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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