Rnd#5/6 2017 China GT Championship
Zhuhai International Circuit, China
28-30 July, 2017
The second season of the China GT Championship comes to it’s mid-point this weekend with a return to Zhuhai in southern China, and if the Zhuhai round just three weeks ago is any indication, it will be another challenging weekend for the series regulars, and one which will keep the fans entertained from the opening laps.
Last time out the GT3 category saw Audi continue to run at the front with Wang Liang and new Kings Racing recruit Martin Rump claiming the win in round three in treacherous conditions which saw the race declared ahead of the scheduled 60-minute mark, whilst in round four, Audi Hong Kong claimed an emphatic 1-2 result with Malaysia’s Melvin Moh and Hong Kong’s Eric Lo leading home team-boss Marchy Lee and team-mate Alex Au.
In the GTC category, two torrid races in challenging conzditions saw some incredible racing. In the first race – which was effectively declared after the circuit’s many gravel traps became filled with cars after a sudden downpour whilst the bulk of the field were circulating on slicks, left Huang Hsi Chan as a two-time winner in 2017, whilst in race two for the weekend, a charging Will Bamber in the JRM Lamborghini forced Goldenport’s opening round winner Kimi Qin into a late race mistake, handing Bamber and Bian Hao the win.
GT4 though was all about Roelof Bruins and David McIntyre, the McLaren 570S GT4 drivers claiming the fourth win in succession for the twin-turbo V8-powered machine, in the process handing Bruins a solid points lead heading back to Zhuhai this weekend.