Blancpain GT Asia GT4 - Renger reasserts his authority in Shanghai

Blancpain GT Asia GT4 - Renger reasserts his authority in Shanghai

22.09.2018: Blancpain GT Series Asia Shanghai International Circuit Saturday, September 22nd 2018 Championship leader Reinhold Renger extended his advantage in this yearís title race with victory over his nearest rivals today.

Blancpain GT Series Asia
Shanghai International Circuit
Saturday, September 22nd 2018





Championship leader Reinhold Renger extended his advantage in this year’s title race with victory over his nearest rivals today.



 The German took advantage of pitstop success penalties and Team iRace.Win’s slow driver change to assume the lead before coming home 14.1s ahead of BMW Team Studie’s Takayuki Kinoshita and Sunako Jukuchou.



The Japanese duo had won three of the previous four races prior to Shanghai and led the opening stint from Brian Lee’s TTR Team SARD Porsche after Kinoshita started from pole.




But the Safety Car left little time to build an advantage that might have negated the pair’s 15s success penalty, which gave Renger and his GruppeM co-driver Rick Yoon a chance to jump ahead after the stops.



Team iRace.Win’s Ringo Chong and Alex Au both felt they could have challenged without a slow pitstop but still completed the podium ahead of Lee and Brian Tong’s Porsche. Team Studie’s second BMW rounded out the top-five.





DRIVER QUOTES

 

 

Reinhold Renger, #666 GruppeM Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3: “It’s really good to be back on the podium again after Fuji where we were really unlucky, actually. We knew the performance and potential was still there and that we needed to regather at Shanghai.



 It’s never easy to step in at the last minute like Rick has done this weekend. He drove based on the situation, which gave me a chance to take points from Team Studie and Ringo.”
 



- Benjamin Franassovici - photo SRO

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22.09.2018 / MaP

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