Young Gun Jonathan Venter to Blow the Competition Away in Okayama
Jonathan Venter has arrived at Okayama and the young gun is ready to blow the competition away this weekend. With a take-no-prisoners attitude, Venter, who is one of the youngest drivers in the GT Asia Series competition is going to show the veterans who is boss by retaking the championship lead in his #8 Bentley.
Currently second in the drivers’ standings but trailing the lead by only 12 points, Venter is itching to get back into the British made bruiser so he can muscle his way back to the top spot with another dominant showing in Japan.
Venter said, “I am excited to return to the racing capital of the world in Japan. Okayama is a tight and twisty circuit and hopefully it should suit the characteristics of the Bentley and give me the opportunity to get back to the top.”
The young GT driver is certainly no stranger to Okayama, scoring a podium there after a front row qualifying performance last year. His knowledge and experience will give him the edge over his opponents and should allow Venter to make a very strong qualifying challenge, ensuring that the thundering #8 Bentley is at the head of the grid on Saturday.
With Venter’s teammate, Keita Sawa, making a return this weekend, the opening round winners will be reunited once again and will not be hindered by any success penalty for race one. This gives the #8 pair the perfect opportunity to capitalize and take back the championship lead on Saturday.
“It will be good to have Sawa-san back with me this weekend after his successful race at Le Mans, and with no success penalty to contend with we are in a good position to challenge for the lead,” commented Venter.
After a strong performance in Thailand that was unfortunately marred by bad luck, the Australian is keen to return to the winning form that he so masterfully displayed in Korea. With the commanding performance of the Bentley Continental GT3 behind him, Venter is ready to show the series’ regulars a clean pair of heels as he begins to usher in a new generation of GT Asia Series’ champion.
“We will do our very best to take our #8 Bentley back to the top step of the podium while making sure I pick up some valuable championship points to secure my lead in the drivers’ standings,“ Venter added.
Timetable (GMT +9)
Saturday, 2nd of July
08:25 – 08:40: GT Asia Series Qualifying Session 1
08:50 – 09:05: GT Asia Series Qualifying Session 2
12:20 – 13:20: GT Asia Series Race 1 (60 minutes) Rolling Start
Sunday, 3rd of July
16:10 – 17:10: GT Asia Series Race 2 (60 minutes) Rolling Start
Ingo Matter, Team Principal of Bentley Team Absolute
“After an unlucky weekend in Buriram we are headed to Okayama, which is a track that was good for us last year. We are happy to have Keita Sawa back in the car after his stunning performance in the famous Le Mans 24h race. Adderly and Sawa won in Okayama last year and with no success penalties holding Jono and Keita back there is no reason why we won't be able to get back to the winning ways that we saw in Korea. Our goal is to get Jono back into the top spot of the drivers’ championship and to drive a good weekend!”