YEONGNAM, August 5 2019 - Talented race driver Weiron Tan showed his experience as he overcame various obstacles to finish within the points at the penultimate leg of the Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia series in South Korea over the weekend.
Weiron and Audi Sport Asia Team Absolute Racing teammate Martin Rump started from sixth on the grid for race one in what was a hot weekend at the Korea International Circuit with the Korean government issuing heat warnings for the circuit's province.
It was a tough start for Weiron as he took a knock from a rival car which bumped him down from sixth to eighth on the opening lap.
The Malaysian, however, was determined to bounce back and worked his way up the field before handing over the car to Rump while in fifth position.
The duo's win during the fourth leg in Fuji (race two) last month, however, saw them serving a 15 second pit stop success penalty which held back their chances of moving further up the pecking order.
Rump came out of the pit lane in seventh but still managed to move up one spot to allow the pair to finish sixth overall and sixth in their GT3S class. The duo completed 27 laps in 1:00:43.524s in their Audi R8 LMS GT3.
Despite starting from 10th, the duo had their chances in race two where victory appeared almost certain as Weiron pushed hard in the business end of the race, only to be undone by an unfortunate drive-through penalty for contact with a competitor.
The pair were subsequently forced to settle for ninth place overall and sixth in class after completing 27 laps in 1:00:48.366s.
Weiron stressed that the duo were unfairly punished for the incident. The penalty robbed them of what would have been their second race win this season after Fuji.
"What could have been a victory for us did not transpire. Our pace was very strong, the team made an excellent pitstop and I had P1 in my sight until we were told to serve a drive through penalty, which I feel was totally unjust, due to an incident we were involved in," said Weiron.
"I knew that I had done no wrong when I was driving, but the video footage from the official cameras showed otherwise.
"Our car's onboard footage confirmed my innocence. Unfortunately for us, by the time we got hold of the footage, it was already too late.
"I just hope that in the future decisions like this won’t be made irrationally until there is full andcomplete knowledge and evidence of what really happened.
"I am truly disappointed. Nonetheless, I'd like to thank the team for all their hard work and effort. We will be back stronger in Shanghai, I am certain."
Weiron is currently sixth in the overall GT3 standings with a commendable 90 points after 10 races. The season ending leg of the Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia series will be held at the Shanghai International Circuit in China on September 27-28.