KUALA LUMPUR, July 10 (Bernama) An incident packed round 4 of the Audi R8 LMS Cup saw Alex Yoong take the checkered flag after leading the race with a dominant performance from start to finish.
Championship rival Marchy Lee spun out of the race in lap three, ending his hopes of adding to his win in Round 3 while Alex made amends for his disappointment in round 3 last Saturday, where he was handed a time penalty for a false start and relegated from winner to sixth.
"Today's action packed race has shown how attractive the sprint race format of the Audi R8 LMS Cup is. The drivers follow their racing instincts and have no time to relax. It's full on from the start to the finish," commented Rene Koneberg, Director Audi Sport customer racing China.
At the start of the race Alex Yoong, Marchy Lee and Adderly Fong were all on 51 points in the overall classification.
The race got off to an exciting start with Rahel Frey immediately challenging Marchy Lee and the two came together as they headed into turn one, but Rahel was able to hold the inside line and pushed Marchy out wide taking second position.
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However, Rahel Frey's excellent start was not to last as she dropped down to seventh after a nudge by Marchy Lee on lap two.
Marking an incredible fight back, Rahel Frey found herself in the mix of an intense battle that would last until the end of the race between herself, Adderly Fong, "Franky" Cheng Congfu and Earl Bamber.
With barely seconds between them, drivers took it in turns to trade positions in what was one of the race's many highlights.
The intense difficulty of the Ordos International Circuit saw many drivers make small errors and bring gravel onto the track.
On lap 5, local ace Sun Zheng saw his unfortunate race weekend come to an end pulling up on the home straight.
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With the safety car now on standby, Alex Yoong pushed hard to extend his lead over Cheng Congfu, which had grown to 5.2 seconds but eventually the safety car came out and bunched the chasing pack and Alex Yoong back together.
However, the drama was not to stop there, as second placed Cheng Congfu had to pit with a puncture whilst the safety car was out.
On lap 8 the safety car came back in with Alex Yoong leading the chasing pack of Adderly Fong, Earl Bamber and Kyong-Ouk You.
Adderly Fong pushed Alex Yoong hard but found overtaking difficult on what is a challenging and technical circuit.
On lap 10 the intense battle between Earl Bamber and Adderly Fong saw the two talented drivers come together wheel-to-wheel before Earl Bamber took second position.
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On the penultimate lap, Earl Bamber had managed to cut Alex Yoong's lead by 0.8 seconds but with laps running out it was to prove inconsequential, as he had to settle for second place as they crossed the line.
Adderly Fong came in third after he managed to hold off Rahel Frey, who was capping an amazing comeback for the second time.
After his pit stop, Cheng Congfu underlined his talent by quickly moving through the field and the final lap saw him and Jeffrey Lee come together whilst tussling for sixth, which allowed Massimo Vignali to take advantage and finish a place ahead of both of them.
Alex Au was again the star of the amateur drivers, taking his second win of the race weekend in Ordos, followed closely by Naomi Zhang Ran.
The female amateur has greatly progressed under the guidance of Marchy Lee, who coaches her as part of the driver development programme of the Audi R8 LMS Cup.
Going into the next race weekend in Inje, South Korea (Aug 2-4), Alex Yoong heads the overall classification with 77 points, followed closely by Adderly Fong on 69, and in third place is Marchy Lee on 51.