The Phoenix Racing Juniors caused a mighty surprise in the GT4 class with their Audi R8 LMS GT debut. Despite fierce competition, Philip Ellis, Joonas Lappalainen, Gosia Rdest and John-Louis Jasper maintained their position with the front runners right from the beginning. Having started from pole, the quartet drove with impressive consistency and clinched the well-earned victory after 24 hours of racing.
“I’m incredibly proud of our Juniors’ performance”, summarizes team manager Ernst Moser. “They‘ve proved that, within a remarkable short time, they can deal with a new car and also drive it at a very high standard. Their learning curve was pointing steeply upwards throughout the entire event and progress was as clear as daylight. The result is the well-deserved reward.”
Triumph was completed by a second place for Marchy Lee, Adderley Fong, Shaun Thong, Darryl O’Young and Charles Kwan in the sister car. The Phoenix Racing drivers from Hong Kong led for most of the race in their class and attracted wide attention with their strong pace.
This Dubai 24H triumph laid the foundation for a successful season and Moser goes on to explain: “The race was the perfect opportunity to get in the right mood for the upcoming season. Our GT4 programme plays a central role in 2018, which is why using the new cars was so important. A big thank you goes to our crew, whose fast pit stops played a decisive role in this success.”
And if you think Phoenix Racing will be enjoying a well-earned holiday after the tough 24-hour race, you’re mistaken: the team faces an extensive European and Asian programme. Further tests for the 2018 season will already be starting in February.