Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Rd 2&3 2014 Promises More Thrills In Shanghai

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Published on April 16th, 2014 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Rd 2&3 2014 Promises More Thrills In Shanghai

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia

28 of the region’s finest sportscar drivers will ensure the China debut of the stunning new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991) thoroughbred racing car is nothing short of spectacular as the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia supports the country’s most prestigious motorsport fixture, the Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix.  Spectators can look forward to a feast of Porsche racing at its finest with the confirmation of two races at the weekend, making the 2014 season a 12-round championship.

The 12th season of Asia’s most competitive GT championship burst to life at the end of March in equally exalted style, supporting the Malaysian round of the Formula 1 World Championship. There, reigning champion Earl Bamber proved untouchable, taking pole position and a lights-to-flag victory, the young LKM Racing driver being the first to fully master the new car. Alongside him on the grid and the podium was Team Porsche Holding’s Martin Ragginger. The Austrian, who is contesting his third season with the championship and is hungrier than ever for the title, wisely kept his eye firmly on the points rather than pushing the limits in the still-unfamiliar new car.

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia champion in 2012, PICC Team StarChase driver Alexandre Imperatori started the season back at his attacking best, taking the final podium place after the opening round and setting the fastest lap of the race.

Budweiser Team Absolute Racing’s Tung Ho-Pin lies fourth in the points but came under intense pressure throughout Round 1 from Zheng Tong Auto’s Zhang Da Sheng, one of four fellow Chinese drivers who are part of the new China Junior Development Programme. Convincingly demonstrating the benefit of the expert tuition they are receiving from Porsche driving coach Sascha Maassen and two-time Porsche Carrera Cup Asia champion Christian Menzel, Zhang led home fellow trainees Jason Zhang Zhi Qiang of Team C&D and series newcomer Zhang Zhen Dong of Team Basetex. As the drivers gain confidence in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991), which has won universal praise as being a major technological leap forward in all areas, lap times in Shanghai are expected to be significantly quicker than in 2013. Series newcomer Ro. C. Skyangel of Singapore made an encouraging debut with Team Yongda Dongfang in Malaysia, finishing ninth overall, and will be one to watch on his second Porsche Carrera Cup Asia outing.

Topping the fiercely-contested Class B category for non-professional drivers is Alif Hamdan of Nexus Racing. An intense pre-season training programme paid rich dividends, with the young Malaysian storming to an impressive class victory and crossing the line eighth overall. Second was OpenRoad Racing’s Francis Tjia of Hong Kong, with Mok Weng Sun of Clearwater Racing making a strong return to the series, snatching the final podium place on the final lap from Dorr Havelock Racing’s Yuey Tan, who got caught up in an incident on the run to the flag.

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia

Two drivers will be making their season debuts in Shanghai: Hong Kong’s Michael Choi with Prince Racing, and Tiger Racing Team’s Bentley Yeung, who is sharing a car with brother Jacky.

Testament to the stature of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia at the pinnacle of sportscar racing in the region, and to the growing popularity of GT competition worldwide, the eight of the top nine drivers on the overall leaderboard are all aged under 30.  The best and the brightest motorsport talent in Asia and beyond looks to the championship as the proving ground of future superstars, with Bamber’s 2013 title leading to immediate elevation to the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.

This weekend on the 5.5km Shanghai International Circuit, the race for the 2014 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia overall and Class B titles continues. With a chance to shine at China’s international motorsport showcase as the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991) makes its long-awaited debut, all 28 drivers will be pushing the very limits of both man and machine.

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia – Rounds 2 & 3

Provisional Entry List

NoDriver/NationalityClassEntrant/Nationality
1Earl BAMBER (NZL) LKM Racing Team (HKG)
2Kenneth LAU (HKG)BPrince Racing Hong Kong (HKG)
3Michael S. (INA)BOpenRoad Racing Team
5Yuey TAN (SIN)BDorr Havelock Racing (SIN)
6Michael CHOI (HKG)BPrince Racing (HKG)
7BAO Jin Long (CHN) Team Synsanly (CHN)
8Ro.C. Skyangel (SIN) Team Yongda Dongfang (CHN)
9LI Chao (CHN) Team Betterlife (CHN)
11Ringo CHONG (SIN) Team Kangshun (CHN)
12MOK Weng Sun (SIN)BClearwater Racing (SIN)
16Wayne SHEN (HKG)BModena Motorsports (HKG)
18ZHANG Zhen Dong (CHN) Team Basetex (CHN)
20Rodolfo AVILA (MAC) Team Jebsen (HKG)
21Francis TJIA (HKG)BOpenRoad Racing Team (HKG)
22SIU Yuk Lung (HKG)BLKM Racing Team (HKG)
28John SHEN (HKG)BModena Motorsports (HKG)
33Samson CHAN (HKG)BSamson CHAN (HKG)
51Johnson HUANG (TPE)BBC Racing Team (TPE)
55ZHANG Da Sheng (CHN) Zheng Tong Auto (CHN)
58TUNG Ho-Pin (CHN) Budweiser Team Absolute Racing (CHN)
66Jason ZHANG Zhi Qiang (CHN) Team C&D (CHN)
68MAK Hing Tak (HKG)BKamlung Racing (HKG)
72Alif HAMDAN (MAS)BNexus Racing (MAS)
78Bentley YEUNG (HKG)BTiger Racing Team (HKG)
86Martin RAGGINGER (AUT) Team Porsche Holding (CHN)
88Egidio PERFETTI (SIN) Mentos Racing Team (SIN)
98Henri RICHARD (USA)BSilicon Tech Racing LLC (USA)
99Alexandre IMPERATORI (HKG) PICC Team StarChase (CHN)

Overall Points after Round 1 (top 5)

PosComp NoDriverEntrantPoints
11Earl BamberLKM Racing21
286Martin RaggingerTeam Porsche Holding18
399Alexandre ImperatoriPICC Team StarChase16
458Tung Ho-PinBudweiser Team Absolute Racing14
555Zhang Da ShengZheng Tong Auto12

Class B

PosComp NoDriverEntrantPoints
172Alif HamdanNexus Racing21
221Francis TjiaOpenRoad Racing18
312Mok Weng SunClearwater Racing16
422Siu Yuk LungLKM Racing14
528John ShenModena Motorsports12

 

 


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