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Audi R8 LMS Cup – Rahel Frey third on the first qualifying 2016

MjEzOHQ9NGVjNTcyMWEtZDMzYy00YzU4LThlNTctMzVkNDIyYmU4MzZhJnM9MTU2NDgwMS00NjA=Martin Rump (21) of Champion Racing Team will start from pole in Round 1 of the 2016 Audi R8 LMS Cup after clocking the fastest time in Saturday’s Superpole shootout. Joining Rump on the front row at the Shanghai International Circuit on Sunday is KCMG’s Yuichi Nakayama (24). Rahel Frey (30) of Castrol Racing Team was third quickest in the session ahead of Belgian driver Alessio Picariello (22) of MGT Team by Absolute.

Rahel Frey (Castrol Racing Team) : “We have a nice field and it is going to provide intense competition this season. We have two youngsters in first and second place for tomorrow’s race, both from single-seater background and they seem to be very well prepared for the Audi R8 LMS Cup. I will do my very best tomorrow – let’s see who wins.” 

With Rump, Nakayama and Picariello, three of the top four drivers are young, new series additions, shaking up the order.

Defending champion Alex Yoong (39) and 2015 season runner-up Cheng Congfu (31) will be starting from eighth and tenth on the grid respectively after a difficult day in wet conditions.

“The new additions have proved their strength and really made a difference,” said Rene Koneberg, Director of Audi Sport customer racing Asia. “We are delighted to have such a competitive line-up with a large collection of young talent.”

Audi Sport TT Cup 2015 champion Jan Kisiel (21) qualified in seventh, further proving the credentials of the Cup’s new young drivers. In addition, the qualifying sessions saw 16-year old Cup debutante Jasper Thong from Hong Kong become the youngest driver in Audi R8 LMS Cup history.

Rounds 1 & 2 take place tomorrow at the Shanghai International Circuit. Fans can watch both races live on the Audi R8 LMS Cup official website, www.audi-motorsport.com and on series partner video portals LeSports, PPTV and Youku at 10:05 and 15:25 (UTC+8).

Starting Grid for Round 1 1. 18/Martin RUMP/Champion Racing Team 2. 19/Yuichi NAKAYAMA/ KCMG 3. 66/Rahel FREY/Castrol Racing Team 4. 6/Alessio PICARIELLO/ MGT Team by Absolute 5. 88/Marchy LEE/Audi Hong Kong 6. 8/Aditya PATEL/Team Audi R8 LMS Cup 7. 43/Jan KISIEL/KCMG 8. 1/Alex YOONG/Audi TEDA Racing Team 9. 11/Kyong-Ouk YOU/Team Audi Korea 10. 99/Cheng Congfu (Franky)/FAW-VW Audi Racing Team 11. 51/Johnson HUANG/Absolute Racing 12. 7/Jeffrey LEE/ Team Audi Volkwagen Taiwan 13. 17/Mark CHUNG/J-Fly Racing by Absolute 14. 55/Vincent FLOIRENDO/EN Sport by Absolute 15. 26/THONG Wei Heen (Jasper)/Phoenix Racing Asia 16. 13/SUN Jing Zu/Absolute Racing 17. 38/YOON Sanghwi (Rick)/Phoenix Racing Asia 18. 15/Chun Hua CHEN (Kevin)/J-Fly Racing by Absolute Watch all races live at:  www.audir8lmscup.com www.audi-motorsport.com]]>

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