24 May 2022 |

Prince Jefri Ibrahim takes victory at Sepang

Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS regular Prince Jefri Ibrahim enjoyed success overseas last weekend participating in the opening round of the Asian sister series at Sepang.

Ibrahim entered his return to the Fanatec GT World Challenge Asia Powered by AWS with renewed confidence following a podium appearance at the previous weekend’s LIQUI MOLY Bathurst 12 Hour honours where he also took victory in the Motorsport Australia Endurance Championship.

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Partnering with Australian GT ace Nick Foster in a Triple Eight Race Engineering Mercedes-AMG GT3, Ibrahim started the opening race and assumed third position behind fellow Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS rival Yasser Shahin.

Last year’s winner Shahin is also contesting the series in an Audi Sport Asia Team X Works R8 LMS Evo II GT3 teammate with Sandy Stuvik.

The pair filled the podium places during the opening stint before the co-drivers took over as slick work from the Triple Eight Race engineering crew put Foster right behind Stuvik.

Foster completed a pass soon after and continued towards victory as Stuvik retired from the event, while AMAC Motorsport pairing Andrew Macpherson and Ben Porter finished fifth outright driving the Porsche 911 GT3-R the duo shared at Bathurst last year.

The second race of the weekend provided a familiar battle as Shahin and Ibrahim duelled for fifth position, which in the end was secured by the Triple Eight Race Engineering due to a 32s penalty given to his Audi rival.

AMAC Motorsport finished seventh.

Ibrahim and Foster sit second in the standings eight points from the top. Macpherson and Porter lead the Am Class standings in sixth, while Shahin is seventh with co-driver Stuvik.

Japan hosts the next round of the series at Suzuka on July 15-17.

Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS resumes its season at Queensland Raceway on August 5-7.