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Marchy Lee becomes first ever Audi R8 LMS Cup Champion

The first season of Audi R8 LMS Cup has concluded over the weekend in Shanghai. Hong Kong driver Marchy Lee has become the first ever Audi R8 LMS Cup Champion after crossing the line second in Round 12 and final round of the cup at the Shanghai International Circuit.

 

2012 Audi R8 LMS Cup Final

 

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 in Rounds 11 & 12. 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 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 with Audi Ultra taking top honours on 229 points ahead of Audi GQ on 193 points and KLM Team on 186 points.

 

2012 Audi R8 LMS Cup Final

 

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 that Audi Korea will enter an official team in the Audi R8 LMS Cup for 2013 season.

 

Rene Koneberg, Director of Audi Sport customer racing China commented, “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.”

 

The 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.

 

Moreover, 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 Chi-nese 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 sea-son 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.

 

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

 

Photo Gallery: 2012 Audi R8 LMS Cup Final

Adderly Fong Tops Leaderboard After Round 10 Victory

The entire season of the 2012 Audi R8 LMS Cup is getting even more dramatic. The battle for both the inaugural Audi R8 LMS Cup and the Amateur Cup titles will go right down to the wire in Shanghai next month after KLM Team’s Adderly Fong of Hong Kong took victory in Round 10, leapfrogging Audi Ultra’s Marchy Lee, who finished second, to the top of the leaderboard.  The two rounds were held in support of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at the Shanghai International Circuit.

 

 

Audi Korea made a successful series debut with talented driver K.O. You finishing on the podium in just his second Audi R8 LMS Cup outing.  That’s why you can see him ‘Gangnam Styling’  after the race (refer photo below). Sun Zheng of Team Erdos Xinan also had a good outing, crossing the line in fourth.

 

 

Alex Au of AK Racing took his third Amateur Cup victory of the season so far, keeping his title aspirations alive with just two races to go.  Second in the category was Hugues Ripert of Spark Motorsport, now fourth in the standings one point ahead of lady driver Zhang Ran of Audi Castrol who rounded out the amateur podium.

 

Winner of Round 9, Darryl O’Young, making his series debut this weekend as stand-in for Malaysia’s Alex Yoong, had an unlucky outing after picking up a puncture and retiring.  The same fate befell Amateur Cup points leader Jeffrey Lee.

 

In foggy conditions O’Young got away well from pole, and immediately set about pulling a gap from the hard-charging Fong, setting the fastest lap of the race on lap four.  Marchy Lee’s strategy was to keep the pair in his sights, and then push hard mid-way through the 16-lap race.

 

Team Betterlife’s Wang Jian Wei also got away well, getting by K.O. You at the start, but then relinquishing the position to the Korean on the next lap.  What was to be a thrilling, race-long duel between Wang and David Zhu of Team Zhe Jiang Aotong then commenced.  Zhu dived past Wang on lap four, and the chase was on.

 

 

O’Young, meanwhile, had managed to pull a gap from Fong of 1.490 seconds by the end of lap seven but, just as Marchy Lee began his planned charge, it was game over for the race leader when debris on the track destroyed his rear tyre.

 

Less than a second separated title rivals Fong and Marchy by the end of lap nine, with the latter rapidly homing in on his prey.  To maximize his chances of catching – and passing – Fong, Marchy switched off his traction control to give him extra power out of the corners.  Suddenly, Marchy spun and, although he continued, his error had given Fong an unassailable lead.

 

As Fong headed to the finish and Marchy conceded defeat, the battle between Zhu and Wang in fifth and sixth was raging.  Zhu had expertly kept Wang at bay lap after lap, but as the pair began the penultimate lap, crossing the start/finish line wheel-to-wheel, the battle intensified.   A monumental effort just metres from the chequered flag saw Wang finally get by and sail home in fifth.

 

Despite retiring from the second race, it was a successful weekend for O’Young, who had taken pole position in qualifying and an emphatic victory in his debut Audi R8 LMS Cup race in Round 9, where he was followed across the line by Marchy after the Audi Ultra made an audacious move on rival Fong in the run to the flag.  Marchy was later penalized by the Race Stewards and demoted to third.  Like O’Young, Jeffrey Lee took pole in the Amateur Cup and followed that up with a resounding victory in Round 9.

 

The season finale of the inaugural Audi R8 LMS Cup will be held from 9-11 November 2012 at the Shanghai Sportscar Champions Festival, where the overall title will be decided between Fong and Marchy Lee, although Yoong still has a mathematical chance of winning the championship. For the Amateur Cup honours, Au will have a mountain to climb if he is to snatch the title from Jeffrey Lee.  The stage is set for a dramatic finale to what has been a spectacular debut season for the Audi R8 LMS Cup.

 

Round 10 – Results 

Pos

Comp No

Name

Class

Entrant

Time

1

68

Adderly FONG (HKG)

 

KLM Team

34:10.783

2

1

Marchy LEE (HKG)

 

Audi Ultra

+10.714

3

55

Kyoung-Ouk YOU (KOR)

 

Team Korea

+15.395

4

33

SUN Zheng (CHN)

 

Team Erdos Xinan

+18.746

5

9

WANG Jian Wei (CHN)

 

Team Betterlife

+29.164

6

6

David ZHU (CHN)

 

Team Zhe Jiang Aotong

+29.488

7

23

Alex AU (HKG)

Am

AK Racing

+55.465

8

77

SUN Chao (CHN)

 

P D GROUP Team

+56.504

9

3

Hugues RIPERT (HKG)

Am

Spark Motorsport

+1:49.729

10

66

ZHANG Ran (CHN)

Am

Audi Castrol

+2:03.814

11

99

Anthony CHAN (HKG)

 

Team Chengdu New Elements

+2:07.804

12

13

Adrian FU (HKG)

Am

FuSpeed Racing

1 Lap

13

88

Dr. FENG Derui

Am

Team Audi R8 LMS Cup

1 Lap

DNF

8

Darryl O’YOUNG (HKG)

 

Audi GQ

-

DNF

7

Jeffrey LEE (TPE)

Am

 

Pauian Archiland J-Fly Racing

-

DNS

75

Kevin CHEN (USA)

 

J-Fly Racing Team

-

(AM) Amateur Cup Competitor

Fastest Lap: Darryl O’Young/Audi GQ/2:07.309/154.1kph

 

Overall Classification (top 5)

1

Adderly FONG (HKG)

181

2

Marchy LEE (HKG)

179

3

Alex YOONG (MAS)

136

4

SUN Zheng (CHN)

105

5

Jeffrey LEE (TPE)

69

 

Amateur Cup Classification (top 5)

1

Jeffrey LEE (TPE)

154

2

Alex AU (HKG)

126

3

Aaron KWOK (HKG)

99

4

Hugues RIPERT (HKG)

97

5

ZHANG Ran (CHN)

96

 

Darryl O’Young Leads From Pole to Flag in Round 9

Yesterday’s race for Audi R8 LMS Cup Round 9, Darryl O’Young took a dominant pole-to-flag victory at the Shanghai International Circuit.  Standing in for Audi GQ regular Alex Yoong, O’Young won his debut race with the series but it was far from an easy 16 laps.

 

 

A dramatic last corner lunge by Marchy Lee to snatch second place from title rival Adderly Fong was later punished by Race Stewards with a 20-second penalty, pushing him to third position.  The points earned for second by Fong put him just five points behind Marchy in the battle for the title, with three races remaining.

 

As usual, Pauian Archiland J-Fly Racing’s Jeffrey Lee took the Amateur Cup win from pole, edging closer to title in the debut 2012 season.  Jeffrey had qualified fifth overall, and crossed the line sixth.  Second in the class was Alex Au of AK Racing, 10th overall, with Hugues Ripert of Spark Motorsport, who made a superb recovery after a broken gearbox scuppered his qualifying, third in the category.

 

O’Young got away well at the start and, despite a spirited challenge from Marchy, led out of the first turn.  Fong was also on a charge, and an aggressive move saw him pass Marchy to go second, the pair making contact on the way.  A furious Marchy immediately gave chase and the race was on.

 

Behind the trio, Sun Zheng of Team Erdos Xinan, who had started from the third row, led Jeffrey Lee, newcomer K.O. You of Audi Korea, and J-Fly Racing Team’s Kevin Chen.  Chen, like Marchy, was later handed a 20 second penalty for an incident with David Zhu, which put him down to ninth.

 

While O’Young may have been looking to pull away from the chasing pack, all three drivers were on the limit for the entire 16 laps.  Arguably the toughest job was Fong’s, who had one eye on the race win, and the other on championship rival Marchy, who was right on his tail. 

 

Meanwhile, talented South Korean driver K.O. You was finding his feet in the Audi R8 LMS Cup, and having got by Jeffrey Lee and Kevin Chen, took the charge to Sun Zheng.  The pair duelled for several laps, expertly avoiding contact while thrilling the crowds.

 

Three laps from the flag, the front-runners hit traffic.  All got by cleanly, with O’Young able to pull out a small breathing space at the front.  A lap later, K.O. at last managed to pass Sun Zheng, and immediately set the quickest sector time, but there were not enough laps left for him to close in on the leaders. 

 

In the final run to the flag, while O’Young was all set for the win, the theatre was not over.  Marchy saw his chance at the final turn of the last lap and, in a high-speed tussle with Fong, made it past to cross the line in second place.  The move may have been punished later, but for spectators it was a superb finish to what had been a truly thrilling race.

  

Round 9 – Results 

Pos

Comp No

Name

Class

Entrant

Time

1

8

Darryl O’YOUNG (HKG)

 

Audi GQ

34:11.901

2

68

Adderly FONG (HKG)

 

KLM Team

+1.759

3

1

Marchy LEE (HKG)

 

Audi Ultra

+21.445

4

55

Kyoung-Ouk YOU (KOR)

 

Team Korea

+33.532

5

33

SUN Zheng (CHN)

 

Team Erdos Xinan

+34.698

6

7

Jeffrey LEE (TPE)

Am

 

Pauian Archiland J-Fly Racing

+38.555

7

9

WANG Jian Wei (CHN)

 

Team Betterlife

+55.444

8

6

David ZHU (CHN)

 

Team Zhe Jiang Aotong

+59.448

9

75

Kevin CHEN (USA)

 

J-Fly Racing Team

+1:03.447

10

23

Alex AU (HKG)

Am

AK Racing

+1:07.434

11

3

Hugues RIPERT (HKG)

Am

Spark Motorsport

+1:54.111

12

66

ZHANG Ran (CHN)

Am

Audi Castrol

+2:11.200

13

77

SUN Chao (CHN)

 

P D GROUP Team

1 Lap

14

99

Anthony CHAN (HKG)

 

Team Chengdu New Elements

1 Lap

15

13

Adrian FU (HKG)

Am

FuSpeed Racing

1 Lap

16

88

Dr. FENG Derui

Am

Team Audi R8 LMS Cup

1 Lap

(AM) Amateur Cup Competitor

Fastest Lap: Marchy Lee/Audi Ultra/2:07.327/154.1kph

 

Overall Classification (top 5)

1

Marchy LEE (HKG)

161

2

Adderly FONG (HKG)

156

3

Alex YOONG (MAS)

136

4

SUN Zheng (CHN)

93

5

Jeffrey LEE (TPE)

69

 

Amateur Cup Classification (top 5)

1

Jeffrey LEE (TPE)

154

2

Alex Au (HKG)

101

3

Aaron KWOK (HKG)

99

3

Byron TONG (HKG)

94

5

Adrian FU (HKG)

83

 

Darryl O’Young and Kyoung Ouk You Set for 2012 Audi R8 LMS Cup Rounds 9 & 10

Audi R8 LMS Cup Rounds 9 & 10 held in support of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at the Shanghai International Circuit from 26-28 October 2012. FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) regular Darryl O’Young will make his debut in the Audi R8 LMS Cup in two races this weekend. Besides, South Korean Kyoung Ouk You (known as K.O.), who also makes his debut in the series and is the first Korean driver in the series. For the Audi R8 LMS Cup regulars though, the battle for the championship resumes in Shanghai this weekend.  While Hong Kong’s Marchy Lee leads the charge for Audi Ultra, Adderly Fong is just eight points adrift in the KLM Team entry.

 

 

The two races this weekend are held in support of the finale of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). Two Audi driver teams will be battling for the world champion’s title in Shanghai. Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer, the 2011 and reigning 24 Hours of Le Mans winners with Audi, improved their chances of clinching the title when they finished runner-up at the Fuji 6 Hours in Japan. They are 16.5 points ahead of their team-mates Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish.

 

According to Rene Koneberg, Director of Audi Sport customer racing China said, “We are delighted to welcome Darryl O’Young and K.O. You to the Audi R8 LMS Cup.  The FIA WEC weekend gives us an opportunity to introduce our talented Asian drivers to the Audi global motorsport family, and to show just how high the standard of racing in the region has become.  As well as proving the power, performance, agility and reliability of the Audi R8 LMS Cup, as a one-makes championship, it is the ideal way to showcase the skills of our drivers.”

 

O’Young is no stranger to Audi. He has twice won the famed Bathhurst 12 Hours in an Audi R8 and was part of the GTC Class winning Audi China team at the 2011 International Le Mans Cup race in Zhuhai. Currently contesting his third season in the FIA WTCC, O’Young took victory in the Macau GT Cup in 2008. However, one man’s gain is another’s loss, and O’Young will be standing in for Audi GQ regular driver and championship contender Alex Yoong of Malaysia.  Yoong is committed to broadcast duties at the Indian Formula 1 Grand Prix, so will miss out on the two Shanghai races. Korean K.O. You, meanwhile, won a Formula BMW Asia scholarship in 2003, going on to become Rookie of the Year that season and championship runner-up in 2004.  He is a two-time Korean GT Masters champion, won the 3800 Class in the CJ Super Race series in 2011, and has twice been the recipient of Korea’s ‘Racing Driver of the Year’ award.

 

While Marchy and Adderly may lead the points charge, with a total of 102 points still up for grabs before the season’s closer, the championship remains very much open. Sun Zheng of China, in the Team Erdos Xinan entry, and Team Betterlife’s Wang Jian Wei will be glad of the additional two races in which to make their mark.  Either could potentially pull off a late-season charge to snatch the title from the two front-runners. Exciting young driver David Zhu returns to the Audi R8 LMS Cup for the Shanghai races having impressed on his series debut in Zhuhai last month.  The former single seater driver just missed out on a podium in his first career sportscar races and will be one to watch in Shanghai.

 

The Audi R8 LMS Cup made its worldwide debut in Shanghai in April then headed to China’s Pearl River Delta and the Zhuhai International Circuit and Inner Mongolia’s Ordos track, before returning to Zhuhai in September.  The FIA WEC-supporting rounds this weekend will set the stage for November’s Shanghai double-header season finale.

Audi Victorious in Rain-Affected GT Asia Series

The official Audi R8 LMS Cup entry celebrated its first win of the season in the GT Asia Series, with a lights-to-flag victory in a wet Round 9 at Japan’s 4.673km Autopolis International Circuit.

 

 

The pairing of Hong Kong’s Marchy Lee and Jeffrey Lee of Chinese Taipei were at their best as the race programme for the penultimate rounds of the championship had to be changed at the last minute to accommodate the treacherously wet conditions. As a result, both Rounds 9 & 10 were moved to Saturday, with Marchy and Jeffrey celebrating their maiden win together in Round 9, before just missing out on a podium finish with fourth-place in Round 10.

 

The team now lies third on the championship leaderboard heading into November’s show-stopping season finale held as part of the Macau GT Cup at the 59th Macau Grand Prix.

 

 

As the countdown to the conclusion of the season began, the team wasted no time in pushing their Audi R8 LMS ultra to the limits. The team set the quickest time in free practice and, with changes to the race programme seeing those practice times become qualifying for Round 9, Marchy and Jeffrey took pole position.

 

Marchy maximised their pole advantage, fully utilising his experience and the Audi lightweight technology to pull a gap from the chasing pack. The pit stop and driver change went swimmingly, and Jeffrey roared the Audi R8 LMS ultra back into action, determined to strengthen the team’s lead.

 

Heavy rain had made the track difficult to navigate and with several cars spinning, the Safety Car was called out two laps later and remained in place for the duration of the race.

 

Round 10 was moved to Saturday in anticipation of worsening weather conditions on Sunday. On pole again after their Round 9 victory, Jeffrey took the first stint and got off to a strong start, but faced with furious competition, dropped down to fifth.

 

 

Following the driver change, Marchy set to work to fight back to podium contention. Demonstrating the speed and agility of the Audi R8 LMS ultra, Marchy set the fastest lap of the race on this charge. With too few laps remaining to catch the race leaders, Marchy did manage to make up a place before the flag.

 

Commented Director of Audi Sport customer racing in China, Rene Koneberg: “We are thrilled to be celebrating our maiden victory with the official Audi R8 LMS Cup entry in the GT Asia Series, and congratulations to Marchy, Jeffrey and the team for putting together such a strong performance in incredibly challenging track conditions. We have proved the performance and reliability of the Audi R8 LMS ultra in all conditions – not only by recording the fastest lap, but also through the stability and handling of the car in extremely wet conditions.”

 

Moving next, the Audi R8 LMS Cup entry is the GT Asia Series’ showcase Round 11 season finale as part of the Macau GT Cup at the 59th Macau Grand Prix in November.