WEIRON TAN SALVAGES VALUABLE POINTS AT CHALLENGING SOUTH KOREA LEG OF BLANCPAIN GT WORLD CHALLENGE ASIA SERIES by Weiron Tan

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.

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WEIRON TAN CLINCHES MAIDEN WIN AND DOUBLE PODIUM AT FUJI LEG OF BLANCPAIN GT WORLD CHALLENGE ASIA SERIES by Weiron Tan

FUJI, July 7 2019 - Talented race driver Weiron Tan clinched a highly anticipated maiden victory in the Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia series with a spectacular win at the Fuji round which concluded in Japan today.

Weiron and Audi Sport Asia Team Absolute Racing teammate Martin Rump proved they entered the Fuji round in strong form after coming in second place overall and second in their GT3S class in the opening race yesterday (Saturday). The pair, who started from seventh on the grid, completed 34 laps in 1:00:05.855s.

Weiron and Rump, who race in a Audi R8 LMS GT3, proved it was no fluke as they went one step further and romped to the overall win in race two today in dramatic style.

The duo did not let a 10s pitstop success penalty, which is imposed on podium finishers from race one, nor the safety car, which was mobilised due to a stranded car, hold them back as they overtook five competitors in the closing stages.

Having lined up fifth on the grid this time, they completed 33 laps in 1:00:51.880s and took the chequered flag almost three quarters of a second ahead of their closest rivals whom they overtook in the final lap of the race.

Weiron, who is now fifth in the overall standings with 80 points, is hoping to continue his strong form in the championships which will next head to South Korea.

"The last couple of laps sure were exciting.What a day! This win is for the team!," said Weiron.

"All the boys and girls at Absolute Racing and Audi Sport Asia have worked so hard for this moment and we finally did it.

"Achieving our first victory of the season today in addition to the second place finish from seventh on the grid yesterday makes it very special.

"Thank you to the team for their support and also a big thank you to my sponsors, family and friends who cheered us on back home! This win is for them too! My teammate also drove very well all weekend.

"I'd like for us to carry this momentum into the next round in Korea. I'm already looking forward to it!"

The Fuji Speedway has become a special venue for Weiron as it was where he, together with then teammates Nabil Jeffri and Jazeman Jaafar, last year entered the history books as the first all-Malaysian driver line up to win a race in the World Endurance Championships (WEC).

The trio were then competing in the LMP2 category of WEC.

The next round of the Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia series will be held at the Korea International Circuit in South Korea on August 4-5.

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WEIRON OVERCOMES ADVERSITY TO CLINCH TOP THREE FINISH AT SUZUKA LEG OF BLANCPAIN GT WORLD CHALLENGE ASIA SERIES by Weiron Tan

SUZUKA, June 23 2019 - The Suzuka leg of the Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia series which concluded in Japan today was a bittersweet mix of highs and lows for talented driver Weiron Tan.

Weiron and Audi Sport Asia Team Absolute Racing teammate Martin Rump did well to take pole position in the GT3S class - the first time they have done so this season - for the opening race after setting a blistering 2:02.681s in qualifying.

Race one, however, did not go as planned with the duo suffering an unfortunate puncture whilst in the lead.

Forced to make an unscheduled pitstop for a tire change, the pair lost precious time but still managed to finish a decent 11th overall and seventh in class considering the circumstances after completing 28 laps in a time of 1:01:14.337s.

Starting from 15th position, race two was also a challenging affair for Weiron and Rump due to incidents early on in the race. The pair were, however, able to manage a commendable fifth overall and third in class in the race after completing 26 laps in 1:01:23.518s.

Weiron admitted they were not able to yield the desired results in Suzuka but remains optimistic for future rounds.

"To summarise it all, it was a real pity that Suzuka didn't go as we expected," said Weiron.

"We found a good setup for the car but were denied our best chance for a win. We qualified on pole for race one after a good job by my teammate but after leading the race we had a puncture and had to make an extra pitstop.

"During my stint we decided not to change tyres and saved them for the next day. Subsequently it was extremely tough for me as the tyre degradation was high but we still managed to salvage 11th overall at the end.

"For race two, I had a great start from 15th and jumped up a couple of spots on the first lap. I had to avoid a collision with another car at the final corner and was forced to use the escape road. I lost all the positions gained and had to fight back.

"But we had a good pitstop strategy and our pace was solid. Fifth overall at the end and third in our class - important points for us but still not the weekend we had hoped for.

"I am looking forward to redemption at the next round in Fuji Speedway where I last won in WEC."

The series will remain in Japan for the next leg (race seven and eight) which will be held at the Fuji Speedway on July 6-7.

Fuji will bring back fond memories for Weiron as it was where he, together with then teammates Nabil Jeffri and Jazeman Jaafar, last year entered the history books as the first all-Malaysian driver line up to win a race in the World Endurance Championships (WEC).

The trio were then competing in the LMP2 category of WEC.

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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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