Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia Sepang GT4 preview, livetiming and timetable

Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia Sepang GT4 preview, livetiming and timetable

03.04.2019: Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia Sepang International Circuit GruppeM Racing’s Intercontinental GT Challenge switch ensures a new GT4 class champion will be crowned this year. Or does it?!

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GruppeM Racing’s Intercontinental GT Challenge switch ensures a new GT4 class champion will be crowned this year.  Or does it?!



2017 title winners Frank Yu and Jean-Marc Merlin are back aboard the same Craft-Bamboo Mercedes-AMG with which they contested selected rounds last season. The pair would probably start as favourites were it not for BMW Team Studie’s Takayuki Kinoshita and Sunako Jukuchou who won five times en route to second in 2018’s points.


Team iRace.Win has upped its GT4 commitment to a pair Mercedes-AMGs, one of which features race winner Ringo Chong who, unlike in previous years, will benefit from having the same full-season co-driver – Setiawan Santoso – at every round. The other pairs Naomi Zhang with Alan Yeo.


Meanwhile, Tony Fong and Brian Lee also switch to Mercedes-AMG after spending 2018 with Porsche. Could that be the catalyst for their maiden Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia victory this weekend?





LIVE COVERAGE




Fans around the world can watch the championship’s unrestricted qualifying and race coverage with English commentary live this Saturday and Sunday on Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia’s Facebook page and website, plus SRO’s GT World Youtube channel. The same coverage, albeit with dedicated Mandarin commentary, will be streamed live on China’s biggest online platforms, including the likes of YouKu, Panda TV, Huya, SMG and DouYu.



Fox Sports will also broadcast live coverage of both races across Asia and Australia.



Meanwhile, live timing from every session can be found on blancpain-gt-world-challenge-asia.com/live.




PITSTOP SUCCESS PENALTIES


Teams compete handicap-free for the only time this season in Race 1. However, the overall top-three in both GT3 and GT4 must remain stationary for an additional 15, 10 and 5 seconds, respectively, during their Race 2 pitstop. The first two totals have increased since 2018 in order to better balance the natural performance advantage enjoyed by Silver crews over their Pro/Am counterparts.





BLANCPAIN GT WORLD CHALLENGE NOMINATED DRIVERS


Ferrari:

David Tjiptobiantoro – T2 Motorsports
David Russell – HubAuto Corsa
Yuya Sakamoto – HubAuto Corsa
Rio Haryanto – T2 Motorsports

Mercedes-AMG:

Jeffrey Lee – Craft-Bamboo Racing
Xu Wei – Anstone Racing
MG Choi – Solite Indigo Racing
Christina Nielsen – Craft-Bamboo Racing






SEPANG TIMETABLE (+8 GMT)


Wednesday 3 April

15:00 – 16:55: Paid Practice 1


Thursday 4 April


15:00 – 16:55: Paid Practice 2


Friday 5 April


12:15 – 13:00: Free Practice 1
15:45 – 16:30: Free Practice 2


Saturday 6 April

08:15 – 08:45: Official Practice
11:35 – 11:50: GT4 Q1
11:57 – 12:12: GT4 Q2
12:23 – 12:38: GT3 Q1
12:45 – 13:00: GT3 Q2
16:15 – 17:15: Race 1


Sunday 7 April


10:50 – 11:50: Race 2



-Paul Yao, Benjamin Franassovici, photo Ying Ching Heng, Buggershots




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03.04.2019 / MaP

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