Edgar Lau: Le Mans Prototype Driver Teams Up with TNI Racing For
United States Touring Car Championship
Edgar Lau has been selected to drive the #9 Buehler Vineyards BMW 328i by TNI Racing in the remaining races of the United States Touring Car Championship. Lau has recently asked to develop the newly built BMW of TNI Racing and subsequently showed off his skill at the second round of US Touring Car Championship at Auto Club Speedway in June, with a third place podium finish, even though the freshly built #9 BMW was hindered by minor mechanical setbacks during the weekend causing Lau to start from the back of the grid. After the success experienced in Asia and Europe, Lau will now get a shot at his first championship contention in North America with veteran race team TNI Racing.
The 27-year-old driver has been a rising star on the motorsport scene since competing in the famed Gran Turismo Academy in 2014. Out of 400,000 participants in North America, Lau was one of only 12 to be invited to Silverstone to compete in the final round of the competition. Since then, the Hong Kong driver has competed in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill and the West Coast Endurance Championship, taking wins in both events. With Lau tasting success in the US, he felt it was time to return home to Hong Kong and make his mark in Asia. It certainly didn’t take him long, as he soon joined the Pan-Delta Super Car Festival in China and finished second overall in the GT class championship, taking an incredible five out of six podiums. Lau has scored a further win and second place podium in the Asian Le Mans Series Sprint Cup in Sepang, taking fifth overall in the championship, despite competing in only one round. In November 2016, Lau then went on to realize his lifelong dream of driving in the historic Macau GP, where he managed to score a top-ten finish on his debut, demonstrating that he could not only take the fight to but beat some of the world’s best touring car drivers. 2017 has seen Lau contest the 12 Hour Chinese Endurance Championship, in which he qualified second, before heading to the world renowned race at Le Mans where Lau scored a monumental top 5 in the Road to Le Mans race against the best GT3 and prototype drivers the world has to offer.
TNI Racing recognizes Lau's success in the GT Academy and the increasing number of top results in international competition around the world. Lau has developed the exceptional skill of being able to find the pace in a new car and deliver a performance that can challenge even the most seasoned competitors for the win. It is this ability that has seen Lau given the opportunity to be chosen by the TNI Racing and pilot the #9 Buehler Vineyards BMW to victory in the United States Touring Car Championship. While Lau will be up against some stiff competition from veteran US Touring Car drivers, the #9 driver’s recent spate of results bodes well for his performance in the upcoming races.