Two Audis in Asian LMS

There will be two Audi R8 LMS cars entered in the Asian Le Mans Series 2018/19.

Tianshi Racing Team has doubled up compared to last season, and will enter both their classic number #66 plus the new #88.

Both cars will be a good mix of speed, experience and the mandatory Bronze driver.

Xu Wei will be joined by Massimiliano Wiser and Rob Huff and #66, while #88 will have Dennis Zhang, Weian Chen and Dries Vanthoor.

Xu has seven seasons of experience, including winning the 2015 Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific – Trofeo Pirelli Am. He is a very versatile driver, having raced in both in the Audi R8 LMS Cup and a Ferrari 458 GT3 – funnily enough, for one of their competitors this season, Carguy.

Wiser raced for the team last season too, and has loads of experience from the car model plus Asian motorsport in general.

Tianshi Racing Team #66
Photo: Audi Motorsport

Rob Huff has had a go in the endurance sport before, by competing at the 24 Hours race at Silverstone, but this is the first time that he races in the Asian Le Mans Series. He arrives straight from Macau, where he had quite a successful WTCR weekend, which has been his favourite part of the sport for many seasons.

Weian Chen is the defending Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup Am+ Champion, and raced for the team in the 2017/18 too, while Dennis Zhang has experience from the Chinese Touring Car Championship, CTCC.

Dries Vanthoor is an Audi works driver, and has been selected for this Asian programme. Vanthoor is the younger brother of Laurens, and he actually managed to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans BEFORE his famous older brother, when Dries raced for JMW Motorsport in 2017, before Laurens won in the pink Porsche pork in 2018.

The Asian Le Mans Series 2018/19 starts this weekend near the huge Chinese city of Shanghai.

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