Bentley Team Absolute Racing is back to defend their 2015 GT Asia Series Team Championship Title. Up to this point, the team has been busy here in the United States where the China based team has set up a Texas workshop to campaign in the Pirelli World Challenge.
This week Team Absolute announced their lineup and confirmed they will again enter three cars in the GT Asia Series. The Series runs an extended sprint format with two drivers on a team and one driver change during the race.
Many from last year’s cast will be back with the team this year. The Championship winning duo of Adderly Fong and Keita Sawa will be split up this year. Fong will be joined by Andrew Kim in the #7 Bentley Continental GT3. Sawa will be in #8 Bentley with Jonathan Venter, who ran part of last year’s GT Asia schedule before a cycling injury ended his season early.
Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak from Thailand will be joined by American and current Pirelli World Challenge driver Andrew Palmer in the #9 Continental GT3. Palmer and Fong have three Pirelli World Challenge weekends under their belt this year and have been practicing with the team in Asia during breaks in their U.S. schedule.
“I’ve been racing with Bentley Team Absolute in Pirelli World Challenge and I’ve been super impressed with the team,” said Palmer. “Racing in Asia is a new experience for me but I’ve been racing with Adderly in America, and am really excited to get to work with him in Asia. I have been able to show him my favorite parts of American culture and racing and now he can do the same in Asia!”
“In our line-up we have six different nationalities of drivers, four of whom are from Asia, so our team really represents racing across this continent,” said Team Principal Ingo Matter. “At each of the six races we will have a driver racing the Bentley Continental GT3 on their home soil, which is something they are incredibly proud of.”
“We narrowly missed out on the GT Asia Series drivers’ title last year – just one point separated the top two teams going into the final race. This year, we are determined to add the drivers’ title to the teams’ title we won last year and we are confident we have three line-ups capable of victory.”
The 2016 GT Asia Series kick starts with the Korea International Circuit on May 17th. Fans can watch the live stream on the website www.gtasiaseries.com. If you’d like to catch up on last year’s action, the 2015 season are available on YouTube.