Yoong and Mortara share wins at Audi R8 LMS Cup Rounds 5 & 6

 2016 Audi R8 LMS Cup Malaysia Alex Yoong podium_2 Competition at the top of the Audi R8 LMS Cup could not be any tighter at the halfway stage of the GT3 series’ 5th season. Audi TEDA Racing Team’s Alex Yoong and Alessio Picariello of MGT Team by Absolute are both tied on 95 championship points, with reigning Cup champion Yoong ahead of his young Belgian rival by way of his two race victories so far this season.

One of those victories came in Round 5 in Sepang, where the former Malaysian F1 driver got away wel after lights-out on the rolling start. Yoong utilized his new tyres to storm past the top three drivers, Rahel Frey of Castrol Racing Team, Picariello and pole-sitter Edoardo Mortara of Phoenix Racing Asia, to take the lead into turn one. It was a lead he held onto until the chequered flag, finishing ahead of Mortara and Frey, who had got past Picariello to finish third.

The nail-biting battle in Round 6 between Mortara and Picariello was the highlight of the day. In the lights to flag tussle, Picariello, free of the 35 kilograms of success ballast that weighted him down in the first race, repeatedly knocked at the door of Mortara, who was now the one to carry 35 extra kilograms for his P2 finish in Round 5. Frey was always in close pursuit, waiting to capitalize on any mistakes from the front two.
Few were made, with Mortara’s expert defence securing him the top step of the podium, just half a second ahead of Picariello. Crossing the line just behind them both was Frey, whose double-podium over the weekend was enough to bounce her above Martin Rump of Champion Racing Team into third in the overall championship. Rump scored the fastest lap time in Round 6, but was not able to capitalize on his pace after early contact set him back.

Yoong came in sixth in Round 6, after being added 50kg to his car for his win in Round 5. The local driver now shares lead points with Picariello (95 points) in the overall positioning and mentioned, “It’s a real relief. Discussing with my engineers to use new tyres for race one was risky but we had to make use of it. We chose a very aggressive setup. After a great start I had a perfect four laps and was able to settle into the lead,” Yoong reiterated.

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The Audi R8 LMS Cup one-make series is operated by Audi China and is part of the Audi Sport customer racing Asia program. The championship is run in cooperation with FAW-Volkswagen Audi, Audi Hong Kong, Audi Korea, Audi Taiwan and Audi Malaysia.

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