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Published on August 2nd, 2015 | by Subhash Nair

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Victory for van der Drift and Class B win for Chen on Impressive Debut

Kamlung Racing’s Chris van der Drift claimed his fifth consecutive Porsche Carrera Cup Asia win from pole to take victory in Round 7, as the series made its thunderous return to Thailand at the Chang International Circuit. Second across the line and taking his maiden Porsche Carrera Cup Asia podium finish was 17-year-old Nico Menzel of PICC Team StarChase, followed by Clearwater Racing’s Craig Baird.

In Class B, 21-year-old Evan Chen took a superb win on his debut with the series, sharing the grid with his father, Max, and crossing the line sixth overall. Second was Thailand’s Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak of est Racing Team, who had the advantage of enthusiastic home crowd support, with OpenRoad Racing’s Francis Tjia in third.

2015 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia. Round 7 and 8. Thailand.  31st July - 3rd August 2015.  Photo: Drew Gibson

van der Drift’s win sees him extend his points lead at the top of the overall classification to nine points from Baird, with Team Porsche Holding’s Martin Ragginger in third. In Class B, a fifth place finish for Team Jebsen’s Yuey Tan sees him retain his place at the top of the leaderboard, but Tjia has closed the gap to just five points. Third in Class B mid-way through the season is Modena Motorsports’ Wayne Shen of Hong Kong.

The eventful 13-lap race was twice interrupted by Safety Car periods, meaning van der Drift had to power clear of the field three times: “My first start was amazing, probably the best so far this season. I just gripped up and took off. When the Safety Car came out for the first time, I thought ‘there goes my gap’, but I got a good start again. There weren’t many laps at speed, but the car felt great from the beginning. My congratulations to Nico as well on his first podium!”

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With the new Thai circuit representing a level playing field, for the first time this season series rookie Menzel is not handicapped by lack of track knowledge, and was clearly thrilled to have shown his true potential: “It’s fantastic to take my first podium! The goal was to finish on the podium, so I’m very happy. My thanks to the team who did a great job. Usually all the drivers already know the track and it’s always my first time. I only have 30 or 40 minutes in which to learn the circuit, but this time we were all in the same situation.”

The younger Chen, who had qualified second-fastest in Class B, impressed the entire field on his debut, getting past pole-sitter Vutthikorn to claim the category win. For his mother though, having both son and husband in the race made for some anxious moments: “I was thinking of my mom and hoping for a Safety Car!” said Chen.

While Evan may have been hoping for a Safety Car period, the opposite was true of Francis Tjia: “We had a good bunch up at Turn 3, and Evan did great to pass Vutthikorn. I wanted to have a run at him too, but the race interruptions meant it wasn’t possible. It’s a very, very good track, and the design allows for tight racing. Without a Safety Car tomorrow, the racing will be very close,” he predicted.

Round 7 was an action-packed affair. As the lights went out, the 28-strong field stormed off the grid with van der Drift away like lightning and immediately pulling a gap from Menzel. Behind the German, Baird found his way past Budweiser Team Absolute Racing’s Tung Ho-Pin, who fought back before getting boxed it by the hard-charging pack and dropping down to seventh.

2015 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia. Round 7 and 8. Thailand.  31st July - 3rd August 2015.  Photo: Drew Gibson

Meanwhile, Malaysia’s Alif Hamdan was flying, climbing from seventh on the grid and ploughing past Baird to go third before the Safety Car was called out for the first time. That saw van der Drift’s 6.99 second lead evaporate and closed up the field, with Nico in second from Hamdan, Baird, Ragginger and Team Jebsen’s Rodolfo Avila.

At the restart, while van der Drift got away cleanly for the second time with Menzel in pursuit, behind the pair Hamdan defended well from Baird until the seasoned New Zealand driver managed to get by. As Ragginger and Avila were locked in battle behind, they closed up to Hamdan, sandwiching him between them. Inevitably, the trio clashed, with Ragginger pulling clear, Avila hurtling into the barrier, and Hamdan hit from both sides. Both Hamdan and Avila were uninjured after the incident, while Ragginger went on to cross the line fourth ahead of Tung. The Austrian was subsequently handed a one race suspension and a reprimand for causing a collision.

The incident called saw the Safety Car deployed for the second time, pulling away just three laps from the flag. Again, van der Drift charged away, winning with a 1.077 second margin from Menzel.

After the drama of Round 7, which left the field frustrated by the lack of racing laps on a track all the drivers are enjoying enormously, Round 8 promises to be packed with plenty of high-speed thrills. When the battle for the overall and Class B titles resumes in the Land of Smiles, van der Drift will once again be joined on the front row of the grid by Menzel, with Tung and Ragginger behind.

 

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 2015

Round 7 Results

Pos      No       Driver/Nationality    Class   Entrant/Nationality  Time

1          68       Chris VAN DER DRIFT (NZL)                        Kamlung Racing (CHN)        26:34.000

2          99       Nico MENZEL (GER)              PICC Team StarChase (CHN)           +1.077

3          12       Craig BAIRD (NZL)                Clearwater Racing (SIN)      +1.967

4          86       Martin RAGGINGER (AUT)               Team Porsche Holding (CHN)         +2.556

5          58       TUNG Ho-Pin (CHN)             Budweiser Team Absolute Racing (HKG)   +3.380

6          2          *Evan CHEN (TPE)   B          Evan Chen (TPE)      +6.517

7          18       Vutthikorn INTHRAPHUVASAK (THA)        B          est Racing Team (THA)        +7.264

8          21       Francis TJIA (HKG)   B          OpenRoad Racing (HKG)      +8.985

9          9          LI Chao (CHN)           B          Team Betterlife (CHN)         +11.938

10       5          Yuey TAN (SIN)         B          Team Jebsen (HKG)  +12.736

11       16       Wayne SHEN (HKG) B          Modena Motorsports (HKG)            +13.883

12       51       Johnson HUANG (TPE)         B          Team BC Racing (TPE)         +14.343

13       78       Suttiluck BUNCHAROEN (THA)       B          True Visions Motorsports Thailand (THA) +15.607

14       60       Marcel TJIA (SIN)      B          OpenRoad Racing (HKG)      +16.983

15       98       *Max CHEN (TPE)     B          Max Chen (TPE)       +19.463

16       65       ZHU Jun Han (CHN)  B          Absolute Racing (HKG)         +21.356

17       22       SIU Yuk Lung (HKG) B          LKM Racing (HKG)    +25.101

18       8          Ro Charlz SKYANGEL (SIN)              Team Yonda (CHN)  +25.223

19       28       John SHEN (HKG)     B          Modena Motorsports (HKG)            +26.576

20       80       Sontaya KUNPLOME (THA) B          Racing Spirit Thailand (THA)          +27.225

21       17       FUNG Yui Sum (HKG)           B          Arrows Racing (MAS)           +28.379

22       3          Michael S. (INA)        B          OpenRoad Racing (HKG)      +54.572

DNF     55       BAO Jin Long (CHN)              Zheng Tong Auto (CHN)       –

DNF     72       Alif HAMDAN (MAS)             Alif Hamdan Motorsport (MAS)      –

DNF     20       Rodolfo AVILA (MAC)                       Team Jebsen (HKG)  –

DNF     11       *Mikko Patteri NASSI (MAL)            B          Team Kangshun (CHN)        –

DNF     88       *Daniel BILSKI (AUS)           B          Spark Motorsports (HKG)    –

DNF     23       Paul TRESIDDER (AUS)        B          Paul Tresidder (AUS)           –

*Non series registered

Car No. 3: 30 second penalty for causing a collision

Fastest Lap: Chris van der Drift/Kamlung Racing/1:38.484/Lap 12

 

Round 7 Qualifying

Pos      No       Driver/Nationality    Class   Entrant/Nationality  Time

1          68       Chris VAN DER DRIFT (NZL)                        Kamlung Racing (CHN)        1:38.146

2          99       Nico MENZEL (GER)              PICC Team StarChase (CHN)           +0.127

3          58       TUNG Ho-Pin (CHN)             Budweiser Team Absolute Racing (HKG)   +0.174

4          12       Craig BAIRD (NZL)                Clearwater Racing (SIN)      +0.188

5          86       Martin RAGGINGER (AUT)               Team Porsche Holding (CHN)         +0.281

6          20       Rodolfo AVILA (MAC)                       Team Jebsen (HKG)  +0.459

7          72       Alif HAMDAN (MAS)             Alif Hamdan Motorsport (MAS)      +0.735

8          55       BAO Jin Long (CHN)              Zheng Tong Auto (CHN)       +0.817

9          8          Ro Charlz SKYANGEL (SIN)              Team Yonda (CHN)  +0.932

10       18       Vutthikorn INTHRAPHUVASAK (THA)        B          est Racing Team (THA)        +1.075

11       2          *Evan CHEN (TPE)   B          Evan Chen (TPE)      +1.159

12       21       Francis TJIA (HKG)   B          OpenRoad Racing (HKG)      +1.953

13       5          Yuey TAN (SIN)         B          Team Jebsen (HKG)  +2.022

14       9          LI Chao (CHN)           B          Team Betterlife (CHN)         +2.703

15       51       Johnson HUANG (TPE)         B          Team BC Racing (TPE)         +2.749

16       78       Suttiluck BUNCHAROEN (THA)       B          True Visions Motorsports Thailand (THA) +3.068

17       16       Wayne SHEN (HKG) B          Modena Motorsports (HKG)            +3.088

18       28       John SHEN (HKG)     B          Modena Motorsports (HKG)            +3.257

19       88       *Daniel BILSKI (AUS)           B          Spark Motorsports (HKG)    +3.532

20       11       *Mikko Patteri NASSI (MAL)            B          Team Kangshun (CHN)        +3.634

21       65       ZHU Jun Han (CHN)  B          Absolute Racing (HKG)         +3.655

22       60       Marcel TJIA (SIN)      B          OpenRoad Racing (HKG)      +3.827

23       3          Michael S. (INA)        B          OpenRoad Racing (HKG)      +3.833

24       23       Paul TRESIDDER (AUS)        B          Paul Tresidder (AUS)           +3.844

25       98       *Max CHEN (TPE)     B          Max Chen (TPE)       +4.152

26       22       SIU Yuk Lung (HKG) B          LKM Racing (HKG)    +4.398

27       80       Sontaya KUNPLOME (THA) B          Racing Spirit Thailand (THA)          +5.448

28       17       FUNG Yui Sum (HKG)           B          Arrows Racing (MAS)           +6.164

*Non series registered

Round 8 Qualifying

Pos      No       Driver/Nationality    Class   Entrant/Nationality  Time

1          68       Chris VAN DER DRIFT (NZL)                        Kamlung Racing (CHN)        1:38.273

2          99       Nico MENZEL (GER)              PICC Team StarChase (CHN)           1:38.364

3          58       TUNG Ho-Pin (CHN)             Budweiser Team Absolute Racing (HKG)   1:38.427

4          86       Martin RAGGINGER (AUT)               Team Porsche Holding (CHN)         1:38.441

5          12       Craig BAIRD (NZL)                Clearwater Racing (SIN)      1:38.506

6          20       Rodolfo AVILA (MAC)                       Team Jebsen (HKG)  1:38.640

7          72       Alif HAMDAN (MAS)             Alif Hamdan Motorsport (MAS)      1:39.202

8          18       Vutthikorn INTHRAPHUVASAK (THA)        B          est Racing Team (THA)        1:39.259

9          8          Ro Charlz SKYANGEL (SIN)              Team Yonda (CHN)  1:39.271

10       55       BAO Jin Long (CHN)              Zheng Tong Auto (CHN)       1:39.404

11       2          *Evan CHEN (TPE)   B          Evan Chen (TPE)      1:39.495

12       21       Francis TJIA (HKG)   B          OpenRoad Racing (HKG)      1:40.343

13       5          Yuey TAN (SIN)         B          Team Jebsen (HKG)  1:40.652

14       9          LI Chao (CHN)           B          Team Betterlife (CHN)         1:40.894

15       51       Johnson HUANG (TPE)         B          Team BC Racing (TPE)         1:41.006

16       78       Suttiluck BUNCHAROEN (THA)       B          True Visions Motorsports Thailand (THA) 1:41.287

17       16       Wayne SHEN (HKG) B          Modena Motorsports (HKG)            1:41.561

18       28       John SHEN (HKG)     B          Modena Motorsports (HKG)            1:41.728

19       11       *Mikko Patteri NASSI (MAL)            B          Team Kangshun (CHN)        1:41.870

20       65       ZHU Jun Han (CHN)  B          Absolute Racing (HKG)         1:42.073

21       3          Michael S. (INA)        B          OpenRoad Racing (HKG)      1:42.193

22       23       Paul TRESIDDER (AUS)        B          Paul Tresidder (AUS)           1:42.286

23       98       *Max CHEN (TPE)     B          Max Chen (TPE)       1:42.298

24       88       *Daniel BILSKI (AUS)           B          Spark Motorsports (HKG)    1:42.414

25       22       SIU Yuk Lung (HKG) B          LKM Racing (HKG)    1:43.088

26       60       Marcel TJIA (SIN)      B          OpenRoad Racing (HKG)      1:43.143

27       80       Sontaya KUNPLOME (THA) B          Racing Spirit Thailand (THA)          1:43.747

28       17       FUNG Yui Sum (HKG)           B          Arrows Racing (MAS)           1:44.482

*Non series registered

 

*Non series registered

Overall Points after Round 7 (top 5)

Pos      Comp No        Driver Entrant           Points

1          68       Chris van der Drift    Kamlung Racing        120

2          12       Craig Baird     Clearwater Racing     111

3          86       Martin Ragginger      Team Porsche Holding         83

4          99       Nico Menzel   PICC Team StarChase           78

5          58       Tung Ho-Pin  Budweiser Team Absolute Racing   69

 

Class B Points after Round 7 (top 5)

Pos      Comp No        Driver Entrant           Points

1          5          Yuey Tan        Team Jebsen  103

2          21       Francis Tjia    OpenRoad Racing      98

3          16       Wayne Shen  Modena Motorsports            91

4          51       Johnson Huang          Team BC Racing        68

5          18       Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak Est Racing Team        67


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