Reigning double Audi R8 LMS Cup champion Alex Yoong takes to the track this weekend in Shanghai for the opening round of the 2016 season.

Arriving in Shagnhai in high racing spirits from his GT Asia Series race last weekend, Alex is primed for the challenge and in the racing zone.

In this fifth season of the Audi R8 LMS Cup, Alex will be fighting for an unprecedented third championship title. But not without another hard challenge from rivals Marchy Lee and Franky Chong.

“It’s really exciting going into this weekend, because everything is unknown,” says Alex. “The car is brand new and everyone starts from zero again.”

Asked about the competition, Alex realizes that his rivals have more to fight for this year. “The competition has been getting stiffer every year, and you can see from the pre-season testing that this year will be no exception.”

All signs of a good result this weekend are positive as Alex finished the last session on top of the time sheets. “I was pleased to finish the last session yesterday as the quickest. But with ten drivers all within a second, I know I’m going to have to be on top form to win.”

This year sees the Audi R8 LMS Cup travel to six destinations for a 12-round season including a debut in Thailand. All 12 races will be live streamed on the Audi R8 LMS Cup website at www.audi-motorsport-asia.com.

Join the Alex Yoong fan club to stay up to date of his championship fight, and exclusive videos and galleries at www.alexyoong.com/team-alex.

2016 Calendar (provisional)

Official Test / May 18-19 / Shanghai International Circuit, China

Rounds 1&2 / May 21-22 / Shanghai International Circuit, China

Rounds 3&4 / July 23-24 / Chang International Circuit, Thailand

Rounds 5&6 / August 13-14 / Kuala Lumpur Street Circuit, Malaysia

Rounds 7&8 / September 24-25 / Korea International Circuit, Korea

Rounds 9&10 / October 15-16 / Penbay International Circuit, Chinese Taipei

Rounds 11&12 / November 4-5 / Shanghai International Circuit, China

Ben Potter

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