PCCA – Rounds 2 & 3, Shanghai, April 14, 2013, Team Eagle Takes Victory after Epic Battle With Craft Nexus Racing in Shanghai – Drive Safe and Fast

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PCCA – Rounds 2 & 3, Shanghai, April 14, 2013, Team Eagle Takes Victory after Epic Battle With Craft Nexus Racing in Shanghai

Team Eagle’s Martin Ragginger rounded off a perfect weekend at the 2013 FORMULA 1 UBS CHINESE GRAND PRIX by taking his third successive victory in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.  His trio of wins, and perfect record of pole positions, gives him a strong lead at the top of the championship points table but series newcomer, Earl Bamber of Craft Nexus Racing, continued his impressive debut with his second runner-up finish of the weekend.  Third across the line was Macau’s Rodolfo Avila of Team Jebsen, who made a scorching getaway off the grid and powered his way to a podium finish.

In Class B, it was Mentos Racing’s Egidio Perfetti who took the toughest victory of his career so far, simultaneously attacking and defending in what was a frenzied – but fair – 12 laps on the 5.4km Shanghai International Circuit.  Perfetti took the Class B win and eighth overall, with Dorr McElrea Racing’s Yuey Tan second in the category and OpenRoad Racing’s Christian Chia taking the final podium spot.
Ragginger now has a ten point lead over closest challenger Bamber on the championship leaderboard, with LKM Racing Team’s Keita Sawa in third, two points clear of Avila.  In the chase for Class B honours, Perfetti is 14 points ahead of Tan, who jumps to second after the Shanghai double header, with Malaysian newcomer Alif Hamdan third.

Although Bamber had to settle for second again, he knows victory is well within grasp: “The start was absolutely fantastic, and a really great battle for the first couple of laps.  Today I didn’t quite have the pace and knew it would be tough as we’re on older tyres.  We’re moving forward, with two second places, so maybe we’ll get a win in Zhuhai.”
As he had in Round 2, Bamber shot off the start like a rocket, grabbing the lead from pole-man Ragginger.  Sawa also got away well and was challenging the Austrian for second when Avila saw his chance and dived past.  Basetex Racing’s Zhang Da Sheng was on the tail of Avila chased by Budweiser Kamlung Racing’s Tung Ho-Pin who was sandwiched between him and Team Carrera Cup Asia’s Darryl O’Young.  In the high-speed battle, the three were so close that contact between Zhang and Tung set of a chain reaction which saw O’Young and Zhang Da Sheng spin, with the Hong Kong driver retiring.  Zhang Da Sheng made an impressive recovery to fight back through the field, eventually crossing the line in seventh.

Back at the head of the field, Ragginger was pilling the pressure on to his rival, with Bamber once again defending superbly.  At the end of the opening lap though, Ragginger remained glued to this bumper, making his move on Lap 2 and seizing the lead. The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia truly shone at China’s most prestigious motorsport weekend, treating the crowds to an unforgettable weekend of thrilling GT competition from its talented international field. The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia will be back in action next month at the Zhuhai International Circuit in China’s Pearl River Delta, for Rounds 4 and 5.
2013 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia

Round 3 – Results

Pos

No

Driver/Nationality

Cls

Entrant/Nationality

Time

1

86

Martin RAGGINGER (AUT)

 

Team Eagle (CHN)

26:16.999

2

7

Earl BAMBER (NZL)

 

Craft Nexus Racing (MAS)

+5.202

3

20

Rodolfo AVILA (MAC)

 

Team Jebsen (HKG)

+7.886

4

38

Keita SAWA (JPN)

 

LKM Racing Team (HKG)

+14.955

5

58

TUNG Ho-Pin (CHN)

 

Budweiser Kamlung Racing (CHN)

+18.689

6

8

Benjamin ROUGET (FRA)

 

Team Yongda Dongfang (CHN)

+25.257

7

78

ZHANG Da Sheng (CHN)

 

Basetex Racing (CHN)

+27.681

8

88

Egidio PERFETTI (SIN)

B

Mentos Racing (SIN)

+36.162

9

68

Peter LI Zhi Cong (CHN)

 

Kamlung Racing (HKG)

+37.012

10

11

Ringo CHONG (SIN)

 

Team Kangshun (CHN)

+37.939

11

16

Wayne SHEN (HKG)

 

Modena Motorsports (HKG)

+53.547

12

5

Yuey TAN (SIN)

B

Dorr McElrea Racing (SIN)

+54.478

13

99

Natasha SEATTER (MAS)

 

PICC Team StarChase (CHN)

+54.975

14

25

Christian CHIA (CAN)

B

OpenRoad Racing (HKG)

+61.775

15

66

Jason ZHANG Zhiqiang (CHN)

 

Team C&D (CHN)

+67.242

16

72

Alif HAMDAN (MAS)

B

Nexus Racing (MAS)

+70.588

17

28

John SHEN (HKG)

B

Modena Motorsports (HKG)

+71.152

18

33

Samson CHAN (HKG)

B

Samson Chan (HKG)

+75.362

19

96

LI Chao (CHN)

B

Asia Racing Team (CHN)

+75.407

20

83

MA Chi Min (HKG)

B

Dr. Ma Chi Min (HKG)

+77.659

21

27

Adrian Henry D’SILVA (MAS)

B

Nexus Racing (MAS)

+97.456

22

22

SIU Yuk Lung (HKG)

B

LKM Racing Team (HKG)

+111.014

NC

21

*Benny LIM (HKG)

B

OpenRoad Racing (HKG)

DNF

NC

9

WANG Jian Wei (CHN)

 

Team Betterlife (CHN)

DNF

NC

3

*Darryl O’YOUNG (HKG)

 

Team Carrera Cup Asia (CHN)

DNF

*Non-series registered
Fastest Lap: Martin Ragginger/Team Eagle/2:10.110/Lap 4/150.823kph
Points after Round 3
Overall

Pos

Comp No

Driver

Entrant

Points

1

86

Martin RAGGINGER

Team Eagle

62

2

7

Earl BAMBER

Nexus Racing

52

3

38

Keita SAWA

LKM Racing Team

44

4

20

Rodolfo AVILA

Team Jebsen

42

5

8

Benjamin ROUGET

Team Yongda Dongfang

28

Class B

Pos

Comp No

Driver

Entrant

Points

1

88

Egidio PERFETTI

Team Mentos

62

2

5

Yuey TAN

Dorr McElrea Racing

48

3

72

Alif HAMDAN

Nexus Racing

44

4

28

John SHEN

Modena Motorsports

34

96

Christian Chia

OpenRoad Racing

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 2013
Provisional Race Calendar

Date

Circuit, Country

Event

Round(s)

March 02 – 03

Sepang Intl. Circuit, Malaysia

Test Days

March 22 – 24

Sepang Intl. Circuit, Malaysia

Formula 1 Support Race

Round 1

April 12 – 14

Shanghai Intl. Circuit, China

Formula 1 Support Race

Round 2 & 3

May 03 – 05

Zhuhai Intl. Circuit, China

China Touring Car Championship*

Round 4 & 5

July 05 – 07

Ordos Intl. Circuit, China

China Touring Car Championship*

Round 6 & 7

August 02 – 04

Autopia Intl. Circuit, Korea

China Touring Car Championship*

Round 8 & 9

September 20 – 22

Marina Bay Circuit, Singapore

Formula 1 Support Race

Round 10

October 25 – 27

Shanghai Intl. Circuit, China

Shanghai Sportscar Champions Festival*

Round 11 & 12

November 09 – 10

Guia Circuit, Macau SAR

Macau Grand Prix

Invitational

            


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