racing Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) - 1:42.826 [P2]
5. 13. Katsumasa Chiyo/Robert Hori (B-Max Racing Nissan GT-R GT3) - 1:42.942 [P2]
6. 37. Anthony Liu/Davide Rizzo (Spirit of Race Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) - 1:42.943 [P2]
7. 26. Tatsuya Kataoka/Taiyou Iida (Direction Racing Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) - 1:43.062 [P2]
8. 92. Takashi Hata/Tomonobu Fujii (Team KRM Porsche 997 GT3-R) - 1:43.067 [P1]
9. 9. Jiang Xin/Max Wiser (NB Team Aston Martin Vantage GT3) - 1:43.150 [P1]
10. 12. Craig Baird/Richard Wee (Clearwater Racing Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) - 1:43.377 [P1]
11. 32. Hiroshi Hamaguchi/Rob Bell (Clearwater Racing McLaren MP4-12C) - 1:43.385 [P1]
12. 5. Joel Camathias/Fu Song Yang (NB Team Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3) - 1:43.616 [P1]
13. 99. Kevin Gleason/Jonathon Venter (CRAFT Racing Aston Martin) - 1:44.038 [P2]
14. 98. Alex Yoong/Phillip Ma (Absolute Racing Audi R8 LMS ultra GT3) - 1:44.165 [P2]
15. 11. Pit Bhirombhakdi/Vutthikorn Inthrapuvasak (Singha Porsche 997 GT3-R) - 1:44.218 [P2]
16. 27. Soichirou Mano/Kenji Nakahara (Direction Racing Porsche 997 GT3-R) - 1:45.845 [P2]
17. 47. Satoshi Hoshino (D’Station Hai Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3) - 1:46.362 [P1]*
18. 96. Michael Chua/Joseph Chua (Mike Racing Mercedes Benz SLS AMG GT3) - 1:47.429 [P1]
19. 16. Wayne Shen (Porsche 997 GT3 Cup) - 1:47.539 [P2]*
20. 24. Dilantha Malagamuwa (Dilango Gallardo FL2 GT3) - 1:47.563 [P1]
21. 21. Francis Tija (Porsche 997 GT3 Cup) - 1:48.116 [P2]*
22. 28. Max Chen/Evan Chen (Corvette C6R) - 1:48.228 [P2]
23. 58. Ryo Fukuda/Terry Fang (Taiwan Top Speed Ferrari 458 Challenge) - 1:48.279 [P1]*
24. 86. Francis Hideki Onda (Tunewear/RacerLink Audi R8 LMS GT3) - 1.48.310 [P2]*
25. 77. Jacky Yeung/Keith Vong (Tiger Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3) - 1.48.335 [P2]*
26. 18. Craig Liu/Thomas Fjordbach (Taiwan Top Speed 458 Challenge) - 1:48.396 [P1]*
27. 35. Sky Chen/Aki Miyazaki (Team KRM Porsche 997 GT3 Cup) - 1:48.524 [P2]*
28. 88. George Chou/Samson Chan (Taiwan Top Speed 458 Challenge) - 1:48.615 [P2]*
29. 33. Fukujirou (Team KRM Porsche 997 GT3 Cup) - 1:49.147 [P2]*
30. 8. Keo Chang/Robert Lee (Taiwan Top Speed Ferrari 458 Challenge) - 1:49.847 [P2]*
31. 68. John Shen (Porsche 997 GT3 Cup) - 1:50.083 [P2]*
32. 34. Takuma Aoki/Keiichi Inoue (Dilango Racing Gallardo LP560 GT3) - 1:51.114 [P2]*
33. 51. Ishihara Masayuki/Gamisan (CFR Ferrari 458 Challenge) - 1:51.276 [P2]*
34. 22. Joe Hsu Cheng Chang/Lin Tsung Han (Taiwan Top Speed 458 Challenge) - 1:51.789 [P2]*
35. 17. Jian Wei Wang/Sun Jing Zu (Absolute Racing Audi R8 LMS ultra GT3) - NTR
*GTM class

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