Jonathan Venter Focused on Consistent Podiums at Okayama
Jonathan Venter is looking to build on his successful start to the GT Asia season by focusing on achieving consistent results that will help him close the small gap in the championship. Venter will be tackling the Okayama circuit in Japan with teammate, Darryl O’Young, in the #99 VLT-liveried Aston Martin.
The Craft-Bamboo Racing driver had an incredible race two victory in his first outing in South Korea. After qualifying on pole position, Venter drove a flawless stint before handing over to his teammate who took the #99 car across the line for their first win of the season. It was a textbook lights-to-flag victory for both the team and the international GT driver, one that they will be looking to recreate in Okayama.
While success was enjoyed in race two, during race one the hard charging #99 was rear ended on only the third corner of lap one, causing severe suspension damage and preventing them from continuing their march through the field. This ultimately left Venter without a single point for the first race of the season and he will now be fighting to claw back those missed results.
This is where Venter’s focus on consistency really comes into play. While it is still early days in the championship, the young Australian knows that consistent top results are necessary if he wants a shot at the championship title and he will be focused on this when he takes to the circuit in Okayama.
Craft-Bamboo Racing has a successful track record at Okayama with a double race win back in 2013, when the GT Asia series last visited the circuit. Hoping to repeat this result, all eyes will be on the yellow-green liveried #99 to see if the flying pace that was seen in South Korea can make another appearance and earn young, Venter, another place on the top step of the podium and move him further up the championship standings.
The Okayama International Circuit is a 3.703 km (2.301-mile) race track near Mimasaka, Okayama Prefecture, Japan and makes a return to the GT Asia Series calendar this year. This is a technical circuit with two long straights and 13 corners that mix hairpin bends and angular turns. The circuit has played host to major events such as the F1, Super GT and MFJ Superbike.
Practice for the second round of the GT Asia Series will begin on Friday, June 26th. Qualifying one will be held on Saturday, June 27th, 10:50-11:05 (GMT+9), with qualifying two held from 11:15-11:30 (GMT+9). Race one will also be held on Saturday, running from 15:10-16:00 (GMT +9). Race two will be held on Sunday, June 28th, 13:00-13:50 (GMT+9). A delayed broadcast of the event will be available from the GT Asia Series YouTube page,https://www.youtube.com/user/afosTV.
Jonathan Venter, driver, #99-VLT
“With a DNF in one race at Korea, we are slightly lower down in the championship than we hoped for. Trying to get as many championship points in round two will be critical for our 2015 GT Asia campaign and we know that the Craft-Bamboo Aston Martin is quick, even in this strong GT Asia field, so we are coming into round two at Okayama with good confidence”
“I have never been to the track before so it will be important that we make the most of the practice sessions and get the car ready for qualifying and the race quickly. It looks like a very technical track with some difficult corners. The weather will definitely play a part in the weekend so I am excited to see how each race plays out with the changing conditions.”