Australia’s most successful motor racing team, Triple Eight Race Engineering, is making its full-time GT debut in this year’s Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia series.
Campaigning a Mercedes-AMG GT3, Triple Eight will have three drivers across the six events: amateur driver His Highness Prince Jefri Ibrahim of the Johor Royal Family, and professional co-pilots for three events apiece Malaysian Jazeman Jaafar and Kiwi Shane van Gisbergen. Jaafar currently sits third in the 2019 FIA World Endurance Championship LMP2 class, while Triple Eight’s SvG is an experienced Blancpain GT champion in Europe and former Supercars champion.
Roland Dane, Managing Director, Triple Eight Race Engineering:
“GT racing is something I’ve been looking at for a few years now and our two campaigns in the Bathurst 12 Hour have cemented in my mind that it’s something I want Triple Eight to be involved in on a longer-term basis.
“Asia has always been a special part of the world for me, I’ve enjoyed doing business there for the best part of 30 years, and I’ve kept an eye on Asia’s Blancpain GT championship since its inception in 2017.
“There’s no doubt the category is going from strength to strength and it presents an opportunity for Triple Eight to broaden our portfolio and give the staff here a chance to build their own motorsport experience, which will hopefully only serve to improve the knowledge base within Supercars. Prince Jefri has been a big supporter of Triple Eight and we’re greatly looking forward to working with him, as well as Jazeman and the team at SRO Motorsports Group.”
The Brisbane-based squad has competed in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship since September 2003 with eight drivers’ championships, nine teams’ championships and seven Bathurst 1000 wins. Last August Triple Eight became the most-winning touring car team ever in Australia, presently sitting on 184 championship race victories.
“It’s really exciting that Roland and Triple Eight are expanding into Asia and GT racing. To be driving alongside Prince Jefri will be really cool, he’s come to Australia for a few of our races and I’ve been over to England with him for driver training, so he’s a good mate.”Shane van Gisbergen.
The Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia action is live on FOX SPORTS, via SRO Motorsport Group’s YouTube channel, GT World, and the series’ Facebook page. To keep up with the team’s results, fans can follow Triple Eight Race Engineering on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
06-07 April – Sepang, Malaysia
11-12 May – Buriram, Thailand
22-23 June – Suzuka, Japan
06-07 July – Fuji, Japan
03-04 August – Yeongam, Korea
27-28 September – Shanghai, China
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