Audi R8 LMS one-two overall finish at Zhuhai Motorsport Association round two

09/20/2020

  • STS Motorsport Crew’s Yang Baijie takes overall victory
  • Teammate Chen Yinian second overall after exciting battle
  • TCR victory for Liang Yongchao in TSRT Audi RS 3 LMS

Zhuhai, September 20, 2020 – The double Audi R8 LMS entry from STS Motorsport Crew proved unbeatable in the headlining Class A race at the Zhuhai Motorsport Association (ZMA) round two. Yang Baijie and Chen Yinian finished first and second overall, also claiming GTC (A3) honours, after an eye-catching battle at the front of the field. On an eventful day at Southern China’s Zhuhai International Circuit, Tianshi Racing Team’s (TSRT) Liang Yongchao took his Audi RS 3 LMS to a TCR class (A5) victory.

“Today we saw a really exciting battle at the front of the field between Yang Baijie and Chen Yinian of STS Motorsport Crew. Both drivers managed the race well and put on a great show with lots of overtaking”, said Alexander Blackie, Manager of Audi Sport customer racing Asia. “Congratulations also to TSRT for the TCR win with Liang Yongchao.”

There was disappointment for TSRT’s Billy Lo in the Audi R8 LMS GT3. After a strong start to the weekend, which saw him top the timesheets in both opening practice sessions, he was ultimately unable to start Sunday’s race after making heavy contact with the wall during the second free practice run.

Race report

As the cars were released at the rolling start, Chen Yinian made a lightning getaway from P3, first diving past teammate Yang Baijie and then the polesitter to snatch the race lead. Chen wasted no time in stamping his authority on proceedings, pulling a gap of more than 2.3 seconds by the end of the opening lap before setting the fastest lap of the race.

Yang clearly had a pace advantage on the second-placed runner and waited to make his move, getting by on lap four, then heading off in pursuit of Chen. However, Chen’s advantage out front was immediately lost when the safety car was called out on the same lap while a stranded car was recovered.

At the restart on lap seven, Chen and Yang led the field away, the STS Motorsport Crew duo ably demonstrating the power of the Audi R8 LMS by quickly pulling clear of the pack.

As the race leaders came up on the back markers, Yang was able to close up to Chen, eating into his advantage and setting the stage for what was a thrilling final five laps.

As the STS Motorsport Crew team looked on, the teammates engaged in a nail-biting cat and mouse duel. On the penultimate lap, Yang made his move, diving past Chen and seizing the lead. Chen mounted a spirited counter attack, almost snatching back the lead on the final lap, but Yang held firm, crossing the line 1.341 seconds ahead of his rival to take the overall and GTC class victories.

Behind them, Liang Yongchao held off strong challenges to claim the TCR class win, coming home fifth overall in his RS 3 LMS.

Liang’s TCR class win puts him seventh on the inaugural Audi Sport Asia Trophy leaderboard on 625 points.

The final round of the Zhuhai Motorsport Association club race season will be held at the Zhuhai International Circuit on December 11-13.

Zhuhai Motorsport Association Class A round two overall classification

1. YANG Baijie/STS Motorsport Crew/Audi R8 LMS (A3 class)
2. CHEN Yinian/STS Motorsport Crew/Audi R8 LMS (A3 class)
5. LIANG Yongchao/TSRT/Audi RS 3 LMS (A5 class)
9. CHEN Shaohang/Landsail Motorsport/Audi R8 LMS (A3 class)

DNF/HUANG Zijun/TPR Racing/Audi RS 3 LMS (A5 class)
DNS/Billy LO/TSRT/Audi R8 LMS GT3 (A1 class)