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ABSSA and Sawa confirm championship return with McLaren

ABSSA and Sawa confirm championship return with McLaren

20.02.2020: ABSSA Racing’s McLaren 720S GT3 returns to GT World Challenge Asia powered by AWS this season with Keita Sawa once again behind the wheel.

ABSSA Racing’s McLaren 720S GT3 returns to GT World Challenge Asia powered by AWS this season with Keita Sawa once again behind the wheel.



The Japanese team and driver enjoyed a strong end to their debut campaign last year when Sawa – who also oversees team management duties – and former partner Piti Bhirombhakdi finished eighth in the highly-competitive Pro/Am class.
The Thai’s subsequent move to Earl Bamber Motorsport ahead of 2020 has opened up a space alongside silver-graded Sawa, whose co-driver will be announced shortly.



The team’s late start hampered progress initially in 2019 but Sawa is confident of maintaining the upward curve that made ABSSA a regular top-10 contender over the second half of last year.



“I am so proud to be heading into our second season of GT World Challenge Asia,” said the former Asian Le Mans Series champion. “We learnt a lot in a very short space of time last year and feel like there’s a lot more still to come after gaining experience. I’m sure we can improve further – we will continue pushing hard this season.



“We are also looking forward to welcoming our new sponsor, First Garage, and working closely with McLaren Customer Racing.”



McLaren – whose new GT3 contender has already won in Europe and Australia – become the sixth manufacturer to be represented in Asia’s biggest GT series this year. Entries from Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini, Mercedes-AMG and Porsche have already been confirmed, while more could join before Sepang hosts the championship’s season opener on March 28/29.



Buriram, Fuji, Suzuka and two events at Shanghai – the second a three-hour endurance race – complete 2020’s six-round, 11-race schedule.


 
 

- Paul Yao, Benjamin Franassovici, photo SRO

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