Phoenix Racing Asia embarks with their second season competing on the highest level in GT3 competition in Asia, revealing that they’re going to operate a two-car operation within the maiden season on the Blancpain GT Series Asia with a strong team that reflects the lineup that took these to three GT Asia Series victories with their debut year.
Co-Team Principal Marchy Lee will be joined once again by fellow Audi Hong Kong driver Shaun Thong, whilst three-time Audi R8 LMS Cup series champion – Malaysian – Alex Yoong will probably be joined again by former Audi Cup Amateur champion Alex Au.
In season 2016 of GT Asia, Hong Kong’s Marchy Lee and Shaun Thong claimed two round wins and 2nd outright in the championship around the team’s debut – in the way handing Thong the Am-Cup title – whilst Yoong and Au claimed their maiden victory during the final event of year in Shanghai.
For Marchy Lee – who shares ownership from the team with Germany’s Ernst Moser, a guy who may have taken his teams to titles inside Nurburgring and Spa Round the clock events, has won the coveted DTM title as well as the Bathurst 12 Hour – the maiden season of Blancpain GT Series Asia presents the team which has a real chance to shine on the international stage.
“I couldn’t be more content with our first season together, having taken three wins in GT Asia, the Am-Cup title, a victory within the Asian Le Mans Series, and of course helping Alex [Yoong] to his third title from the Audi LMS Cup – additionally, it gave us a fantastic possiblity to prepare for 2017.
“This year though will represent some other kind of challenge, although we will receive the six event season with plenty of prior knowledge on a lot of the circuits and must be capable to start each event having a strong package thanks partially to the 2016 experiences.
“Audi has proved since the debut with the new LMS GT3 that it can be the most competitive cars in GT3 racing around the world, so we’re looking towards keeping the momentum we showed in 2009, to battle at the front of your field in Blancpain GT Series Asia and wave the flag again for Ingolstadt and Hong Kong.”
For former Audi favourite Alex Yoong, money to Phoenix Racing Asia for any second season provides former Formula One driver having an possibility for take 12-months practical experience alongside Alex Au, and continue the momentum the bride and groom showed above the closing rounds within the 2016 GT Asia Series.
“This is our second season with Phoenix Racing Asia in GT3, and while the format is very similar to everything we familiar with GT Asia this past year, it will have some differences, there always has been the latest championship,” Yoong admitted. “I’m really excited though about this year. The degree of competition in Asia only improves each and every passing year, and I think this current year we’re coming what they have in Europe.
“I’m looking forward to being back with Alex [Au], we certainly finished not too long ago at a high and hope – together with the right BoP [balance of performance] we can start this coming year with the exact same momentum. Alex is a fantastic guy, along with to respect that he’s had only 5 years or possibly even longer racing experience, so he’s tremendously fast to the experience level bigger, therefore i hope we will use that again in our advantage at the moment.”
Just recently Shaun Thong joined team-boss Marchy Lee being an official driver for Audi Hong Kong the pair again forming a formidable combination.
“I’m absolutely happy to do the debut season from the Blancpain GT Asia,” Thong admitted. “We did well last year in the fresh with all the new Audi R8 LMS, even so the grid is far stronger this year so I am expecting much tougher competition and trust me is a thrilling season to look at! Moreover Need to say thank you to Audi Hong Kong, Phoenix Racing Asia and my sponsors for putting all this together again.”
Like his team-mates, Alex Au wants toward back in the wheel of his Phoenix Racing Asia run Audi. “It appears like a while since we were in Shanghai with GT Asia, and I’d dearly enjoy being capable of repeat the result we got then. Certainly our form within the close of 2016 was really good, and I think we demonstrated that there was the interest rate to operate together with the leading teams, therefore i hope that in conjunction with my miles in ChinaGT this coming year, I will support Alex for some people more victories with the team including a real chance on the title.”
The maiden season of the 2017 Blancpain GT Series Asia receives underway on Wednesday April 5 using the first of two days of official pre-season testing, ahead of three official practice sessions across Friday and Saturday, next the firstly the two one-hour compulsory pit stop races on Saturday afternoon, as well as second on Sunday morning.
Rnd#1 2017 Blancpain GT Series Asia
Sepang international Circuit, Malaysia
Friday, 7 April, 2017
12:15pm – Practice#1 (45-minutes)
4:05pm – Practice#2 (45-minutes)
Saturday, 8 April, 2017
8:15am – Practice#3 (30-minutes)
10:40am – Qualifying#1 (15-minutes)
11:05am – Qualifying#2 (15-minutes)
3:10pm – Race#1 (60-minutes)
Sunday, 9 April, 2017
11:45am – Race#2 (60-minutes)