WEIRON CLINCHES PODIUM FINISH IN SECOND ROUND OF BLANCPAIN GT WORLD CHALLENGE ASIA SERIES by Weiron Tan

BURIRAM, May 12 2019 - Weiron Tan continued his strong form in the Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia series, picking up another top-three finish in class and first podium in the overall category at the Chang International Circuit over the weekend.

Weiron and Audi Sport Asia Team Absolute Racing teammate Martin Rump did well to place second in their GT3S class and third overall in their Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo in Race 1 in Buriram yesterday.

The duo completed 37 laps in 1:01:09.425s, setting their fastest lap of 1:35.370s on lap 23.

Luck was, however, not on their side in Race 2 today.

Rump started from sixth on the grid, which would have given them another shot at a podium finish, but was forced to retire after being struck by another competitor just after the start of the race.

The Chang International Circuit in Buriram was host to the second round of the championships. Sepang had hosted the opening round last month.

Despite their misfortune, Weiron is maintaining a positive outlook.

"I am very happy to secure my first overall podium finish with Audi Sport Asia Team Absolute in this championship!," said Weiron.

"Big thanks to the whole Absolute Racing crew for their relentless hard work and support as well as to Audi Sport Asia and to my sponsors back home.

"Unfortunately Race 2 didn't go as planned, my teammate started the race in sixth and was hit by the No 911 Porsche just after the lights went out.

"We suffered heavy damage on the rear which meant retirement for us.

"I think overall the weekend was positive despite an unlucky Race 2, we have much work to do and hope to further improve as a team before the next round in Suzuka, Japan."

Weiron and Martin had finished third-in-class and fourth overall in Race 2 at the opening round in Sepang.

The 24-year-old Weiron has now accumulated 27 points in the drivers standings after four races.

The next round of the series will be held at the Suzuka International Circuit on June 22-23.

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WEIRON BATTLES HIS WAY TO TOP THREE FINISH IN BLANCPAIN GT WORLD CHALLENGE ASIA SERIES OPENING ROUND by Weiron Tan

SEPANG, April 7th 2019 - Despite a challenging start to the weekend, hugely talented race driver Weiron Tan ended the opening round of the Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia series on a positive note.

Weiron and fellow Audi Sport Asia Team Absolute Racing driver Martin Rump of Estonia finished Race 2 in third place in their GT3S class and placed a commendable fourth overall at the Sepang International Circuit today.

The duo completed a total of 27 laps in one hour, one minute and 11.449s in their potent Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo machine.

Things were, however, tougher for the duo in Race 1 yesterday (Saturday) where they finished sixth in class and 16th overall.

Weiron, 24, said there were many positives he could take away from their performance in Race 2 but also highlighted that there is still much room for improvement.

"On a brighter note, today (Sunday) went much better than yesterday. A big thank you to the team for doing an amazing job from the practice sessions up to the race weekend," said Weiron.

"Martin drove an excellent stint at the start despite there being a lot of pressure. I've learnt a lot from him since my first experience in this car.

"Of course there are still some areas in which we have to iron out the kinks and perfect our approach to the race weekend. We are lacking some pace but overall it has been a good weekend.

"We have some points in the bag and we will continue to improve, work hard and look to come back stronger for the second round."

Weiron and Martin are now joint seventh in the drivers standings on 12 points.

The second round of the Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia series will be held at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand on May 11-12.

Weiron made it clear that he is eager to build on his performance when he takes to the track in Northern Thailand. Weiron has already tasted success in Buriram in the past.

"The next race will be in Buriram in May and it will also be a 30-car grid which will make it just as competitive," added Weiron.

"I have driven there before in Asian Le Mans, the last time was together with Jazeman Jaafar and Afiq Ikhwan Yazid when we won on our debut as a team in the LMP2 class.

"So I definitely have some good memories in Buriram, it is a circuit that I like and I am looking forward to going back there."

Weiron thanked both Absolute Racing and Audi Sport Asia for doing an excellent job all weekend and congratulated all the winners in Sepang.

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WEIRON EAGER TO BEGIN NEW CHAPTER IN BLANCPAIN GT WORLD CHALLENGE ASIA by Weiron Tan

KUALA LUMPUR, 30th March 2019 - After an epic campaign in the World Endurance Championships (WEC) last year, Weiron Tan has now set his sights on an equally successful season in the Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia series which kicks off next month.

Weiron will be racing a new Audi R8 LMS GT3 car with team Absolute Racing where he will be joining forces with fellow driver Martin Rump of Estonia.

The Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia series, which features six rounds this season, will begin on home ground for Weiron at the Sepang International Circuit on April 6-7.

Weiron has been selected as one of four official Audi Sport Asia drivers this season. Competing for a manufacturer steeped in racing tradition such as Audi is a huge honour in itself for any driver.

The 24-year-old Weiron said he is ready to get down to business with Absolute Racing this season.

"Absolute Racing has always been like family to me and I'm really glad to be racing with them again this year," said Weiron.

"The Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia series is turning out to be super competitive and I just can't wait to get the season going.

"I'm also looking forward to getting up to speed with the new Audi R8 LMS GT3 car and aim to keep learning, progressing and performing well.

"Big thanks to Audi Sport and Absolute Racing for making this possible!"

The second round of the Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia series will be held at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand on May 11-12.

This will be followed by the third and fourth rounds at Suzuka International Circuit (June 22-23) and Fuji Speedway (July 6-7) in Japan.

The Korea International Circuit (Aug 3-4) will host the penultimate round while the final round will be held at the Shanghai International Circuit on Sep 27-28.

The Fuji round will bring back fond memories for Weiron as it was where he, together with then teammates Nabil Jeffri and Jazeman Jaafar, created history in WEC last year.

Their LMP2 victory at Fuji saw them entering the history books as the first all-Malaysian driver car to win a race in WEC. The trio had also mounted the podium in Silverstone (second place) and came in a commendable fourth on their Le Mans debut.

Weiron is by no means a stranger to GT racing as he has notched three podium finishes as well as two pole positions in the China GT Championship in 2017.

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WEIRON TAN NAMED AS OFFICIAL AUDI SPORT ASIA DRIVER FOR 2019 by Weiron Tan

KUALA LUMPUR, 28 MARCH 2019 - Hugely talented racing driver Weiron Tan added another feather to his cap after being announced as one of four drivers on Audi Sport Asia's roster for 2019.

This will see Weiron - who has established himself as a formidable force across various platforms including single-seater, endurance and GT racing championships - competing for Audi Sport alongside some big names this season.

In addition to Weiron, Audi Sport confirmed that they have also signed China motorsports great Cheng Congfu, Estonian Martin Rump and also the hugely promising David Chen of China for 2019.

Weiron has also been given the honour of becoming a professional mentor, together with Congfu and Rump, in the Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup for 2019. The trio will be supporting drivers in the all-privateer series.

Weiron said being named as an official Audi Sport Asia driver was a huge honour.

"I am extremely excited to be an official Audi Sport Asia driver!" said Weiron.

"It has been a dream of mine to drive for a manufacturer, especially Audi, as they have always been a favourite brand in my family, so this makes it extra special.

"I am very grateful for this opportunity, thank you Audi Sport."

The 24-year-old Weiron enjoyed a stellar 2018 season where he created history, alongside fellow drivers Jazeman Jaafar and Nabil Jeffri, in the World Endurance Championships (WEC).

The trio became the first all-Malaysian driver lineup to win a race in WEC when they won the Six Hours of Fuji last year.

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