Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 2014 – Round 8, Bamber Wins Again In Sepang


Published on August 17th, 2014 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 2014 – Round 8, Bamber Wins Again In Sepang

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.  Sepang, Malaysia 15th - 17th August 2014 Photo: Drew Gibson

Reigning Porsche Carrera Cup Asia champion, LKM Racing’s Earl Bamber, increased his lead at the top of the 2014 points table today by taking victory in Round 8 at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit. Second across the line was Team Jebsen’s Rodolfo Avila with Budweiser Team Absolute Racing’s Tung Ho-Pin of China taking the final podium spot.

Bamber was assisted to his fifth victory of the season by pole-sitter Martin Ragginger of Team Porsche Holding and PICC Team StarChase driver Alexandre Imperatori. While Imperatori was challenging Ragginger for the lead on lap five, the pair came together, both spinning and dropping down the order. That handed the race lead and eventual win to Bamber, although the New Zealand driver had been closing in on the duo having started from the third row of the grid.

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.  Sepang, Malaysia 15th - 17th August 2014 Photo: Drew Gibson

In Class B it was points leader Alif Hamdan of Malaysia who took the win, the Nexus Racing star recovering from a tough qualifying which had seen him start from 11th on the grid. Second was series newcomer Max Twigg of Clearwater Racing, a superb debut for the Australian in just his second time in a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. Title contender, OpenRoad Racing’s Francis Tjia, was third in the category, delighted to have converted what he had expected to be an exercise in damage limitation after qualifying down in 20th overall, into a podium finish.

The race results remain provisional following a number of investigations after the incident-packed race.

The eventful 10 lap race was a white knuckle ride for drivers, teams and spectators alike, and the action began the moment the lights went out. While the front runners got away cleanly, Modena Motorsports’ John Shen and Kamlung Racing’s Mak Hing Tak collided as the 28-strong field thundered off the grid, collecting Prince Racing’s Kenneth Lau and Tiger Racing Team’s Bentley Yeung in the melee. The incident brought out the Safety Car with Ragginger leading the pack followed by Avila, Imperatori, Bamber, Tung and Zheng Tong Auto’s Zhang Da Sheng who had started from the fifth row of the grid.

When the Safety Car pulled off at the start of lap three, Avila was initially right on the tail of Ragginger but an aggressive Imperatori was on a charge, diving past the Team Jebsen driver and up into second. Bamber executed a wheel-perfect move to pass Avila and move into third, although the Macau driver didn’t concede the position without a fight.

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Out in front, Imperatori continued his impressive pace and closed up to Ragginger, challenging for the race lead. So high are the stakes as the race for championship intensifies that neither rival was prepared to concede an inch and, almost inevitably, the pair touched and spun, dropping them both down the field. Next began an epic charge back through the field, each driver furiously powering their way up the order. However, Imperatori come together with Twigg, once again spinning and fuelling his almost-palpable frustration. He eventually crossed the line in ninth followed home by Ragginger.

Class B pole-sitter Yuey Tan of Dorr Havelock Racing and Team Yongda Dongfang’s Ro.C. Skyangel, who qualified third overall, were not able to maximise their grid advantage amidst the more experienced challengers despite their impressive performances in Qualifying.

Zhang Da Sheng, Team C&D’s Jason Zhang Zhi Qiang and Team Basetex driver Zhang Zhen Dong were fifth, sixth and seventh respectively in the provisional results, the trio continuing to demonstrate the effectiveness of the new China Junior Development Programme.

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.  Sepang, Malaysia 15th - 17th August 2014 Photo: Drew Gibson

While delighted to take another victory, Bamber was nevertheless disappointed not to have had the chance to do battle with fellow title contenders Ragginger and Imperatori: “It was a difficult qualifying earlier, which made our job more difficult, but a really fantastic race. I got a good start I had a bit of contact in the first corner. From there, I just focused on going forward and then the gateway just kind of opened up. It was good for us but also a shame as you could see that Martin and Alex were having a really fantastic battle and it would have been great to join them to have a three way fight for the lead.” Thrilled to take his third podium of the season and his second in succession, Rodolfo’s second place result tasted all the sweeter after Imperatori’s aggressive move on him early on: “We had a good start and managed to stick behind Martin into the first corner. I didn’t want to push too quickly too early, and I didn’t expect Alex to pass where he did and had to open the door to him. I knew as soon as Alex got close to Martin what would happen and – jackpot!”

Likewise, Tung was not surprised at the clash between the two arch-rivals while challenging for the lead, but was happy to be back on the podium having struggled during practice and qualifying: “I got a good start [from eighth on the grid] and was up to sixth after one lap. I think Alex and Martin need to remove their magnetic doors!” he joked.

Despite a challenging qualifying session, Tjia was fortunate his grid position put him in front of the startline incident, which he was understandably oblivious to: “I wasn’t looking in the mirrors at that point, I was too focused on what was going on in front of me!” he said. “My qualifying was terrible so my initial goal was damage limitation. As the race progressed though, I thought ‘this is starting to look good’. There was so much dog fighting going on in front of me that it allowed me to catch up.”

The epic battle for the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia overall and Class B championships continues on Sunday, with Round 9 shaping up to be another sizzling 10-lap race on Malaysia’s thrillingly fast and flowing Formula 1 track.

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia. Sepang, Malaysia15th - 17th August 2014Photo: Drew Gibson

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia – Provisional Round 8 Results

11Earl BAMBER (NZL) LKM Racing (MAS)23:54.566
220Rodolfo AVILA (MAC) Team Jebsen (HKG)+6.610 
358TUNG Ho-Pin (CHN) Budweiser Team Absolute Racing (HKG)+8.459 
472Alif HAMDAN (MAS)BNexus Racing (MAS)+9.408 
555ZHANG Da Sheng (CHN) Zheng Tong Auto (CHN)+12.679 

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.  Sepang, Malaysia 15th - 17th August 2014 Photo: Drew Gibson

666Jason ZHANG Zhi Qiang (CHN) Team C&D (CHN)+15.403 
718ZHANG Zhen Dong (CHN) Team Basetex (CHN)+21.412 
812*Max TWIGG (AUS)BClearwater Racing (SIN)+27.259
999Alexandre IMPERATORI (HKG) PICC Team StarChase (CHN)+28.226 
1086Martin RAGGINGER (AUT) Team Porsche Holding (CHN)+29.127 
1111Ringo CHONG (SIN) Team Kangshun (CHN)+29.349
127BAO Jin Long (CHN) Team Synsanly (CHN)+35.870
139LI Chao (CHN) Team Betterlife (CHN)+37.882
1421Francis TJIA (HKG)BOpenRoad Racing (HKG)+39.541 
158Ro.C. Skyangel (SIN) Team Yongda Dongfang (CHN)+39.661
1616Wayne SHEN (HKG)BModena Motorsports (HKG)+39.923 
175Yuey TAN (SIN)BDorr Havelock Racing (SIN)+40.474
186*Evan CHEN (TPE)BEvan Chen (TPE)+40.789
1933Samson CHAN (HKG)BSamson CHAN (HKG)+44.569 
203Michael S. (INA)BOpenRoad Racing (HKG)+45.392
2198Henri RICHARD (USA)BSilicon Tech Racing LLP (USA)+46.327 
2222SIU Yuk Lung (HKG)BLKM Racing (MAS)+56.388 
2368MAK Hing Tak (HKG)BKamlung Racing (HKG)1 Lap 
DNF88Egidio PERFETTI (SIN) Mentos Racing (SIN)  
DNF51Johnson HUANG (TPE)BTeam BC Racing (TPE)  
DNF28John SHEN (HKG)BModena Motorsports (HKG)  
DNF2Kenneth LAU (HKG)BPrince Racing (HKG) 
DNF78Bentley YEUNG (HKG)BTiger Racing Team (HKG)  

*Non series registered

Fastest Lap: Earl Bamber/LKM Racing/2:10.695/139.100kph

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia. Sepang, Malaysia15th - 17th August 2014Photo: Drew Gibson

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