Aditya Patel wins at Shanghai in the Audi R8 LMS Cup

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Aditya Patel made India proud by winning the final race in the Audi R8 LMS cup at Shanghai on Sunday This was the support race for FIA World Endurance Championship.

Aditya Patel, the lone Indian racer went into the final race sixth in the driver’s standings and still had a slim chance of clinching the title. 

Race one did not go as per the plan. After the team worked to fix engine problems, Patel qualified second, alongside Alex Yoong. However, his joy was short-lived. The stewards took a decision to penalize Patel for a minor technical infringement, thereby putting him 17th on the grid for the first race of the weekend. He put in a stellar performance to move up to ninth place and set the fastest lap of the race which put him on pole position for race two.

Being a standing start, Aditya Patel quickly built a comfortable gap over championship rivals Yoong, Franky Cheng and Marchy Lee. From there on, Patel kept his calm and crossed the chequered flag in spectacular fashion to win the final race of the season ahead of Lee and Cheng. Former Formula one driver, Yoong was crowned Champion of the Audi R8 LMS Cup. Patel ended the championship fourth overall.

“It’s been a crazy year and there’s no better way than to top it off with a pole to flag victory in the final race. The team did a fantastic job to get the car ready for qualifying. The penalty after qualifying meant a change in strategy, and it turned out to be perfect,” said an ecstatic Aditya after the race. 

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