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Marchy Lee clinches world’s first Audi R8 LMS Cup Championship


Written by Cheryl Tay on . Posted in Cheryl Tay News | Latest Industry News

· Marchy Lee becomes first ever Audi R8 LMS Cup Champion
· Edoardo Mortara does the double as he takes lights-to-flag victory at final round
· Amateur Cup Champion Jeffrey Lee dominant again in Shanghai

Hong Kong driver Marchy Lee has become the first ever Audi R8 LMS Cup Champion after crossing the line second in today’s twelfth and final round at the Shanghai International Circuit. The winner’s honours went to Audi Driving Dreams team guest driver Edoardo Mortara who took a confident lights-to-flag victory, giving him two race wins this weekend. Third across the line and sealing his second place overall in the championship was Adderly Fong driving for the KLM Team. Malaysia’s Alex Yoong was fourth in the Audi GQ car, confirming his third place in the overall points’ standings.

The Amateur Cup had already been taken by Jeffrey Lee in Saturday’s Round 11 but second and third places in the Amateur’s Cup were confirmed respectively today for Alex Au of AK Racing and top celebrity and accomplished driver Aaron Kwok of Team Audi R8 LMS Cup. The Teams’ championship was also wrapped up today with Audi Ultra taking top honours on 229 points ahead of Audi GQ on 193 points and KLM Team on 186 points.

An exciting mix of professionals, rising stars and passionate enthusiasts, the Audi R8 LMS Cup has seen 16 drivers compete against each other in identical cars. Racing across the region with rounds at Zhuhai, Shanghai and Ordos, the series is an optimum showcase for Audi lightweight technology. Along with partner, Michelin, who introduced a first in Asian motorsport – a long life tyre which lasts over the course of an entire weekend, Audi sees the Cup as the perfect opportunity to nurture motorsport talent and demonstrate its commitment to China and its customers in the region. As a further sign of this commitment it was announced today that Audi Korea will enter an official team in the Audi R8 LMS Cup for 2013.

Commented Rene Koneberg, Director of Audi Sport customer racing China: “Audi is proud to have completed such a successful first ever single-make championship. Next year, we will go from strength to strength supporting motorsport across Asia.”

Today’s final round took place in cool but sunny conditions, a welcome contrast to the damp track of Saturday’s Round 11. As the field got away from the grid in the finishing order of the previous day’s race, it was clear that Mortara had the advantage from a clean rolling start. Determined not to interfere in the main battle for the Cup standings the Italian found himself under pressure to keep clear of the charging Audi Ultra of Marchy Lee. Lee meanwhile had the determined Fong and Yoong hot on his heels.

Further down the field, American amateur driver Dino Crescentini of Spark Motorsport spun at the start of lap 2. He rejoined at the back of the field but his chances of a second Amateur Cup win had slipped away. This left already crowned Amateur Cup Champion Jeffrey Lee and AK Racing’s title runner up Alex Au to enjoy a battle royale for podium honours.

Team Erdos Xinan’s Sun Zheng meanwhile had a storming start. The Chinese driver had received a late penalty after Saturday’s race and found himself at the back of the grid with a monumental task ahead of him. It was a challenge he seemed to relish as one by one he picked off his rivals. By lap six he was in seventh place overall and closing fast on Wang Jian Wei in the Team Betterlife car. Wang proved a tougher opponent but Sun Zheng eventually took him on lap 12, putting him in sixth place behind Team Zhe Jiang Aotong’s David Zhu whose solid race skills placed him fifth.

With the race entering its closing stages the back markers began to make their presence felt, enabling Fong to have a final but unsuccessful attempt at overhauling Lee. So as the cars took the final chequered flag of the season the top six finishers were Mortara followed by Marchy Lee, Fong, Zhu and Sun Zheng. The top Amateur Cup finishers were Jeffrey Lee, Au and star driver and personality Aaron Kwok in the Team Audi R8 LMS Cup car. Final placings for the Amateur Cup standings therefore confirmed Jeffrey Lee as Champion with runners up places going to Au and Kwok.

Quotes after Round 12:

Rene Koneberg (Director of Audi Sport customer racing China)
“We have seen some hard, close and fair racing this weekend, which is a testament to the quality of drivers and machinery in the Audi R8 LMS Cup throughout this inaugural season. Audi is proud to have completed such a successful first ever single-make championship. Next year, we will go from strength to strength supporting motorsport across Asia. To underline that, we are pleased to announce today that Audi Korea will enter an official team in the Audi R8 LMS Cup for 2013. We look forward to welcoming them to the championship and for even more close racing than we have seen this year.”

Edoardo Mortara (Audi Driving Dreams)
“The start was good and I really wanted to disappear from the others so they could have their own battle. But I think the advantage may have been a little too big. Marchy was pushing hard mid-race and then we had a few back markers to deal with but overall it was a very smooth race. Congratulations to Marchy (Lee), Adderly (Fong) and Alex (Yoong) on a great championship.”

Marchy Lee (Audi Ultra) – Audi R8 LMS Cup Champion
“Overall it was a very difficult race. Edoardo had a good start and I tried to follow but he was very fast. There was a bit of a gap between myself and Adderly but he was pushing all the time. Then we came up against a back marker and all I wanted to do was be safe so I didn’t try and go through on the first corner. They really closed the door and I tried to keep calm inside the car. Then I had Adderly right up behind me and I had to fight to keep calm and maintain control. I tried and pushed really hard for two laps to open up a gap – when I did I had to work to maintain the gap at around one second. I knew Adderly was going to push all the way and that is what he did to the end. I could see him in my rear view mirror on the last corner really pushing. It has been a very close and competitive season and to be fighting for the championship with Adderly on the last day has been exciting. I know it would have been much tougher if Alex (Yoong) had not missed a couple of races and it would certainly have been a three-way battle for the title. I’m really pleased for the team and grateful to everyone involved for making it a very special championship.”

Adderly Fong (KLM Team) – Audi R8 LMS Cup, 2nd place
“I think Marchy (Lee) and myself had a lot of pressure on the grid and we could really feel some tension. I was certainly pushing for the whole race and I had my traction control setting at two so I could keep some life in the tyres. But with 11 laps to go I turned it right down to one which made the car quite difficult in the high speed corners. I was trying to catch Marchy throughout the race but I could see he was on the edge a couple of times, as was I. Both Marchy and I were blocked by back markers during the race, but we had one each so that seemed fair. Overall, it has been great racing and I think I have been very lucky to be here competing for the championship with these great drivers.”

Alex Yoong (Audi GQ) – Audi R8 LMS Cup, 3rd place
“I have enjoyed everything about this year and if I hadn’t missed a couple of races then I may well have been in contention for the title, but we will never know. The Audi R8 LMS Cup is a great car and it has provided us with some very close racing this year.”

Jeffrey Lee (Pauian Archiland J-Fly Racing) – Audi R8 LMS Cup, Amateur Champion
“Because I won the Amateur title I will be racing as a Professional driver next year, but I don’t mind at all. Driving as Amateur or Professional there will be some fierce competition in the Audi R8 LMS Cup championship next year. There was some pressure on myself and Alex (Au) because of the leader board and through the race yesterday, and again today, there was some contact between us. But that contact only made the racing more exciting and I hope we can both race together again in the future.”

Alex Au (AK Racing) – Audi R8 LMS Cup, 2nd place Amateur
“I was expecting a nice relaxing weekend but there was some contact between Jeffrey (Lee) and myself in the first race. I was expecting it to be easier today, but Jeffrey (Lee) told me he was being easy on me! Jeffrey and I traded places but then my car started to feel quite bad. I lost another place and then had a spin. It wasn’t until we got back to the pits at the end of the race that I found out I had a puncture on my front right tyre.”

Aaron Kwok (Team Audi R8 LMS Cup) – Audi R8 LMS Cup, 3rd place Amateur
“This first season has been exciting for me and every part of it has been a highlight. If I am spinning, overtaking or going off onto the grass, it has all been an experience to enjoy. It has also been a good opportunity to learn more about driving by being with such great drivers who have helped me improve and become a better driver. I hope Audi and I can work together again next year.”

Round 12– Results

Pos

Comp No

Name

Class

Entrant

Time

1

27

Edoardo MORTARA (G) (I) Audi Driving Dreams 32:46.891

2

1

Marchy LEE (HK) Audi Ultra 32:48.910

3

68

Adderly FONG (HK) KLM Team 32:49.351

4

8

Alex YOONG (MAL) Audi GQ 32:56.914

5

6

David ZHU (CN) Team Zhejiang Aotong 33:09.584

6

33

SUN Zheng (CN) Team Erdos Xinan 33:22.509

7

9

WANG Jian Wei (CN) Team Betterlife 33:27.555

8

77

SUN Chao (CN) PD Group Team 33:39.110

9

7

Jeffrey LEE (TPE)

AM

Pauian Archiland J-Fly Racing 34:02.312

10

99

Massimo VIGNALI (I) Team Chengdu New Elements 34:04.788

11

88

Aaron KWOK (HK)

AM

Team Audi R8 LMS Cup 34:36.486

12

23

Alex AU (HK)

AM

AK Racing +1 lap

13

66

ZHANG Ran (CN)

AM

Audi Castrol +1 lap

14

13

Adrian FU (HK)

AM

FuSpeed Racing +1 lap

15

75

Clifford CHEN (TPE)

AM

J-Fly Racing +1 lap

16

3

Dino CRESCENTINI (USA)

AM

Spark Motorsport DNF

(AM)      Amateur Cup Competitor
(G)          Guest Driver

Fastest Lap: Edoardo Mortara/Audi Driving Dreams/1:48.476 

Overall Classification (top 10)*

1 Marchy LEE (HK) 229
2 Adderly FONG (HK) 217
3 Alex YOONG (MAL) 167
4 SUN Zheng (CN) 115
5 WANG Jian Wei (CN) 84
6 Jeffrey LEE (TPE) 77
7 David ZHU (CN) 60
8 SUN Chao (CN) 41
9 Charlie-Ro CHARLZ (AUS) 30
10 Kyong-Ouk YOU (KOR) 27

 Amateur Cup Classification (top 5) *

1 Jeffrey LEE (TPE) 197
2 Alex AU (HK) 156
3 Aaron KWOK (HK) 129
4 ZHANG Ran (CN) 118
5 Adrian FU (HK) 111

*Full classifications available on the Audi R8 LMS Cup website.

 

Mortara takes maiden Audi R8 LMS Cup victory


Written by Cheryl Tay on . Posted in Cheryl Tay News | Latest Industry News

  • DTM ace Edoardo Mortara tops the podium in Shanghai
  • Marchy Lee takes second sending championship down to the wire
  • Jeffrey Lee clinches Amateur Cup in penultimate round

DTM ace Edoardo Mortara clinched a thrilling victory this afternoon in the penultimate round of the Audi R8 LMS Cup at the Shanghai International Circuit. Audi Ultra’s Marchy Lee was second, giving him enough points to take a narrow five point lead in the overall championship points’ standings over Adderly Fong. Fong of the KLM Racing team took the chequered flag in an impressive third place after fighting his way up through the field from ninth on the grid. The Amateur Cup title was sealed by Pauian Archilland J-Fly Racing’s Jeffrey Lee.

After the wet conditions of qualifying, this afternoon’s race saw all 16 drivers take the rolling start on Michelin’s innovative dry weather tyres. Pole sitter Alex Yoong got a clean start but succumbed to the charging Mortara on the opening lap of the race. Marchy Lee promptly pounced on Yoong, constantly putting the Malaysian ace under pressure until taking him for second place.

Fong also had a storming start, pushing past Aaron Kwok in the Audi R8 LMS Cup car on the first of what was to be 18 laps of scintillating racing. By lap seven, Mortara had Marchy Lee hot on his heels, Fong and Yoong were locked in battle and Kwok and AK Racing’s Alex Au were challenging for Amateur Cup title honours.

Competing for Audi Driving Dreams, this was Mortara’s debut race with the series and he had it far from easy with a spirited drive from Marchy Lee pushing him all the way to the chequered flag. Meanwhile, Team Erdos Xinan’s Sun Zheng had run wide on lap 13, letting Yoong and Fong past for third and fourth positions respectively, only for those positions to be reversed after an epic battle on lap 14 which saw Fong eventually win out over Yoong. Nevertheless, it was a strong drive from the Chinese driver Sun and he retained his fifth position all the way to the line to clinch 12 points ahead of Team Zhe Jiang Aotong’s David Zhu in sixth.

Pushing hard in his debut race meanwhile was Spark Motorsport’s Dino Crescentini. The American had started top of the Amateur Cup drivers on the grid. Although he lost places to the tussling professional drivers in the early stages of the race Crescentini went on to cross the finishing line in seventh, clinching maximum Amateur Cup points. Taking eighth and ninth places overall respectively was Wang Jian Wei of Team Betterlife and PD Group’s Sun Chao.

Next across the finishing line were the battling Jeffrey Lee and Alex Au in second and third places respectively in the Amateurs Cup and thus sealing Lee’s place as the Champion with one race still to run. Kwok took points for third place in the Amateurs Cup standings.

The final round of the Audi R8 LMS Cup takes place tomorrow (Sunday).

Quotes after Round 11:

Edoardo Mortara (Audi Driving Dreams)

“It was a difficult race overall. After passing Alex (Yoong), Marchy (Lee) was coming up to me quickly and I could see he had lots of pace. We then started really racing and we had some enjoyable moments where he came alongside and I thought he would pass but I was lucky to remain in first. I tried to leave him room when I made a couple of mistakes so I did not damage the championship result. I think tomorrow will be a really nice battle between the drivers for the championship and I will make sure I stay out of the game.” 

Marchy Lee (Audi Ultra)

“Once I passed (Alex) and caught Edoardo we both had some really good racing moments.  He was fighting hard but always leaving space for me. He is a really experienced and good driver. Later on in the race we came up to some back markers and I have had a moment or two with them in the past so I was being extremely safe and careful about my overtaking. I then decided to save the tyres but saw Adderly (Fong) coming up in my mirror but I could see he was pushing hard and really using up his tyres, which is good for me. Overall it was really good today and racing with these gentlemen was very enjoyable.”

Adderly Fong (KLM Team)

“It was really difficult to get past Aaron (Kwok) and even more to get past Alex. I really don’t remember all the overtaking in the race, apart from Alex’s, because there was so much going on. Alex seemed to be struggling with his brakes and at one point I tried to get a slipstream (from Alex) down the straight but there’s no real advantage at all. The closeness of the racing really goes to show how very equal all the cars are in this championship.”

Dino Crescentini (Spark Motorsport)

“What a nice day at the office! It was a lot of fun out on the track and I tried my best to just stay out of trouble. I had a lot of time and space to myself and I used that to learn more about the car and the track and prepare to do some battles tomorrow.”

Jeffrey Lee (Pauian Archilland J-Fly Racing)

“I don’t think I looked in the rear view mirror so many times as I did today. I spent most of the race looking back. After qualifying I thought it would be an easier race, but Alex (Au) was getting quicker. I did ease off a little bit and then realised that Alex was catching me quickly. I thought that safety and protecting my position was the best thing to do.” 

Audi R8 LMS Cup Official Website at: www.audir8lmscup.com

Round 11– Results

Pos

Comp No

Name

Class

Entrant

Time

1

27

Edoardo MORTARA (I) (G)

Audi Driving Dreams 32:59.987

2

1

Marchy LEE (HK)

Audi Ultra 33:04.559

3

68

Adderly FONG (HK)

KLM Team 33:07.465

4

8

Alex YOONG (MAL)

Audi GQ 33:13.443

5

33

SUN Zheng (CN)

Team Erdos Xinan 33:13.852

6

6

David ZHU (CN)

Team Zhe Jiang Aotong 33:33.038

7

3

Dino Crescentini (USA)

AM

Spark Motorsport 33:33.562

8

9

WANG Jian Wei (CN)

Team Betterlife 33:53.314

9

77

SUN Chao (CN)

PD Group Team 34:11.628

10

7

Jeffrey LEE (TPE)

AM

Pauian Archiland J-Fly Racing 34:18.720

11

23

Alex AU (HK)

AM

AK Racing 34:18.763

12

99

Massimo VIGNALI (I)

Team Chengdu New Elements 34:48.305

13

88

Aaron KWOK (HK)

AM

Team Audi R8 LMS Cup 34:54.978

14

66

ZHANG Ran (CN)

AM

Audi Castrol +1 lap

15

75

Clifford CHEN (TPE)

AM

J-Fly Racing Team +1 lap

16

13

Adrian FU (HK)

AM

FuSpeed Racing +1 lap

(AM)      Amateur Cup Competitor
(G)          Guest Driver

Fastest Lap: Marchy Lee/Audi Ultra/1:48.965 

Overall Classification (top 5)

1 Marchy LEE (HK) 204
2 Adderly FONG (HK) 199
3 Alex YOONG (MAL) 152
4 SUN Zheng (CN) 117
5 WANG Jian Wei (CN) 74

 Amateur Cup Classification (top 5)

1 Jeffrey LEE (TPE) 172
2 Alex AU (HK) 141
3 Aaron KWOK (HK) 111
4 ZHANG Ran (CN) 106
5 Adrian FU (HK) 101

 

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