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PRESS RELEASE/Jono Lester – Photo; supplied

Kiwi Jono Lester has been drafted into the Absolute Racing Porsche squad for the remainder of the 2019 Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia, beginning with round two of the championship at Thailand’s Chang International Circuit on May 10-11.

Lester will partner rapid Chinese driver Yuan Bo, who scored pole position at the opening round in Sepang recently, partnered with Porsche Works Driver Dennis Olsen.

Bo and Lester will form a potent Silver-Silver combination, behind the wheel of the all-new GT3-R against a record field of 25 GT3 cars from all over the world, including that of Supercars powerhouse Triple Eight Racing with a Malaysian-run Mercedes-AMG GT3. 

In addition to a double pole position at Sepang, the new Porsche scored its maiden victory in a 1-2 finish on Sunday, led home by Phillip Hamprecht (GER) and Tanart Sathienthirakul (THL).

Lester’s return to the series comes off the back of an impressive stint with HubAuto in the 2018 Blancpain championship, where he and Australian Nick Foster scored two wins and four podium in just six races behind the wheel of a Ferrari 488 GT3.

Fabien Fior, Team Director of Absolute Racing, added, “We welcome Jono to the team for the Thai round of the Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia. Obviously Jono is an extremely exciting driver who has made a big impact in GT racing and we are delighted that he strengths our #912 car line up. Bob and Jono form a strong Silver Cup line-up and podium finish in Buriram is a realistic target.”

Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific customer team Absolute Racing landed a major triumph at the second race of the Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia in Sepang. After a hard-fought effort, Philip Hamprecht and his teammate Tanart Sathienthirakul took over the drivers’ championship lead, and the Thai-German pair sits first also in the Silver Cup category. Following the success in Sepang, Absolute Racing now ranks first in the teams’ standings


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