Tuesday, Sep 24 11:55am
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Kiwi superstars van Gisbergen and van der Drift head to Shanghai

Shane van Gisbergen and Chris van der Drift head to Shanghai International Circuit in China this week for the Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia final.


Neither are in the hunt for the championship, but both come to the grand finale with a point to prove at the host circuit of the Chinese Grand Prix.


What: Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia

Where: Shanghai International Circuit

When: R1 FRI 8:15PM | R2 SAT 3:55PM

How to follow: Live Stream | Live Timing


Triple Eight Race Engineering driver van Gisbergen rejoins Prince Abdul Rahman Ibrahim of Malaysia for the third time this season.


Earlier this year van Gisbergen made his series debut at Suzuka Circuit where they struggled, but by the time he returned at Korea International Circuit they managed to get their Mercedes-AMG GT3 competitive.


Ibrahim lies third in the Pro-Am Cup, mathematically in with a shot of taking out the title that is led by  Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak. With a Pro-Am Cup class win at Korea and a third place finish, van Gisbergen lies 12th in the points.


Just behind Ibrahim is van der Drift who isn’t able to win the title, but can move forward is he and Li Chao can make headway in the final two races of the season.


So far this season van der Drift and Chao haven’t been able to win a race in their class, but podiums have been forthcoming. So far they have four podium finishes. However, a double DNF at Fuji Speedway effectively took them out of contention for the class title.


They’ll reconvene at Shanghai this weekend, a home round for Chao, in their Porsche 911 GT3 R.


The overall championship is led by Roelof Bruins of Solite Indigo Racing on 137 points. Phillip Hamprecht and Tanart Sathienthirakul lie second on 125 points while Yuya Sakamoto sits equal third on 118 points with Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak.


A maximum of 25 points are available in each race. A unique format this weekend will see Practice get underway on Thursday. The two-part Qualifying will happen on Friday afternoon and will be followed by Race 1 at 4:15 pm local time (8:15pm NZST). Race 2 takes place on Sunday at 11:55 am local time (3:55 NZST).


The Formula 3 Asian Championship, Chinese Formula 4 Championship and Geely Super Cup will play support to the Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia action.