The Super Taikyu Series finale – the sixth race of the season – at the Okoyama International Circuit was on the calendar for Phoenix Racing Asia. After a turbulent three hours, the team from Hong Kong took third and fourth places.
Two strong Phoenix Racing Asia line-ups headed into the last 2018 race and demonstrated their skills straight away during qualifying. Keong Wee Lim, Melvin Moh and FIA WEC driver Mathias Beche were at the wheel of the first Audi R8 LMS GT3 and secured the first 2018 pole for Audi in the ST-X class. Andre Couto, Alessio Picariello and Jeffrey Lee in the car #81 were close behind in third place.
The teams swapped the lead in the race’s first lap: Andre Couto took over first position from Keong Wee Lim after the green flag and established himself at the head of the field. However, two drive-through penalties during the 3-hour-race caused #81 to temporarily fall way behind and the sister car too had to battle its way from an initial sixth position through a jam-packed field of 30 cars. But with an extra portion of fighting spirit, the #83 crew made up numerous positions and mounted the podium after clinching third place. The second Phoenix Racing car followed closely in fourth place.
This Super Taikyu finale concludes an exciting year for Phoenix Racing Asia. In addition to their commitment in the Japanese endurance series, the Hong Kong team also drove in both the Blancpain GT Series Asia and the Dubai 24 Hours. Their win in the opening round of the 24H series was definitely one of the year’s highlights.