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Engine woes deny Palmer as he makes his Korean debut

May 18, 2016

Andrew Palmer suffers frustrating opening round of GT Asia Series in Korea

It was a tough first race in the GT Asia Series for Andrew Palmer, as he competed in his first race at the Korea International Circuit.

Palmer and Thai crew-mate Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak were quick during practice in the Bentley Continental GT3 with the Calfornian battling fellow Absolute team-mate Adderly Fong for the session's fastest time.

But ahead of qualifying Andrew's Absolute Racing team spotted an issue with the Bentley's V8 engine, and they chose to fly a replacement in from the UK. This meant Palmer and Inthraphuvasak were forced to sit out race one, only taking part in race two after completing just one flying lap to ensure all the cars’ systems were working.

Vutthikorn did a superb job in bringing the Team Absolute Bentley from the rear of the field into sixth place before handing over to Andrew, but although the 21-year-old was faster than the experienced Carlo Van Dam ahead of him, he could not find a way past.

A finish of sixth was a fine result after all the drama of the weekend and with team-mates Keita Sawa and Jonathan Venter winning both races there is plenty to be excited about for the rest of the season in the Team Absolute Bentley.

The next round of the GT Asia Series takes place at Burinam International Circuit in Thailand (10-12 June).