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Asia GT3 in Yeongam - Mercedes- AM sweep qualifying thanks to Choi and Goetz

Asia GT3 in Yeongam - Mercedes- AM sweep qualifying thanks to Choi and Goetz

03.08.2019: Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia Korea International Circuit, YEONGAM Saturday, August 3rd 2019 Indigo Racing stole the show in the first qualifying session by claiming a popular pole position on home soil.

Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia
Korea International Circuit, YEONGAM
Saturday, August 3rd 2019




 
Indigo Racing stole the show in the first qualifying session by claiming a popular pole position on home soil.



MG Choi needed just one lap to get the job done at a venue he and the team know well. His 2m08.798s was ultimately 0.2s faster than Absolute Racing's championship leader Tanart Sathienthirakul who bagged a place on the front row after seeing his first effort deleted for a track limits infringement.


The Mercedes-AMG and Porsche were followed by an Audi, which  in David Chen's hands  remained a top-three contender throughout. Audi Sport Asia Team TSRT's R8 was briefly on the front row before Sathienthirakul improved, but had to settle for third alongside leading amateur Anthony Liu who ensured JRM's 911 qualified just 0.015s behind Chen and an impressive 0.4s shy of Choi's pole time.


HubAuto's Ferrari was next up courtesy of Yuya Sakamoto, who also remains a championship contender, while a late improvement wasn't quite sufficient to move Weiron Tan  who will serve the full 15s Pitstop Success Penalty this afternoon for winning at Fuji  ahead of the 488.


Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak and Yuan Bo made it an all-Porsche row four ahead of Christina Nielsen and ABSSA?s McLaren driven by Piti Bhirombhakdi.



The second session, which decided the grid for Sunday's race, was far more frenetic, not least due to several track limits offences that saw the leaderboard in a constant state of change as fast times were deleted.



Triple Eight's Shane van Gisbergen set the quickest time of anyone across the three practice sessions and looked to have sewn up pole position with a time 0.5s faster than that.


By contrast, Maxi Goetz took his time getting up to speed before unleashing the weekend's fastest legal lap  2m07.442s  halfway through the 15-minute session. That was 0.286s faster than Van Gisbergen who subsequently set an incredible time that was chalked off for a track limits offence.


The Mercedes-AMGs of Craft-Bamboo and Triple Eight therefore share the front row ahead of Alex Imperatori who closed to within 0.426s on his second run in the Panther/AAS Motorsport Porsche.



Behind, positions four through eight were only settled in the closing minutes. Manuel Metzger recovered from a track limits offence to add a fourth place to co-driver Choi's Race 1 pole, while Leo Ye Hongli was the best of Absolute's Porsches in fifth. His time was just 0.023s under that of Franky Cheng (Audi Sport Asia Team Absolute Racing) and another 0.001s clear of VSR's Frederik Schandorff who appeared as high as third at one point.



That late flurry relegated Marcos Gomes HubAuto Corsa Ferrari and the JRM Porsche driven by Chris van der Drift to eighth and ninth, while Martin Rump was another to fall foul of Race Control's strict track limits standards before salvaging 10th.




PITSTOP SUCCESS PENALTIES  RACE 1




15s  #12 Absolute Racing Audi  Rump/Tan
10s  #918 Panther/AAS Motorsport Porsche  Inthraphuvasak/Imperatori
05s  #99 Craft-Bamboo Racing Mercedes-AMG  O?Young/Nielsen
15s  #81 BMW Team Studie  Kinoshita/Jukuchou
10s  #199 Team iRace.Win Mercedes-AMG  Chang/Chi
05s  #111 Team iRace.Win Mercedes-AMG  Chong/Santoso



YEONGAM TIMETABLE

Saturday 3 August


15:40 - 16:40: Race 1



Sunday 4 August


12:20 - 13:20: Race 2




- Paul Yao, Benjamin Franassovici, photo SRO

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03.08.2019 / MaP

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