Beijing, April 9, 2021 – Audi Sport customer racing Asia has lifted the lid on its line-up of official Audi Sport Asia drivers for the 2021 season. All FIA silver-rated drivers, the programme sees the return of Audi legend Cheng Congfu alongside rising talents Chen Weian, Sandy Stuvik and Martin Rump.
“Cheng Congfu has been synonymous with Audi’s GT programme since 2013, winning races in the Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup, GT World Challenge Asia and GT Asia,” said Alexander Blackie, Manager of Audi Sport customer racing Asia. “Supported by three hungry, quick, up-and-coming talents in Sandy Stuvik, Chen Weian, Martin Rump the programme serves to strengthen the campaigns of our teams and customers across the region.”
With a distinguished career spanning five continents, Cheng Congfu is a torchbearer for Chinese motorsport, becoming one of the very first of his countrymen to compete at the highest international levels. Progressing through the ranks of junior single seater competition, Cheng’s versatility and skill have seen him compete in the DTM and FIA World Endurance Championship, becoming the first ever Chinese driver to take a class podium at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Following in the footsteps is fellow countryman Chen Weian. Chen rocketed into the limelight in Asia with championship wins at Pan Delta Circuit Hero and GT Masters China. Since then, Chen has been a frequent visitor to the winners’ rostrum, most recently taking third place in the Macau Grand Prix’s GT Cup in 2020 in his Audi Sport Asia Team TSRT R8 LMS.
Joining the super-talented Chinese duo as official Audi Sport Asia drivers for the 2021 season are Thailand’s Sandy Stuvik and Estonian Martin Rump.
Stuvik, 25, graduated from a single-seater career and turned his attention to the world of GT competition, winning the Thailand Super Series GT3 championship with B-Quik Racing twice in succession. Stuvik captured the 2019 title after partnering with Rump during the season, before sealing his second championship with 2020 Audi Sport Asia Trophy winner Daniel Bilski. He has already announced his ambition to defend his Thailand Super Series title in 2021.
Still only 25 years-of-age, Rump is already a multiple race-winner for Audi, holds a degree in mechanical engineering, and has a proven track record as a skilled driver coach and privateer mentor. Discovered by Audi customer racing Asia during his title-winning Asian junior single seater season in 2015 at the Audi-supported Formula Masters China Series, Rump has since built a successful career with the brand both on and off the race track.
Despite the travel restrictions still in place, all four Audi Sport Asia drivers are expected to have a busy racing season ahead. The full programmes for each driver will be announced in due course.