Championship leader Marchy Lee of Audi Ultra could not better Yoong’s impressive lap of 1: 34.014 around the 4.3km Zhuhai International Circuit, despite a close-run session which saw the top six all within a second of each other.
Starting from the second row of the grid for Round 7 will be China’s Sun Zheng of Team Erdos Xinan, currently 4th in the championship chase, alongside KLM Team’s Adderly Fong of Hong Kong. Fong trails Marchy by just two points on the championship leaderboard, but with Yoong looking so strong this weekend, the pair will be watching their backs.
Fastest in the Amateur Cup was Pauian Archiland J-Fly Racing driver Jeffrey Lee, back with the series after missing the Ordos rounds due to racing duties in Suzuka with the Audi R8 LMS ultra entry in the GT Asia series. Second quickest in the class was star of stage, screen and race track, Aaron Kwok, who is on scorching form this weekend, with Alex Au, class winner of both races in Ordos, third in the session.
The session saw Yoong, who is roaring back after a tough weekend in Ordos, set his best time on his fourth lap out to take his second pole position of the season. David Zhu, impressing on his Audi R8 LMS Cup debut with Team Zhe Jiang Aotong, was fifth fastest in the session.
Commented Director of Audi Sport customer racing in China, Rene Koneberg: “The times were incredibly close today, which is testament to both the quality of skill amongst our field, and the extraordinary performance and reliability of the Audi R8 LMS Cup right on the limit. We’re all looking forward to two hard-fought, thrilling battle this weekend.”