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GT Asia Series; Clearwater Racing On Top Heading To Home Round In Sepang
Posted by: newsla on Aug 14, 2014 - 07:07 AM
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GT Asia Series; Clearwater Racing On Top Heading To Home Round In Sepang


An impressive 28-car field is entered for the fourth event on the 2014 GT Asia Series calendar as the championship returns to the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia for the first of two events at the Hermann Tilke designed 5.543-kilometre Formula One venue.

 

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12-months ago the event was dominated by Thailand’s Pasin Lathouras in an AF Corse-run Ferrari 458, an advantage for the Italian marque that local hero Mok Weng Sun’s Clearwater Racing is hoping to enjoy in their battle for championship honours.

The one team though that Ferrari-mounted Weng Sun and co-driver Keita Sawa will be fighting for those honours, is that of Clearwater Racing team-mates Rob Bell and 2012 Sepang race winner Hiroshi Hamaguchi, who currently lead them by 15 points in the championship. Weng Sun is no stranger to his ‘home’ circuit, having won the prestigious Sepang 12-Hour, 12-months ago - in his Ferrari.

Unfortunately for the two-time champion, his luck wasn’t quite as good at the Sepang GT Asia round 12-months ago, where he failed to finish on the podium unlike long-time rival Frank You (Craft-Bamboo Racing Aston Martin) - who is also equal with him on points. Last year Yu, with then-partner Darryl O’Young finished on the podium twice. This year however Yu will be supported again by factory Aston Martin pilot Stefan Mucke forming a formidable team and one which has outright potential this weekend.

Throw in Fuji race winner Jeffrey Lee - who will again be partnered by Audi factory favourite Christopher Mies - the AF Corse-run Ferraris of Davide Rizzo/Anthony Liu and Rui Aguas/Nasrat Muzayyin, and the NB Team Aston Martin of Max Wiser/Kane Jiang, and you have a serious race on your hands.

As for the factory Nissan outfit of Motoyoshi Yoshida/Tetsuya Tanaka, keep a close eye on them - and the Thailand Porsche GT3-R entry of Piti Bhirombhakdi/Vutthikorn Inthrapuvasak (Singha AAS Porsche 997 GT3-R), they have been to Sepang before, and both were quick in the rain at Fuji, and with inclement weather expected across the weekend, they could be two of the ‘wild cards’ to watch.

GTM will again be strongly represented with 11-entries, title rivals Thomas Fjordbach and George Chou will be reunited once more in the lead Taiwan Top Speed Racing Ferrari 458 Challenge after they competed in separate entries in Fuji.

They will have their work cut out for them in Sepang, with the onslaught of Carrera Cup regulars and 2013 title combatants Wayne Shen and Francis Tjia entered, the pair - like fellow GTM entrant John Shen - all doing ‘double-duty’ in Sepang with their commitments to the Carrera Cup Asia series, something which could provide them an advantage across the weekend.

2014 GT Asia Series - Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia (14-17 August)
EVENT SCHEDULE;

Thursday, 14 August
1:50pm - Unofficial Practice #1 (60-minutes)
4:10pm - Unofficial Practice #2 (60-minutes)

Friday, 15 August
11:05am - Official Practice #1 (45-minutes)
2:40pm - Official Practice #2 (45-minutes)

Saturday, 16 August
9:35am - Qualifying #1 (15-minutes)
10:00am - Qualifying #2 (15-minutes)
1:55pm - Race #1 (60-minutes)

Sunday, 17 August
3:00pm - Race #2 (60-minutes)

THE GT ASIA SERIES AND SEPANG
The GT Asia Series has made regular visits to the Sepang International Circuit over the years. 12-months ago Darryl O’Young (Craft Racing Aston Martin) and Li Zhi Cong (Porsche GT3-R) top qualified for the two one-hour races, but both were won by Pasin Lathouras in the AF Corse Ferrari 458, Cong and O’Young/Frank Yu sharing the podium in race one, and Jeffrey Lee/Marchy Lee and O’Young/Yu on the podium in race two.

The 2012 series saw Sepang appear twice on the program, the first four rounds conducted in Malsyaia. Porsche and Ferrari dominated the results with race wins shared between Mok Weng Sun (Clearwater Racing Ferrari 458), Hiroshi Hamaguchi (Clearwater Racing Ferrari 458), Hisao Shigeta (Direction Racing Porsche GT3-R) and Li Zhi Cong (Porsche GT3-R).

WHERE TO WATCH..
Keep track of race four of the 2014 GT Asia Series from Sepang via the AFOS website - www.afos.com via Facebook; www.facebook.com/GTAsiaSeries and through YouTube; www.youtube.com/user/afosTV

WHO’S COMPETING AT AUTOPOLIS?
GT3 CLASS
3. Mok Weng Sun (SIN)/Keita Sawa (JPN) - Clearwater Racing Ferrari 458 Italia GT3
7. Jeffrey Lee (TPE)/Christopher Mies (GER) - Absolute Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 ultra
9. Jiang Xin (CHN)/Wiser Massimiliano (ITA) - NB Team Aston Martin Vantage GT3
11. Piti Bhirombhakdi/Vutthikorn Inthrapuvasak (Singha AAS Porsche 997 GT3-R)
12. Richard Wee (SIN)/Craig Baird (NZL) - Clearwater Racing Ferrari 458 Italia GT3
13. Motoyoshi Yoshida (JPN)/Tetsuya Tanaka (JPN) - B-MAX Racing Team Nissan GT-R GT3
17. Sun Jing Zhu (CHN)/Wang Jian Wei (CHN) - Absolute Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 ultra
24. Dilantha Malagamuwa (SRI)/Nathan Antunes (AUS) - Dilango Racing Gallardo FL2 GT3
32. Hiroshi Hamaguchi (JPN)/Rob Bell (GBR) - Clearwater Racing McLaren MP4-12C
37. Anthony Liu (CHN)/Davide Rizzo (HKG) - BBT Team by AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT3
38. Nasrat Muzayyin (SIN)/Rui Aguas (POR) - Spirit of Race by AF Corse Ferrari 458 GT3
55. Siu Yuk Lung (HKG)/Siu Tit Lung (HKG) - LKM Racing Racing Gallardo LP560 GT3
56. Samson Chan (HKG)/Naoki Yokomizo (JPN) - Ford GT3
96. Mike Chua (HKG)/Bjorn Wirdheim (SWD) - Mike Racing Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3
97. Frank Yu (HKG)/Stefan Mucke (GER) - Craft Bamboo Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT3
98. Alex Yoong (MAS)/Phillip Ma (SIHKGN) - Absolute Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 ultra
99. Jonathon Venter (AUS)/Daniel Bilski (HKG) - Craft Bamboo Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT3

GTM CLASS
6. Joseph Chua (HKG)/Rick Cheang (HKG) - Porsche GT3 Cup Car
16. Wayne Shen (HKG) - Porsche GT3 Cup Car
21. Francis Tjia (HKG) - Porsche GT3 Cup Car
23. Sasha Chu (HKG) - Taiwan Top Speed Racing Team Audi R8 LMS Cup
34. Tajuma Aoki (JPN) - Dilango Racing Lamborghini Gallardo LP560 GT3
60. Marcel Tjia (HKG) - Porsche GT3 Cup Car
68. John Shen (HKG) - Porsche GT3 Cup Car
69. James Cai Meng Tao/Lim Juin Cheng - Porsche GT3 Cup Car
77. Jacky Yeung (HKG)/Ashraff Dewal (MAS) - Tiger Racing Team Audi R8 LMS Cup
80. Anthony Chan Kei Ming (HKG)/Dominic Ang Ding Xiong (MAS) - Team Lotus Evora GTC
88. George Chou (TPE)/Thomas Fjordbach (DEN) - Taiwan Top Speed Ferrari 458 Challenge

2014 GT Asia Series – Championship points
(after round 8 of 13)
Overall
1. Rob Bell/Hiroshi Hamaguchi (86-points), 3. Mok Weng Sun/Keita Sawa, Frank Yu (71), 6. Davide Rizzo/Anthony Liu (64), 8. Max Wise/Kane Jiang (50), 10. Jeffrey Lee (40), 11. Richard Lyons (40), 12. Alex Yoong (29), 13. Christoper Mies (28), 14. Craig Baird/Richard Wee (27), 16. Warren Luff (23), 17. Nasrat Muzayyin/Rui Aguas (22), 19. Carlo Van Dam/Tanart Sathienthirakul (17), 21. Tatsuya Kataoka/Taiyou Iida (16), 23. Vuttikhorn Inthraphuvasak/Piti Bhirombhakdi (15), 25. Stefan Mucke, Kevin Gleason, Jonathon Venter (14), 28. Phillip Ma, Tacksung Kim/Natasha Seatter, Katsumasa Chiyo, Robert Hori (11), 33. Matt Solomon, Tetuysa Tanaka/Motoyoshi Yoshida (10), 37. Sean Fu/Andrea Caldarelli, Egiio Perfetti, Francis Tjia (8), 40. Marchy Lee, Sun Jing Zu, Takuma Aoki (7), 43. Hiroki Yoshimoto, Ken Look, Jacky Yeung, Thomas Fjordbach, George Chou (5), 48. Keith Vong, Dilantha Malagamuwa (4), 50. Wang Jian Wei, Hata Takashi, Tmonobu Fujii (2), 53. Ryu Ohtsuka (1)

GTM Class
1. Thomas Fjordbach (78-points), 2. Jacky Yeung, George Chou (72), 4. Francis Tjia, Wayne Shen (50), 6. Takuma Aoki (46), 7. Keith Vong (44), 8. Keo Chang (39), 9. John Shen (34), 10. Robert Lee (30), 11. Craig Liu (27), 13. Samson Chan, Joe Hsu Cheng Chang (26), 15. Terry Fang (24), 16. Fukujirou (21), 17. Satoshi Hoshino, Scott Miau (18), 19. Francis Hideki Onda (15), 20. Ryu Fukuda (14), 21. Ryu Ohtsuka, Nick Edwards, Ishihara Masayuki, Gamisan (10), 25. Christian Chia (8), 26. Lin Tsung Han (6)

The GT Asia Series is sanctioned by the FIA as an International Series and is clearly recognised as the Region’s leading GT Championship. It is jointly managed and promoted by Motorsport Asia Ltd and the Supercar Club Hong Kong and is backed by Yokohama, GRAHAM, KW Automotive, Auto Art, Race Room, RacerLink and Tunewear.

2014 GT Asia Series - calendar
Rnd#1/#2, 16-18 May - Korea International Circuit, South Korea (AFOS)
Rnd#3/#4, 30 May-1 June - Autopolis International Circuit, Japan (SGT)
Rnd#5/#6, 11-13 July - Fuji International Speedway, Japan (Super Formula)
Rnd#7/#8, 15-17 August - Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia (AFOS)
Rnd#9/#10, 12-14 September - Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia (MSS)
Rnd#11/#12, 10-12 October - Shanghai International Circuit, China (WTCC)
Rnd#13, 14-16 November - Guia Circuit, Macau (MGP)


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