D'Station Racing and EBM open their GT World Challenge Asia Series accounts in Sepang

Monday, April 22, 2024


The Japanese based D’Station Racing team had a busy time last weekend as they spread themselves between the second round of the World Endurance Championship in Italy with the opening round of the GT World Challenge Asia Series from Malaysia.

This time being able to leave their Aston Martin Racing Vantage LMGT3 crew in the capable hands of the Prodrive supplied support team at the WEC, the Japanese contingent made their way to Sepang with one of their new Vantage GT3 cars for the two opening races of the GTWC Asia Series.

Again running with team owner and team manager – Satoshi Hoshino and Tomonobu Fujii respectively, the D’Station team would be running their familiar green liveried #777 within the Pro-Am class whilst the Earl Bamber Motorsport entered #8 AMR Vantage GT3 of Setiawan Santosa would run solo within the Am class.

Whilst Fujii would have run a similar spec’d Vantage GT3 within the recent opening round of the Super GT Series, this would have been in at the deep end for both Hoshino and Santosa as far as race miles within the all-new Vantage were concerned and by the end of Free Practice, the #777 figured mid-way within the thirty-one strong grid and the #8 car at the foot of the table.

The great leveller in motorsport is off course rain and in Malaysia it does obviously rain at some point during the day. That was enough to split the grid in tyre choice for race one and with the events that that caused on track was enough to allow the #777 to claim a warranted P6 overall finish, P4 in class whilst the #8 car finished P29 overall and P4 in class.

A good banker race for the D’Station Racing team there but they were unable to build up that momentum during Sundays second race where they finished down in P16 overall and P8 in class whilst Santosa finished his AMR powered debut slightly higher in P28/P4.

The second round of the series is now just under three weeks ago as the cars and equipment are ferried the relatively short distance down to the Chang International Circuit in Thailand.

Photo credits – GTWC Asia
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