Tilke Engineers & Architects has appointed Matter Motorsport as its partner in China, the first such cooperation in Asia for the world’s leading designer of racetracks and associated infrastructure.
The partnership will see Shanghai-based Matter, established in 2003 by respected German motorsport professional Winfried Matter after a 30-year career in Europe, represent Tilke in a country where the sport is growing rapidly. In 2003, Matter played a key role in the development of China’s F1 track, the Shanghai International Circuit, which was designed by Tilke.
Tilke will also become an official partner of Matter Motorsport affiliate Absolute Racing, joining Lockton MIS Motorsport Insurance and Spark Model cars on the team’s entries in the Blancpain GT Series Asia, Formula Masters Series, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and the Audi R8 LMS Cup.
Absolute is one of the region’s largest and most successful motorsport teams, with multiple championship titles and race victories both in Asia and beyond and across a wide spectrum of motorsport disciplines. The team has seen a spectacular start to its 2017 season, and currently leads both the Audi R8 LMS Cup and Formula Masters Series championships. In addition, Absolute-serviced teams are leading both the new Blancpain GT Series Asia and Asian Le Mans Sprint Series.
The Tilke insignia will be prominently displayed on two Bentley Team Absolute cars for the season opener of the China GT Championship in Beijing, driven by young Hong Kong talent Adderly Fong and Thai star Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak, and South Korea’s Andrew Kim and Weiron Tan of Malaysia. Tilke livery will also be showcased along with Spark and MIS on the Bentley Team Absolute car driven by former Porsche Carrera Cup Asia champion, Alexandre Imperatori.
Winfried Matter commented on the new partnership: “Tilke and Matter share the belief that China is at the forefront of motorsport development in Asia. Together we have the opportunity to contribute to this growth by creating sophisticated, safe and unique motorsport facilities across the country. The Tilke-designed Shanghai International Circuit is already well established as one of the finest race tracks in the region, and we look forward to bringing motorsport to new Chinese audiences together in the future.”
Established in 1983 by engineer, racing driver and circuit designer Hermann Tilke, Tilke Engineers & Architects is the world’s leading designer of racetrack and test facilities, creating individual state-of-the-art circuits and ancillary infrastructure, fulfilling the constantly evolving requirements of modern motorsport. Tilke also designs hotels, commercials buildings, housing projects, malls and sports and leisure facilities. The team includes interdisciplinary and experienced engineers, architects, consultants and racing drivers from around the world, and services encompass civil engineering, architecture and electromechanical and electronic engineering from concept to design, construction and management.
Having established an excellent reputation and wide network of contacts and partners over more than three decades in Germany, France and the UK, Matter Motorsport brought its expertise to China. Since 2003, Matter Motorsport has worked with a diverse array of organisations across China, ranging from auto manufacturers and circuits, to governmental agencies.