By Johan Laubscher
Qualifying for the TSF Asia All Star Challenge was held earlier this morning and J-Fly Racing’s Audis were running at the front.
J-Fly Racing, being run and prepared by Absolute Racing, is fielding four Audi R8 LMS entries this weekend. Their arsenal includes three older Audi R8 LMS cars in the GTM class and one Audi R8 LMS ultra in the GT3 class. All four entries are being fielded for the GT Master Cup.
The first car is being driven by the 2013 Audi R8 LMS Cup champion, Adderly Fong. The second car has Carlo Van Dam and Benjamin Lee behind the wheel. The third car is being driven by Alex Chang and Evan Chen. The team’s Audi R8 LMS ultra is being driven by Jeffrey Lee alongside factory Audi driver, Rahel Frey.
The first official practice session was held on Friday afternoon and the Audis topped the times sheets. The #77 Audi R8 LMS ultra of Jeffrey Lee and Rahel Frey set the fastest time within the one minute forty second lap time bracket. It was an Audi 1-2 at the top, as Adderly Fong set the second fastest time with his #068 Audi R8 LMS. The #017 R8 LMS of Carlo Van Dam and Benjamin Lee set the fourth fastest time of the session. The #666 of Alex Chang and Evan Chen did not take part in this session.
Qualifying was scheduled for Saturday afternoon. The qualifying was split into two separate sessions, one each for the two drivers of the cars. The GAINER DIXCEL Mercedes-Benz SLS GT3 dominated the Driver A session and took provisional pole position. The highest Audi during the first session was the #068 R8 LMS in fourth. The #77 Audi R8 LMS ultra was fifth fastest, followed by the #017 R8 LMS in seventh and the #666 R8 LMS in ninth.
The second qualifying session, the Driver B session, saw the #77 Audi R8 LMS ultra topping the time sheets. The #666 Audi R8 LMS qualified third, followed by the #017 Audi R8 LMS in fourteenth.
The races are scheduled for tomorrow. One fifty minute GT Master Cup race and two shorter GT Master Challenge races of ten laps each (for each of the two drivers). The aggregate results from the two qualifying sessions were used to determine the starting order for the GT Master Cup. The four Audis will be starting in positions four through seven. The starting order for the J-Fly Racing Audis will see #068 in fourth, ahead of the #77, #017 and #666.
We wish the best of luck to J-Fly Racing (Absolute Racing) and their drivers.
SuperTaikyu / スーパー耐久