Audi drivers ready for GT Super Sprint Challenge and TCR China season starts

05/05/2021

  • YC-Racing enters two Audi R8 LMS GT3s for Ray Wu and Xing Yanbin in new GT Super Sprint Challenge
  • Absolute Racing fields brand-new Audi R8 LMS GT4 for Hu Bo
  • Five Audi RS 3 LMS entries for TCR China season-opener from Huffsport TM, 326 MMK Racing Team and Z.Speed

Beijing, May 5, 2021 – Audi Sport customer racing Asia customers have a busy weekend ahead at the Shanghai International Circuit. The brand-new GT Super Sprint Challenge (GTSSC), a China-based, five-round, all-Am sprint championship, breaks cover with a bumper 30-car entry alongside the start of the 2021 TCR China season.

The TCR China line-up for the 2021 season-opener includes five Audi RS 3 LMS entries, with two apiece for 326 MMK Racing Team and Huffsport TM, and one for Z.Speed. Lining up at 326 MMK Racing Team will be 2020 Am championship and Audi Sport Asia Trophy runner-up Wu Yifan who is joined on the team by Mi Qi, while Ken Tian and Yang Xi are paired at Huffsport TM. Z.Speed enters Yang Xiaowei.

Beijing-based YC-Racing’s line-up for the Xing Yanbin and Ray Wu have both recorded top five championship finishes in regional one-make series, with Xing vice runner-up in the last four consecutive seasons.

Absolute Racing, meanwhile, has recorded countless championship and race wins across multiple disciplines. Hu Bo makes his GT competition debut with the team, and the Audi R8 LMS GT4, designed specifically for amateur drivers, is the ideal race car with which to enter the sport.

As well as gunning for points and podiums in both the GTSSC and TCR China, Audi customers will be looking to land high on the 2021 Audi Sport Asia Trophy leaderboard. A GTSSC GT3 class win carries 495 Trophy points, while overall victory in the GT4 class brings 330. An overall TCR China victory earns the winner 375 Audi Sport Asia Trophy merits.

The GTSSC is organized by Shanghai-based Top Speed which, since its establishment in 2008, has played a pivotal role in motorsport across the region. Top Speed’s involvement in the former Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup and the Formula 3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA, has contributed to bring these series to attention far beyond Asia. Top Speed’s experience and expertise now help tailor a new sprint GT series specifically to China’s growing ranks of amateur drivers.

The inaugural GTSSC season is open to GT2, GT3 and GT4 machinery, and will be held over five rounds, each featuring two 27-minute sprint races. Each weekend will begin with two, one-hour official test sessions on the Friday, followed by 45 minutes of free practice and a 20-minute qualifying session on Saturday. The grid for the opening race of each round will be decided on the results of qualifying, with the final result of race one setting the starting positions for race two. All races will be rolling starts.

Pre-season testing ahead of the GTSSC opening round begins on May 5 at the FIA Grade I Shanghai International Circuit, with official tests getting underway two days later. GTSSC qualifying begins at 14:35 on Saturday, May 8, with Sunday’s races starting at 10:30 and 14:20 local time.

The first of two TCR China qualifying sessions begins at 09:40 on Saturday, May 8, with the 11-lap race one starting at 13:53. Race two starts on Sunday, May 9 at 13:28 (all times UTC+8).

GT Super Sprint Challenge 2021 Provisional Calendar
May 8-9                Shanghai International Circuit
June 12-13             Zhuzhou International Circuit
July 3-4                 Zhuzhou International Circuit
August 28-29         Ningbo International Speedpark
September 11-12     Shanghai International Circuit

TCR China 2021 Provisional Calendar
May 7-9                   Shanghai International Circuit
June 11-13                Zhuzhou International Circuit
August 7-9               Jiangsu Wantrack International Circuit
August 27-29           Ningbo International Speedpark
September 10-12       Shanghai International Circuit
October 15-17           Zhuzhou International Circuit