Penbay, October 15, 2016 – Alex Yoong of Audi TEDA Racing Team will start from pole in Round 9 of the Audi R8 LMS Cup after recording the fastest Superpole lap on Saturday at the Penbay International Circuit. Just one-tenth of a second separated the Superpole lap times of the four fastest drivers.
“As we approach the end of the season, tensions are high. There is no room for error as the drivers attempt to stay in championship contention,” said Bernd Goeres, Director of Audi Sport customer racing Asia.
Rahel Frey of Castrol Racing Team and Martin Rump of Champion Racing Team set the pace during both free practice sessions and were able to carry that form into qualifying to clinch second and third positions on the grid for Round 9. While Frey will not be carrying success ballast in the race, reigning champion, Yoong (50 kilogrammes), and Rump (35 kilogrammes) will be weighed down in Round 9 due to their podium positions in the previous race in Korea. Alessio Picariello of MGT Team by Absolute will start from fourth, ensuring that four of the top five in the championship fill out the first two rows.
Despite entering Round 9 in second place overall, Marchy Lee of Team Audi Hong Kong struggled to find his form during qualifying and will start the race from seventh. Ahead of him on the third row are China’s Cheng Congfu of FAW-VW Audi Racing Team and Jan Kisiel of KCMG. The Polish Audi Sport TT Cup champion was second-fastest in the first qualifying session, but was unable to follow up in Superpole and will start in sixth.
In the Am Cup, local hero and classification leader Jeffrey Lee of Team Audi Volkswagen Taiwan took one more step towards the title during qualifying, claiming pole position in the Am Cup. A double-victory on Sunday would secure him the championship in front of his home fans. Competing for the first time in the second-generation Audi R8 LMS, Rick Yoon of Phoenix Racing Asia recorded the second-fastest lap in the class. He will be pursued from the rolling start by the Absolute Racing duo, Johnson Huang and Vincent Floirendo.
Kevin Chen of KCMG will not be able to take part in the Taiwan races as his car sustained considerable damage during a practice session and it will not be able to be repaired in time.
Round 9 will kick off at 10:20 on Sunday, October 16, with Round 10 taking place at 14:00 (all times UTC+8).
Fans around the world can watch the action live at www.audir8lmscup.com, www.audi-motorsport.com (English) and on streaming partners’ video portals, LeSports, PPTV and Youku (Chinese), with coverage starting 15 minutes before the races begin.
The Audi R8 LMS Cup is operated by Audi China and is part of the Audi Sport customer racing Asia programme. The championship is run in cooperation with FAW-Volkswagen Audi, Audi Hong Kong, Audi Korea, Audi Taiwan and Audi Malaysia.
The series is supported by Castrol Edge, Michelin, MasterCard, CTVS and auto motor und sport.
2016 Audi R8 LMS Cup
Penbay International Circuit, Taiwan
Starting Grid for Round 9
1. 1/Alex YOONG/Malaysia/Audi TEDA Racing Team
2. 66/Rahel FREY/Switzerland/Castrol Racing Team
3. 18/Martin RUMP/Estonia/Champion Racing Team
4. 6/Alessio PICARIELLO/Belgium/MGT Team by Absolute
5. 99/CHENG Congfu (Franky)/China/FAW-VW Audi Racing Team
6. 43/Jan KISIEL/Poland/KCMG
7. 88/Marchy LEE/Hong Kong/Audi Hong Kong
8. 8/Aditya PATEL/India/Team Audi R8 LMS Cup
9. 7/Jeffrey LEE/Chinese Taipei/Am/Team Audi Volkswagen Taiwan
10. 11/Kyong-Ouk YOU/South Korea/Team Audi Korea
11. 38/YOON Sanghwi (Rick)/Italy/Am/Phoenix Racing Asia
12. 51/Johnson HUANG/Chinese Taipei/Am/Absolute Racing
13. 55/Vincent FLOIRENDO/Philippines/Am/EN Sport by Absolute
Am = Amateur Cup competitor
Overall classification before Round 9 – Top 10
1. Alex YOONG – 121
2. Marchy LEE – 109
3. Alessio PICARIELLO – 108
4. Martin RUMP – 95
5. Rahel FREY –94
6. CHENG Congfu (Franky) – 56
7. Jan KISIEL – 55
8. Edoardo MORTARA - 44
9. Aditya PATEL – 44
10. Kyong-Ouk YOU – 23
Am Cup classification before Round 9 – Top 3
1. Jeffrey LEE – 169
2. SUN Jing Zu – 110
3. Vincent FLOIRENDO – 97
Masters Cup classification before Round 9 – Top 3
1. Daniel BILSKI – 51
2. Chun Hua CHEN (Kevin) – 50
3. YOON Sanghwi (Rick) – 36
Team Cup classification before Round 9 – Top 3
1. Audi TEDA Racing Team – 121
2. Audi Hong Kong Team – 109
3. MGT Team by Absolute – 108
Race success ballast for Round 9:
1. Alex YOONG: 50 kg
2. Martin RUMP: 35 kg
3. Marchy LEE: 20 kg