Audi takes on the famous Macau street race with 14 entries.
13 November, 2018
It is one of the world’s great street races, and a place where Audi has won no less than six times since 1996 – twice in touring cars and four times with the R8 LMS GT3. Held in the very heart of bustling Macau, its is considered a classic on the international motorsport calendar and attracts teams from throughout Asia and indeed the world.
This year, Audi Sport customer racing will compete with both touring cars and GT3 sports cars for the first time.
The dual challenge in Macau holds a special appeal: Two prestigious FIA-sanctioned racing series will be decided on one of the most difficult city circuits in global motorsport – a fast 6.12-kilometre street circuit that is filled with regular street traffic most of the year. Tight and presenting only a few good overtaking opportunities, it is often a war of nerves and strategy. Drivers are faced with all manner of challenges at Macau, with a 256 km/h fast section of turns in the downtown area to the Melco hairpin that is driven around in first gear at 30 km/h.
In the FIA GT World Cup, 15 drivers and five marques are meeting for the annual season finale in professional GT3 racing. In 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2016, the Audi R8 LMS was victorious in Macau, while last year, Robin Frijns as a rookie started from fourth position and missed victory by just 0.618 seconds. With Audi Sport Team WRT Speedstar the Dutchman is racing again this year, with teammate Dries Vanthoor who is racing on the city circuit for the first time.
Likewise Christopher Haase will take on Macau for the first time, while a fourth Audi R8 LMS is being prepared by the Chinese racing team Zun Motorsport Crew for privateer Adderly Fong from Hong Kong.
"This year, Audi Sport customer racing will compete with both touring cars and GT3 sports cars for the first time."
"“We are delighted that the strong commitment of our customers is making Audi’s largest lineup to date in Macau possible..."
The event in Macau also marks the finale of the 2018 WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup after a 30 race series that has taken competitors all around the world. Here, Audi is regularly represented with six RS 3 LMS cars, with Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team, Audi Sport Team Comtoyou and Comtoyou Racing having clinched 15 podium finishes to date, including four victories, three second and eight third places. Best Audi Sport driver in the standings is Jean-Karl Vernay in fifth position, trailed by Frédéric Vervisch in eighth. Audi privateers Nathanaël Berthon, Denis Dupont and Aurélien Panis were regularly in the top 10 as well. All of them aim to finish the inaugural season of the new series with good results.
On the race weekend in Macau, Audi Sport will receive the largest number of ‘wild cards’ to date, with the organiser admitting four local Audi privateer drivers.
“We are delighted that the strong commitment of our customers is making Audi’s largest lineup to date in Macau possible. This shows how well we have established ourselves on the Asian market,” says Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. “Now we can hardly wait for the chase through the street canyons to begin.”
The Macau street race will be held this coming weekend from 15-18 November.
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