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 [...]
Shanghai, October 16th, 2017 – OD Racing pair Aditya Patel and Mitch Gilbert started off the weekend with an outside chance of clinching the title and they did everything they needed to be done. Patel and Gilbert won both Blancpain GT Series Asia races at the Zhejiang International Circuit, finishing one point shy of the title on a very wet race weekend.
Going into the season’s final weekend in third place in the Drivers Championship, 28 points shy of fellow Audi R8 LMS GT3 runners Marchy Lee and Shaun Thong, the OD Racing pair needed to be on top form again. On Friday’s Qualifying they showed their true colors, with Patel conquering the second place for race one grid and Gilbert taking the fifth pole-position of the season for Abso [...]
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 [...]
Shanghai, 24th September 2017 – Absolute Racing celebrated the second consecutive Teams’ Championship on the Shanghai-based squad’s home circuit during an action-packed 2017 Formula Masters Series season finale.
Daniel Lu and James Yu were in title contention ahead of the last event of the season at the Shanghai International Circuit but title chances ended early for Yu after an accident on Saturday’s opening race. The Chinese driver car was not repairable in time for the second contest of the day.
Following a great effort from Absolute Racing technical crew overnight, the #5 Tatuus was back on track on Sunday. Round 17 pole-sitter Yu scored two eight-place positions, finishing fourth in [...]
Shanghai, September 24th, 2017 – Absolute Racing serviced teams made a spectacular return to the podium last weekend collecting two overall and two class podiums at its home track Shanghai during an action-packed and changeable weather conditions weekend of the 2017 Blancpain GT Asia Series season.
Saturday’s qualifying sessions saw OD Racing drivers qualify inside the top six, with Mitch Gilbert securing third on the race one grid and Aditya Patel three place further back, in P6, for the second race.
On Saturday afternoon, the mixed weather conditions played havoc with strategy, leaving the teams facing a difficult tire choice right before the start. Starting with slicks on a wet track, Gilb [...]
SHANGHAI, 2nd of October – Absolute Racing run Team StarChase driver Philip Hamprecht narrowly missed out on a podium finish in Round 11 of the 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia at the Sepang International Circuit. The 20 year-old German wasn’t able to convert his pole position into a win, but was able to claim an important fourth-place finish.
With weather conditions playing a significant part over the weekend, a dry Qualifying on Saturday saw Hamprech record the fastest time, repeating the feat of Fuji’s weekend.
Thai driver Tanart Sathienthirakul in the #15 sister Absolute Racing machine set a respectable seventh fastest time on the clock, with Yuan Bo, who had his be [...]
SHANGHAI, 18th of September – Team StarChase’s Philip Hamprecht claimed his maiden Porsche Carrera Cup Asia win in Saturday night’s Round 9 on a weekend that Tanart Sathienthirakul e Team C&D Auto’s Yuan Bo collected important points for the championship standings.
As the lights went out for the first and only night race of the season, Hamprecht, who qualified fifth, quickly moved up to fourth. The German driver stayed there for the rest of the 12-lap race. But the best was yet to come.
Following a post-race review by race stewards, the top-three finishers received 30-second penalties for late race infractions. Hamprecht has been promoted to first place, marking his first race win of this season and in the Carrera Cup Asia. With this win, Absolute Racing won in [...]
PCCA celebrates ten years at Singapore Marina Bay debut for Tanart Sathienthirakul and Philip Hamprecht Yuan Bo looking to turn speed into results
SHANGHAI, 14th of September – The Lion City is the destination for the Absolute Racing serviced teams this coming weekend that marks the beginning of the second half of the 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia (PCCA).
The race in support of the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix is among the highlights of the 2017 PCCA calendar, which saw the first meetings take place in Shanghai, Fuji, Sepang and in the streets of Bangsaen.
Singapore’s PCCA race is celebrating its 10th edition this year. It became the most famous races on the calendar and it’s easy to see why. On a mercil [...]