Leading Australian Audi racer Tony Bates will make his first foray into international motorsport competition in 2019, confirming a program for the remainder of the Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup.
Bates competed in the Australian round of the R8 LMS Cup last year, before focusing on his local GT Championship commitments for the rest of the season. But another strong showing at this year’s R8 LMS Cup season opener – where he scored his 13thwin from 16 races at the Adelaide Parklands Circuit – has given the AFS/Moveitnet/C-Tech Laser/Local Roadways/Bryant & Bryant driver the impetus to continue in the Asian-based categor [...]
The Absolute Racing endured a tough weekend during the opening round of the 2019 Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup but came out with overall podium finish and two GT4 Cup class wins at the Adelaide Parklands Street Circuit, Australia.
Alex Au returns with a podium Tough weekend for Cup favourites Haryanto and Bhirombhakdi Williamson and Tanoto share GT4 Cup wins
The weekend’s double-header marked the start of a 10-race, five-circuit season over which the all-privateer line-up will vie for the Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup titles.
Leading the Absolute Racing charge is the 2018 GT3 Cup champion Andrew Haryanto of Indonesia. Also making a return to the series is last year’s first runner up Bhurit Bhirombhakdi. Former Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup Am Cup champions Alex Au, Sun Jingzu and Daniel Bilski completed the five-car team in the GT3 Cup class this weekend.
Beijing, February 13, 2019 – Chinese internet sensation Liu Zexuan has joined the Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup’s eighth season to compete in the GT4 Cup. The 30 year-old driver will be aiming to build on his impressive Cup debut in 2018 with Absolute Racing, when he secured back-to-back wins in Shanghai. Liu has become an online celebrity in China, appearing in a number of popular online reality shows, winning himself a legion of fans and followers.
In his new role with Audi, he will also represent Audi Sport customer racing Asia as an ambassador in China, the brands’ largest market worldwide.
“We warmly welcome Liu Zexuan into the Audi Sport customer racing Asia family. As well as being a key influencer in the o [...]
Indonesia’s Andrew Haryanto has been crowned the 2018 Audi R8 LMS Cup champion to close out a dramatic weekend at the Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia.
The ProMax Team driver victories in the last two races of the season secured him the title by just five points from rival Bhurit Bhirombhakdi of Singha Plan-B by Absolute Racing. Third in the final standings was Yasser Shahin.
Heading into the final rounds, Haryanto was 11 points behind Bhirombhakdi. Determined to earn his first Cup title, under the lights of Sepang Circuit, Haryanto took his second victory of the year to close the gap to just two points from Bhirombhakdi, who was third across the line.
On Sunday Haryanto claimed his third win of the season, while Bhirombhakdi was second at the flag. The Indonesian season-best performance not only propelled him to the year-end title, but also earned him a one-of-a-kind production Audi R8 road car.
The battle for the 2018 Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup GT3 championship title goes down to the wire this weekend with a double-header season finale at Malaysia’s 5.54km Sepang International Circuit.
Four Absolute Racing drivers remain in contention for the title – points leader Bhurit Bhirombhakdi of Singha Plan-B by Absolute Racing, ProMax Team’s Andrew Haryanto, The Bend Motorsport Park’s Yasser Shahin and Sun Jingzu, with the winner receiving a one-of-a-kind production Audi R8.
At Saturday’s round nine night-race and Sunday’s round ten, another glittering prize is on offer – the final seat for the Cup’s “Road to Spa” programme. The top-scoring driver at [...]
► Runner-up Yasser Shahin secures Road to Spa seat by single point ► Bhurit Bhirombhakdi extends Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup championship lead with fourth place finish ► Anderson Tanoto on cusp of first-ever GT4 Cup title; Ryan Liu completes flawless class debut
Singha Plan-B by Absolute Racing driver Bhurit Bhirombhakdi thundered to his fourth victory of the 2018 Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup season, winning round seven at the 5.451km Shanghai International Circuit and soaring to the top of the championship leaderboard with three races r [...]
Sun Jingzu and Bhurit Bhirombhakdi shared the wins at Ningbo International Speedpark to make it a fine weekend for the Absolute Racing contingent in the Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup.
On Saturday, even carrying the 20kg of success ballast, Sun Jingzu emerged victorious in Round 5. Fresh from a solid performance in the Suzuka 10 Hours, the Chinese driver conquered maiden overall win in the series. Second, following a valiant charge to the podium after being shunted to the back of the pack, was Australian Yasser Shahin. This weekend was the first that the The Bend Motorsport Park liveried Audi R8 LMS GT3 was technically supported by Absolute Racing.
Taking the final podium place was championship points-leader, ProMax Team’s Andrew Haryanto, who crossed the line first but was handed a 30-second post-race penalty for a first turn clash with pole-sitter Bhurit Bhirombhakdi. Even carrying the full 50kg of success ballast, the Thai driver fought back,
Location: Shanghai International Circuit Dates*: 10-12 July; 21-23 August; 11-13 September; 30 October
Location: Ningbo International Speedpark Dates*: 1-5, 10, 18-19, 23, 25-26 and 30 July
Location: Zhuhai International Circuit Dates*: 7-15 July; 8-10 & 25-26 August; 20-23 September; 13-28 October
The mighty Audi R8 LMS GT3 hits China for customer test days alongside the first ever China test days for the new Audi R8 LMS GT4.
The Audi R8 LMS GT3
The Audi R8 LMS GT3 is a giant of customer racing worldwide, with well over 150 international race wins and countless series championships under its belt including at the world’s most prestigious races and events: winning the FIA GT Worl [...]
Absolute Racing celebrated another superb win and a double podium at Buriram, during an action-packed second joint event of the 2018 GT Asia Series and Thailand Super Series.
Following a strong start of the season in Sepang, Absolute Racing line ups presented in great shape at the Chang International Circuit right from the beginning.
In the first qualifying session on Friday, Cheng Congfu put the #13 Absolute Racing Audi R8 LMS on pole position for the first race of the weekend. Adderly Fong (#155 EN Sports by Absolute Racing Audi R8 LMS) locked out the front row for the team, 11 thousandths of a second shy of the top time. #18 est Cola by AAS Motorsport Bentley Continental GT3 of Kantadhee Kusiri, technically supported by Absolute Racing, qualified in fou [...]
Bhurit Bhirombhakdi was the “Ringmeister” this past weekend in the Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup double-header at the 5.148 km Grand Prix configuration of the Nürburgring circuit. Singha Plan by Absolute Racing driver won both races of the weekend, joining Andrew Haryanto on the Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup team line up for 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 seven-car Asian fleet of Absolute Racing started off the weekend on right foot with Bhirombhakdi and Haryanto sharing pole-positions in the Cup first European event, where fortunately the unpredictable weather of the Eifel region didn’t come to play.
On Friday Bhirombhakdi converted his first place start into a tremendous first race win in the series as Haryanto finished second overall and kept the championship lead intact.
Further back in the field; Jeffrey Lee and Sun Jingzu showcased their