Saturday’s 12 Hours of Sepang is only the second-ever race for Phantom Global Racing following their stunning debut at the Bathurst 12 Hour last month. Team director Martin Young told Asian Motorsport the focus this weekend is “experience-building” ahead of the team’s planned three-car entry in GT World Challenge Asia.

By Steven Walton

Chinese GT team Phantom Global Racing only made their racing debut last month in the Bathurst 12 Hour, and impressively, Jaxon Evans, Bastian Buus and Joel Eriksson drove the team’s Porsche 992 GT3R to fourth place.

“On the day of the Bathurst result, after being in the lead and then being in the podium contention all the way through the race, actually the result at the end was a bit of a downer for everyone,” team director Martin Young told Asian Motorsport.

“But prior to the weekend, P5 was our top aim,” he said. “To finish top four was really good and afterwards everyone realised it was a good result.”

Young said the team morale had grown after their Bathurst debut.

Phantom Global Racing ‘not focused on winning’ in Sepang

This weekend’s 12 Hours of Sepang is just the second-ever race for Phantom Global Racing and they have entered two cars.

Their first car is the #13 Porsche 911 GT3 R driven by Rio, Sun Jingzu, and Timo Bernhard.

The second car is the #31 Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II driven by Frankie Cheng, Adderly Fong, and Bian Ye.

Young said the 12 Hours of Sepang was more of a test for the team ahead of its planned entry into GT World Challenge Asia, which starts next month in Sepang.

“It’s just experience-building this weekend, it’s not focused on winning the race,” Young said.

“The drivers need to get back in the cars after being out of the car for so long,” he said. “Some of them haven’t driven since October … so it’s good to get them just [to] dust off the cobwebs.”

Young said Phantom Global Racing was planning to enter three cars in 2024 GT World Challenge Asia – two Porsches with Pro-Am line-ups and one Audi with silver drivers, though exact line-ups were not yet decided.

Young said the current team vibe was strong. “Everyone’s positive, everyone’s focused, everyone sees the direction they want to be and it’s good, the team’s on a big up at the moment.”

Bernhard: ‘We really want to build something together’

German GT team, Team 75 Bernhard, has partnered with Phantom Global Racing and this weekend its owner, two-time Le Mans winner Timo Bernhard, is driving the #13 Phantom Global Racing Porsche.

“Normally we have the cooperation [with Phantom Global Racing], so they asked me if I could also fill in in the cockpit for this race, and I said, ‘yeah, why not’,” Bernhard told Asian Motorsport.

He said this was his first big endurance race since the 2020 24 Hours of Nürburgring.

Bernhard said his team’s partnership with Phantom Global Racing has a lot of potential.

“Right now we’re helping with know-how, we’re helping with personnel, we’re helping with engineers [and] mechanics here, we’re helping with our knowledge,” he said.

“The mindset is that it’s going to be long-term and we really want to build something together,” Bernhard said.

Team 75 Bernhard previously raced in Germany’s DTM championship and this year the team will continue racing in Porsche Carrera Cup Germany.

Header image credit: 12 Hours of Sepang

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