Experience helps weiron tan in south korea
Last Update: 06/08/2019
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 5 (Bernama) -- Malaysia's 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.
It was a tough start for Weiron, who started from sixth on the grid for race one as he took a knock from a rival car which bumped him down to eighth on the opening lap of a hot weekend at the Korea International Circuit with the Korean government issuing heat warnings for the circuit's province.
The Malaysian driver, however, was determined to bounce back and worked his way up the field before handing over the car to Audi Sport Asia Team Absolute Racing teammate Martin Rump while in the 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 as the duo completed 27 laps in 1:00:43.524s in their Audi R8 LMS GT3.
Despite starting from the 10th grid, the duo had their chances in race two, where victory appeared almost certain as Weiron pushed hard at the 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 as 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.
"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 but unfortunately for us, by the time we got hold of the footage, it was already too late," he said.
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 Sept 27 to 28.