GT World Challenge Asia returns this weekend for two one-hour races at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand. 33 cars are on the entry list and temperatures are forecast to be in the mid-thirties.

By Steven Walton

Testing for the Buriram round got underway on Thursday. Official practice will take place on Friday before the races are held on Saturday and Sunday.

Among the 33 cars entered this weekend is a one-off entry from B-Quik Absolute Racing, which joins the field with the #26 Audi in the Am class. The car will be driven by bronze drivers Henk Kiks and Rodney Jane.

Buriram hosts the second of six rounds in this year’s GT World Challenge Asia season. The first round was held three weeks ago at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia.

FAW Audi Sport Asia Racing Team drivers Franky Cheng and Adderly Fong won the first Sepang race in their #36 Audi.

Lu Wei and Laurin Heinrich, driving the #4 Porsche, won the second Sepang race for Origine Motorsport, formerly known as R&B Racing.

Wei and Heinrich lead the overall drivers’ championship, but French driver Patrick Pilet replaces Heinrich for Buriram.

Other prominent pro drivers racing this weekend include Marco Mapelli, Markus Winkelhock, Maximilian Goetz, Maro Engel, Luca Stolz, Alessio Picariello, Joel Eriksson, and Ralf Aron.

Buriram will be a home race for the two Thai drivers in the field: Tanart Sathienthirakul and Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak.

Sathienthirakul races in the silver class and shares the #911 Absolute Racing Porsche with Sri Lankan driver Eshan Pieris. Inthraphuvasak drives the #93 AAS Phantom Global Racing Porsche with young Danish pro racer Bastian Buus.

Heat management is expected to be a big factor in Buriram, with temperatures in the thirties expected.

The Thai Meteorological Department is forecasting highs of 34 degrees on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the northeastern Buri Ram province, where the Chang International Circuit is located.

Rain is also forecast on all three days, though it is only expected in 20% to 30% of the province.

Qualifying and both one-hour races will be live-streamed on the GT World YouTube channel.

Race one starts at 3pm local time (8am GMT) on Saturday. Race two starts at 10.45am local time (3.45am GMT) on Sunday.

Header image credit: GT World Challenge Asia

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