Tanart Sathienthirakul will compete in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia for a second consecutive full season having completed a deal with Absolute Racing.
Last season the 25-year-old driver Thailand debuted in the series with Absolute Racing, finishing seventh in the Overall Class standings, and both parties are now happy to announce the continuation of his partnership with the team.
For 2018 the championship will be more challenging than ever before with the introduction of a new and even more powerful 911 GT3 Cup. Nevertheless, with a strong showing in the Sepang pre-season testing, Tanart and Absolute Racing have made their intentions clear for the approaching season.
The seventh season of Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup kicked off this weekend in the streets of Adelaide with the Asian fleet managed by Absolute Racing taking the weekend’s honours.
Series newcomer Andrew Haryanto was the first winner of the season and, as the highest overall points-scorer in the Australian rounds, the Indonesian has secured a drive on the Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup team in the 2019 Total 24 Hours of Spa– a reward on offer to the highest points-scorer in each country on the Cup’s 2018 calendar.
The first ever visit to Australia was without a doubt one of the most challenging events in the Cup history, featuring two 17-lap races along the 3.2 kilometre temporary racing circuit – a venue completely surrounded by unforgiving concrete walls. This was a very physically demanding event for the drivers due to the demanding Adelaide street circuit layout and the usual warm ambient temperatures in March.
Bao Jing Long will contest 2018 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia driving an Absolute Racing prepared Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Gen 2) under Zheng Tong Auto Team banner.
Chinese driver Bao Jing Long is hoping to improve on last year’s performance. A successful winter testing at Sepang in beginning of the year was key to convince the team and the driver to join forces in 2018.
Absolute Racing has been a powerhouse in the Porsche China supported series. Absolute Racing serviced teams won the championship in both Class A and B in 2013, and finished second runner up in 2014 and 2015, repeating the overall and Class B wins in 2016. Last season Absolute Racing serviced teams celebrated race wins at Singapore and Shanghai, fi [...]
SHANGHAI, 28th of February, 2018 – Everything is set for an exciting seventh season of the Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup. On the challenging 3.129km Adelaide Street Circuit in Australia eight Absolute Racing-managed Audi R8 will start their engines for the first round of the single-make championship operated by Audi Sport customer racing Asia.
This season the one-make series fields Audi R8 LMS’ in GT3 and GT4 configuration, with the GT4 variant set to make its debut both in the series and in competition on Australian soil. In 2018, Absolute Racing manages the Cup’s Asian-based line up.
Back to contest a record-setting seventh consecutive season is Jeffrey Lee. Team Audi Volkswagen Taiwan representative will become the only driver to have appeared in every Cup season since its debut in 2012 – when he won the first-ever Am Cup title. He took his second Am title in 2016, and last year finished runner-up in the Am+
Absolute Racing has confirmed it will enter a pair of Audi R8 LMS GT3s in Blancpain GT Series Asia this year.
The team ran a variety of cars on behalf of themselves and others last season, but most notably the OD Racing Audi driven by Aditya Patel and Mitch Gilbert who missed out on the overall Drivers’ title by just one point. J-Fly by Absolute Racing driver Alessio Picariello also starred en route to three pole positions in five outings.
While Absolute’s driver crews are yet to be confirmed, the team is expected to field both Pro/Am and Silver Cup pairings.
Team boss Fabien Fior believes last season’s championship experience and deep understanding of the Aud [...]
Absolute Racing is proud to confirm that the team will be on the grid for the inaugural 2018 Formula 3 Asian Championship certified by FIA following the official launch of the series last Friday.
The Sepang, Shanghai and Zhuhai based squad, who have a huge amount of race winning experience in singles seaters, will add this new junior formula to its racing programmes in Audi R8 LMS Cup, Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and Blancpain GT Series Asia.
The addition of this championship will bolster the FIA single-seater pyramid in the region, giving the most talented local or overseas junior drivers an ideal next step in their careers.
As a major player in one of the fastest growing sports in Asia, Absolute Racing has been ab [...]
Beijing, January 22, 2018 – Chinese actor and pop star Han Geng will enter the 2018 Audi R8 LMS Cup. Han will pilot a Hard Memory Hero Super Car Team Audi R8 LMS GT4, entered as part of a previously-announced two-car line-up from official Cup partner NINE Entertainment. The Chinese ace, who competed in last season’s China GT Championship, will face a strong line-up of privateers from Asia, Australia and Europe in the Cup’s seventh season.
“Han Geng is a successful artist and also a great guy, who shares our passion for motorsport. He is a strong addition to our field of dedicated privateer racers for the 2018 Audi R8 LMS Cup. Han Geng, welcome.” said Martin Kuehl, Director of Audi Sport customer racing Asia.
Leading Chinese film and TV production company, NINE Entertainment, has been announced as an official series partner of the Audi R8 LMS Cup for 2018. NINE Entertainment’s CEO Alex Yan became the first Asian Audi R8 LMS GT4 customer when he received one of the race cars – from the first batch of 12 produced worldwide – at an Audi Sport customer racing event in Neuburg, Germany today.
The race car will be entered into the 2018 Audi R8 LMS Cup by team Hard Memory, which becomes the Cup’s first GT4 team. The team takes its name from a Chinese TV show produced by NINE Entertainment, with the car to be piloted in the Cup in 2018 by a Chinese star from the company’s roster.
Beijing, November 16, 2017 – The Audi R8 LMS Cup has announced its 10-round 2018 calendar that spans three continents and takes in some of the world’s premier events. With debuts in Australia at the Adelaide 500 and in Europe at the Nürburgring 24 Hours, the Cup’s seventh season also includes two China double-headers in Ningbo and Shanghai. The championship will then come to a crescendo under the floodlights of its first night race at the season finale in Malaysia.
The season also includes the new Shanghai 888 endurance race as an invitational event for Cup competitors.
“The 2018 edition of the Audi R8 LMS Cup underlines our commitment to offering our customers dynamic, challenging [...]
SHANGHAI, 5th of November – Absolute Racing-run Team StarChase made a spectacular return to the top step of the podium last weekend at its home track Shanghai International Circuit during an action-packed finale to the 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia season. Philip Hamprecht won the last race of the season as team-mates Yuan Bo and Tanart Sathienthirakul offered glimpses of their true pace.
Starting from fourth place on the grid in race one, Hamprech had a good start, moving up to third place in the opening lap. However Hamprecht’s aspirations of a podium finish were destroyed on lap 4 when he went too wide on the hairpin trying to defend his third position. The German slipped back a little in som [...]