Ningbo, October 15, 2020 – A five-car Audi line-up is set to take on a marathon China Endurance Championship (CEC) weekend at the Ningbo International Speedpark, where two 150-minute races on October 17 and 18 will bring down the curtain on the series’ 2020 season. Chinese Audi legend Cheng Congfu joins experienced privateer Francis Tjia in one of two Absolute Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 entries. In the team’s second entry, new Audi customer Jiang Jiawei makes his GT3 debut alongside Bao Jinlong. Audi Sport Asia driver Chen Weian joins new Audi R8 LMS GT3 customer outfit YC Racing alongside privateers Xiao Min and Wu Ruihua. Two Audi RS 3 LMS entered by PMU Leo and Pointer Racing complete the Audi customer line-up.
“This coming weekend in Ningbo we see top-line national racing return in earnest with over 20 cars expected on the headline grid,” said Alexander Blackie, Manager of Audi Sport customer racing Asia. “The five Audi customer squads have a great shot at finishing the CEC season on a high. But, with a large number of Audi Sport Asia Trophy points available across the two endurance races, it’s also a chance for our privateers to make a move for the inaugural title. We wish our teams the best of luck.”
With regular Absolute Racing teammate Sun Jingzu unable to make the Ningbo event, former DTM star and long-time Audi competitor Cheng Congfu will partner with experienced GT privateer Francis Tjia. Bao Jinlong, a former VW China Star Racing Academy protégé, won the 2018 SH888 endurance race on his last appearance in an Audi R8 LMS. Teammate in the Absolute Racing sister car, Jiang, will benefit from Bao’s extensive experience as he makes his GT3 debut this weekend.
Audi Sport Asia driver Chen Weian brings his wealth of experience with the Audi R8 LMS to new Audi customer squad YC Racing. He is partnered with two privateers both making their Audi GT3 debut, Xiao Min and Wu Ruihua in a three-driver team.
PMU Leo enters an Audi RS 3 LMS with Huang Weifu, Yang Xiaowei, Qiu Wentai and Liu Qi behind the wheel. They are joined in the TCR category by fellow Audi RS 3 LMS squad Pointer Racing with Zhang Zhendong, Mi Qi and Zheng Wancheng on driving duties.
In addition to CEC silverware, much is at stake this weekend in the Audi Sport Asia Trophy - an initiative in which all Audi privateers competing across all categories in the region’s leading events and series earn points. One GT3 win at this weekend’s CEC wins a considerable haul of 810 points towards the title, while a TCR class victory earns 480 points. With two races taking place at the season-closer, the double-header weekend is the highest potential points-scorer of any race meeting in Asia so far this season. The current points leader is Ma Ka Chun on 1575 points, with a prize pool of 100,000 Euros for the top-three finishers at the end of the year.
Qualifying for the penultimate showdown of the season begins at 16:50 on Friday, October 16, with the first 150-minute race getting underway at 09:30 the following day. On Sunday, October 18, a 20-minute qualifying session from 09:10 sets the grid for the season finale which starts at 14:15 (all times UTC+8).