KC Motorgroup Ltd. (KCMG) concluded a challenging outing in Malaysia as the Hong Kong-based squad went through a series of highs and lows during Blancpain GT Series Asia’s opening event at Sepang International Circuit over the weekend.
The first event of the Asian GT series witnessed KCMG clinch its first victory and a podium finish in the GT3 Am/Am class with Japanese drivers Naoto Takeda and Takuya Shirasaka. Meanwhile, the Champion Racing by KCMG Pro/Am entry of Martin Rump and Rick Yoon faced some technical setbacks last Saturday, but the team’s hard work and the drivers’ impressive driving skills paid off during the last race.
The Am/Am team of Takeda and Shirasaka san enjoyed their first Blancpain GT Series win after crossing the finish line in first place with a 23 second lead from T2 Motorsports. The Japanese duo returned the following day for Race two to seal another podium with a top two finish after losing the lead to the #75 car with just three laps remaining to the end of the race. These results after the series’ first round has secured KCMG the lead in the Am/Am classification.
After emerging fastest in the second practice session, the #18 Audi R8 LMS Pro/Am car from Champion Racing by KCMG shared by Martin Rump and Rick Yoon had to sit out the season’s first qualifying session and race due to engine troubles.
The debilitating mechanical problem, which was resolved overnight by KCMG’s hardworking crew, did not stop the Estonian and South Korean duo to make an encouraging comeback in Race two. Displaying strong race pace, Rump managed to weave his way up to 14th place after starting from the back of the grid, while Yoon consistently defended this position – ultimately finishing 13th place overall after a trying weekend.