Audi R8 LMS Cup Press Release
• Alex Yoong clinches overall title with victory in Round 12
• Andre Couto is second overall ahead of Rahel Frey
• Marchy Lee and Matt Solomon complete Round 12 podium behind Yoong
Abu Dhabi, December 14, 2014 – Alex Yoong has been crowned 2014 Audi R8 LMS Cup champion after securing victory in the final race in Abu Dhabi. The explosive race with lots of back-and-forth between Yoong and close championship rival André Couto underlined the intense drama that has unfolded throughout the season. It took the 12th and final race to decide who would take the championship.
In Round 12, Couto started from pole with the maximum weight ballast of 60 kg, meaning Yoong, in position two, had a weight advantage. Both championship contenders stormed ahead as soon as the lights went off, and it was clear that they were both determined to lift the trophy. Throughout the race, Yoong and Couto put their all into the battle for first place, with each taking it in turns to lead. However, Yoong managed to keep just ahead of Couto in the last few laps, and finally took the checkered flag.
Steven Lin won the 2014 amateur category ahead of Ashraff Dewal and Jacky Yeung.
Brothers Racing Team secured the 2014 team championship ahead of Teda Racing Team and Castrol Racing Team.
The 2014 Four Rings Trophy for regional Audi teams and dealerships went to the Audi R8 LMS Cup Team, ahead of KamLung Racing and Audi Korea.
The 2015 Audi R8 LMS Cup kicks off on March 22, 2015 in South China’s Zhuhai.
“I put André under a lot of pressure today. It paid off! I am just happy I won the championship.”
“It was a great season. I gave it everything. I wanted to be champion. I’m happy with my performance.”
“I had a disappointing season – things didn’t go smoothly for me. But every driver experiences ups and downs. This season still provided me with good training opportunities, and I will be back to challenge again in 2015.”
“It was a very eventful race! It was really fun and I’m sure it was great to watch! I’m disappointed I couldn’t win the championship, but I’m happy with getting third overall. Congratulations to both Alex and André – they both drove so well throughout the season and they deserve to be at the top. Well done to Alex for winning it!”
“It was a dramatic way to end the season. There was lots of action, and unfortunately I was caught up in it! It’s a pity I lost out on my third place, and I’m disappointed I couldn’t defend my title this time.”
2014 Audi R8 LMS Cup
Provisional Overall Classification - Top 5
Photo credit: Audi R8 LMS Cup