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Published on June 7th, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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Porsche Carrera Cup Asia –  Round 5 Results Van der Drift Triumphs Over Ragginger Fuji

Car #18 / 100 PLUS Racing Team / Vutthikorn INTHRAPHUVASAK / THA - Porsche Carrera Cup Asia at Fuji Speedway - Japan

New Zealand’s Chris van der Drift triumphed in one of the most thrilling races in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia’s 12-year history, successfully fending off a relentless challenge from pole-sitter Martin Ragginger to take the chequered flag after 15-laps of Japan’s 4.56km Fuji International Speedway. van der Drift, contesting his first season in a Porsche, gave his new Chinese Porsche dealer team Kamlung Racing their third consecutive winners’ trophy after crossing the line with the slimmest of margins from the Team Porsche Holding driver.

Overall championship leader Craig Baird took third for Clearwater Racing having stayed with the leading duo throughout the race, briefly getting by Ragginger to go second before the hard-charging Austrian snatched back the position.

Class B winner was 100 PLUS Racing Team driver Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak of Thailand, successfully converting his pole position into a victory, while OpenRoad Racing’s Francis Tjia took second after yet another epic battle with Team Jebsen’s Yuey Tan, third.

Car #68 / Kamlung Racing / Chris Van der DRIFT / NZL - Porsche Carrera Cup Asia at Korea International Circuit - South Korea

With coveted invitations to race at the Porsche Carrera Cup 24 Hours of Spa 2015 next month at the legendary Spa Francorchamps waiting for whoever leads the overall and Class B championships after Round 6, the heat is on at the top of both leaderboards. While van der Drift may have taken the last three wins, his DNF in Round 2 means he still trails Baird by seven points in the points, who remains in pole position to take on the famed Belgian track. Despite missing out on the last two rounds while on duty at the Nürburgring 24 Hours, Ragginger’s thunderous return sees him go joint third in the overall classification with Avila, ahead of Team Yonda’s Ro Charlz Skyangel. In Class B, Tan jumps one point ahead of rival Wayne Shen of Modena Motorsports with Tjia in third only ten points behind, so everything will rest on the outcome of tomorrow’s race.

For van der Drift, Round 5 was won off the start when he snatched the lead from Ragginger who, outside his grid box, had had to reverse back into position just seconds before the start lights came on. Sitting alongside the Austrian on the grid, the Kiwi grabbed his chance: “If Martin had stayed in front off the line, I wouldn’t have been able to pass him. He was super, super fast and thanks to Martin for having a clean race too. There were a couple of moments; especially down the straight where, for the first time, I felt the draft effect. Martin got beside me and it was like a magnet and cars came together, which was quite interesting. My main concern was making no mistakes and making the car as wide as possible!”

For 15 scorching laps, Ragginger had battled to find a way cleanly past his rival, the pair giving a wheel-perfect display of no-holds barred racing on the limit: “It was a cool race, and very close and I enjoyed it a lot! van der Drift was defending and Craig was also pushing very hard and was quick. I was in a sandwich [between van der Drift and Baird], but I think everybody is happy we gave them a great race.”

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After a truly momentous race in the foothills of Japan’s majestic Mount Fuji, and with the season approaching its crucial mid-point, Round 6 promises to be equally exciting. van der Drift’s second fastest lap of 1:43.345 in the single qualifying session means he will take pole position with Ragginger lining up alongside, and Menzel and Avila making up the second row.

However, with the enticing promise of a chance to tackle Spa’s storied Eau Rouge and going head-to-head with fellow Carrera Cup drivers from across the globe next month, Baird, van der Drift, Tan, Wayne Shen and Tjia must both conquer one of the calendar’s most challenging race tracks and their formidable rivals as Round 6 beckons.

- Porsche Carrera Cup Asia at Fuji Speedway - Japan

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 2015

Round 5 Results

PosNoDriver/NationalityClassEntrant/NationalityTime
168Chris VAN DER DRIFT (NZL) Kamlung Racing (CHN)26:09.142
286Martin RAGGINGER (AUT) Team Porsche Holding (CHN)+0.086
312Craig BAIRD (NZL) Clearwater Racing (SIN)+1.008
420Rodolfo AVILA (MAC) Team Jebsen (HKG)+6.010
572Alif HAMDAN (MAS) Alif Hamdan Motorsport (MAS)+6.679
699Nico MENZEL (GER) PICC Team StarChase (CHN)+9.342
758TUNG Ho-Pin (CHN) Budweiser Team Absolute Racing (HKG)+12.100
88Ro Charlz SKYANGEL (SIN) Team Yonda (CHN)+12.641
918Vutthikorn INTHRAPHUVASAK (THA)B100 PLUS Racing Team (THA)+16.331
1021Francis TJIA (HKG)BOpenRoad Racing (HKG)+17.565
1155BAO Jin Long (CHN) Zheng Tong Auto (CHN)+23.794
125Yuey TAN (SIN)BTeam Jebsen (HKG)+24.323
1316Wayne SHEN (HKG)BModena Motorsports (HKG)+26.420
143Michael S. (INA)BOpenRoad Racing (HKG)+48.176
152*Samson CHAN (HKG)BArrows Racing (MAS)+48.854
1611Ringo CHONG (SIN)BTeam Kangshun (CHN)+49.069
1769Christian CHIA (CAN)BOpenRoad Racing (HKG)+52.053
1851Johnson HUANG (TPE)BTeam BC Racing (TPE)+54.725
1928John SHEN (HKG)BModena Motorsports (HKG)+55.513
2098Henri RICHARD (USA)BSilicon Tech Racing LLP (USA)+55.903
2178Suttiluck BUNCHAROEN (THA)BTrue Visions Motorsports Thailand (THA)+1:00.682
229LI Chao (CHN)BTeam Betterlife (CHN)+1:02.220
2323Paul TRESIDDER (AUS)BPaul Tresidder (AUS)+1:09.156
2417FUNG Yui Sum (HKG)BArrows Racing (HKG)+1:19.848
2588Hugues RIPERT (HKG)BSpark Motorsports (HKG)+1:20.710
2665ZHU Jun Han (CHN)BAbsolute Racing (HKG)+1:38.833
2780Sontaya KUNPLOME (THA)BRacing Spirit Thailand (THA)+1:39.252
2822SIU Yuk Lung (HKG)BLKM Racing (HKG)1 Lap

*Non series registered

Fastest Lap: Alif Hamdan/Alif Hamdan Motorsport/1:43.683/158.433km/h

Fastest Lap Class B: Francis Tjia/OpenRoad Racing/1:44.727/156.854km/h

PCCA ic2_Overall Podium Round 5_l-r_Martin Ragginger_Chris van der Drift_Craig Baird

Round 5 Qualifying

PosNoDriver/NationalityClassEntrant/NationalityTime
186Martin RAGGINGER (AUT) Team Porsche Holding (CHN)1:43.079
268Chris VAN DER DRIFT (NZL) Kamlung Racing (CHN)+0.158
312Craig BAIRD (NZL) Clearwater Racing (SIN)+0.356
499Nico MENZEL (GER) PICC Team StarChase (CHN)+0.421
520Rodolfo AVILA (MAC) Team Jebsen (HKG)+0.605
658TUNG Ho-Pin (CHN) Budweiser Team Absolute Racing (HKG)+0.675
772Alif HAMDAN (MAS) Alif Hamdan Motorsport (MAS)+0.896
88Ro Charlz SKYANGEL (SIN) Team Yonda (CHN)+1.382
918Vutthikorn INTHRAPHUVASAK (THA)B100 PLUS Racing Team (THA)+1.891
105Yuey TAN (SIN)BTeam Jebsen (HKG)+2:236
1121Francis TJIA (HKG)BOpenRoad Racing (HKG)+2.455
1255BAO Jin Long (CHN) Zheng Tong Auto (CHN)+2.503
1316Wayne SHEN (HKG)BModena Motorsports (HKG)+2.519
1469Christian CHIA (CAN)BOpenRoad Racing (HKG)+2.724
1598Henri RICHARD (USA)BSilicon Tech Racing LLP (USA)+2.851
169LI Chao (CHN)BTeam Betterlife (CHN)+2.879
173Michael S. (INA)BOpenRoad Racing (HKG)+2.900
1811Ringo CHONG (SIN)BTeam Kangshun (CHN)+3.051
1951Johnson HUANG (TPE)BTeam BC Racing (TPE)+3.262
202*Samson CHAN (HKG)BArrows Racing (MAS)+3.526
2128John SHEN (HKG)BModena Motorsports (HKG)+4.006
2265ZHU Jun Han (CHN)BAbsolute Racing (HKG)+4.061
2323Paul TRESIDDER (AUS)BPaul Tresidder (AUS)+4.331
2488Hugues RIPERT (HKG)BSpark Motorsports (HKG)+4.939
2578Suttiluck BUNCHAROEN (THA)BTrue Visions Motorsports Thailand (THA)+4.991
2617FUNG Yui Sum (HKG)BArrows Racing (HKG)+5.757
2722SIU Yuk Lung (HKG)BLKM Racing (HKG)+6.946
2880Sontaya KUNPLOME (THA)BRacing Spirit Thailand (THA)+7.792

*Non series registered

 

Round 6 Qualifying

PosNoDriver/NationalityClassEntrant/NationalityTime
168Chris VAN DER DRIFT (NZL) Kamlung Racing (CHN)1:43.345
286Martin RAGGINGER (AUT) Team Porsche Holding (CHN)+0.126
399Nico MENZEL (GER) PICC Team StarChase (CHN)+0.291
420Rodolfo AVILA (MAC) Team Jebsen (HKG)+0.366
558TUNG Ho-Pin (CHN) Budweiser Team Absolute Racing (HKG)+0.423
672Alif HAMDAN (MAS) Alif Hamdan Motorsport (MAS)+0.698
712Craig BAIRD (NZL) Clearwater Racing (SIN)+0.781
88Ro Charlz SKYANGEL (SIN) Team Yonda (CHN)+1.234
918Vutthikorn INTHRAPHUVASAK (THA)B100 PLUS Racing Team (THA)+1.718
105Yuey TAN (SIN)BTeam Jebsen (HKG)+1.979
1121Francis TJIA (HKG)BOpenRoad Racing (HKG)+2.222
1255BAO Jin Long (CHN) Zheng Tong Auto (CHN)+2.289
1316Wayne SHEN (HKG)BModena Motorsports (HKG)+2.606
143Michael S. (INA)BOpenRoad Racing (HKG)+2.727
1569Christian CHIA (CAN)BOpenRoad Racing (HKG)+2.744
1611Ringo CHONG (SIN)BTeam Kangshun (CHN)+2.791
179LI Chao (CHN)BTeam Betterlife (CHN)+2.887
1898Henri RICHARD (USA)BSilicon Tech Racing LLP (USA)+2.900
1951Johnson HUANG (TPE)BTeam BC Racing (TPE)+3.094
202*Samson CHAN (HKG)BArrows Racing (MAS)+3.344
2128John SHEN (HKG)BModena Motorsports (HKG)+3.959
2265ZHU Jun Han (CHN)BAbsolute Racing (HKG)+4.176
2323Paul TRESIDDER (AUS)BPaul Tresidder (AUS)+4.657
2478Suttiluck BUNCHAROEN (THA)BTrue Visions Motorsports Thailand (THA)+4.747
2588Hugues RIPERT (HKG)BSpark Motorsports (HKG)+4.862
2617FUNG Yui Sum (HKG)BArrows Racing (HKG)+5.497
2722SIU Yuk Lung (HKG)BLKM Racing (HKG)+6.717
2880Sontaya KUNPLOME (THA)BRacing Spirit Thailand (THA)+7.551

*Non series registered

Overall Points after Round 5 (top 5)

PosComp NoDriverEntrantPoints
112Craig BairdClearwater Racing86
268Chris van der DriftKamlung Racing79
320Rodolfo AvilaTeam Jebsen51
86Martin RaggingerTeam Porsche Holding51
48Ro Charlz SkyangelTeam Yonda49

Class B Points after Round 5 (top 5)

PosComp NoDriverEntrantPoints
15Yuey TanTeam Jebsen73
216Wayne ShenModena Motorsports72
321Francis TjiaOpenRoad Racing62
498Max TwiggMax Twigg52
551Johnson HuangTeam BC Racing49

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