Kiwi Porsche star joins Blancpain Asia field

Chris van der Drift pic: Chris van der Drift Facebook

Kiwi Chris van der Drift will join the Blancpain GT Series Asia field for this weekend’s penultimate event of 2018 at Shanghai.

The Gold-rated van der Drift has been named in the entry list alongside Bronze driver Li Chao in the JRM Porsche Official Team’s #808 Porsche 911 GT3 R.

It will be his first start in the series of 2018, having also made an appearance in last year’s inaugural season.

Van der Drift is currently on-track for a third Porsche Carrera Cup Asia title, leading the series by 19 points with four races remaining after a win last time out at the Singapore Grand Prix.

Nick Foster is currently third in the GT3 Overall standings in Blancpain GT Series Asia and will again be partnered this weekend by New Zealander Jono Lester in the #27 HubAuto Corsa Ferrari 488.

Tim Slade drives with team owner Morris Chen in the sister #28 488.

There are also Australians in both Craft-Bamboo Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Rs, with Shae Davies and Sandy Stuvik in Car #911 and Aiden Read joining Darryl O’Young in Car #991.

At Absolute Racing, Josh Burdon shares the #37 Audi R8 LMS GT3 with Anthony Liu, while Malaysian-based Australian Mitch Gilbert partners Aditya Patel in the #86 OD Racing Team WRT Audi R8 LMS GT3.

Australian team AMAC Motorsport continues to field owner Andrew Macpherson and countryman Ben Porter in the #51 Lamborghini Huracan.

Practice starts on Friday ahead of two qualifying sessions on Saturday, followed by an hour-long race on each of Saturday and Sunday.

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