TOUGH OUTING FOR OD RACING AT FUJI FOR BLANCPAIN GT SERIES ASIA
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September 5, 2017
A costly mistake in Round 7 sees OD Racing drop to fifth in Team Championship during Series’ biggest race weekend
Monday, 21st August 2017. Kuala Lumpur – Mitch Gilbert and Aditya Patel seemed worse for the wear after their second Japan outing competing against 33 other race pairings during the Blancpain GT Series Asia and collecting just four points for their Championship charge.
The duo remains in third place on the driver’s points but are now in fifth on the Team Championship for OD Racing.
Maintaining a positive attitude amidst the tough weekend, Director of OD Racing, Cornelius Ee was nothing short of comforting for his drivers and the crew. “Not the weekend we wanted but we did manage to take home some points this weekend. Having 34 cars on the grid was not the easiest of tasks for the drivers and the crew but they did admirably and I am proud of them”.
Gilbert and Patel started the weekend well, maintaining and improving their times and staying amongst the top-ten during Qualifying. Both Patel and Gilbert set the 9th fastest time in their respective Qualifying sessions where the top 10 and 14 cars were separated by just one second respectively.
Round 7 started out well as Patel took the Audi R8 LMS GT3 to a strong start, mingling with the leading pack. Just as he seemed to be staying out of trouble, Patel made a mistake and spun out only to rejoin at the back of the grid. The Indian driver then kept his head down to make up places before handing the Absolute Racing managed Audi R8 LMS GT3 to Gilbert who then brought the car across the line in a non-point scoring 11th.
Round 8 saw Gilbert and Patel keeping a steady pace and maintaining a clean race throughout the 60-minutes to finish in 8th out of the 30 finishers.
At the end of the weekend, Gilbert looked somewhat dejected but looking ahead, he remained positive of better results in the upcoming races. Of the weekend he said, “there isn’t much to say about this weekend. I don’t think Fuji is the best track for the Audi. We did not manage to capitalise on the weekend at all and bring back the points we should have. Overall, it was disappointing.
The Australian then brushed off the negativity and was immediately determined to return stronger in Shanghai. “We have some work to do before Shanghai and come back, firstly with the Audi Cup race for me, to get back on the podium and then off to the Blancpain rounds in China”.
Patel too was not his usual cheerful self when he commented, “yeah, pretty much of the same for me. I made a mistake yesterday that cost us a lot. Then today, we struggled a little with our race pace and it seemed to be an issue with all the cars in our stable.
“I guess we just need to press the reset button after this one and just think of the next race in Shanghai. Audi’s proven to be strong there in the past and we’ve got some work to do as a team but it should be a good one”.
Ee said in closing, “as always, we will get back in there, see what we did not do right and do our best to improve before the next outing. We will come back harder and fight for more podiums.”
The Blancpain GT Series Asia will return, after a one-month break, at the Shanghai International Circuit in China for Rounds 9 and 10 this 23-24 September 2017.
Founded in 2014, OD Racing blasted through the motorsport scene making its mark in Asia when it first raced in the GT Asia Series in 2015. The team’s bold appearance and outgoing manner is a fan favourite and gets great support all over Asia.
OD Racing aims high and in just two short years have managed to achieve great results, including a second placed finish at the inaugural KLGP race in 2015. The team competed in the GT Asia Series in a Lamborghini Gallardo FL2 GT3, at the Asian Le Mans Series with a pair of McLaren 650s GT3 and this year at the Blancpain GT Series Asia in the latest Audi R8 GT3.
With tremendous support of team partners YouthLite, Cartivia, Absolute Racing, Wrapxpert and MY Smart Gold and race fans from around the Region and the world, OD Racing is looking forward to its most successful season yet.
The 2017 Blancpain GT Series Asia is based on the British GT Championship format, bringing together GT3, GT4 and GTC machinery. The Series will visit six of Asia’s best circuits in four countries, beginning with Sepang International Circuit and ending at the newly built Zhejiang International Circuit in China this October.