The inaugural Blancpain GT Series Asia campaign continues to gather pace after two more outfits - CMRTeam by Eurasia and EKS Motorsports - confirmed they will both join the championship in 2017.
The experience and expertise SRO has earned running global GT categories over the past 25 years arrives in the continent full-time next season. And taking advantage of that opportunity are two more successful teams well known across Asia.
CMRTeam by Eurasia will enter an Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 in Blancpain GT Series Asia for drivers James Cai and Kenneth Lim. The Chinese/Malaysian pairing raced GT cars together in 2015 before the latter claimed this year’s Renault Clio Cup China drivers’ title.
Their Aston Martin will be run by Eurasia Motorsports, a team with a proven track record in the Asian sportscar, single-seater and GT ranks.
Kenneth Lim: “We are very excited to be part of the inaugural Blancpain GT Series Asia campaign. It will be our first full season in the Aston Martin and we cannot wait to start racing.”
CMRTeam by Eurasia’s Aston Martin joins the three Mercedes-AMG GT3s confirmed by GruppeM less than two weeks ago, while further high-profile announcements are expected early in the new year.
Also committing to Blancpain GT Series Asia is one of the region’s foremost outfits, EKS Motorsports, who will field a single Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR for Am/Am duo Chang Tzu Ching (Keo Chang) and Wang Chih-Chuan (Jeremy Wang).
The Taiwanese pair will benefit from EKS Motorsports’ extensive Porsche know-how, having been the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Championship’s Official Technical Service Provider for the past 14 years.
Theirs is the second Cayman confirmed in Blancpain GT Series Asia’s GT4 class following HubAuto’s announcement last week.
Team Principal Hong Heng Soon: “Blancpain GT Series Asia is the perfect racing platform for us as GT4’s Am/Am format is ideal for our drivers who are stepping up to a more professional environment that features state-of-the-art BoP. Everyone at EKS Motorsports is looking forward to testing the car and the challenge that awaits us. Sepang next April can’t come soon enough.”
Blancpain GT Series Asia General Manager Benjamin Franassovici: “I’m delighted to welcome another two established names in Asian motorsport to the Blancpain GT Series Asia fold for next season. The championship is coming together nicely and we’re expecting to announce more top teams soon. Indeed, at this stage - when considering these latest confirmations, enquiries and firm commitments - we expect to see 20-plus entries for our first campaign in 2017.”
The inaugural Blancpain GT Series Asia season begins at Sepang in Malaysia on April 8/9.
2017 Blancpain GT Series Asia Schedule
April 8/9 - Sepang, Malaysia
May 20/21 - Chang International Circuit, Thailand
June 24/25 - Suzuka, Japan
August 19/20 - Fuji Speedway, Japan
September 23/24 - Shanghai, China
October 21/22 - Zhejiang, China