Thursday, Apr 4 03:54pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Chris van der Drift and Brendon Leitch take on Asia’s best

It’ll be a case of the master versus the apprentice this weekend when Chris van der Drift and Brendon Leitch go head-to-head.


The pair are part of a 19-car entry list in this year’s Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia season opener in Malaysia. The pair will race at Sepang International Circuit, famed for being a ex-Formula 1 hosting Grand Prix facility.


Both make their respective series debut, but van der Drift has recent experience on the circuit having raced in the opening round of the China GT Championship. For Leitch it’ll be the first time he’s raced at the circuit.


Now in his fifth full season of racing in Asia, three-time Carrera Cup Asia champion van der Drift will pair up with Evan Chen for Gama Racing. The 24-year-old from Taiwan last year drove in the Asia series and finished second overall.


Meanwhile, for Leitch, it’ll be his first full season in Asia. He joins German squad Leipert Motorsport with Singapore driver Lim Keong Wee. Both van der Drift and Leitch will race a Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo EVO in the Pro/Am division.


Across Saturday and Sunday the pair will get two 50-minute races, though that’s not the only action the duo will get over the weekend.


It’ll be a big weekend for Leitch who’ll also race in the FIA Formula 3 Asian Championship for BlackArts Racing. Three races across the two days and a handful of practice sessions and qualifying outings will keep the Invercargill-born driver busy. He will be one of 15 drivers racing in that series.


Meanwhile, van der Drift will also contest the first round of Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia alongside Li Chao in a brand new Porsche 911 GT3 R. The new-for-2019 Porsche 991.2 is one of several new cars to the grid, which will see 30 cars take to the grid for round one. 

CLICK HERE to see the ful Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia entry list


CLICK HERE to see the full F3 Asian Championship entry list