China set for 2012 Audi R8 LMS Cup

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In 2012, Audi is set­ting a mile­stone in China’s still young mo­tor­sport tra­di­tion. The world’s first exclusive one-make cup for the Audi R8 LMS will be held in the fast-grow­ing Chi­nese mar­ket. In Oc­to­ber, with a growth rate of 61.7 per cent com­pared to the same pe­riod of the prior year, Audi ex­pe­ri­enced a new record month in China. The next top per­for­mance fol­lowed in Novem­ber, re­flect­ing a 68.8 per cent in­crease com­pared to the same prior-year month.

The R8 LMS GT3 race car with a power out­put of 411 kw will be com­pet­ing at five events, in­clud­ing the in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned cir­cuits at Shang­hai and Zhuhai, start­ing in the sec­ond quar­ter of 2012. Plans are for 16 ve­hi­cles of Audi’s cus­tomer sport model to be fielded in the one-make cup. The cars cor­re­spond to the GT3 ver­sion that has scored more than 100 in­ter­na­tional vic­to­ries and 13 ti­tles and fea­ture the new Audi PS 1 safety seat as fac­tory-supplied equip­ment.

Audi Sport cus­tomer rac­ing China will be re­spon­si­ble for or­gan­is­ing the one-make cup. This new struc­ture ex­pe­ri­enced an ex­tremely im­pres­sive de­but. At the fi­nale of the In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Le Mans Cup at Zhuhai the race team cel­e­brated a one-two vic­tory in the GTC class with the Audi R8 LMS. A week later, at the Ma­cau GT Cup, Edoardo Mor­tara won an ex­tremely chal­leng­ing city street race in an Audi R8 LMS fielded by the team.

Audi through its Audi race ex­pe­ri­ence China opens up the op­por­tu­nity to con­test races in pro­fes­sional con­di­tions to the mo­tor­sport en­thu­si­asts among its cus­tomers. The com­plete pack­ages avail­able to gen­tle­men driv­ers in­clude every­thing a racer needs, from li­cense train­ing and the readyto-run race car through to the or­ga­ni­za­tional struc­ture.

Audi ex­pects to de­liver more than 300 000 ve­hi­cles in China in fis­cal year 2011. The com­pany is the mar­ket leader in the premium seg­ment.

China has be­come a kind of sec­ond home to Audi said Audi China man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Dr Di­et­mar Voggen­re­iter.

For a full run­down on Audi and their ve­hi­cles call into the Audi Cen­tre Shep­par­ton, 325 Mid­land High­way, or phone Kelvin on 5822 5811.

The world’s first exclusive one-make cup for the Audi R8 LMS will be held in China in 2012

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