It will be an exciting journey for Zen Low and Fairuz Fauzy as that head to Okayama International Circuit for rounds three and four of the GT Asia Series this weekend. The second outing for the duo and after a tumultuous race weekend at the season opener in Korea, finishing in points in round two, both drivers are eager to make a bigger mark.
Zen and Fairuz will once again compete in OD Racing’s Lamborghini Gallardo FLII, backed by EcoTint, Prince Lubricants, Jonnesway, GoPro, Rudy Project and Shark Helmets.
The team’s first outing in Korea was a challenging one, a gearbox issue in round one that cost the team a top eight finish just two laps shy of the end of the race, but they redeemed themselves a little in round two by collecting vital points with a top eight finish. Both Zen and Fairuz are excited to be in Japan and are aiming for a strong weekend.
It will be the first time in Okayama for Zen so the duo got an early start last week on the simulator, getting a feel for the circuit and to learn as much as they can before arriving in Japan.
For Fairuz, it will be a visit to a familiar place as he has raced there two years ago, but in a different car and very different atmosphere. “I am really looking forward to the weekend and to come back to Okayama. For me it was a challenging track and the last time I was here was during the Super GT in 2013. That weekend, I experienced both wet and dry track conditions” said Fairuz as he arrived at Kansai International Airport on Monday evening.
“The circuit itself is tough in terms of the layout as it is a short and narrow track where you can’t afford to make mistakes. It’s a very unforgiving circuit, and to me it has some similarities with Brands Hatch.
“This will be the first time here for Zen and we went for some practice on the simulator. So hopefully that helps us to plan our race here as Zen is a little bit more familiar with the track now” he ended.
Both drivers are eager to get to the circuit as the Aylezo crew, who were in Japan since Saturday evening, have already started to unload and set-up the pit area.
“It’s going to be my first time so I tried to find out as much about the track as I can from the internet and it seems really technical and its small. Nothing like Sepang” laughed Zen.
“I was told that it is an interesting track with various elevations so it will be another great learning curve for me, so we will see how it goes. I’m like a sponge now, absorbing as much information as I can as we go along. Really looking forward to it” ended Zen.
The GT Asia Series is at Okayama International Circuit for rounds three and four with the first Free Practice session scheduled for Friday, 26 June at 10:45am Japan time (11:45am Malaysia), followed by FP2 at 2:15pm. Qualifying and Race 1 (round 3) is scheduled for Saturday, 27th June at 10:50am and 3:10pm respectively. Final race of the weekend (round 4) is on Sunday, 28 June at 3:00pm.
Aylezo Competizione is a Sporting Administration and Technical Team with over 30 years of combined International race experience in some of the Region’s most renowned Series. In 2015 Aylezo Competizione acts as the Technical Partner for a newly established team, OD Racing, in their first participation in the GT Asia Series. Aylezo Competizione will also partner with EcoTint, Prince Lubricants, Jonnesway, GoPro, Rudy Project and Shark Helmets for their participation in both GT Asia and Asian Le Mans Series.
GT Asia Series will travel to six countries at seven Asian circuits beginning with Korea International Circuit on 15-17 May. Then the Series will head to two Japanese races – at Okayama Circuit on 26-28 June and Fuji Speedway on 17-19 July, to Malaysia at Sepang Circuit for its first ever three-hour endurance race on 14-16 August, then to Shanghai Circuit, China on 25-27 Sept before ending the season at Buriram Chang International Circuit, Thailand on 23-25 October. The Series continues with a non-Championship round held at the legendary Guia Street Circuit, Macau on 20-22 November.
The three round Asian Le Mans Series will run during the FIA World Endurance Championship weekends in Fuji, Japan on 9-10 October and in Shanghai, China on 30-31 October. The Series will then make its final stop in Sepang, Malaysia on 19-20 December 2015.