Audi Hong Kong will start on a vibrant new chapter at Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia immediately, when using the unveiling of your Audi RS3 LMS entry on the TCR Asia Series, in partnership with the Hong Kong-based Phoenix Racing Asia team.
The TCR version of the Audi RS 3 sedan provides customer sport at Audi by having an even broader platform for it’s customer racing program. TCR is undoubtedly an international format which has attracted competition from manufacturers all over the world.
The successful global touring car concept was in its third season in Asia, except for Audi Hong Kong, that is their initial year using the stunning new four-door RS3 LMS TCR, an automobile which made its public debut at the end of 2016.
“The Audi RS3 LMS TCR signals a fresh era for Audi Hong Kong,” said Rene Koneberg, Md of Audi Hong Kong. “Off the rear of the highly successful Audi R8 LMS GT3 program we have been glad that Audi Sport has changed an entire new RS3 LMS, showcasing know-how transfer from motorsport to production vehicles perfectly.”
Driving duties will rest on the shoulders of 17-year old Hong Kong driver Jasper Thong in the #10 RS3 LMS TCR. The new recruit is looking toward the opportunity to compete to the big stage, adding the TCR Asia Series challenge to his 2016 programs from the AFR open-wheel development category, in addition to a cameo appearance inside the one-make Audi R8 LMS Cup.
“I’m excited to acquire Jasper Thong within the Audi Hong Kong team, following a foundations laid by established Hong Kong drivers Marchy Lee and Shaun Thong, it will be great to watch his career continue to keep develop for the reason that season unfolds”, Koneberg added.
“It’s a big step in my opinion, but one I feel wanting to take,” Thong admitted. “All living For a nice and covered with motorsport, it’s something which was a huge part of my well being, we have spent lots of time paying attention to building my career in karts and open-wheelers. I’m ready with the challenge, searching toward what TCR Asia has to offer, whilst representing proudly Audi Hong Kong and Phoenix Racing Asia.”
Despite no laps in the new RS3 LMS TCR, Thong will enjoy a couple of days of private testing for the 15-turn, 5.543-kilometre Malaysian Grand Prix circuit alongside his TCR Asia Series rivals on the Wednesday and Thursday immediately prior to opening event, where he expects to accomplish plenty of laps adapting to the driving model of the front-wheel-drive turbo 2-litre touring car, prior to Sunday’s two 30-minute races.