Saturday, August 16, 2014

GT Asia: Unbelievable bad luck hit Audi teams in Sepang race 1

By Tarek Ramchani

The Audi teams faced a very unlucky GT Asia Series race 1 today at Sepang International Circuit. None of the Audi R8 LMS ultra cars finished the 1-hour race.

The first race today is maybe the hardest ever for the Audi brand and team Absolute Racing in GT Asia Series.

It all started very well with a brilliant pole position and even a 1-2 Audi in Qualifying 1. Alex Yoong was the fastest ahead of Audi works driver Christopher Mies. Then all changed in race 1 with an unbelievable bad luck hitting the two ultras. The #7 Audi driven by Christopher Mies and Jeffrey Lee was forced to retire after 23 laps into the race. The sister #98 machine in the hands of Alex Yoong and Philip Ma faced the same fate earlier on lap 15.

Best ranked Audi car, was the #77 R8 LMS Cup from Tiger Racing Team in tenth place overall, however the car was competing in the lower GTM class.

Overall race victory went to the #97 Aston Martin V12 Vantage from Bamboo Craft Racing. Second place for #37 Ferrari 458 GT3 from team BBT. The #32 McLaren MP4-12C from Clearwater Racing was third.

Sepang race 1 results can be seen here.

Race 2 is set for tomorrow. The #7 R8 LMS ultra of Christopher Mies and Jeffrey Lee will start from position eight, the #98 Audi in the hands of Alex Yoong and Philip Ma will start from position nineteen.

Photo credit: GT Asia Series