One week after the success in Dubai, Phoenix Racing Asia clinched overall victory in the Circuit Hero 600-km endurance race at the Zhuhai International Circuit, leading a one-two victory for the brand with the four rings. The race-winning Audi R8 LMS was driven by the quartet of Shaun Thong, Marchy Lee, Alex Yoong and Xie Jiaxing, who finished ahead of the R8 LMS of Liu Peng, Che Liang and Jiao Peng from the Tianshi Racing Team.
Young Italian Giacomo Altoè took pole position and victory in the season opener of the TCR Middle East Series at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. Altoè, behind the wheel of an Audi RS 3 LMS from PitLane Competizioni, also clinched a third place in Abu Dhabi and then one week later, he secured a runner-up result in Dubai, the second race weekend of the 2018 season.
The month of January also saw the Asia-Pacific track debut of the Audi R8 LMS GT4, when the new race car was seen on track during the Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup pre-season customer test days at the Sepang Circuit in Malaysia. The newest model from Audi Sport customer racing will feature in the GT4 class of the 2018 Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup.