Published on June 5th, 2012 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Porsche Carrera Cup Asia – Rounds 3 and 4, Zhuhai International Circuit, June 1-3, 2012 – Round 4
Alexandre Imperatori of PICC Team StarChase continued his charge towards the 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia title today by taking his fourth victory in as many races. Despite starting from 8th, under the top eight reverse grid regulation, he not only powered his way into the lead mid-way through the 12-lap race, but had pulled out a margin of almost two seconds by the chequered flag at the Zhuhai International Circuit. Second across the line after a truly thrilling race was reigning champion Keita Sawa of the LKM Racing Team, who had overcome a disastrous qualifying session to charge to 7th in Round 3, putting him alongside pole-sitter Davide Rizzo of BBT for the start of Round 4. Team Jebsen’s Rodolfo Avila took the final podium place, an impressive result having started from the 4th row of the grid.
Egidio Perfetti of the Seminole Racing Team continued his impressive series debut with his third successive Class B win, with Modena Motorsports’ Wayne Shen in second, and another newcomer, Huang Chu Han in third. Imperatori now has a 20 point lead at the top of the overall championship standings from Sawa, with Benjamin Rouget in third. Perfetti’s brilliant results give him a 13 point lead from Wayne Shen in Class B, with Zheng Ting third. Rizzo got away well from pole and held the lead from the charging pack, with Team BetterLife’s Wang Jian Wei mounting an early assault on Team Carrera Cup Asia guest driver Matthew Marsh, getting by to go third on the opening lap. Imperatori and Avila too were locked in battle from the go, and made contact going into Turn 1, neither sustaining damage. At the end of lap 1, Rizzo held the lead from Sawa, who was hot on his heels, with Wang, Marsh, Team Yongda Dongfang’s Benjamin Rouget in hot pursuit. Imperatori had begun his climb through the field and was already up to 6th. Lap 3 saw first Sawa make his move on Rizzo to grab the lead, then Imperatori storm up to 2nd in the order, with Avila in 4th but closing in fast on the Italian.
Wang meanwhile was also on a charge, determined to get by Rouget, but it was all for naught when he flat-spotted his tyres and retired with a puncture. Imperatori was unstoppable, closing in to Sawa and diving by to take the lead he would hold until the flag. Next it was Avila looming large in the mirrors of the reigning champion, the Macau racer having finally got by Rizzo after a superb battle. Sawa held firm though, and with his priorities set on championship points, Avila settled for 3rd. Team Eagle – Jiejun & Junbaojie ace Martin Ragginger was another man on the move, rocketing from the 9th row of the grid to 5th mid-way through the race, and crossing the line 4th. The Austrian also set the fastest lap of the race. Rizzo eventually finished 5th after holding off Rouget in the closing stages. The region’s premier sportscar championship is back in action next month, with the mentally and physically taxing twists of the Ordos International Circuit in Inner Mongolia, presenting the 28-strong field with a whole new set of challenges. Rounds 5 and 6 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia will be held from July 6-8, when the thrilling battle for the tenth championship title will resume.