Solihull’s Nick Yelloly is preparing for his first weekend of official driving duties as a BMW Motorsport works driver.
The 28-year-old will be heading to Malaysia this week in preparation for the first round of the China GT series where he will be driving the FIST – Team AAI Motorsport BMW M6 GT3.
After a winter of preparation, the race at Sepang will mark the first time Nick has raced since claiming second place in the Formula 1 supporting Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup championship.
Nick will share driving duties with two-time Asian Le Mans Series GT champion Jun-San Chen who is also AAI Motorsport team owner.
Nick on preparation for the race weekend
“I have been prepping for the race with some simulator sessions to learn the track. Physical training wise I have done lot of time on my road bike with lots of layers on to try and simulate getting overheated in the car. I’m feeling really ready for the race and can’t wait to get on track for some testing starting Wednesday morning!”
Nick on preparing for the heat with 35°c temperature forecast
“Preparation for the heat is mostly done by training with too many layers on and letting your body get used to overheating bit by bit.”
Nick on learning new circuits
“When it comes to learning new tracks, I really like the challenge and have been pretty used to it, so I shouldn’t have any issue with being able to get a grips with Sepang after the first day of testing… it’s one track on my list I haven’t ticked off as of yet so can’t wait to get going.”
Nick on Expectations for the weekend
“Expectations are good going into the weekend. Team AAI are a great team and mixed together with the BMW M6 GT3 we should be looking to run at the front from the get go!”
China GT Weekend Timetable
The race will be streamed live on the China GT Facebook page and YouTube channel.
Times below are in GMT
Thursday 14 March
00:15 – Unofficial Practice Session 1
04:40 – Unofficial Practice Session 2
Friday 15 March
03:40 – Official Practice
06:15 – Qualifying Part 1
06:55 – Qualifying Part 2
Saturday 16 March
05:55 – Race 1
Sunday 17 March
07:00 – Race 2
About AAI Motorsports
AAI Motorsports is a Taiwanese-based team racing in the China GT Championship for the 2019 season under the FIST -Team AAI banner with three BMW M6 GT3’s and one BMW M4 GT4.
The team was established in 1991 by owner/driver Jun-San Chen and has raced in Blancpain GT Series, Asian Le Mans Series and various regional series.
China GT Series
China GT is a nationwide championship featuring the world’s best brands and is ratified by the Federation of Automobile and Motorcycle Sports of People’s Republic of China (CAMF) as well as authorised by the General Administration of Sports of China.
China GT entrusts world renowned Memotec Messtechnik to customise a Balance of Performance (BoP) for each model of car based on circuit characteristics for the GT3, GTC, GTM and GT4 classes; GT4 is governed under licence from SRO Motorsports Group.