dream debut for the aston martin vantage gt3 in china

Monday, 10 May 2021, Shanghai.

David Pun clinches victory for Uno Racing in the GTSSC season opener. The GT Super Sprint Challenge started its maiden season at the Shanghai International Circuit and it presented a perfect platform for Motorsports Services AMR Asia to make its debut in China.

The brand new GT Super Sprint Challenge(GTSSC) started its maiden season at the Shanghai International Circuit. It presented a perfect platform for Motorsports Services AMR Asia to make its debut in China. As the exclusive GT vehicles, parts and technical services distributor in the Greater China and South East Asia region, the team reached success in its first outing.

With relatively limited experience at GT3 level, Pun drove well for Uno Racing. A victory in Race 1 was followed by a 2nd place in AM+ class (4th overall), a fitting result for the first Aston Martin Vantage GT3 in China.

GTSCC was a series designed to give gentlemen drivers a high-level platform. It met with high popularity since its birth. The opening weekend attracted 17 GT3 machines from 6 brands, 6 GT4 and 6 GTC racers. A never-seen-before number in Chinese GT event.

Pun and AMR Asia’s On-site director Marchy Lee, attended the Pre-Season Test for preparing the opening round. With an earlier test at Zhuhai international circuit for China GT Championship, the team gained further knowledge and confidence at Shanghai.

Asian GT legend Marchy Lee gave his opinions after the test. “The Aston Martin Vantage is one of the most advanced GT3 cars right now. Despite having a turbo-charged engine, the power output is actually really smooth, so it’s quite easy to adapt for drivers. It’s also really competitive.”

“This weekend in Shanghai is this car’s debut in China, the main purpose is to test the car and whether the electronics are running reliably. AMR Asia and Uno Racing is focusing on the championships in China this year, we hope to achieve some decent results.”

Pun’s outstanding performance started in Qualifying. His late flyer in qualifying positioned himself third for the first race.

At the early phase of the opening race, the Hong Kong (China) driver was tangled in a heated battle with three other drivers in the same class (AM+), but with some fine driving, he was able to come out on top. In races that last only 27 minutes, consistency is the key to good result. After avoiding the crash between Lv Wei and Kris Wu, Pun claimed a historical victory in the first ever race of GTSSC.

“I had a really good start for Race 1, picked up a few places by Turn 2, but lost the places due to a mistake at the exit of the corner. I struggled a bit later due to tyre degradation, but I’m so happy to bring home a victory.” Says Pun.

In the chaotic Race 2, Pun kept his consistency, finished 2nd in AM+ class, bringing home another trophy, as well as the lead in the championship.

“This brand-new Aston Martin GT3 only landed here not long ago, the preparation was quite tight, both for me in terms of driving unfamiliar GT3 cars as well as my team who needed to explore the set-up. We are still learning, and I enjoy growing together with the team.” Pun says after the weekend.

AMR Asia director Weiron Tan was unable to attend the weekend due to travel restrictions, but he was immensely proud of the debut of the Vantage GT3 in China. He says: “The debut weekend is almost perfect! I would like to congratulate Uno Racing and David Pun. We hope to see more success in the remainder of the championship. We also hope to see more and more Aston Martin GT machines on track.”

GTSSC will hold its second round in Zhuzhou, Hunan in a month(June 12th-13th). Uno Racing and Pun will use early access opportunities to optimize their preparation, continue the momentum from Shanghai.