• Audi Sport Team Phoenix-drivers Haase, Frijns and Vanthoor win eventful Motul Sepang 12 Hours • #911 Porsche and #16 Audi complete the podium • Laurens Vanthoor and Audi are the first Intercontinental GT Challenge champions • Great racing duels in all classes of the Malaysian endurance classic, with all cars at the finish
- Audi Sport Team Phoenix-drivers Haase, Frijns and Vanthoor win wet Motul Sepang 12 Hours - #911 Porsche and #16 Audi complete the podium - Laurens Vanthoor and Audi are the first Intercontinental GT Challenge champions - Great racing duels in all classes of the Malaysian endurance classic
The #15 Audi Sport Team Phoenix R8 of Robin Frijns, Christopher Haase and Intercontinental GT Challenge leader Laurens Vanthoor is leading the Motul Sepang 12 Hours at the halfway point. The car took the lead during a rain shower in the fifth hour of the race, when they were one of the first cars to shod rain tyres.
Three hours into the Motul Sepang 12 Hours Porsche is occupying the first two positions, but the top-6 is only separated by half a minute. The main incident of the first quarter of the race were the lenghty repairs on the #9 K-PAX Racing McLaren, after it was hit by suspension damage. The car was 24 minutes in the box, and lost 13 laps.
Shane Van Gisbergen is having a great season, clinching the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup and conquering the coveted V8 Supercars title. Now the 27-year old Kiwi is one of the three title candidates for the Intercontinental GT Challenge drivers’ title, and is only six points down on championship leader Laurens Vanthoor.
A blistering lap by Fred Makowiecki in the top-15 shootout put the #912 Manthey Racing Porsche on pole for the 2017 Motul Sepang 12 Hours, final race of the Intercontinental GT Challenge. The shootout turned out to be a close-fought affair, with the top-3 cars separated by just two tenths of a second. Alvaro Parente managed to squeeze his #9 K-PAX McLaren in front of the second of the Manthey Racing Porsches, driven by Earl Bamber.
The final free practice session for the Motul Sepang 12 Hours was largely incident-free and showed how close the top cars and drivers really are. After the last two hours of preparation, the fastest five cars were separated by just over two tenths of a second, with Alvaro Parente setting the fastest time in the #9 K-PAX Racing McLaren.
Alvaro Parente, who shares the #9 K-PAX Racing McLaren with Côme Ledogar and Shane Van Gisbergen, was quickest in the first two free practices for the 2016 Motul Sepang 12 Hours. The Portuguese driver set his laptime, a 2.03.468 for the 5,542 km long Malaysian track, in the first free practice session.
The entry list for the 2016 edition of the Motul Sepang 12 Hours has been finalised. With 25 cars in six categories, thirteen of them GT3 cars, the final round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge promises to be an exciting affair on all levels. Today sees the first two free practice sessions, with the qualifying session and the Top 15 Shootout taking place on Friday afternoon.
René Rast, the 2014 Total 24 Hours of Spa winner, makes his debut in the Motul Sepang 12 Hours. The Audi-driver is third in the Intercontinental GT Challenge driver standings, and with only seven points deficit on championship leader Laurens Vanthoor, Rast still has every chance to take the inaugural Intercontinental GT Challenge title. He is well aware of the difficulties that hold the Motul Sepang 12 Hours though.
One week from the start of the 2016 Motul Sepang 12 Hours, the entry list for the Asian endurance classic is almost complete. The Motul Sepang 12 Hours is also the final round of the inaugural Intercontinental GT Challenge, and both the drivers’ and manufacturers’ titles are still up for grabs. Laurens Vanthoor is leading the driver standings, but Shane Van Gisbergen and René Rast are not far behind.