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Blancpain GT Series Asia Zhejiang Finale Brought Forward

Communist Party National Congress forces date rethink

The final event of this season’s Blancpain GT Series Asia campaign at Zhejiang will take place one week earlier than previously scheduled.

Rounds 11 and 12 have been moved forwards to the weekend of October 14/15 after the ruling Communist Party of China scheduled its 19th National Congress for the period covering Zhejiang’s previously confirmed date. The restriction applies to all public events held in China.

That means the championship’s inaugural Drivers’ and Teams’ titles will be settled earlier than anticipated. While Hunter Abbott wrapped up the GT3 Pro/Am crown last weekend at Shanghai, all other championships are still up for grabs over the course of Zhejiang’s two 60-minute races.

Audi Hong Kong pairing Marchy Lee and Shaun Thong currently lead Abbott by just four points in the overall GT3 Drivers’ standings, which also feature OD Racing’s Mitch Gilbert and Aditya Patel as potential contenders.

Elsewhere, Lee and Thong are 10 points short of winning the GT3 Silver Cup class, while Am Cup leader Andrew Haryanto heads another four crews covered by just 18 points. GT4 is also incredibly tight with Craft-Bamboo Racing duo Jean-Marc Merlin and Frank Yu leading three other crews all with a chance of winning the title.

GruppeM Racing also need just two points to guarantee their place in history as Blancpain GT Series Asia’s first Teams’ champions.