Nürburg, Germany (June 3, 2013)- Making his debut in the prestigious International GT Open series, World Stage Racing’s Brian Wong made the most of his weekend to take noteworthy finishes during both weekend’s events at the internationally renowned Nürburgring circuit.
“Wow, Nürburgring is a truly impressive place to race at,” stated the Californian. “There’s so much history at this place, you can feel it the instant you approach the track. The full circuit, the Nordschleife, is so big that even when you’re 10 minutes from the paddock, track you’re still right next to the racing. This is one of those historic places that every driver wants to visit, and I really enjoyed the experience.”
Having literally taken the call to appear 12 hours prior, to say the program came together last-minute would be an understatement Driving for V8 Racing, a noted team out of The Netherlands, the series’ only American made his debut in a very fitting car, the No. 72 Chevrolet Corvette GT3. Wong, who is most notable for his accomplishments driving Porsches and various divisions of NASCAR, instantly took to the car and found himself quite comfortable.
“The car is such a different animal,” continued Wong. “With the Porsches, you’re used to driving a rear-engined vehicle that carries a lot of momentum over the rear wheel. In a stock-car you’re used to a heavy, wide bodied beast. In the Corvette, the car is somewhere in between. Luckily due to both experiences I was able to get up to speed quickly. My friend Nicky Pastorelli helped me become aware of this at the last minute, and I’m appreciative of the experience.”
As a double-header, all GT format very similar to the Pirelli World Challenge in North America, Wong was right at home in the series. Pairing with Swiss driver Brian Lavio, the duo set about to make the most of the weekend.
The opportunity for the Newport Beach, California-based driver was once again made possible from partnering company World Stage Racing. Based in California, World Stage is an organization founded on the principal of using motorsport as a mechanism to network Chinese and American businesses with one another. Having partnered with Wong throughout many races in the American Le Mans Series and NASCAR, World Stage saw the opportunity with the GT Open series to gain both perspective and a new network of contacts on a European stage.
Knowing the tricky configuration of the Nürburgring could make for a difficult debut, the duo handled the challenge masterfully. Completing every lap and engaging in battles for much of the race, the No. 72 took 11th in the first race, and fifth in the second.
“Obviously no one comes to a race to finish 11th, but we were happy with the results,” stated Wong. “We learned a lot about the car, the series, and the track in a short amount of time, so being able to complete every lap and engage in some great racing made for a great experience. I really appreciate World Stage’s continued support, hopefully we can come back and do some more races this year.”
Race highlights can be seen here.
While the next event for both Wong and World Stage Racing remains to be seen, the group is currently in talks for several prospective events in both Europe and the U.S. Be sure to stay tuned in to www.worldstageracing.com for continued updates.