Absolute Racing Takes A Double Victory At Ningbo

Absolute Racing competed in the weekend’s joint GT Masters Asia and GT Asia Series races at Ningbo International Speedpark, with Bhurit Bhrombhakdi and Kantasak Kusiri taking an impressive double victory. After Bhirombhakdi put the #59 Singha PlanB Motorsport by Absolute Racing Audi R8 LMS on pole for the first race, the Thai duo put in an outstanding drive from lights to flag with Kusiri setting a fast pace in the early laps of the race. Bhirombhakdi took over the car with a 20-second lead at the halfway mark and set a commanding pace to take the win.

Sun Jinzhou placed the #13 Absolute Racing Audi R8 LMS fourth on the starting grid, and drove a perfect opening stint before handing the reins to his teammate. For his part, Cheng Congfu set a strong pace and put in an impressive charge which took him from fourth to second place in the race’s second half. Vincent Floirendo qualified the #155 EN Sports by Absolute Racing Audi R8 LMS sixth on the starting grid, holding that position before handing over to Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup mentor Fong. The more experienced Fong climbed up a place after setting the race’s fastest lap, ultimately finishing fifth.

For Sunday’s race, Bhirombhakdi qualified third even while carrying a full 50kg success ballast. Sun qualified fourth with his 35kg success ballast, and Floirendo took ninth place on the grid. Kusiri started the race with the #59 R8 LMS and continued carrying his strong pace, taking second place before the halfway point. Bhirombhakdi then inherited the lead thanks to a fast pit-stop and proceeded to set a dominant pace, ultimately crossing the line 2.8 seconds ahead of second place finisher Cheng Congfu.

Sun drove the second race’s opening stint with the #13 R8 LMS, starting well and working his way up the order into third by the halfway point. Cheng than took over driving duties and pulled off a successful stint, moving up to finish second and posting the race’s fastest lap. Floirendo charged up into fourth place from his starting grid position, but had later dropped back to ninth by the time his stint ended. Fong took over for the closing stint and immediately moved the EN Sports-backed #155 R8 LMS up through the order, ultimately finishing fourth at the chequered flag.