Bad weather, bad luck and poor driving from competition force HK's Adderly Fong to quit China GT Championship
The former Lotus development driver switches to the ‘higher standard’ Blancpain GT Series Asia, where he will compete in the last two rounds in Shanghai and Zhejiang
Hong Kong’s Adderly Fong Cheun-yue will race in the last two rounds of the Blancpain GT Series Asia after quitting the China GT Championship.
The Absolute Racing driver will make his debut at the Shanghai International Circuit this weekend before taking part in the ninth and final leg of the championship in Zhejiang next month.
“Bentley, Team Absolute and myself will be quitting the China GT Championship along with my [Thai] teammate, Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak, and we will be contesting the last two rounds of the Blancpain Asia series,” said Fong, who is lying in 19th place overall in the China GT championship with Bentley in fifth place overall in the team standings.
“We will no longer going to race in the remaining China GT races in Chengdu and Zhejiang.
“Bentley Team Absolute decided that the car wasn’t in contention for the championship in China GT any more so we decided we might as well go and try and win a big single race, a spot entry, so we decided to compete in the Blancpain series, where they will be more than 30 cars on the grid.
“There are international drivers from Europe competing as well, so we thought we should take on the challenge elsewhere.”
Fong and his teammate will race their two Continental GT3s in the Blancpain series, making up eight GT3 manufacturers. The Blancpain series will also provide Fong with serious competition ahead of the Macau Grand Prix weekend, where he intends to compete in the FIA GT World Cup on November 20.
“Our Bentley Continental GT3 were able to score multiple pole positions [at the China GT]. However due to a string of bad luck, topped off with bad weather and poor driving standards from the competition, it has denied us from finishing where we should have. I believe the higher standard of the Blancpain series will allow us to race properly and showcase our strength, like in other international championships.
Asked whether he will miss competing in the China GT Championship, the 27-year-old driver replied: “No, not really. It’s been a fun experience racing all across China and revisiting tracks I’ve started racing on. The only shame is we will be missing Chengdu. But hey, what can you do?
“Even in the US, we missed rounds when we feel we are no longer in championship contention. Therefore we can save a few bullets for the next big race.”
Zhuhai-based Bentley Team Absolute won back-to-back team GT Asia series team titles in 2015 and 2016. Fong finished second and third overall in each of those campaigns.
Bentley Team Absolute team director Fabien Fior said his team would suit racing on the Shanghai and Zhejiang tracks.
“We’re really happy to join Blancpain GT Series Asia with our Bentley armada at Shanghai,” said Fior.
“We do not have any expectations on our shoulders but with highly-competitive equipment, our team of specialised technicians and racing on a high-speed circuit that suits the Bentley Continental GT3, our drivers have all the necessary tools to succeed.”