OtojatimID– The Asian regional motorsport scene bursts back to life from May 20 to 22 as the GT World Challenge Asia gets underway at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit. Two Pro-Am entries from Audi Sport Asia Team X Works will chase victory for the Four Rings on the first outing of the
Audi R8 LMS GT3 evo II in Asia.
Official Audi Sport Asia and FIA Silver drivers Sandy Stuvik and Shaun Thong team
up with FIA Bronze entries Yasser Shahin and David Pun respectively in a pair of
Audi R8 LMS GT3 evo II entries for the Malaysian season-opener at the 5.543km
Sepang International Circuit.“We are very excited to be back at Asia’s leading GT championship, with two very competitive Pro-Am entries,” said Alexander Blackie, Manager of Audi Sport
customer racing Asia. “With Audi Sport Asia drivers Sandy Stuvik and Shaun Thong
partnering with two of the quickest Am drivers in the region in Yasser Shahin and
David Pun, we have two well-balanced line-ups for the Asia debut of the Audi R8 LMS evo II.”
Audi Sport Asia driver Sandy Stuvik dominated the karting scene in his native
Thailand, then moved on to Europe where he took three junior single seater titles.
Switching to GT competition in 2017, Stuvik has since made his mark in Asia and in
particular in the Thailand Super Series, taking his two championship titles with
long-time Audi partner B-Quik Absolute Racing.
Australian Yasser Shahin is one of the region’s most accomplished Am competitors
and his standout successes with Audi include winning the last-ever Audi Sport R8
LMS Cup title in 2019. Shahin most recently clinched the 2021 Pro-Am
championship in the inaugural GT World Challenge Australia alongside Audi Sport
driver Christopher Mies.
Audi Sport Asia driver Shaun Thong from Hong Kong, China has made his mark in
single seater, GT, LMP and touring car competition, mastering both sprint and
endurance racing. His titles so far include the GT Asia Series Pro-Am Championship
in 2016, Silver Cup Champion in the 2017 Blancpain GT Asia Series and more
recently the 2020 Super Taikyu Series ST-X Championship in Japan.
David Pun, meanwhile, has proven himself in single seater, sportscar, one-make,
GT4 and GT3 competition, finishing runner-up in the GT3 class of the GT Super
Sprint Challenge in China last season
Both Pro-Am pairs will compete in the latest evolution of the hugely-successful
Audi R8 LMS GT3. Audi Sport has optimized the R8 LMS evo II in five areas:
aerodynamics, engine characteristics, air conditioning, suspension and traction
control, making it a strong contender on the race tracks of Asia.
Audi Sport Asia Team X Works is run by Hong Kong, China-based Marchy Lee, who
counts an Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup championship title amongst his long list of career
achievements. X Works has successfully run entries in multiple championships
right across the Asian region for both Pro and up-and-coming Am competitors.