PORSCHE CARRERA CUP ASIA 2015 – PREVIEW ROUNDS 7&8

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Porsche Carrera Cup Asia returns to Land of Smiles

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Shanghai-July 30. Fresh from their Porsche Carrera Cup 24 Hours of Spa triumph in Belgium at the weekend, Kamlung Racing’s Chris van der Drift and Yuey Tan of Team Jebsen lead an all-star cast as Asia’s leading GT championship makes its long-awaited return to Thailand this weekend.

Making its first appearance since 2005 in the Land of Smiles, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia makes its debut on the Hermann Tilke-designed, 4.5km Chang International Circuit at the weekend. Opened last year, it is the first FIA Grade 1 circuit for the country and has already hosted a round of the Japanese Super GT as well as Thailand’s first-ever round of the World Superbike Championship.

Leading the charge into the double-header which marks the mid-point in the series’ 13th season, van der Drift has a slim margin of just four points from fellow New Zealander, Craig Baird of Clearwater Racing. Although van der Drift has four race wins to Baird’s one, a DNF in Round 2 mean there is very little between the pair. However, the overall title is still very much open, with Team Porsche Holding’s Martin Ragginger quickly closing the gap to the top of the leaderboard. Making up for his absence in May, when he was on duty at the Nürburgring 24 Hours, the Austrian was back with a vengeance in Japan last month, taking pole position and two podium finishes to close up to third in the points.

Team Jebsen’s Rodolfo Avila of Macau is fourth, one ahead of PICC Team StarChase driver, 17-year-old Nico Menzel, who made his Porsche Mobil1 Supercup debut at the weekend, qualifying within two seconds of pole amongst the fastest Porsche drivers on the planet. China’s Tung Ho-Pin of the Budweiser Team Absolute Racing team and Team Yonda’s Ro Charlz Skyangel are tied in sixth, ahead of Malaysia’s Alif Hamdan and China’s Bao Jin Long.

Chris van der Drift of Kamlung Racing

Chris van der Drift of Kamlung Racing

Meanwhile the Class B title is also wide open. Tan has a nine-point advantage from OpenRoad Racing’s Francis Tjia who, although having a win to his name, like van der Drift, suffered a DNF in Round 2. A single point behind Tjia is 2012 Class B Champion Wayne Shen of Modena Motorsports, with Chinese Taipei’s Johnson Huang in fourth.

The weekend will be especially important for the three Thai drivers in the field who will be racing in front of a home crowd. Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak, entered with the est Racing Team, lies sixth in the Class B standings after what has been a rollercoaster season so far for the seasoned driver. Despite a pole position, race win and podium finish, three unlucky DNFs hide his true pace.

Fellow Thais Sontaya Kunplome of Racing Spirit Thailand, and True Visions Motorsports Thailand’s Suttiluck Buncharoen, contesting his debut Porsche Carrera Cup Asia season, will be on their best form for the local crowd.

Joining the Class B field for the Thailand rounds are father-and-son team Max and Evan Chen of Chinese Taipei. Father Max is no stranger to the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, having joined the inaugural season in 2003, winning the first-ever Class B title when it was introduced the following year. Son Evan made his debut with the series last year in Malaysia and impressed on his first outing in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991).

Racing as part of the Thailand Super Series weekend, the return of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is eagerly anticipated in a country which has passionately embraced motorsport for decades. The 28-strong field of international GT specialists can look forward to a welcome of the very widest Thai smiles on its triumphant return.

Class B leader Yuey Tan (right) with Team Jebsen team    mate Rodolfo Avila

Class B leader Yuey Tan (right) with Team Jebsen team mate Rodolfo Avila

Provisional Entry List – Rounds 7&8

 No. Entrant Name
Driver             
Cls Nat  No. Entrant Name
Driver
Cls Nat
2 Evan Chen
*Evan CHEN
B TPE
TPE
28 Modena Motorsports
John SHEN
B HKG
HKG
3 OpenRoad Racing
Michael  S.
B HKG
INA
51 Team BC Racing
Johnson HUANG
B TPE
TPE
5 Team Jebsen
Yuey TAN Yu Hian
B HKG
SIN
55 Zheng Tong Auto
BAO Jin Long
CHN
CHN
8 Team Yonda
Ro Charlz SKYANGEL
CHN
SIN
58 Budweiser Team Absolute Racing
Ho-Pin TUNG
HKG
NED
9 Team Betterlife
LI Chao
B CHN
CHN
60 OpenRoad Racing
Marcel TJIA
B HKG
HKG
11 Team Kangshun
Ringo CHONG
B CHN
SIN
65 Absolute Racing
ZHU Jun Han
B HKG
CHN
12 Clearwater Racing
Craig BAIRD
SIN
NZL
68 Kamlung Racing
Chris van der DRIFT
CHN
NZL
16 Modena Motorsports
Wayne SHEN
B HKG
HKG
72 Alif Hamdan Motorsport
Alif HAMDAN
MAS
MAS
17 Arrows Racing
FUNG Yui Sum
B MAS
HKG
78 True Visions Motorsports Thailand
Suttiluck BUNCHAROEN
B THA
THA
18 est Racing Team
Vutthikorn INTHRAPHUVASAK
B THA
THA
80 Racing Spirit Thailand
Sontaya KUNPLOME
B THA
THA
20 Team Jebsen
Rodolfo AVILA
HKG
MAC
86 Team Porsche Holding
Martin RAGGINGER
CHN
AUT
21 OpenRoad Racing
Francis TJIA
B HKG
HKG
88 Spark Motorsport
Hugues RIPERT
B HKG
HKG
22 LKM Racing
SIU Yuk Lung
B HKG
HKG
98 Max Chen
*Max CHEN
B TPE
TPE
23 Paul TRESIDDER
Paul TRESIDDER
B AUS
AUS
99 PICC Team StarChase
Nico MENZEL
HKG
GER

*Non series registered

Overall Points after Round 6 (top 5)

Pos Comp No Driver Entrant Points
1 68 Chris van der Drift Kamlung Racing 99
2 12 Craig Baird Clearwater Racing 95
3 86 Martin Ragginger Team Porsche Holding 69
4 20 Rodolfo Avila Team Jebsen 65
5 99 Nico Menzel PICC Team Jebsen 60

 

Class B Points after Round 6 (top 5)

Pos Comp No Driver Entrant Points
1 5 Yuey Tan Team Jebsen 91
2 21 Francis Tjia OpenRoad Racing 82
3 16 Wayne Shen Modena Motorsports 81
4 51 Johnson Huang Team BC Racing 59
5 98 Max Twigg Max Twigg 52

2015 Provisional Calendar

Date Circuit, Country Event
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
July 31 – August 02 Chang Intl. Circuit, Thailand Thailand Super Series 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

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