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
Absolute Racing are heading to Europe! The second Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup event of the season is upon us, with the teams and drivers travelling to Germany for the Round 3 & 4.
The Cup will make the European debut on May 11-12 in support of one of the most important GT races in the world – the Nürburgring 24 Hours. This event also marks the return of Absolute Racing to the continent where the sport began.
The Cup’s second double-header will be held on the 5.148 km Grand Prix configuration of the circuit. The Eifel Forest circuit demands the ultimate respect of everyone who turns a wheel on its undulating and challenging twists and turns. The weather adds an element of unpredictability that can shake things up.
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.