|Porsche 997 GT3 R leads going into the penultimate GT Asia Event|
The Porsche 997 GT3 R driven by Eddie Yau leads the GT Asia Series Championship points standing heading into the penultimate Event at the Autopolis International Circuit, Japan this weekend. In the GT4 Asia category, the Aston Martin N24 of Mark Williamson has cemented itself in the lead with a total of five wins and completing every race on the podium.
This weekend at Autopolis will see Rounds 9 & 10 before the season finale at the legendary Guia International Circuit in Macau, held during the Macau Grand Prix from 18th to 20th November 2011. There are 38 points up for grabs this weekend with two Rounds, leaving the top four al in with a chance to claim the title.
In second overall, only three points behind current Championship leader and Asia Racing Team’s frontman, Yau, is the very powerful Ferrari F458 GT3 driven by Mok Weng Sun, multiple race winner and endurance race regular who is sure to put up a tough challenge heading into the final three races.
The Lamborghini LP560 of Dilantha Malagamuwa and Ford GT GT3 driver Frank Yu, shared one third place each in Suzuka. Malagamuwau is third in the points standing and leads fierce competitor, Tunku Hammam by 18 points after Hammam was unable to attend the previous Suzuka outing.
Yu is in fifth with 63 points, but is still within sight of the Championship. This weekend will also mark a change for Yu when he takes the wheel of an Audi R8 LMS for the first time. In Suzuka, the car proved to be a race winner, beating the Porsche 997 GT3 R, Ferrari F458 and Lamborghini LP560 in the hands of Hitotsuyama Racing driver, Hiroshi Hamaguchi. It will be a chance for Yu to claim some valuable points before the final race in Macau.
Kenji Kobayashi will return for Hitotsuyama Racing in the Porsche 997 Cup 3.8 in the GTM class, whilst Nasrat Muzayyin will finally make an appearance for the first time. Singaporean driver, Muzayyin, has been unable to compete despite several attempts to participate since last year. Muzayyin is scheduled to partner GT4 Asia Championship leader, Mark Williamson in the Concord Absolute Racing’s N24.
Williamson leads the GT4 Asia class from teammates Simon Waters and Ryan Marsden by 36 points and a further 26 points respectively. Marsden will be unable to attend the Autopolis weekend leaving Waters to compete alone for the duration.
A Lotus Evora GT4 will also join the lineup for the first time this weekend, driven by Anthony Chan of TW Racing.
The GT Asia Series is supported by Michelin tyres, Graham London and Auto Art. The Series is organised by Motorsport Asia and Supercar Club Hong Kong.