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.