|Strong Japanese driver entry for GT Asia in Macau|
Three outstanding Japanese drivers have confirmed their participation in the GT Asia Series finale held as part of the Star River Windsor Arch Macau GT Cup at the 58th Macau Grand Prix.
SPS Motorsport’s driver coach and past winner at the Macau Grand Prix, Keita Sawa will be in one of the team’s five Lamborghinis. Fresh from claiming the 2011 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Championship in Shanghai last month, Sawa will be looking to continue his winning form.
Already a double Macau GT Cup winner, the 35-year-old will be heading there as a favourite in the hope of winning for a third year in a row at the unforgiving Guia Circuit.
Having been in the Series since the start of the Japanese rounds in July, Hitotsuyama Racing will be sending another top competitor to represent the team in the Series. Akihiro Tsuzuki will be driving the team’s Audi R8 LMS GT3, a car that has proven to be quick around the Guia Circuit, after Marchy Lee and Danny Watts wowed the crowd last year finishing second and third.
The 34-year-old is familiar with the Audi R8 LMS, having had two wins in the car in this year’s Super Taikyu Series. Tsuzuki started racing just eleven years ago and has progressed to GT cars quite quickly, competing in two Series this year including driving for Team Samurai in the Super GT GT300.
Joining the Japanese lineup is Craft Eurasia Racing’s Tomonobu Fujii. Also a Super GT driver, he will take the wheel of the team’s Aston Martin DBRS9 GT3. This was the same car that teammate, Frank Yu, tested at the start of the year at Sepang International Circuit.
Fujii is a NISMO driver and a regular fixture in Super GT GT300 and Super Taikyu events, participating since 2005. After a start in karting, Fujii moved on to Formula racing, including a stint in the All Japan Formula before moving on to GT racing. He has also taken part in the Japanese and Asian Le Mans Challenge as well as the Tokachi 24 hour race with Endless Sports.
The Circuito da Guia, as it is known in Macau, is 6.2km of narrow and bumpy track infamously known as one of the toughest circuits in the world. Drivers will not only have to contend with the tricky 19 turns, including the very sharp Melco Hairpin, they will also have to tune their cars to suit the high and low elevations of the circuit.
The GT Asia Series’ 2011 Season Finale is held as part of the Star River Windsor Arch Macau GT Cup during the 58th Macau Grand Prix. There will be two Qualifying sessions held, one on Friday, 18th November 2011 at 1.55pm local time and another on Saturday, 19th November at 12.50pm. The Star River Windsor Arch Macau GT Cup race will be held on Sunday, 20th November at 9am.
The GT Asia Series is supported by Michelin tyres, Graham London and AutoArt. The Series is organised by Motorsport Asia and Supercar Club Hong Kong.