China GT Sepang

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After a couple of days testing, working on setup and getting my team mate Betty Chen used to the car for her first GT3 race, good progress was being made and we were ready for qualifying on Friday. I qualified in 7th in a tight session, the tyres taking a few laps to come in, so we had work to do. Betty qualified in P7 in her session as well, but we were optimistic of moving forward in the races.

I started race one and managed to move from P7 up to P3 by the end of the first lap. I couldn't do anything about passing the front two but kept in touch while putting a gap between myself and fourth place. Unfortunately a safety car intervened as the pit window opened which closed the field up. I handed over to Betty who did a good job to bring the car home in P7.

Betty started race two and avoided a large startline shunt before moving through the field to hand over to me in P6. I got my head down and moved up to P4, chasing the number 90 sister car. I was catching him as well as the second placed Lamborghini, but was being caught by the number 911 Porsche as my tyres struggled in the high temperatures. I passed the Lamborghini, but couldn't keep the Porsche behind me and caught the third place BMW as another safety car came out. I had a lapped car in front of me in the safety car train which must have had an issue as I lost 8 seconds to third place behind it under the safety car, and with two laps of green flag running to go, I had to settle for fourth.

Overall a promising start to the year and a great job by FIST-Team AAI and my team mate in her first GT3 race.