Kuala Lumpur, 15 January 2020 – Legacy Racing will make its GT World Challenge Asia debut in 2020 with an Am class-entered Mer cedes-AMG GT3.
The Malaysian squad is run by Tedco Racing, which has previously competed in national championships but will now make its pan-Asia debut with two familiar faces from stunt driving and drifting: Leona Chin and Tengku Djan Ley.
Chin’s racing experience also includes stints in the Mini Challenge Asia Series, Renault Clio Cup China and Malaysian Championship Series, where she finished second last season.
“It was always a dream to race in any GT championship so to now have an opportunity in Asia’s most prestigious GT series is pretty amazing,” said Chin. “It’s going to be a tough and challenging year as it will be my first time racing a GT3 car, let alone the beautiful Mercedes-AMG. But I’m also very excited to visit new circuits that I’ve never previousLy raced at. Competing in GT World Challenge Asia will provide me with great experience at a very high level of racing.”
Meanwhile, Djan Ley’s racing career spans 24 years, and even features outings in Japan’s Super GT series as well as back-to-back Merdeka Millennium Endurance victories at Sepang. However, he didn’t earn the nickname ‘Prince of Drift’ for nothing – he was crowned Formula Drift Asia champion in 2009 and ’10, and finished seventh in last season’s FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup.
“I’m looking forward to a great season with a new, all-Malaysian team,” he said. “We hope to be competitive in the Am class but both Leona and I are new to GT racing. And it’s not going to be easy as GT World Challenge Asia has the highest level of competition in the region.”
Team boss Kelvin Liang added: “As newcomers to GT World Challenge Asia and GT racing generally we will need to dig deep to catch up with the rest of the established teams and drivers. Success, however, will be sweeter being an all- Malaysian team of drivers and crew.”
- Round 1: 28-29 March ( Sepang International Circuit)
- Round 2: 25-26 April (Chang International Circuit
- Round 3: 23-24 May ( Fuji Speedway)
- Round 4: 20-21 June (Suzuka Circuit)
- Round 5: 12-13 September (Shanghai International Circuit)
- Round 6: 17-18 October (Shanghai International Circuit)
About GT World Challenge Series
Following two seasons that surpassed all expectations, GT World Challenge Asia’s format and regulations – originally based around the British GT Championship’s – will remain largely unchanged in 2019, albeit with one key difference.
The series brings together a mix of GT3 and GT4 machinery, while GTC cars are also eligible to compete at the 12 hour-long races spread across six events and five countries that comprise 2019’s calendar.
Cars feature a maximum of two drivers, each of whom qualifies for and then starts one of the weekend’s two races. They must then swap places with their co-driver during the mandatory pitstop window, which lasts 10 minutes.
Two types of driver pairings compete for outright victories: the mix of a professional and amateur (Pro/Am) and two professionals graded no higher than Silver by the FIA (Silver Cup). The latter will be subject to performance adjustments and approval by SRO to ensure that both Pro/Am and Silver/Silver crews are capable of winning races outright.
Am/Am pairings can also fight for class honours within GT3, while only amateur drivers are eligible to compete in GT4.
SRO’s wish to develop local drivers has resulted in a new regulation that mandates at least one Asian driver per GT3 Pro/Am and Silver Cup pairing. Only drivers from Asia, Australia and New Zealand are eligible to contest GT3 Am and GT4.
Pitstop success penalties are applied at all races to prevent any single crew from dominating. In 2019 the top-three finishers from the previous race must respectively serve an additional 15, 10 or 5 seconds on top of the mandated minimum pitstop time.
Just like all SRO championships, GT World Challenge Asia benefits from the organisation’s world-renowned Balance of Performance (BoP) regulations. These ensure that a car’s natural attributes or shortcomings are not the determining factors in overall results.
But SRO’s BoP is just the start. It’s expertise extends into Race Control, stewarding, scrutineering, management and regulatory matters, all of which combine to deliver an accountable and trustworthy GT racing environment.
Points are awarded to the top-10 finishers overall and in class:
- 1. 25pts – 2. 18pts – 3. 15pts – 4. 12pts – 5. 10pts – 6. 8pts – 7. 6pts – 8. 4pts – 9. 2pts – 10. 1pt
Just like all of the championships SRO Motorsports Group promotes, GT World Challenge Asia is reserved for one of two supercar racing specifications: GT3 and GT4.
Following the demise of GT1 and GT2, GT3 regulations now govern GT racing’s premier and most popular customer motorsport platform.
Almost 20 different manufacturers currently produce and race or sell GT3 cars around the world. They are built to a common set of regulations and, under SRO’s strict Balance of Performance (BoP) governance, compete on a level playing field. This encourages greater competition, more exciting racing and diversity while also preventing a costly development war from erupting between manufacturers.
GT3 cars are based on their road-going supercar counterparts and must carry over certain features to meet homologation criteria. However, they are also very different, with large front splitters, rear spoilers and diffusers, aerodynamically enhanced bodywork, race-tuned engines developing up to 600bhp and sticky slick Pirelli tyres marking them out as genuine racing cars.
GT World Challenge Asia’s GT4 class – which is now officially known as GT4 Asia – features cars that, in terms of performance and looks, are much closer to their road-going versions than GT3.
Rules state that more components must be carried over from their production counterparts, while manufacturers are given less freedom to tune and develop them. Splitters, diffusers and wings are still commonplace but produce much lower downforce and grip levels than GT3.
Nevertheless, they have proven extremely popular in Europe and America where they compete in multi-class championships alongside GT3, just as they do in GT World Challenge Asia.
Just like GT3, all GT4 cars are governed by SRO’s Balance of Performance regulations.
THE PROMOTER: SRO MOTORSPORTS GROUP – THE GLOBAL LEADER IN GT RACING
With more than 25 years’ experience at the forefront of a continuously evolving industry, SRO Motorsports Group is the established international leader in GT racing.
Best known for the development and implementation of the GT3 and GT4 regulations, SRO promotes and organises championships that embrace professional and amateur competitors. Its portfolio of highly regarded series spans Europe, America and Asia, while its flagship Intercontinental GT Challenge features events on five different continents.
The 2019 season will see more than 100 races run under the SRO Motorsports Group banner, highlighted by the prestigious Total 24 Hours of Spa. In addition to promotion and organisation, the company operates SRO Race Centre by MMC – a high-level technical centre at Circuit Paul Ricard – and provides the ultimate driving opportunities at world-renowned facilities through Curbstone Track Events.
SRO Motorsports Group is chaired by company founder and CEO Stephane Ratel. With offices in London, Paris, Liège and Hong Kong, its work is facilitated by a dedicated global team of full-time and freelance staff.
Combining a passion for performance with industry-leading experience, SRO is ready to play a key role in shaping the future of international GT racing.