Davies ‘encouraged’ ahead of Blancpain GT Asia opener

Australian Shae Davies says he is encouraged by the performance of the Porsche 911 GT3 R he will drive at this weekend’s Blancpain GT Series Asia season opener.

The current Dunlop Super2 driver will share the #911 Craft-Bamboo Racing prepared Porsche with Thai Sandy Stuvik in all six of the rounds, beginning at the Sepang International Circuit this weekend.

Davies combines the Blancpain GT Asia Series drive alongside his Super2 program with Paul Morris Motorsport in an FGX Falcon, off the back of Round 2 in Tasmania last weekend.

The former Porsche Carrera Cup Australia driver had the chance to find his feet behind the wheel of the car in a pre-season test on Wednesday in what is his first visit to the Malaysian circuit.

“After day one of testing, everything is falling into place nicely,” said Davies.

“The car has rolled out fast and sharp, so that is encouraging.

“I am looking forward to a really strong weekend and I think there are some things that we can still tune up and sort out on the car, so I think it is going to be a very inspiring weekend and we will be in for a good showing.”

Meanwhile, in the team’s sister car, Perth driver Aidan Read will share driving duties with Darryl O’Young as Read kicks off his second full season campaign in the series.

“It has been a good day of testing, it all went smoothly, and we made a few setup changes trying to improve the performance of the car for the weekend,” explained Read.

“I got to a very comfortable point with the car during testing, so I am very happy with that. The weekend has started quickly and there is lots of competition, but it should be a good weekend.

“If we can make some more improvements, we will be right on the pace.”

O’Young added: “The team did a lot of work over the winter, so it is good to get behind the wheel and verify all the improvements and the updates on the car.

“It has taken a big positive step since Sepang last year and I feel we are progressing well. Wednesday’s test day was great because it gave Aidan and I the chance to work together and get prepared for the race weekend.

“Everything is feeling good and I am looking forward to the two races here in Sepang.”

The squad will take to the track on Friday for opening practice ahead of Race 1 on Saturday and Race 2 on Sunday.