Audi boasts a 5-car line up on this year’s edition of the FIA GT World Cup, half of the 66th working of the Macau Colossal Prix.
The manufacturer is aiming to repeat its 2016 success, when Laurens Vanthoor memorably received the inch when its R8 LMS racer ended up on its roof bringing out the red flag.
With the Belgian racer now half of the Porsche residence-up, Ingolstadt-basically based fully fully marque Audi will watch to his brother – 21-year-feeble Dries.
The younger of the Vanthoor brothers has been half of the Audi right since 2016 but genuinely came of age in the closing couple of seasons, having received closing year’s Bathurst 12 Hour inch and this year’s Nürburgring 24 hours.
Having proven his skills on a few of essentially the most demanding inch tracks in the realm, Vanthoor will probably be having a watch so that you just can add a triumph in the realm’s absolute best GT hotfoot inch to his impressive resume.
Young gun Vanthoor is joined at Group WRT by an even younger gun – 18-year-feeble Charles Weerts, forming an all-Belgian line up. The teenager started off in System 4, with this chapter of his profession being highlighted by the 2017-18 UAE Championship title.
Weerts then switched to GTs, proving his depart helpful away by qualifying on pole for every qualifying races and taking Journey 1 victory in the 2018 FIA GT International locations Cup in Bahrain. Unfortunately, his team-mate retired the Group Belgium car on the opening lap of the inch.
One R8 LMS will probably be entered by German outfit Phoenix Racing with skilled Christopher Haase at the again of the wheel. The 32-year-feeble has been racing GT machinery for a decade and his accomplishments consist of ADAC GT Masters and FIA GT3 European Championship titles, to boot to two overall victories in the Nürburgring 24 hours and one in Dubai 24 Hour inch.
Group Rutronik will moreover enter one car, driven by Kelvin van der Linde. The Rutronik-van der Line combos (in conjunction with team-mate Patric Niederhauser) has a a hit pedigree, having clinched the title on this year’s highly competitive ADAC GT Masters championship. It’s the 2nd sequence title for the South African, who moreover received the 2014 title. He’s moreover a 24 Hours Nürburgring winner.
Final but no longer least, one car will probably be entered by Group Asia TSRT for Chinese racer Weian Chen.
Since Vanthoor’s 2016 triumph, Audi’s easiest consequence at the demanding Guia Circuit used to be Robin Frijns 2nd build in 2017. Final year the System E standard used to be moreover Audi’s top driver, having done fifth.