BEIJING: The Sepang International Circuit is on the 2013 calendar of the Audi R8 LMS Cup, as the race series expands from China into other Asian markets.
Following the successful premiere season in China in 2012, Audi’s first one-make race series worldwide will now visit circuits in South Korea, Malaysia and Macau.
The number of Audi R8 LMS GT3 race cars competing thus increases from 16 to more than 20.
“For us, the Audi R8 LMS Cup is an excellent ambassador for Audi’s sporting genes and technological expertise in the important Asian growth region,” says Rene Koneberg, head of the Audi R8 LMS Cup.
The series consists of 12 races held during six race weekends in 2013.
Competing for the first time at the series opener on May 4 and 5 in Zhuhai, South China, are teams from the Audi representatives from South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
The attractive mix of established professionals and ambitious gentlemen drivers is further enhanced by Hong Kong singer and actor Aaron Kwok.
The ex-Formula 1 driver from Malaysia Alex Yoong is also setting his sights on overall victory.
The Audi R8 LMS starts in 2013 with an upgrade kit that includes more engine power and modified aerodynamics.
The settings and race data from every car are transparent and visible for every driver.
“In this way, the amateurs can learn from the professionals and customer racing benefits as a whole,” says Koneberg.
The race car shares more than 50 per cent of its technical base with the production road car.
Audi Sport customer racing China provides gentlemen drivers in Asia with everything that a race driver needs – from license training courses to race ready race cars and an organisational structure to suit.
It should be noted that China is the largest single market worldwide for the brand with the four rings.
Audi delivered more than 400,000 cars to Chinese customers for the first time in 2012.
Audi R8 LMS Cup, 2013 race calendar
03–05 May, Zhuhai International Circuit, China
05–07 July, Ordos International Circuit, China
02–04 August, Inje Auto Theme Park, Korea
28–31 August, Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia
25–27 October, Shanghai International Circuit, China
09–10 November, Guia International Circuit, Macau