NORTHAMPTONSHIRE, UK (July 15, 2013) - Competing in his very first race in the Maserati Trofeo World Series, World Stage Racing’s Brian Wong took a surprise victory during yesterday’s sprint event at the world-renowned Silverstone Circuit.
“What a great event,” stated Wong. “We weren’t sure what to expect when we came in this weekend, but it turned out to be a great couple of days for all of us. Guido Bonfiglio and the entire Swiss Team put together a great car, and I’m really happy to deliver a victory for them as well as my teammate Mauro.”
As a one-make series featuring the prolific Maserati Granturismo MC, Wong, hailing from Newport Beach, California, came into the weekend for just a one-off opportunity to drive for the team. Having never driven on the circuit located in Northamptonshire, England, and with limited track time before today’s racing, the need to acclimate quickly would come at a premium.
Luckily for the Californian, getting up to speed quickly has become his standard. In the last three years, the likable driver has literally travelled the world in pursuit of accruing experience competing in Porsches in Sebring, stock cars in California, and Corvettes in Germany. With a diverse set of experiences in different motorsport disciplines, Wong’s ability to acclimate to the Maserati came quickly.
With teammate Mauro Cesari taking the reigns during Saturday’s sprint event, it was up to Wong to run on his own during Sunday’s round. Starting from the fifth row, acclimating came quickly with Brian gaining ground on multiple cars during the first half of the race.
With his pace settling, Wong would focus on the lead pack for the remainder of the event, taking the victory on a combination of passing, attrition, and penalties. It was his first race in the series and first victory, a testament to his innate ability to get up to speed quickly.
For World Stage Racing, an organization dedicated to bridging the gap between Chinese business and the rest of the world through motorsports, the decision to back the first-ever Chinese American to achieve an ALMS series podium was proven once again.
“I have to thank everyone at World Stage Racing for the opportunity,” stated Wong. “They’ve put a lot of faith in me to come out and do these sort of events, and I’m glad that I can deliver. Today’s victory was special for a number of reasons, not the least of which was taking our first professional victory in 2013.”
In addition to the sprint event, Wong and teammate Cesari would compete in today’s endurance event, an hour-long race in which the two would switch driving duties halfway through the race. Unfortunately, Wong’s victory would mean the team would be forced to endure a 15-second hold during the endurance pit stop as a means of handicapping less competitive cars, eventually relegating the car to eighth.
Luckily for Wong, who has literally raced in three different series in three different cars in the last three months, a stateside return will see him in yet another series this year, to be announced shortly.
About Brian Wong
Brian Wong, from Newport Beach, California, is an experienced member of the racing community at only 23-years-old. A veteran of the American Le Mans Series, NASCAR, as well as numerous international ranks, Wong is a proven winner in multiple categories. With multiple victories in the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama, Wong has earned the moniker as a bit of a Porsche specialist, having run in multiple ALMS races in 2010 and 2011, as well the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.
Brian made history in 2011 when he became the first Chinese-American driver to take a podium in the American Le Mans Series, doing so at the prestigious Petit Le Mans.
More information can be found at www.brianwongmotorsports.com.
About World Stage Racing
World Stage Racing is the first Asian-American led business in the NASCAR and professional sportscar ranks. Business is our foundation, but racing is our passion, at World Stage Racing. As the first Asian-American led team in both ranks, WSR offers its partners a distinct advantage with a marketing activation platform that will reach a more significant domestic and international audience. With the growing Asian-American influence in the United States, as well as our team’s ability to mobilize this untapped Asian-American fanbase, WSR will thrill on and off the race track. The team garners attention above and beyond that of a typical race team owing to its professional approach and Asian-American leadership.
Visit their site at www.worldstageracing.com.