OD Racing gained one position on the Team Championship with solid Shanghai weekend
Monday, 26th September 2017. Kuala Lumpur – It was a solid outing for OD Racing at Shanghai International Circuit last weekend when the pairing of Mitch Gilbert and Aditya Patel took on some of the best GT drivers from around the world and came back with two podium trophies for the team.
Malaysian/Aussie Gilbert and Indian Patel took the Audi R8 LMS GT3 to a second and third placed finishes in Rounds 9 and 10, bringing OD Racing up one spot on the Team Championship chase.
“After the losses we suffered in Fuji last month, we headed into the weekend with high hopes of recovering what we lost by scoring strong points here in China. Then when we got here, the positive vibe from everyone made a difference and the weekend turned out just as we expected with two solid podium finishes by Mitch and Aditya” said Cornelius Ee, Director of OD Racing.
The crew put in exceptional work to give the drivers a great car, despite the erratic weather over the two race days. “The setup was absolutely mega and we just came alive as we secured the fastest time in free practice 2 and qualified with the front pack for both races” continued Ee.
The drivers then took the car to great finishes for the team, stepping on the podium in second for Round 9, and third for Round10. There was a brief moment of despair during Round 9. While leading the race, Gilbert passed the car on to Patel after a perfect pit stop. Patel then continued to lead the race for the team when manoeuvring through the damp track on slicks, he lost the car at the last turn. Quick reflexes allowed him to recover but not before losing the lead. Patel tried to catch up but was unable to reclaim the lead.
Gilbert was still full of positive spirits after the race saying, “Yes the weekend had its ups and downs, but looking back over it, we couldn’t have really asked for much more. After a really tough Fuji round, where we only scored 4 points, to come back with a double podium is awesome.
“Of course I’m disappointed that we didn’t win Round 9, but I’m glad we put on a show for our 1,000 guests that came to support us and gave them a podium to be proud of. We’ve gotten ourselves back into the Championship hunt and I can’t wait for the last round in Zhejiang! Let’s at least get back on that top step!” he ended.
Although slightly disappointed, Patel too was upbeat after the weekend. “Firstly, it was good to be consistently back on pace after Fuji, which was quite a disaster. We both qualified pretty much where we wanted to as well. Of course, that spin in Round 9 wasn’t ideal and we should’ve won it but conditions were tricky and I was pushing hard on my out-lap and it clearly wasn’t the way to go.
“But to end the weekend with two podiums and very competitive pace was a good feeling. This weekend gave us a boost in confidence going into the final round. It’s game on!”
Ee summed up the weekend well when he said, “We knew that coming in to this weekend we needed to do everything to keep us on the podium from here on out, to stand a chance to fight for the Championship. With both races ending pretty well it was more than what we hoped for. Everyone did a tremendous job and we want to thank all of them for the great weekend. Let’s hope we maintain this momentum, gain more data for the final round while we race in the Audi Cup in Zhejiang and end the season on a high”.
OD Racing will continue to compete at Audi Cup Series race with Mitch Gilbert on 7-8 October 2017 at the newly built Zhejiang Circuit before the Blancpain GT Series Asia finale held there on 21-22 October 2017.