Strong field highlights China GT return to Shanghai

Rnd#7/8 2017 China GT Championship
Shanghai International Circuit, China
8-10 September, 2017

The China GT Championship made a return to Shanghai International Circuit for the fourth stop of the 2017 season with high expectations from teams and fans of a season standout event with the pre-race announcement that for the first time this season, GT3 and GTC would be combined, delivering a 28-car grid for the two 60-minute races.

The spectacle didn’t disappoint, nor did the invitational entries and new drivers that forced the series regulars to dig deeper than they had at any point during the first half of the season, as the pace across increased across all three competing categories.

Ultimately the big winners would be the JRM pairing of Li Chao and Chris van der Drift who finally broke Audi’s stranglehold on China GT this year in their #991 Porsche GT3-R with the win in round seven, whilst in round eight, Kings Racing’s Xu Jia returned to the top step of the podium for the third time this season, after three-time Audi R8 LMS Cup champion Alex Yoong crossed the line for victory in the #07 Audi.

In GTC, CJ Huang continued his domination of the field, claiming his fifth win of the season in round seven, whilst fellow Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo drivers Bian Hao and Will Bamber grabbed their second win of the year after a late race Safety Car bunched up the field allowing the New Zealander to jump his rivals on the restart.

With GTC once again joining GT3 as they did during the maiden season of China GT, for the GT4 category, Shanghai would present a significant historical milestone for the emerging category, with the class running alone for the very first time anywhere in Asia, and whilst a conservative field, the racing was no less impressive.

GT4 Points leader Roelof Bruins and ‘super-sub’ Dong Liang provided McLaren their fifth victory of the season in round seven, whilst a technical challenge sidelined them in round eight, opening the door for the mighty #86 KTM X-Bow GT4 of Chen Yinian and Ling Kang to claim their first win of the year.

Rnd #7 China GT Championship (GT3 Championship)
Shanghai Audi International Circuit (9 September, 2017)
1. 911. Li Chao/Chris Van der Drift (JRM Type 991 Porsche GT3-R) – 29-laps
2. 08. Wang Liang/Martin Rump (Kings Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3) +3.921
3. 99. Bao Jinlong/Martin Ragginger (FAW T2M Type 991 Porsche GT3-R) +5.864
4. 07. Xu Jia/Alex Yoong (Kings Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3) +17.730
5. 06. Alex Au/Marchy Lee (Audi Hong Kong Audi R8 LMS GT3) +21.684
6. 16. Eric Lo/Melvin Mo (Audi Hong Kong Audi R8 LMS GT3) +53.215
7. 02. Kuo Kuo Hsin/Maxx Ebenal (D2 Mercedes AMG GT3) +53.555
8. 89. Morris Chen/Hikori Yoshimoto (FAW T2M Type 991 Porsche GT3-R) +1:08.429
9. 991. Li Jiaqi/Maxime Jousse (JRM Type 991 Porsche GT3-R) +1:09.990
10. 09. Alex Imperatori/H.G. (Hard Memory Bentley Continental GT3) – 28-laps

Rnd #7 China GT Championship (GTC)
1. 22. CJ Huang (D2 Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo) – 28-laps
2. 68. Xu Wei/Liang Kang (Xtreme Motorsports Radical RXC V6) +6.836
3. 100. Liang Kaifeng/Pu Shu (TianShi Racing Team Audi R8 LMS) +20.267
4. 303. Bian Hao/Will Bamber (JRM Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo) +22.110
5. 777. Pan Chao/Andrew Tang (JRM Type 991 Porsche GT3 Cup) +43.135
6. 66. Han Huilin/Yang Yuan (Kings Racing Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo) +1:06.886
7. 918. Zhang Dasheng/Xian Min (JRM Type 991 Porsche GT3 Cup) +1:08.584
8. 25. Dominic Ang/Song Bo (Xtreme Motorsports Radical RXC V6) +1:32.980
9. 58. Zhang Jian/Li Huiwei (300+ Audi R8 LMS) +1:57.048
10. 26. Yan Kai/Yuan Bo (DMS Type 991 Porsche GT3 Cup) – 27-laps
11. 900. Zheng Hui (JRM Type 991 Porsche GT3 Cup)
12. 998. Heilian Xingzhong/Zhou Fan (JRM Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo)
13. 19. Huang Yiqing/Chang Jiong (TianShi Racing Team Audi R8 LMS) – 25-laps
14. 11. TingTing (300+ Audi R8 LMS)

DNF 18. Lu Zhuwei/Xie Zhizhe (DMS Type 991 Porsche GT3 Cup) – 26-laps
DNF 333. Li Xuefeng (JRM Type 991 Porsche GT3 Cup) – 24-laps

Rnd #7 China GT Championship (GT4)
1. 570. Roelof Bruins/Dong Liang (Winning Team McLaren 570S GT4) – 26-laps
2. 77. Yang Mengqiao/Hexiao Le (China Equity Aston Martin Vantage GT4) +8.643
3. 87. Shi Liang/Naomi Schiff (Xtreme Motorsports KTM X-Bow GT4) +15.902
4. 618. Zhou Yong/Ross Gun (China Equity Aston Martin Vantage GT4) +19.932
5. 98. Robert Webb/Bill O’Brien (Team Lotus HK Lotus Evora GT4) +2:06.355
6. 721. Rodolofo Avila/Yang Zhiyi (ZIA FEA Aston Martin Vantage GT4) – 25-laps
7. 36. Sam Lok/Sky Chen (Team Lotus HK Lotus Evora GT4)
8. 999. Zhang Dongqi/Yin Jinge (ZIA FEA Aston Martin Vantage GT4)

DNF 28. Julio Acosta/Anthony Chan (Team Lotus HK Lotus Evora GT4) – 23-laps
DNF 86. Ling Kang/Chen Yinian (Xtreme Motorsports KTM X-Bow GT4) – 14-laps

Rnd #7 China GT Championship (GT3 outright)
1. 39. Jiang Xin/Max Wiser (Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GT3) – 29-laps
2. 37. Anthony Liu/Franky Cheng (BBT Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3) +2.230
3. 911. Li Chao/Chris Van der Drift (JRM Type 991 Porsche GT3-R) +18.111
4. 08. Wang Liang/Martin Rump (Kings Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3) +22.032
5. 99. Bao Jinlong/Martin Ragginger (FAW T2M Type 991 Porsche GT3-R) +23.975
6. 07. Xu Jia/Alex Yoong (Kings Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3) +35.841
7. 06. Alex Au/Marchy Lee (Audi Hong Kong Audi R8 LMS GT3) +39.795
8. 16. Eric Lo/Melvin Mo (Audi Hong Kong Audi R8 LMS GT3) +1:11.326
9. 02. Kuo Kuo Hsin/Maxx Ebenal (D2 Mercedes AMG GT3) +1:11.666
10. 89. Morris Chen/Hikori Yoshimoto (FAW T2M Type 991 Porsche GT3-R) +1:26.540
11. 991. Li Jiaqi/Maxime Jousse (JRM Porsche 911 GT-3R Type 991) +1:28.101
12. 09. Alex Imperatori/H.G. (Hard Memory Bentley Continental GT3) – 28-laps

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Rnd #8 China GT Championship (GT3 Championship)
Shanghai Audi International Circuit (10 September, 2017)
1. 07. Xu Jia/Alex Yoong (Kings Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3) – 26-laps
2. 99. Bao Jinlong/Martin Ragginger (FAW T2M Type 991 Porsche GT3-R) +1.106
3. 911. Li Chao/Chris Van der Drift (JRM Type 991 Porsche GT3-R) +2.629
4. 08. Wang Liang/Martin Rump (Kings Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3) +4.152
5. 06. Alex Au/Marchy Lee (Audi Hong Kong Audi R8 LMS GT3) +4.179
6. 89. Morris Chen/Hikori Yoshimoto (FAW T2M Type 991 Porsche GT3-R) +13.131
7. 16. Melvin Mo/Eric Lo (Audi Hong Kong Audi R8 LMS GT3) +43.454
8. 09. Alex Imperatori/H.G. (Hard Memory Bentley Continental GT3) +1:30.593

DNF. 02. Maxx Ebenal/Kuo Kuo Hsin (D2 Mercedes AMG GT3) – 21-laps
DNF. 991. Li Jiaqi/Maxime Jousse (JRM Porsche 911 GT-3R Type 991) – 0-laps

Rnd #8 China GT Championship (GTC)
1. 303. Bian Hao/Will Bamber (JRM Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo) – 26-laps
2. 22. CJ Huang (D2 Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo) +8.702
3. 100. Liang Kaifeng/Pu Shu (TianShi Racing Team Audi R8 LMS) +9.943
4. 777. Pan Chao/Andrew Tang (JRM Type 991 Porsche GT3 Cup) +10.522
5 18. Xie Zhizhe/Lu Zhuwei (DMS Type 991 Porsche GT3 Cup) +27.729
6. 66. Han Huilin/Yang Yuan (Kings Racing Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo) +33.353
7. 333. Li Xuefeng (JRM Type 991 Porsche GT3 Cup) – 25-laps
8. 998. Heilian Xingzhong/Zhou Fan (JRM Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo) – 25-laps

DNF. 25. Song Bo/Dominic Ang (Xtreme Motorsports Radical RXC V6) – 21-laps
DNF. 68. Xu Wei/Liang Kang (Xtreme Motorsports Radical RXC V6) – 14-laps
DNF. 11. TingTing (300+ Audi R8 LMS) – 14-laps
DNF. 19. Huang Yiqing/Chang Jiong (TianShi Racing Team Audi R8 LMS) – 9-laps
DNF. 26. Yuan Bo/Yan Kai (DMS Type 991 Porsche GT3 Cup) – 5-laps
DNF. 918. Xian Min/Zhang Dasheng (JRM Type 991 Porsche GT3 Cup) – 3-laps
DNF. 58. Zhang Jian/Li Huiwei (300+ Audi R8 LMS) – 2-laps
DNS. 900. Zheng Hui (JRM Type 991 Porsche GT3 Cup)

Rnd #8 China GT Championship (GT4)
1. 86. Chen Yinian/Ling Kang (Xtreme Motorsports KTM X-Bow GT4) – 25-laps
2. 721. Yang Zhiyi/Rodolfo Avila (ZIA FEA Aston Martin Vantage GT4) +2:10.096
3. 98. Bill O’Brien/Robert Webb (Team Lotus HK Lotus Evora GT4) +2:12.249
4. 999. Yin Jinge (ZIA FEA Aston Martin Vantage GT4) – 24-laps

DNF. 77. Yang Mengqiao/Hexiao Le (China Equity Aston Martin Vantage GT4) – 13-laps
DNF. 618. Zhou Yong/Ross Gun (China Equity Aston Martin Vantage GT4) – 11-laps
DNF. 87. Shi Liang/Naomi Schiff (Xtreme Motorsports KTM X-Bow GT4) – 10-laps
DNF. 570. Dong Liang/Roelof Bruins (Winning Team McLaren 570S GT4) – 5-laps
DNS 28. Julio Acosta/Anthony Chan (Team Lotus HK Lotus Evora GT4)
DNS. 36. Sam Lok/Sky Chen (Team Lotus HK Lotus Evora GT4)

Rnd #8 China GT Championship (GT3 outright)
1. 37. Anthony Liu/Franky Cheng (BBT Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3) 26-laps
2. 39. Jiang Xin/Max Wiser (Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GT3) +2.391
3. 07. Xu Jia/Alex Yoong (Kings Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3) +4.489
4. 99. Bao Jinlong/Martin Ragginger (FAW T2M Type 991 Porsche GT3-R) +5.595
5. 911. Li Chao/Chris Van der Drift (JRM Type 991 Porsche GT3-R) +7.118
6. 08. Wang Liang/Martin Rump (Kings Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3) +8.646
7. 06. Alex Au/Marchy Lee (Audi Hong Kong Audi R8 LMS GT3) +8.673
8. 89. Morris Chen/Hikori Yoshimoto (FAW T2M Type 991 Porsche GT3-R) +17.625
9. 16. Melvin Moh/Eric Lo (Audi Hong Kong Audi R8 LMS GT3) +47.948
12. 09. Alex Imperatori/H.G. (Hard Memory Bentley Continental GT3) +1:35.087

DNF. 02. Maxx Ebenal/Kuo Kuo Hsin (D2 Mercedes AMG GT3) – 21-laps
DNF. 991. Li Jiaqi/Maxime Jousse (JRM Porsche 911 GT-3R Type 991) – 0-laps

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