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.
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+
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, October 4th, 2017 – The Absolute Racing teams finished the 2017 Audi R8 LMS Cup season in the top three spots, following another strong performance in the season finale at Zhejiang Circuit, China.
With newly-crowned champion Alessio Picariello of MGT by Absolute taking the 2017 overall title in Shanghai last month, the race for the overall Audi R8 LMS Cup runner-up position went down to the wire in the season-closing Round 10, with four drivers still in contention, including OD Racing’s Mitch Gilbert and FAW-VW Audi Racing Team’s Franky Cheng Congfu.
Starting from the pole-position for the last round of the season, Gilbert had the upper hand and he didn’t waste the opportunity. The Malaysian-born driver, who was handed a post-race pena [...]
Fourth win of the season gives the title to Picariello Absolute Racing kept the “1-2-3” in the championship standings Double win in the AM Class for Sun Jingzu
Shanghai, September 11th, 2017 – MGT by Absolute’s Alessio Picariello has been crowned the 2017 Audi R8 LMS Cup Champion after producing a sensational drive in the Round 8 at the Shanghai International Circuit.
The Belgian driver had to win the final race of the Shanghai weekend to be crown champion. The odds seemed stacked against the MGT by Absolute driver, who started the race in 3rd place, but the 24-year-old driver went on a relentless attack that would prove fruitful after 30-minute of nerve ra [...]
Absolute Racing races on home soil Mission is to keep and extend series lead Team will run a total of six cars at Shanghai
Shanghai, September 5th, 2017 – The penultimate race weekend of the 2017 Audi R8 LMS Cup takes place next weekend at the Shanghai Audi International Circuit. Absolute Racing will enter six cars for what is going to be the team’s home race in the Cup.
The ultra-modern Shanghai International Circuit – the home of the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix – is also the second home of Absolute Racing in People’s Republic of China. Its long and technical layout, dominated by a 1,17km straight, with long acceleration zones that demand efficient aerodynamics and high top-speed capabilities link mid-speed corners, which re [...]
Absolute Racing serviced teams want to keep the form Picariello, Lee and Bhurit B. lead PRO, AM+ and AM classes The team will run a total of six cars
Shanghai, July 12th, 2017 – As the Audi R8 LMS Cup heads towards Yeongam, 400km south of the Korean capital Seoul, the six Absolute Racing serviced teams are looking to repeat the stunning performance of last month in Suzuka.
Absolute Racing serviced Audi R8 LMS stole the show in the Cup’s first visit to the Suzuka International Circuit, winning both races and leaving Japan on the top of the championship standings.
The former home of Korea’s Formula One Grand Prix is a challenging track, with sector 1 being mainly straights and sectors 2 and 3 being combinations of medium speed corn [...]
Double win for Absolute Racing serviced teams Big score for race winner Picariello Cheng heads team’s first 1-2-3
Suzuka, June 11th, 2017 – The seven Absolute Racing serviced teams stole the show in the Audi R8 LMS Cup’s first visit to the Suzuka International Circuit, winning both races and leaving Japan on the top of the championship standings.