Audi R8 LMS Cup to debut in Abu Dhabi
DUBAI, September 2, 2014
The Audi R8 Le Mans Series Cup has announced Abu Dhabi as the location for the 2014 season finale.
The Audi R8 LMS Cup is the first Audi one-make sprint race series in the world and has its home base in China, a statement said.
Rounds 11 and 12, which conclude the sprint race series this year, will be held at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi on December 12 and 13, alongside the Gulf 12 Hours race.
24 models of the GT3 customer racing car will compete against each other in the series. The car boasts a V10 engine with 560 horsepower and a lightweight Audi Space Frame (ASF) made of aluminium.
“The Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi is an excellent location for our 2014 season finale. With the addition of Abu Dhabi, all our races this season will be on Formula 1 circuits. The series’ debut in the Middle East continues the expansion of the cup in Asia and will be an exciting experience for all drivers, teams and fans,” said Rene Koneberg, director of Audi Sport customer racing Asia.
Four titles will be hotly contested in Abu Dhabi: The Audi R8 LMS Cup overall title, Amateur Drivers Cup (Am Cup), Team Cup and a “Four Rings Trophy” for regional Audi teams and dealerships is also up for grabs.
The driver line-up of the Audi R8 LMS Cup includes former Macao GP winner André Couto and two of the Asia’s hottest young talents: 2013 Formula Masters China Series winner, Aidan Wright from Australia, and Matt Solomon from Hong Kong compete against former DTM driver. Rahel Frey from Switzerland. Reigning champion Adderly Fong from Hong Kong, former Formula One driver Alex Yoong from Malaysia, 2012 champion Marchy Lee, and Chinese motorsport star “Franky” Cheng Congfu, will all race for the title in Abu Dhabi in December. – TradeArabia News Service