Shanghai, November 7, 2012 – The Audi R8 LMS Cup is preparing to crown the world’s first-ever Audi brand cup champion this weekend at the Shanghai International Circuit.

Three drivers are in championship contention and a total of 51 points are on offer during Rounds 11&12, which take place as part of the inaugural Shanghai Sports Car Champions Festival.

Leading the title charge is young pretender Adderly Fong with KLM Racing, who after scoring his third win of the season two weeks ago, now has a narrow two-point advantage over Audi Ultra driver Marchy Lee. Third in the championship is former Formula 1 driver Alex Yoong with Audi GQ. Joining the series for the first time and sure to be a contender to stand atop the podium is Audi DTM ace and two-time Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix and last year’s Macau GT Cup winner Edoardo Mortara, who will race with Audi Driving Dreams. The Italian finished fifth in this year’s DTM series and arrives in Shanghai straight from Abu Dhabi, where he took part in the Formula One Young Drivers Test.

Said Rene Koneberg, Director of Audi Sport customer racing China: “We are delighted that the championship is open right up until the final race weekend and that we will crown a deserving champion in Shanghai. We are also looking forward to have Edoardo Motara with us at the Shanghai Sports Car Champions Festival.”

The exciting mix of professionals, rising stars and passionate enthusiasts all race identical Audi R8 LMS Cup cars. With minimal modifications permitted, talent and racing mettle are put to the test. An optimum showcase for Audi lightweight technology, the series has also shown itself to be a leader in motorsport innovation. Earlier this season the series, along with partner Michelin, introduced a first in Asian motorsport – a long-life tyre which lasts over the course of an entire weekend, reducing consumption while maintaining the performance required for top, international racing.

In addition to the overall title, the Amateur Cup for non-professionals will be awarded this weekend. While Pauian Archiland J-Fly Racing driver Jeffrey Lee holds a 28-point lead over Alex Au, expect Au and the other Amateur Cup drivers to battle hard for the category wins. A team championship will also be awarded this weekend.

The Audi R8 LMS Cup made its worldwide debut in Shanghai in April, before heading to to China’s Pearl River Delta and the Zhuhai International Circuit. In August, the series raced at Inner Mongolia’s Ordos track, before returning to Zhuhai in September. Late last month the series supported the FIA World Endurance Championship season finale in Shanghai before this weekend’s double-header season finale.