Jonathan Venter Focused on Continued GT Asia Domination
Jonathan Venter is focused on continuing his GT Asia Series domination this weekend at the Chang International Circuit. After taking two commanding victories in the opening round of the season in Korea, Venter is determined to further build on this success with another strong performance in Buriram, Thailand. The Australian driver currently leads the field by eight points and at this early stage of the season knows that consistency will be the key to a successful championship campaign.
Venter has yet to drive the 4.5km circuit but is confident that his #8 Bentley Continental GT3 will continue to deliver the performance necessary to help him fight for the podium once again.
Venter said, “It is my first time here, so it is going to be a bit of a learning curve trying to figure out the track. The Bentley has been very strong so far, so I think we should have a good car going into the weekend.”
With Venter’s teammate, Keita Sawa, competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend, Bentley ABT driver Fabian Hamprecht has stepped up to take his place. Fabian is an experienced racer who joined Bentley as a junior driver in 2015 and brings with him both experience and knowledge of the Bentley. This makes him perfectly suited to replace Sawa and ensure Venter has the best shot at commanding another win.
“It is sad to see that Sawa-san will not be my teammate this weekend but the whole of Bentley Team Absolute wish him the best of luck at Le Mans. I am excited to be paired with Fabian Hamprecht as he is a very quick, young driver, so I think we will make a good pairing;” Venter added.
While Venter’s pace in the #8 Bentley is undeniable, he will be battling a 36 second success penalty for race one. This will require him to set a rapid qualifying time in the hopes of getting ahead of his closest rivals. It shouldn't be a problem for the young driver as he has a sterling GT Asia qualifying record and will no doubt be one of the top challengers for the front row of the grid.
“The 36 second success penalty will be difficult for the first race but we will just have to maintain our consistency. Our aim is to try and run another perfect race to get the most points possible for the drivers’ championship campaign,” commented Venter.
Timetable (GMT+ 7)
Saturday, 11th of June
0945 – 1000 (15’) GT Asia Series Qualifying Session 1
1010 – 1025 (15’) GT Asia Series Qualifying Session 2
1425 – 1525 (60’) GT Asia Series Race 1 (Rolling Start)
Sunday, 12th of June
1400 – 1500 (60’) GT Asia Series Race 2 (Rolling Start)
Races 2 and 3 of the 2016 GT Asia Series in Buriram, Thailand, will be streamed live at http://www.gtasiaseries.com/