Monday, October 6, 2014

Macau GT Cup: Mr Macau Edoardo Mortara returning to his favourite circuit + 6 Audi entries so far

By Johan Laubscher

The Macau Grand Prix is set for 13-16 November and six Audi R8 LMS and ultra entries have been confirmed for the Macau GT Cup, wherein Audi Sport customer racing has been unbeaten since 2011.

Audi Communication - Motorsport released details this past weekend regarding the Audi presence that will be at Macau in November. The headline news includes the return of Mr Macau, Edoardo Mortara, who has been unbeaten at Macau in every event that he has competed in since 2009. He won the prestigious Macau Formula 3 event in 2009 and 2010 and followed that up by taking the Macau GT Cup victories with Audi in 2011, 2012 and 2013, along with the Audi R8 LMS Cup support event victory in 2013, making it six out of six for the Italian at Macau.

Mortara will be entered in a two-car Audi R8 LMS ultra team that will be racing under the Audi race experience banner. His teammate will be the young Belgian, Laurens Vanthoor, who has already won the Spa 24 Hours and the Blancpain Endurance Series title during 2014.

The Macau GT Cup will once again also be the finale of the 2014 GT Asia Series and three Audis, fielded by Absolute Racing, will be taking part in the finale. The team’s Audi R8 LMS ultra cars will be driven by Jeffrey Lee and Philip Ma. Jacky Yeung will be competing with an older Audi R8 LMS under his Tiger Racing Team banner, fielded by Absolute Racing.

United Autosports has also mentioned that they will once again be fielding multiple cars at Macau this year, including their Audi R8 LMS ultra. They were seen testing at Silverstone two weeks ago.

The first version of the Macau Grand Prix entry lists is expected to be released soon, but it is great news that six Audi Sport customer racing team entries have already been confirmed so far.

The News in Brief press release from Audi Communications - Motorsport:

Audi Sport customer racing aims to win the Macau GT Cup for the fourth time in succession. The prestigious event, which at the same time is the finale of the GT Asia race series, is held on November 16 in the former Portuguese colony. Edoardo Mortara has won the spectacular GT race in the concrete jungle three times in succession since 2011 in the Audi R8 LMS ultra. This year, the Audi driver returns to his favorite track with the Audi race experience. His team mate is the Belgian Laurens Vanthoor, freshly crowned Blancpain Endurance Series Champion and winner of the 24 Hours of Spa. Team Absolute Racing fields three other Audis. Jeffrey Lee from Taiwan and Philip Ma from Hong Kong each drive an R8 LMS ultra, while Jacky Yeung from Hong Kong relies on the Audi R8 LMS, which he also drives in Asia in the Audi R8 LMS Cup. 

Photo credit: Audi R8 LMS Cup