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Yoong leads Audi R8 LMS Cup in ultra-competitive season

Singapore, 14 SEPTEMBER 2015 – Alex Yoong of Audi TEDA Racing Team has taken the lead in the Audi R8 LMS Cup, following a fantastic weekend of racing at home in front of the Cup’s Malaysian fans. The thrilling weekend of racing saw plenty of overtaking and wheel-to-wheel racing throughout the field.
OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
14 Sep 2015

Yoong won Round 8 ahead of Marchy Lee of Audi Hong Kong Team and Rahel Frey of Castrol Racing Team, while Lee took a hard-fought victory in Round 9, ahead of Cheng Congfu of FAW-VW Audi Racing Team and Frey. Lee’s win – his first of 2015 – marked the Cup’s seventh different winner this season, showcasing once again the competitiveness of the series.

Yoong, fourth in Round 9, leads the Overall Classification by just four points, with Cheng second and Thomas Fjordback of Federal-Mogul Motorparts Racing and Aditya Patel of Team Audi R8 LMS Cup tied for third. Marchy Lee is fifth in the championship, with Frey sixth.

The fight for the Amateur Cup had Cup fans on the edges of their seats as they watched Rounds 8&9 category winner Andrew Kim of E-Rain Racing Team battle with new Amateur Cup points leader Daniel Bilski of B-Quik Racing.

Next up for the Cup: joining forces next month with the Audi Sport motorsport family as Rounds 10&11 take place in support of the FIA World Endurance Championship in Fuji, Japan.

Quotes after Rounds 8&9

Alex Yoong (Audi TEDA Racing Team)

“I’m very happy to have won Round 8. There was a lot of nice pressure today, a lot of people who came out to support me – my father hasn’t been to a race track in 10 years. I knew Round 8 was going to be close and it would be difficult to win. I knew I had to push really hard at the beginning and try to save my Push-to-Passes and when Marchy came up at the end, I had lots of Push-to-Passes left, which allowed me to get the fastest lap and take pole position for Round 9.”

Marchy Lee (Audi Hong Kong Team)

“It was a good race and a good weekend. At the beginning, I almost made a big mistake, because I was bit rushed, but I came back. Rahel passed me, but then my ‘anger’ kicked in and I went past Rahel and then Alex to take the lead. I saw Franky coming and I had an extra 35 kgs and Franky didn’t have anything so I just had to keep up. I made a couple of mistakes but this race [Round 9] I was smarter as I had saved some of my Push-to-Passes until the end. I knew that Franky didn’t have any left and I had saved five, so I was able to manage the final few laps until the chequered flag.

Franky Cheng (FAW-VW Audi Racing Team)

“In the morning the first race was very disappointing for me and so to start from seventh [in Round 9] and finish second is something I have to be pleased about. Congratulations to Marchy, who was fast all weekend and I think he deserved the win. Now I just have to focus on Fuji and try to get another good result there.”

Rahel Frey (Castrol Racing Team)

“We didn’t change anything on the setup for the second race, but we adapted the tire pressure a little bit because I wanted an aggressive strategy for Round 9. I probably pushed a little too hard because my tires were dead at the end, but it was a great race and it’s been an interesting weekend. I’m looking forward to Fuji now as Marchy will have 50 kgs so good luck! I’m pretty happy with third place and having only 20 kgs for Round 10!”

Andrew Kim (E-Rain Racing Team)

“I really like Sepang and its high-speed corners. There were a couple of races that I didn’t finish this season so I was really focused on bringing the car home and trying to finish the race. I focused on managing my position and it worked.”

Round 8 – Results

1. 1/Alex YOONG/MAL/Audi TEDA Racing Team/26:38.248
2. 88/Marchy LEE/HKG/4R/Audi Hong Kong Team/+2.881
3. 66/Rahel FREY/SUI/Castrol Racing Team/+9.221
4. 11/Kyong-Ouk YOU/KOR/4R/Audi Korea/+10.168
5. 99/CHENG Congfu (Franky)/FAW-VW Audi Racing Team/+10.984
6. 54/Thomas FJORDBACH/DEN/Federal-Mogul Motorparts Racing/+12.893
7. 39/Stefano MONTESI/ITA/4R/Team Betterlife/+13.321
8. 7/Jeffrey LEE/TPE/4R/Team Audi Volkswagen Taiwan/+13.321
9. 6/Kimi QIN/CHN/SCC Sportscar Club/+30.514
10. 5/Andrew KIM/KOR/E-Rain Racing Team/+35.150
11. 59/Daniel Bilski/AUS/Am/B-Quik Racing/+36.717
12. 12/Alex AU/HKG/Am/CTVS Racing Team/+44.672
13. 84/LIM Keong Wee/SIN/Am/Tiger Racing Team/+1:05.117
14. 51/Johnson HUANG/TPE/Am/BC Racing/+1:12.729
15. 38/Rick YOON/ITA/Team Chengdu New Elements/+2:10.581
DNF 34/Massimo VIGNALI/ITA/Am/Michelin Racing Team
DNF 8/Aditya PATEL/IND/4R/Team Audi R8 LMS Cup

Round 9 – Results

1. 88/Marchy LEE/HKG/4R/Audi Hong Kong Team/26:19.961
2. 99/CHENG Congfu (Franky)/FAW-VW Audi Racing Team/+0.353
3. 66/Rahel FREY/SUI/Castrol Racing Team/+1.466
4. 1/Alex YOONG/MAL/Audi TEDA Racing Team/+8.188
5. 8/Aditya PATEL/IND/4R/Team Audi R8 LMS Cup/+8.867
6. 39/Stefano MONTESI/ITA/4R/Team Betterlife/+13.381
7. 54/Thomas FJORDBACH/DEN/Federal-Mogul Motorparts Racing/+17.794
8. 5/Andrew KIM/KOR/E-Rain Racing Team/+28.738
9. 59/Daniel Bilski/AUS/Am/B-Quik Racing/+30.360
10. 51/Johnson HUANG/TPE/Am/BC Racing/+30.969
11. 6/Kimi QIN/CHN/SCC Sportscar Club/+31.752
12. 84/LIM Keong Wee/SIN/Am/Tiger Racing Team/+38.033
13. 7*/Jeffrey LEE/TPE/4R/Team Audi Volkswagen Taiwan/+47.008
14. 34/Massimo VIGNALI/ITA/Am/Michelin Racing Team/+54.332
15. 38/Rick YOON/ITA/Team Chengdu New Elements/1 Lap
DNF 12/Alex AU/HKG/Am/CTVS Racing Team
DNF 11/Kyong-Ouk YOU/KOR/4R/Audi Korea

* Car 7 penalized 30 seconds for causing a collision

2015 Audi R8 LMS Cup

Overall Classification after Round 9 – Top 10

1. Alex YOONG – 101
2. CHENG Congfu (Franky) – 97
3. Thomas FJORDBACH – 90
4. Aditya PATEL – 90
5. Marchy LEE – 81
6. Rahel FREY – 74
7. Stefano MONTESI – 46
8. Kyong-Ouk YOU – 44
9. Edoardo MORTARA - 42
10. Jeffrey LEE - 33

Am Cup Classification after Round 9 – Top 5

1. Daniel BILSKI – 134
2. Ashraff DEWAL – 106
3. Johnson HUANG – 96
4. Alex AU – 89
5. Andrew KIM - 79

Team Cup Classification after Round 9 – Top 5

1. FAW-VW Audi Racing Team/4R – 129
2. Castrol Racing Team – 116
3. Audi TEDA Racing Team – 102
4. Audi Hong Kong Team/4R - 96
5. Federal-Mogul Motorparts Racing Team – 90

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