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2015 Audi R8 LMS Cup set to kick off this weekend

2015 Audi R8 LMS Cup set to kick off this weekend image

Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: Audi R8 LMS Cup | posted March 18, 2015 17:53

The fourth season of the Audi R8 LMS Cup will field up to 22 cars

The fourth season of the Audi R8 LMS Cup is set to kick off this weekend at Southern China's Zhuhai International Circuit from March 21 to 22, 2015.

The opening race of this year's Cup will field up to 22 identical Audi R8 LMS cars. Reigning champion and former Formula One driver Alex Yoong of Malaysia will try to defend his title against Hong Kong's Marchy Lee, Swiss GT specialist Rahel Frey, Chinese racer Franky Cheng Congfu, among others.

ndia's Aditya Patel joins the competition, becoming the first ever driver from his country to race in the Cup

For this year, India's Aditya Patel joins the competition, becoming the first ever driver from his country to race in the Cup.

The 2015 Audi R8 LMS Cup will have a new race weekend format which includes one rolling start (Race 1) and one standing start (Race 2). The “push-to-pass” system will once again be in effect this year.

The 2015 Audi R8 LMS Cup set to kick off in China this weekend

In addition, this year's Cup will feature new enhancements such as the launch control technology to assist the drivers from standing starts; a lighter clutch; a recessed rear wing; and a modified brake system.

Lastly, drivers will be allowed to use two sets of tires during qualifying and two sets for the weekend's double-header race.