Zhuhai/Motegi/Ningbo, September 15, 2019 – Audi Sport customers have taken an impressive haul of overall race wins, championship victories, class wins and podiums across Asia this weekend. The glut of silverware came across a weekend that saw over 14 Audi Sport customer racing vehicles entered across five different championships in China and Japan.
It was a weekend to remember for the Audi Sport customer teams at the Pan Delta Racing Festival at China’s Zhuhai International Circuit. Audi Sport Asia driver David Chen secured two overall victories in the Tianshi Racing Team (TSRT) Audi R8 LMS GT3. Zun Motorsport Crew’s Ma Ka Chun claimed the Supercar Challenge class title and Champ X T. A Motorsport’s Felipe Souza raced to the TCR championship win in his team’s Audi RS 3 LMS.
Meanwhile, X Works Racing's Philip Tang, Smart Tse and Shaun Thong won the 5 Hours of Motegi in Japan’s Super Taikyu Series. Adding to the trophy haul, Liqui Moly Team NewFaster’s Terry Huang took a TCR China Series podium to extend his championship lead at the Ningbo International Speedpark in China.
“It’s been a very strong weekend for Audi Sport customers, and we extend our congratulations to them for their three championship victories, three overall race wins and multiple additional podiums and class wins,” said Martin Kuehl, Director of Audi Sport customer racing Asia. “The performances underline the skillset of our customers in the region. It is a privilege to work with such teams in the Audi Sport customer racing Asia programme.”
At the Circuit Hero season finale in Zhuhai, China - held as part of the Pan Delta Racing Festival - David Chen of TSRT was peerless in taking back-to-back race wins. The first was from pole and the second, even more impressively, was from eighth on the grid.
Despite switching to the top level GT3 class for the weekend in the team’s 2019 Audi R8 LMS, Chen’s performances earlier in the season in the team’s R8 LMS Cup car saw him take the series’ GTC championship title for the third successive year.
There were further overall podiums for the Audi R8 LMS GT3 over the weekend as Zun Motorsport Crew’s Ma Ka Chun sealed an Audi Sport customer 1-2 in Saturday’s round five, while Lin Yiming was third across the line in round six. Ma’s points over the weekend saw him crowned the series’ 2019 Supercar Challenge class champion.
In the Circuit Hero One series for touring cars, it was Champ X T. A. Motorsport’s Felipe Souza who was all smiles at the end of the weekend, winning the TCR class in the third and final race of the season. The victory saw Souza leapfrog his rival at the top of the leaderboard to be crowned the 2019 Circuit Hero One TCR champion.
Super Taikyu Series
Audi Sport customers sealed yet more success in Japan, with an overall race win in Super Taikyu Series’ 5 Hours of Motegi. The endurance victory went to the trio of Philip Tang, Smart Tse and Shaun Thong piloting an X Works Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3.
The team started in second place and briefly led after the first hour, only to fall back to fourth after spin and drive-through penalty, awarded for contact with a competitor.
The trio fought back strongly and were running second, almost two laps behind the race-leading Nissan with two and half hours to go. After a key strategic call from the team on the last pit stop helped make up time on the leader, Thong came out all guns blazing in the final stint, reeling in and passing the race leader, then storming to victory.
Meanwhile at the Ningbo International Speedpark in China, Liqui Moly Team NewFaster’s Terry Huang powered his Audi RS 3 LMS to a second-place finish in race two of the double-header. From a P4 start, Huang side-stepped the early-race drama to move up to second. Teammate Kenneth Look was sixth, ahead of Champ X T. A Motorsport’s James Wong.
In Saturday’s opening TCR China Series race, Huang crossed the line fifth after 13 laps.
Huang’s points-haul over the weekend extended his lead at the top of the championship table, with the Chinese driver now 20 points out in front heading into the October season finale in Zhuzhou.
In the FIA WTCR Race of China also held in Ningbo, it was a tough outing for the four Audi Sport entries. Frédéric Vervisch of Comtoyou Team Audi Sport took the highest finish for the four rings of the weekend, with seventh in the third race of the triple-header. That result leaves Vervisch as the highest-placed Audi Sport driver in the title hunt, with the Belgian ninth overall.