Chinese sportscar convert makes move to Blancpain GT Series Asia
22-year-old feeling excited and confident ahead of new challenge
Absolute Racing ace bidding to build on potential shown in China GT
Highly-rated young Chinese ace Weiron Tan will compete in the fiercely-disputed Blancpain GT Series Asia for the remainder of 2017, after Absolute Racing took the decision to divert its Bentley Continental GT3 programme from the China GT Championship.
Having steered his burgeoning career from single-seaters to sportscars this year, 22-year-old Tan has impressed during the course of his maiden full season in his new discipline, securing pole position for three races out of six, setting fastest lap at Zhuhai International Circuit and claiming a hat-trick of GT3 class podium finishes in the supporting GT Asia Championship for international teams alongside Korean team-mate Andrew Kim.
Following the switch, Tan and Kim will now complete the campaign in the Blancpain GT Series Asia, beginning at Shanghai International Circuit this coming weekend (23/24 September) and concluding at Zhejiang Circuit just under a month later (21/22 October).
"It was a unanimous decision made by the team for both Bentleys to participate in Blancpain for the rest of the season, and I am very excited for our debut!” enthused the CEFC Manor TRS Racing official test and reserve driver and former Caterham F1 Academy member, who is managed by Williams Harfield Sports Group.
“Blancpain is an extremely competitive series, but as we proved in China GT, I believe we have a strong enough package to compete at the front and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead.”