Beijing, September 23, 2019 – Chinese Audi Sport Asia driver Chen Weian will continue his eye-catching rise in the world of GT3 competition this November when he makes his FIA GT World Cup debut with Audi Sport Asia Team TSRT. Held as part of the Macau Grand Prix, Chen will be part of a four-strong Audi R8 LMS GT3 assault on the world’s most prestigious GT sprint race, as the brand with the four rings pursues its fifth Macau GT Cup victory on the 6.2km Guia street circuit.
“Chen Weian’s entry with Audi Sport Asia Team TSRT reflects Tianshi Racing Team’s strong ambitions to make their mark on the highest levels of GT racing,” said Martin Kuehl, Director of Audi Sport customer racing Asia. “The very strong driver line-up from Audi Sport underlines the importance of this event on the global calendar.”
Chen, who only contested his first full season of GT competition in 2017, when he took the Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup Am+ title on debut, will join three further Audi Sport entries in Macau for the November 14 – 17 Grand Prix.
Making his second appearance on the Guia circuit with Audi Sport Team WRT will be 21-year-old Belgian Dries Vanthoor, eighth on his debut last year and younger brother of 2016 FIA GT World Cup winner for Audi, Laurens.
Vanthoor will be joined by fellow 2019 Suzuka 10 Hours winner Kelvin van der Linde. The 23-year-old South African was recently crowned the 2019 ADAC GT Masters champion and will be making his Macau debut with Audi Sport Team Rutronik.
Sixth on his debut at Macau last year, this time round Germany’s Christopher Haase is entered with Team Phoenix Racing.
Audi has so far won the Macau GT Cup four times since the race began in 2008, starting with three consecutive victories between 2011 and 2013. After the race was designated the FIA GT World Cup in 2015, Laurens Vanthoor took a fourth win for Audi the following year.
Further Audi entries for the Macau Grand Prix will be announced in the coming weeks.