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Published on August 28th, 2015 | by Subhash Nair

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Audi R8 LMS Cup Heats Up in Sepang

The Audi R8 LMS Cup returns to action in what is proving to be the most competitive season in the sprint race series’ history. With six different winners in as many races, the fight for the 2015 title is as close as it’s ever been. India’s Aditya Patel leads the charge ahead of Thomas Fjordbach and Franky Cheng, who have both been in superb form recently. Hot on their heels comes Malaysian hero and reigning champion Alex Yoong – fourth overall – who will be trying to snatch victory and resume his title defence in front of an enthusiastic home crowd.

Malaysia has been a mainstay of the R8 LMS Cup since its inception in 2012

As the championship heads into the second half of the season with Rounds 8 and 9 at the Sepang International Circuit, the hunt for points is guaranteed to be ferocious.

Patel jumped to the top of the Drivers Classification following a solid weekend last month during the Cup’s debut in Taiwan. But despite his consistent results, Patel is the only one of the Cup’s top six drivers who has yet to score an outright victory, and the Team Audi R8 LMS Cup driver will be gunning for all-out glory as he makes his sportscar debut on the 5.543-km circuit.

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Just four points behind Patel is fellow series newcomer Fjordbach. Competing for Federal-Mogul Motorparts Racing, the young Dane celebrated his maiden Cup victory in Round 7. Third in the Drivers Classification is Chinese motorsport star Franky Cheng of FAW-VW Audi Racing Team. Cheng scored a trio of podium finishes in Taiwan last month, including his first win of the season, to make impressive strides in his championship campaign. Former Formula 1 driver Yoong of Audi TEDA Racing Team, who began his title defense with a victory in Round 1, is a mere four points behind Cheng.

Alex Yoong (MAL) Audi TEDA Racing Team at Audi R8 LMS Cup, Penbay International Circuit, Taiwan, 3-5 July 2015.

Female Swiss GT specialist Rahel Frey rounds out the top five and makes a welcome return to the Cup having missed the three races in Penbay due to Audi commitments in Germany. Having scored a thrilling victory in Round 4 earlier this season, Frey of Castrol Racing Team is hungry for a second win – and the valuable championship points that accompany it. 2012 Audi R8 LMS Cup champion Marchy Lee of Audi Hong

Kong Team is seventh as he readies himself to mount a challenge for a second coveted championship title. As the championship battle set to heat up under scorching Malaysian sun, the country’s fans will have plenty to cheer about, with the two races featuring local hero Yoong.

Alex Yoong (MAL) Audi TEDA Racing Team at Audi R8 LMS Cup, Zhuhai, China, 22  March 2015.

Founded in 2012, the Audi R8 LMS Cup is the first one-make series from the brand with the Four Rings. The intriguing international field features champions at the top of their game, young talents ready to shine, and passionate enthusiasts. Battles throughout the field highlight this exciting mix of drivers, and make next weekend’s line-up must-watch racing. Following the summer break, the 18-strong grid is raring to go, and under scorching heat and humidity at Sepang, driver fitness is expected to again come into play as it did in Penbay.

Fans at home and around the world can catch the Audi R8 LMS Cup with a live stream on www.audir8lmscup.com and on Cup partner sites LeTV and PPTV

Rounds 8 and 9 of the Audi R8 LMS Cup will be held as part of the Asian Festival of Speed. With qualifying and Superpole set for Saturday, September 5, both sprint races will take place on Sunday, September 6, with Round 8 a rolling start and Round 9, a standing start.

Rounds 8&9 Provisional Entry List

1/Alex YOONG/MAL/Audi TEDA Racing Team

5/Andrew KIM/KOR/E-Rain Racing Team

6/Kimi QIN/CHN/SCC Sportscar Club

7/Jeffrey LEE/TPE/4R/Team Audi Volkswagen Taiwan

8/Aditya PATEL/IND/4R/Team Audi R8 LMS Cup

11/Kyong-Ouk YOU/KOR/4R/Audi Korea

12/Alex AU/HKG/Am/CTVS Racing Team

24/David CHENG/USA/Michelin Racing Team

38/Rick YOON/ITA/Team Chengdu New Elements

39/Stefano MONTESI/ITA/4R/Team Betterlife

51/Johnson HUANG/TPE/Am/BC Racing

54/Thomas FJORDBACH/DEN/Federal-Mogul Motorparts Racing

59/Daniel Bilski/AUS/Am/B-Quik Racing

66/Rahel FREY/SUI/Castrol Racing Team

68/ MAK Hing Tak/HKG/Am/KAMLUNG Racing

77/Jacky YEUNG/HKG/Am/Tiger Racing Team

88/Marchy LEE/HKG/4R/Audi Hong Kong Team

99/Franky CHENG/FAW-VW Audi Racing Team

 

2015 Audi R8 LMS Cup

Overall Classification after Round 7 – Top 10

  1. Aditya PATEL – 80
  1. Thomas FJORDBACH – 76
  1. Franky CHENG – 68
  1. Alex YOONG – 64
  1. Rahel FREY – 44
  1. Edoardo MORTARA – 42
  1. Marchy LEE – 38
  1. Jean-Karl VERNAY – 32
  1. Kyong-Ouk YOU – 32
  1. Stefano MONTESI – 32

 

Am Cup Classification after Round 7 – Top 3

  1. Ashraff DEWAL – 106
  1. Daniel BILSKI – 98
  1. Alex AU – 74

 

Team Cup Classification after Round 7 – Top 3

  1. FAW-VW Audi Racing Team/4R – 100
  1. Castrol Racing Team – 86
  1. Team Audi R8 LMS Cup/4R – 80


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