Sepang, March 10, 2017
The Audi RS 3 LMS is set to fly off the grid for the very first time in South-East Asia at rounds 1 and 2 of the TCR Asia Series this weekend. Youngster Jasper Thong of his native team Audi Hong Kong will be making his debut in the TCR segment, with SK Tong at the wheel of the Phoenix Racing Asia car at the Sepang International Circuit.

The two drivers will be looking to build on the impressive Asia debut of the Audi RS 3 LMS at January’s 24 Hours of Dubai, where the car recorded a class victory. Launched in Asia during the Macau Grand Prix at the end of 2016, the TCR version of the Audi RS 3 sedan represents the exciting expansion of the Audi Sport customer racing Asia programme into the burgeoning TCR segment.

“The first races for the Audi RS 3 LMS in the region are an important milestone for our customer racing platform in Asia”, said Bernd Goeres, Director of Audi Sport customer racing Asia. “The addition of TCR class racing to the Audi Sport customer racing Asia portfolio opens up motorsport opportunities to a larger customer base.”

The global touring car concept is attracting the attention of manufacturers around the world and gives customers a relatively low-cost entry point into motorsport. TCR classifications and races are already present in Asia’s leading motorsport events, such as the Sepang 12 Hours and the Macau Grand Prix.

Despite its compact appearance, the Audi RS 3 LMS packs considerable power on the race track. The vehicle boasts a four-cylinder two-litre TFSI engine that delivers 330 horsepower and is capable of speeds of up to 240 kilometres an hour.

Launching its third season near Malaysia’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur, the TCR Asia Series will also visit China and Thailand over its six-stop, 12-race calendar. The season kicks off on Saturday, March 11 with two qualifying sessions, followed by rounds 1 and 2 on Sunday, March 12 at 10:05 and 14:30 respectively (all times UTC+8).

TCR Asia Series – Rounds 1 and 2 – Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia
Audi entries
5/Jasper THONG/HKG/Audi Hong Kong
8/SK TONG/HKG/Phoenix Racing Asia