Audi has signed Chinese racing star Franky Cheng Congfu for the Audi R8 LMS Cup and the GT Asia series. The 28-year old joins Audi from Mercedes, with whom he made his DTM (the German Touring Car Championship) debut in 2010.
The 2013 Audi R8 LMS Cup is set to kick into high gear in May and the full calendar will be announced shortly. The stellar season finale will be held on the Guia street circuit in support of the 60th Macau Grand Prix in November.
Commented Director of Audi Sport customer racing in China, Rene Koneberg: “We are delighted to welcome Franky Cheng to the Audi R8 LMS Cup and to the Audi motorsport family. The addition of Franky not only reflects our strong commitment to working with the region’s best drivers in the Audi R8 LMS Cup, but our vision to further develop motorsport in China and Asia.”
The Audi R8 LMS Cup was launched in 2012. In his debut season for the first ever one-makes cup of Audi, Franky Cheng Congfu adds to the mix of sportscar professionals, fledging talent and passionate enthusiasts. Cheng joins Audi with an impressive motorsport CV, including experience racing with A1 Team China, the FIA World Endurance Championship (LMP1 class), and at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans, where he finished third in the LMP2 class in 2008.
Cheng, who has competed in both British Formula 3 and F3 Euro Series, also raced in the Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix in 2008, and will make his Guia Circuit return when the Audi R8 LMS Cup takes to the challenging 6.2 km street circuit for its final race of the season.