Sepang, February 20, 2019 – Tianshi Racing Team (TSRT) has assembled an exciting two car Audi R8 LMS GT3 line-up for the season finale of the 2018/19 Asian Le Mans Series this weekend: the 4 Hours of Sepang in Malaysia.
Reuniting with former Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup Am+ champion David Chen and joined by accomplished sports car competitor Xu Wei in the #88 Audi R8 LMS is Audi Sport driver, 20-year-old Dries Vanthoor. The young Belgian’s impressive racing CV includes a Bathurst 12 Hour win and his participation further strengthens TSRT’s assault on the final race of the endurance series’ four-event winter season.
Meanwhile, in the #66 GT Am championship-leading Audi R8 LMS will be 2014 Asian Le Mans Series GT Am champion Max Wiser, who tops the driver classification going in to the final race, and the Chinese duo, Dennis Zhang and Aven Qi. Qi has competed in TCR races with TSRT, and makes the step up to GT racing with the team at the Sepang International Circuit.
“TSRT is one of China’s most competitive and professional teams, and it’s great to see how they continue to extend their international footprint,” said Martin Kuehl, Director of Audi Sport customer racing Asia. “Audi Sport driver Dries Vanthoor linked up well with the team earlier in the Asian Le Mans Series season and we are now looking forward to an exciting finale.”
Heading into the series finale at Malaysia’s F1-standard, 5.543km Sepang International Circuit, TSRT leads the GT Am team standings and currently lies third in the GT classification, with Chen fourth in the drivers classification.
The 4 Hours of Sepang gets underway with qualifying at 15:35 on Saturday, February 23, with the race starting at noon on Sunday February 24 (all times UTC +8).
Qualifying and the race will be live streamed in full on the official Asian Le Mans Series YouTube and Facebook pages as well as on Chinese portal Tencent Sport.