Zhuhai, June 16, 2019 – Audi enjoyed a successful Pan Delta Super Racing Festival at the Zhuhai International Circuit this weekend, with overall and class podium finishes for both the Audi R8 LMS and the Audi RS 3 LMS. Zun Motorsport Crew’s Lin Yiming continued his impressive rise with two overall third place finishes in the Circuit Hero series in his Audi R8 LMS GT3. Audi Sport Team TSRT’s David Chen continued his remarkable GTC title defence by taking his unbroken tally of class wins to four, the Audi Sport Asia driver at the wheel of a first-generation Audi R8 LMS. Champ X TA Motorsport’s Filipe Souza, meanwhile, took his Audi RS 3 LMS to second place in the Circuit Hero One race on Sunday despite a late-race tyre issue.
“Congratulations to all our Audi drivers and teams on a superb effort this weekend,” said Martin Kuehl, Director of Audi Sport customer racing Asia. “The competition in both Circuit Hero and Circuit Hero One has been intense yet the teams have come away with three overall podiums and three class wins.”
Saturday saw Lin finish third in the opening 10-lap Circuit Hero race, first in the Supercar Challenge, while series newcomer Marco Lee made an impression by taking the final Super Challenge podium place on his debut. Chen, meanwhile, took his unbroken tally of GTC wins to three, crossing the line fourth overall.
Sunday’s Circuit Hero saw the top eight finishers in race one reversed on the grid, putting Lee on pole and Chen P5 alongside Lin. A truly inspired drive from Lin, who was hounded throughout the 15-laps by a fierce challenge from behind, saw him skillfully defend to claim his second overall podium of the weekend and second place in the Supercar Challenge class. Chen crossed the line fifth to take his fourth successive GTC win, while sixth place for Lee earned him the final Supercar Challenge podium place.
In the Circuit Hero One series, Champ X TA Motorsport’s Filipe Souza was the undoubted star of the show. Having put the Audi RS 3 LMS on pole position for Sunday’s 15-lap race, the Macau driver led the field away and masterfully controlled the race until, just two laps from the flag, a slow puncture dashed his chances of victory. Inevitably losing the lead, Souza fought on, crossing the line in second despite a now-blown tyre.
Starting from the second row of the grid in the opening race, David Chen lost places at the rolling start but quickly recovered and fought back up to third in the order. Next, the TSRT driver set his sights on going one better, reeling in his rival and challenging for second. However, he was unable to find a way past and soon came under fire from a hard-charging Lin Yiming.
The battle for position between Chen and Lin intensified until, mid-way through the race, Chen made a mistake and ran wide. Lin saw he had unnerved his rival and dived past to grab the final overall podium and the Supercar Challenge win. Having missed out on an overall podium, Chen had the consolation of taking the GTC class win.
Newcomer Marco Lee, meanwhile, had lost a position in the early stages, but his consistency was rewarded with the final Supercar Challenge podium place.
The top eight from race one reversed on the grid for race two gave TSRT’s Lee pole position for the 15-lap sprint, with team mate Chen in P5 and Lin alongside.
Lee got away well at the start and led the field through the opening series of turns, defending well. However, eventually overhauled by his more experienced rivals, Lee dropped down the order to fourth, eventually crossing the line in sixth.
Lin was quickly on the move from P6, diving past Lee and up to fifth. Chen, meanwhile, had lost during the opening lap melee with a temporary technical hitch dropping down to ninth in the order, but he quickly gathered his wits and launched an impressive fightback. By the end of the second lap, Lin was up to third, with Chen in seventh and leading the GTC class. By lap six, Chen was up to fifth where he was finish.
With a second podium finish of the weekend on the cards, Lin held firm from a constant bombardment from his rival, relinquishing the position only briefly mid-way through the race to claim a well-deserved third place.
Circuit Hero One
Filipe Souza took pole position after a hard-fought 20-minute session which was twice interrupted by red flags. Kuang Canwei of BoomGEAR Motorsport and TSRT’s Gary Sham lined up side-by-side on the fourth row of the grid for Sunday’s 15-lap race.
Souza made a strong getaway at the start of Sunday’s 15-lap race, leading the pack into turn one and skillfully controlling the pace. By the end of the opening lap, the Champ X TA Motorsport had pulled a gap of just under a second from his closest rival, but a lap later that was slashed in half as the competition intensified. Souza raised his game, though, and leaving his rivals in his dust.
Having led from pole with a flawless run, just two laps from the chequered flag a slow puncture allowed Souza’s rival to dive past. However, the leading pair had pulled out a substantial gap from the rest of the field and Souza knew he could at least salvage a podium finish. He determinedly raced on, crossing the line in second despite a now-blown tyre.
TSRT’s Gary Sham drove a convincing race to cross the line fourth, just shy of a podium. Sham jostled for track position with Kuang Canwei in the BoomGEAR Motorsport Audi RS 3 LMS for much of the race, until Kuang dropped down the order mid-way through. In the closing minutes, Kuang was forced to make a pit stop, but rejoined before the flag to finish eleventh.
The Pan Delta Super Racing Festival resumes at southern China’s Zhuhai International Circuit from September 21 to 22.