Friday, April 28, 2017

Motorsport: Audi R8 LMS Cup 2017 Starts at Sepang this May 6 and 7, 2017

Six years after the inception of the Audi R8 LMS Cup and Asia’s leading sprint race is still going strong! In fact, the R8 LMS Cup rounds at the Sepang F1 Circuit will be the season opener, before the action races off to Japan, Korea and two locations in China for this thrilling championship. 




Last year’s edition of Audi’s celebrated one-make championship was already an intense battle, with the championship truly coming down to the last race where two-time Audi R8 LMS Cup winner Alex Yoong completed a hat-trick of wins by the slimmest of margins - one single point! This season sees the action amplifying with Alex Yoong having to defend his record against not just last year’s lead challenger, Belgian Alessio Picariello and longtime rival Marchy Lee from Hong Kong, but a range of exciting new talent including former F1 driver Will Stevens (below).

The one-make sprint series is planned for 10 rounds of action across five race weekends throughout 2017 . As the leading sprint race in Asia, this one-make championship features the Audi R8 LMS, a GT3 car with more than 200 international race victories.

Since 2016, the R8 LMS Cup has featured the second-generation Audi R8 LMS, which shares around 50 percent of
its technical base with the Audi R8 street car. It is based on the R8 V10 and also has the same aluminium Audi Space Frame chassis.

The Audi R8 LMS Cup is operated by Audi China and is part of the Audi Sport customer racing Asia programme. Qualifying for Rounds 1 and 2 will begin at 10:35 and 11:00 respectively on Saturday, May 6 with Round 1 of the R8 LMS Cup flagging off at 16:45 on Saturday, May 6, and Round 2 at 12.50 on Sunday, May 7 (all times UTC +8).

Date/Time:   www.audir8lmscup.com 
10.00 – 20.00 / Saturday (May 6, 2017)
Qualifying for Rounds 1 and 2 are at 10.35 & 11.00 respectively
Audi R8 LMS Cup Round 1 flags off at 16.45

10.00 – 14.00 / Sunday (May 7, 2017)
Audi R8 LMS Cup Round 1 flags off at 12.50




MEDIA RELEASE
Audi R8 LMS Cup 2017 Flags Off at Sepang with Established Stars and New Faces

 Sixth season of Audi R8 LMS Cup championship returns to Sepang

International Circuit for season opener

 Reigning champion and local hero Alex Yoong renews last season’s

rivalry with Alessio Picariello and Martin Rump

 Former Formula 1 driver Will Stevens debuts, representing WRT Asia

 Round 1 and 2 of the Audi R8 LMS Cup will be broadcast live on May

6 and 7 respectively at www.audir8lmscup.com

Kuala Lumpur, April 25, 2017 – Asia’s leading motorsport stars will be joined by

some of the world’s hottest young talent in the Audi R8 LMS Cup’s sixth season.

The one-make sprint series is set to cut a swathe across the region with 10

rounds of action across five race weekends.

The series champion for the past three consecutive years, Alex Yoong returns to

defend his title this year, keeping up his record of competing in every Cup season thus

far. He is joined by Alessio Picariello, who enjoyed a hugely successful debut season.

The 23 year-old MGT Team by Absolute driver topped the championship on three

occasions last season but missed out on the trophy after a dramatic season finale in

Shanghai to finish second overall.

Martin Rump of Champion Racing Team was another standout youngster from the

Cup’s 2016 season. His four race victories were the most of any driver and the 20

year-old Estonian will be looking to build on his third place overall finish in the season

ahead.

Adding to the tussles between youth and experience that played out last season in the

Cup will be former Formula One driver Will Stevens, who joins for a debut season, and

Shaun Thong, who will compete in his first full season.

Will Stevens, British former F1 driver will certainly add to the talent on display at this

year’s Audi R8 LMS Cup. Racing for the Asian arm of the prestigious Belgian team

WRT, Stevens has highly impressive credentials, being runner-up at the 24 Hours of Le

Mans last year, is an FIA World Endurance Championship race winner and managed

18 Formula One grand prix starts.

Shaun Thong, the Young Driver Development Programme participant for the Asian

platform of Audi, will race a full Cup season for the first time with Audi TEDA Racing

Team. As part of his development process the young Hong Kong native took part in the

Audi Sport TT Cup in 2015 as well as being part of the first all-Asian team to enter the

Nürburgring 24 Hours for the past two seasons, along with regular Audi R8 LMS Cup

appearances.

Audi R8 LMS Cup champion in 2012, Marchy Lee, will also return this season as part

of Team Audi Hong Kong. The co-owner of Cup service provider, Phoenix Racing Asia,

is another who has appeared in every season of the sprint series since its launch.

Cheng Congfu will also return in the FAW-VW Audi Racing Team car for 2017. The

Chinese star closed out a challenging 2016 on a high with a top 10 finish in the FIA GT

World Cup in Macau and will be looking to rediscover the form that saw him finish as

the Audi R8 LMS Cup runner-up in 2015.

As the leading sprint race in Asia, this one-make championship features the Audi R8

LMS, a GT3 car with more than 200 international race victories. It boasts a V10 engine

and a lightweight, aluminium Audi Space Frame (ASF®). Since 2016, the R8 LMS Cup

has featured the second-generation Audi R8 LMS, which shares around 50 percent of

its technical base with the Audi R8 street car.

The Audi R8 LMS Cup is operated by Audi China and is part of the Audi Sport

customer racing Asia programme. Qualifying for Rounds 1 and 2 will begin at 10:35

and 11:00 respectively on Saturday, May 6 with Round 1 of the R8 LMS Cup flagging

off at 16:45 on Saturday, May 6, and Round 2 at 12.50 on Sunday, May 7 (all times

UTC +8).

Fans around the world can watch both races live at www.audir8lmscup.com.

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