Published on April 10th, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Prepares to Dazzle in Shanghai
The 2015 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia gets underway this weekend in its home city of Shanghai as part of the Chinese F1 Grand Prix weekend. Twenty eight of the mighty Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991) racing cars will line up on the grid at the Shanghai International Circuit, with an international field representing the finest sportscar talent racing today behind the wheel. The double-header season opener will see both newcomers and championship regulars take to the track for the first time in 2015, with a single qualifying session followed by two, 12-lap races.
Competing for the overall championship as the field storms off the grid will be 2014 vice-champion Martin Ragginger of Team Porsche Holding, who is joined by other returnees from last season Rodolfo Avila (Team Jebsen), China’s Tung Ho-Pin (Budweiser Team Absolute Racing), young Malaysian and reigning Class B champion Alif Hamdan (Alif Hamdan Motorsports), Singapore’s Ro Charlz Skyangel (Team Yonda Dongfang), and Bao Jin Long, this year competing with Zheng Tong Auto. Joining them are the world record holder for Porsche Cup victories, Craig Baird of New Zealand (Clearwater Racing), fellow countryman and Porsche Carrera Cup Asia rookie Chris van der Drift (Kamlung Racing), and the series’ youngest ever entrant, 17-year-old Nico Menzel (PICC Team StarChase), son of two-time champion Christian.
What promises to be a battle of epic proportions for the coveted Class B title, a category for non-professional drivers held within the series, also gets underway this weekend. Front runners Yuey Tan (partnering Avila in a two-car entry from Team Jebsen), Francis Tjia (OpenRoad Racing), and Hong Kong brothers Wayne and John Shen (Modena Motorsports) will be quick off the mark, but face a number of newcomers and guest drivers. Non-series registered drivers for this weekend are Samson Chan, joint 6th in Class B last season and standing in for Kenneth Lau in Shanghai, newcomer Andersen P Martono of Indonesia who replaces Singapore’s Ringo Chong at Team Kangshun for the season opener, LKM Racing’s Siu Tit Lung replacing his brother Siu Yuk Lung, and Australian Max Twigg taking the seat of Henri Richard.
The grid positions for Round 1 will be determined by the fastest laps in Saturday’s single qualifying session, with the second quickest lap by each driver setting the grid for Round 2.
When the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia embarks upon its 13th season this weekend as part of China’s most prestigious race weekend, all eyes will be on the 28 cars and drivers as they roar into what promises to be an utterly enthralling 14-round, no-holds-barred battle for glory.
Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 2015
Provisional Entry List – Rounds 1 & 2
|Comp No.||Entrant Name|
|Cls||Nat||Comp No.||Entrant Name|
|51||Team BC Racing|
Yuey TAN Yu Hian
|55||Zheng Tong Auto|
BAO Jin Long
|8||Team Yonda Dongfang|
Ro Charlz SKYANGEL
|58||Budweiser Team Absolute Racing|
60 Marcel TJIA/69 Christian CHIA
*Andersen P MARTONO
ZHU Jun Han
Christopher van der DRIFT
|72||Alif Hamdan Motorsports|
FUNG Yui Sum
|78||True Visions Motorsports Thailand|
|18||Chang Racing Team|
|80||Racing Spirit Thailand|
|86||Team Porsche Holding|
*SIU Tit Lung
|99||PICC Team StarChase|
2015 Provisional Calendar
|March 06 – 08||Sepang Intl. Circuit, Malaysia||Test Days||–|
|April 10 – 12||Shanghai Intl. Circuit, China||Formula 1 Support Race||Rounds 1&2|
|May 15 – 17||Yeongam Intl. Circuit, Korea||Asian Festival of Speed||Rounds 3&4|
|June 05 – 07||Fuji Intl. Circuit, Japan||One Make Series Festival||Rounds 5&6|
|August 07 – 09||Malaysia||TBC*||Rounds 7&8|
|September 04 – 06||Sepang Intl. Circuit, Malaysia||Asian Festival of Speed||Rounds 9&10|
|September 18 – 20||Marina Bay Circuit, Singapore||Formula 1 Support Race*||Rounds 11&12|
|Oct 30 – Nov 01||Shanghai Intl. Circuit, China||World Endurance Championship||Rounds 13&14|
* Subject to confirmation of commercial agreement