Asia Racing Team driver Peter Li Zhi Cong 4th in championship standing
After the somehow disappointing experience with the Porsche 911 GT3 R 2013 spec at Okayama, the team decided to go back to the 2012 spec at Fuji. But the team was on the back foot ahead of the two 50-minute races, after Qualifying did not go according to plan. Li Zhi Cong could do no better than sixth and fourth. From that moment, the team knew that would need a good strategy in the races in order to be able to finish higher up the field.
On Saturday afternoon, Li Zhi Cong did not have a good start but the Guangzhou native fought hard from eight. He started the race in sixth, lost two positions at the start, but made a steady climb through the battling field to claim a brilliant second place at the end of the race.
In Race 2 the deployment of a Safety-Car before the pit stop window was the key factor that cost a second podium to the team. Li had a strong race start and moved to second in the first lap before he eventually dropped to seventh after the pit stop. A 90 seconds compensation time pit-stop and the Safety-Car’s arrival on track before it shattered the chances of a better result.
Li now occupies the fourth position of the championship standings. Speaking about his races, Li said, “I think we did a good job this weekend and the first thing is I would like to thank my team because before the weekend start they worked really hard to change the car for me. The Porsche has a good straight-line speed so I could catch with the cars in front of me fairly quickly. The car worked really well in the races and I am really happy to finish second in Race 1. It was pity that the Safety-Car came in as it did not help us in Race 2.”
Team Manager Philippe Descombes added, “Again there’s a case of mixed emotions for the team this weekend, we’re delighted with Peter’s performance to take another podium this season, but we know that we could have been fighting for the win in Race 2 if the Safety Car did not show up. We are still in title contention and we are looking forward the two races in Sepang.” The GT Asia Series continues with Rounds 7 & 8 at Sepang International Circuit 13-15 September.