Shaun Thong

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Shaun Thong Wei Fung
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Shaun Thong in 2017 Audi R8 LMS Cup, Korea International Circuit
NationalityHong Kong Hong Kong
Born (1995-11-01) 1 November 1995 (age 23)
Hong Kong
2018 Super Taikyu Series career
Debut season2018
Current teamPhoenix Racing
Car no.82
Starts5
Wins0
Podiums2
Poles0
Best finish2nd in 2018
Previous series
2018
2017-18
2017
2017
2016
2015
2015
2014
2013
2012
2018 Super Taikyu Series
Asian Le Mans Series
Blancpain GT Series Asia
Audi R8 LMS Cup
GT Asia Series
Blancpain Endurance Series
Audi Sport TT Cup
Euroformula Open Championship
Protyre Formula Renault Championship
Asian Formula Renault Challenge
Championship titles
2017 Blancpain GT Series Asia Silver Cup
2016 GT Asia Series Pro-Am
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese唐偉楓[1]
Hanyu PinyinTáng Wěifēng
Yale RomanizationTòhng Wáihfūng

Shaun Thong Wei Fung (born 1 November 1995 in Hong Kong, China) is a Hong Kong born professional racecar driver.

Born in 1995, Thong began karting at the age of 14 and went into the Chinese Karting Championship in Rotax Max junior, Asian Karting Open Championship and Hong Kong Kart Club Championship later that year.

He entered his first touring car race by the age of 16 and participate in the Renault Clio Cup China 2011 and finished twice on the podium. Thong was then chosen by Formula Racing Development Limited to race in the 2012 Asian Formula Renault Challenge and finished 3rd overall after securing 1 win and 2 podiums.

In 2015, Thong was selected to participate in the Audi Sport Customer Racing Asia young driver development program and will compete in the coveted 24 Hours Nürburgring, Blancpain Endurance Series, Audi Sport TT Cup, as well as the Audi R8 LMS Cup.

2012[edit]

Thong raced in the 2012 Asian Formula Renault Challenge with Formula Racing Development Limited, winning 1 race and with 2 podium finishes. Thong finished 3rd in his debut year of single seater championship. Apart from Asian Formula Renault Challenge, Thong also participated in the final round of the Maserati Trofeo MC World Series and finished 6th and was awarded for "The Best Asian Driver".Thong also participated in the Malaysia Super Series GT Open Class with 2 podium finishes.

Apart from car racing Thong also entered the final round of the CIK-FIA KF-1 World Championship held in Macau after finishing 2nd overall in the Hong Kong Kart Club 125cc Class C with 2 wins and 2 other podium finishes.

2013[edit]

Thong joined Fortec Motorsports squad to race in the Protyre Formula Renault Championship in 2013 and secured 1 pole position and 1 fastest lap in the final round held in Silverstone.[2] Despite finishing 16th in the championship, Thong showed strong potential by constantly qualifying in top 3 in 2013. Thong also made his debut in the 3rd round of Asian Lemans Series in Zhuhai and won the overall and LMP2 class with OAK Racing in a Morgan / Judd LMP2 prototype.[3] He also made an appearance in the round 7 and 8 Audi R8 LMS Cup as guest driver and finished 5th in round 8 on his debut for the championship.

Thong also finished 3rd in his debut visit to the Macau Grand Prix, racing in the Formula Masters China - Macau Grand Prix Invitational race 2013 with Eurasia Motorsports.

2014[edit]

Thong joined Team West-Tec for the 2014 Euroformula Open Championship and won the Winter Series which was held in Paul Ricard, having to qualified on pole position and securing a race win with a fastest lap in the Copa Class Dallara F308 / Toyota.[4] Thong graduated to the main class for the season driving the Dallara F312 / Toyota with Team West-Tec.

2015[edit]

In 2015 Thong was signed by Audi Sport Customer Racing Asia to be their first young driver development program talent and aim to promote young drivers to GT Racing. Thong participated in Various championship including the inaugural season of the Audi Sport TT Cup, having 1 win and 2 pole positions in Round 2 held in Nourisring. Blancpain Endurance Series driving the Audi R8 LMS Ultra for Phoenix Racing (Germany) alongside Marchy Lee and Markus Winkelhock.

Thong is also one of the drivers among the Audi Customer Racing Asia lineup that participated the 2015 24 Hours Nürburgring under a full Asian lineup for the first time, with Cheng Congfu, Marchy Lee and Alex Yoong completing the lineup. The full Asian team finishing 12th overall in the team's debut.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "唐偉楓於星期六舉行的 Audi Sport TT 盃上一枝獨秀". Car1.hk. 30 June 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Pole position for HK Driver Shaun (Wei Fung) Thong in Formula Renault UK - Rnewsport". Rnewsport. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  3. ^ http://www.oak-racing.com/news-en/victory-for-the-oak-racing-team-total-and-their-chinese-driver-line-up-in-the-zhuhai-3-hours-in-the-asian-le-mans-series?lang=en[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Euroformula Open - Winter Series - Copa class 2014 standings - Driver Database". www.driverdb.com. Retrieved 4 August 2017.

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