Audi R8 LMS Cup Press Release
• André Couto takes start-to-finish victory
• Alex Yoong with strong race but gets penalized for false start
• New regulations on tyres and technical team support for 2015
Abu Dhabi, December 12, 2014 – André Couto collected maximum points tonight at the Audi R8 LMS Cup’s debut in Abu Dhabi, with a start-to-finish victory in Round 11, ahead of “Franky” Cheng Congfu. Championship rival Alex Yoong crossed the finish line in third but was later given a 25 second time penalty for a false start, meaning that Rahel Frey officially claimed the final podium spot. Yoong had to settle for sixth.
For tomorrow’s Round 12, the championship decider, Couto will again start from pole after clocking the fastest time in Round 11, while Yoong will start from position two. Crucially, Yoong will have a weight advantage as Couto will carry the maximum success ballast of 60 kg for his win today. So far this season no driver has won a race with that much extra weight, but second or third place will still be enough for Couto to seal the championship, even if Yoong wins the final Round 12.
Chinese driver Cheng cut through the field to finish second after starting from position six. He has his sights on the third position overall, with only three points between him and current third Rahel Frey. While they still had title hopes ahead of the race, third overall is now the maximum both drivers can achieve.
Frey, Adderly Fong and Marchy Lee all drove consistently. Lee strategically pulled out of the race early in order to preserve his tyres for tomorrow’s race, whereas Frey and Fong finished in third and fourth respectively.
With the 26 points from Couto, Brothers Racing Team sealed the 2014 team championship with one race to go.
The winner of the 2014 Four Rings Trophy for Audi regions and dealerships was also decided on Friday. With a lead of 31 points, Team Audi R8 LMS Cup with driver Cheng cannot be caught.
Round 12 will take place tomorrow afternoon at 16:45 local time (UTC +4) and will be broadcast live on the Cup’s website.
Audi R8 LMS Cup Official Website: www.audir8lmscup.com
“It was a gamble coming first today. I don’t know if the tyres will last tomorrow…I don’t know how the car will perform tomorrow…who knows how the race will go, but bring it on!”
“Franky” Cheng Congfu:
“Second place was a great result for me. Alex and André deserve to be fighting for the championship this season. Both of them have been the most competitive drivers this year. I still have a job to do tomorrow – I will fight Rahel for third place in the championship. I will go out and enjoy the final race of the season.”
2014 Audi R8 LMS Cup
Round 11 — Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi