Edgar Lau, driver of the AR-G MBO Motorsports team in the United States Touring Car Championship, headed to Dubai Autodrome to take part in the first two rounds of the 2022 Asian Le Mans Series. The 30-year-old Hong Kong driver raced for the only Chinese team on the grid, YC Panda Racing in the No. 66 Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II along with teammates Douglas Khoo and Bashar Mardini. Lau kick-started his 2022 season, racing in Dubai for the first time in his professional career.
Lau took part in races one and two of the 2022 Asian Le Mans in the GT (AM) class. He was eager and determined to perform well at the Dubai Autodrome, with this opportunity being another big step toward his dream of competing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He is not unfamiliar with the ALMS, having won in the LMP3 class at the ALMS Sprint Cup Sepang round in 2016. This will, however, be the first time Lau will drive the Evo II version of the Audi R8 LMS GT3, which has proven itself to be a competitive package.
Lau famously started racing in e-sports, making the jump from simulators to the racetrack in 2012. He graduated from the Nissan Gran Turismo Academy in 2014 before taking part in several globally renowned races like the Macau Guia Race, Asian Le Mans Series Sprint Cup and Road to Le Mans. He has been competing in the USTCC since 2018 where Lau has claimed the championship in three out of four classes for the AR-G Motorsports race team where his is a co-owner and team driver. In 2021, Lau qualified for the Sports Car Club of America National Runoffs and placed fifth in class at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“I am very excited for this opportunity to compete in the Asian Le Mans Series. This marks a milestone for me on my quest to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. There are many people who have kept their faith in me, elevated me to where I am, and for that, I am very grateful,” said Lau.
“This is also my first time driving the Audi R8 GT3 LMS Evo II. I’ve driven the LMS before, so I am excited to be back in a similar but updated car. The R8 LMS is one of the most successful platforms in GT3. I have faith that the latest Evo II will not disappoint, and I can’t wait to get behind the wheel. Big thanks to YC Panda Racing for entrusting me to compete for them in Dubai,” added Lau.
Race one was on February 12 and race two took place on February 13.