PORSCHE CARRERA CUP ASIA 2015 – ROUND 11

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Baird and Perfetti win in sensational Singapore showstopper

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Singapore. Clearwater Racing’s Craig Baird once again demonstrated his mastery of Singapore’s tricky and unforgiving Marina Bay street circuit, taking a wheel-perfect, pole-to-flag victory in Round 11 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia. Second across the line after superb performance was Budweiser Team Absolute Racing’s Tung Ho-Pin, while 17-year-old series rookie Nico Menzel gave his PICC Team StarChase their fifth consecutive podium finish on his Marina Bay Circuit debut.

In Class B, Spark Motorsports’ Egidio Perfetti took the win at his home race, ahead of est Cola Racing Team’s Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak in second. OpenRoad Racing’s Francis Tjia was third, keeping the Hong Kong driver very much in championship contention with three races of the season remaining. Pole-sitter and local hero Yuey Tan of Team Jebsen was forced to retire when his engine overheated due to an issue with the water pump drive belt..

The Round 11 results remain provisional pending a number of ongoing investigations by race Stewards.

Said a delighted Baird: “I’ve had a really good car since the moment I got here. From first practice I’ve been really happy with it and we really haven’t changed the car at all. Usually I’m changing things and making excuses, but my Clearwater Racing engineer has really been working hard. I just put my head down and got moving.”

(l-r) Tung Ho-Pin_Craig Baird_Nico Menzel

(l-r) Tung Ho-Pin_Craig Baird_Nico Menzel

For Tung, despite the dramatic events of the race, it was a chance to covert the impressive pace he’s shown all season into another podium finish: “Finally a clean weekend – so far! The start was quite good and I managed to get Nico round the outside into Turn 1. From then on Craig was a bit too quick today for me to make his life difficult. Nico was always very close but not close enough to make an attempt.”

Singapore newcomer Menzel’s podium came after a tough race: “It’s my first time here in Singapore, so qualifying was really good – P2 today and pole for tomorrow. The start was terrible for me and Ho-Pin got past and then it was a real battle with Rodolfo, but it was good clean racing. It’s my fifth podium in a row and that’s great for the team.”

In Class B, Perfetti was thrilled with his win, particularly after missing out to Tan for pole position in qualifying: “There were quite a few close calls out there! I managed to squeeze my way past Ro Charlz Skyangel. It was a good race. I enjoyed it. I struggled a bit after the Safety Car, but luckily I had a bit of a cushion and managed it to the last lap. For tomorrow, as you know, I like to bring out the good stuff on the last day, so I have a set of brand spanking new tyres, so we’ll see what that brings!”

With Rounds 11 and 12 of the Porsche Carrera Cup forming part of Singapore’s glittering Grand Prix weekend, expectations were high ahead of the opening race, and the championship more than lived up to the expectations of the enthusiastic fans.

Tensions rose, however, when the start was aborted twice; first after Suttiluck Buncharoen stalled on the grid, and again when Zhang Zhen Dong, standing in for regular driver Martin Ragginger at Team Porsche Holding this weekend, was adjudged to have been out of position, for which he was handed a drive-through penalty, later converted to a 30 second time penalty.

Round 11 Class B Winner_Egidio Perfetti

Round 11 Class B Winner_Egidio Perfetti

Once the field roared of the grid though, the action was spectacular as they hurtled past the Singapore landmarks. Baird was away from pole like rocket, and immediately set about pulling a gap from the chasing pack. Behind him though, Tung was immediately alongside Menzel from P3 on the grid, claiming second place from the youngster and holding firm to the flag. Next Menzel’s mirrors were filled with championship leader van der Drift, who had stormed through the pack from seventh on the grid. Close behind the New Zealander was Alif Hamdan until Team Jebsen’s Rodolfo Avila found his way past the Malaysian. Racing on the max, the trio fought for position, with van der Drift dropping down to sixth after Avila made contact before snatching a place back from Hamdan. Hamdan later spun out and retired.

As Baird increased his margin from Tung at the front, Menzel next came under attack from Avila. Wheel-to-wheel, the German defended superbly, denying the Team Jebsen driver any opportunity to make a move. Behind them, Zheng Tong Auto’s Bao Jin Long clipped the rear of Team Kangshun’s Ringo Chong, triggering a spin which brought out the Safety Car on Lap 6, with ten minutes left on the clock.

Heartbreakingly, Tan, who had been running third in Class B, was forced to retire as the field circulated behind the Safety Car, waiting with bated breath for the marshals to clear the stationery cars. Just as it seemed the race would finish behind the Safety Car, it pulled off, releasing the field for a final, thunderous sprint to the flag.

The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia action continues tomorrow with Round 12 at Singapore’s jewel in the crown of international motorsport. Menzel will start the 12-lap race from pole position, with Tung alongside. Baird and Hamdan make up the second row of the grid but, just as in Round 11, plenty of surprises are guaranteed as the region’s premier sportscar championship lights up the Lion City.

 

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia

Provisional Round 11 Results

Pos No Driver/Nationality Class Entrant/Nationality Time
1 12 Craig BAIRD (NZL) Clearwater Racing (SIN) 25:46.307
2 58 TUNG Ho-Pin (CHN) Budweiser Team Absolute Racing (HKG) +1.596
3 99 Nico MENZEL (GER) PICC Team StarChase (CHN) +2:098
4 20 Rodolfo AVILA (MAC) Team Jebsen (HKG) +2.487
5 68 Chris VAN DER DRIFT (NZL) Kamlung Racing (MAS) +2.820
6 88 *Egidio PERFETTI (SIN) B Spark Motorsports (HKG) +4.142
7 8 Ro Charlz SKYANGEL (SIN) Team Yonda (CHN) +5.260
8 18 Vutthikorn INTHRAPHUVASAK (THA) B est Cola Racing Team (THA) +6.159
9 86 *ZHANG Zhen Dong (CHN) Team Porsche Holding (CHN) +6.699
10 21 Francis TJIA (HKG) B OpenRoad Racing (HKG) +9.702
11 16 Wayne SHEN (HKG) B Modena Motorsports (HKG) +10.046
12 3 Michael S. (INA) B OpenRoad Racing (HKG) +14.129
13 9 LI Chao (CHN) B Team Betterlife (CHN) +14.603
14 51 Johnson HUANG (TPE) B Team BC Racing (TPE) +16.681
15 23 Paul TRESIDDER (AUS) B Paul Tresidder (AUS) +18.370
16 28 John SHEN (HKG) B Modena Motorsports (HKG) +18.639
17 60 Marcel TJIA (SIN) B OpenRoad Racing (HKG) +18.935
18 2 *Keith CHAN (HKG) B Arrows Racing (MAS) +19.376
19 78 Suttiluck BUNCHAROEN (THA) B True Visions Motorsports Thailand (THA) +20.058
20 80 Sontaya KUNPLOME (THA) B Racing Spirit Thailand (THA) +23.544
21 65 ZHU Jun Han (CHN) B Absolute Racing (HKG) +24.547
22 22 SIU Yuk Lung (HKG) B LKM Racing (HKG) +25.779
23 17 FUNG Yui Sum (HKG) B Arrows Racing (MAS) +28.162
5 Yuey TAN (SIN) B Team Jebsen (HKG) DNF
11 Ringo CHONG (SIN) B Team Kangshun (CHN) DNF
55 BAO Jin Long (CHN) Zheng Tong Auto (CHN) DNF
98 Henri RICHARD (USA) B Silicon Tech Racing LLP (USA) DNF
72 Alif HAMDAN (MAS) Alif Hamdan Motorsport (MAS) DNS

*Non series registered

Fastest Lap: Rodolfo Avila/Team Jebsen/2:19.468/Lap 4/130.645kph

 

Round 11 Qualifying

Pos No Driver/Nationality Class Entrant/Nationality Time
1 12 Craig BAIRD (NZL) Clearwater Racing (SIN) 2:17.999
2 99 Nico MENZEL (GER) PICC Team StarChase (CHN) 2:18.182
3 58 TUNG Ho-Pin (CHN) Budweiser Team Absolute Racing (HKG) 2:18.664
4 72 Alif HAMDAN (MAS) Alif Hamdan Motorsport (MAS) 2:18.699
5 68 Chris VAN DER DRIFT (NZL) Kamlung Racing (MAS) 2:19.335
6 20 Rodolfo AVILA (MAC) Team Jebsen (HKG) 2:19.341
7 8 Ro Charlz SKYANGEL (SIN) Team Yonda (CHN) 2:20.128
8 5 Yuey TAN (SIN) B Team Jebsen (HKG) 2:20.374
9 88 *Egidio PERFETTI (SIN) B Spark Motorsports (HKG) 2:20.496
10 18 Vutthikorn INTHRAPHUVASAK (THA) B est Cola Racing Team (THA) 2:20.786
11 86 *ZHANG Zhen Dong (CHN) Team Porsche Holding (CHN) 2:20.802
12 21 Francis TJIA (HKG) B OpenRoad Racing (HKG) 2:20.812
13 55 BAO Jin Long (CHN) Zheng Tong Auto (CHN) 2:21.232
14 11 Ringo CHONG (SIN) B Team Kangshun (CHN) 2:22.558
15 9 LI Chao (CHN) B Team Betterlife (CHN) 2:22.835
16 16 Wayne SHEN (HKG) B Modena Motorsports (HKG) 2:23.412
17 2 *Keith CHAN (HKG) B Arrows Racing (MAS) 2:23.765
18 3 Michael S. (INA) B OpenRoad Racing (HKG) 2:24.550
19 78 Suttiluck BUNCHAROEN (THA) B True Visions Motorsports Thailand (THA) 2:24.795
20 60 Marcel TJIA (SIN) B OpenRoad Racing (HKG) 2:25.631
21 65 ZHU Jun Han (CHN) B Absolute Racing (HKG) 2:25.993
22 23 Paul TRESIDDER (AUS) B Paul Tresidder (AUS) 2:26.448
23 51 Johnson HUANG (TPE) B Team BC Racing (TPE) 2:26.802
24 28 John SHEN (HKG) B Modena Motorsports (HKG) 2:28.098
25 22 SIU Yuk Lung (HKG) B LKM Racing (HKG) 2:30.396
26 80 Sontaya KUNPLOME (THA) B Racing Spirit Thailand (THA) 2:30.441
27 17 FUNG Yui Sum (HKG) B Arrows Racing (MAS) 2:30.741
28 98 Henri RICHARD (USA) B Silicon Tech Racing LLP (USA)

*Non series registered

 

Round 12 Qualifying

Pos No Driver/Nationality Class Entrant/Nationality Time
1 99 Nico MENZEL (GER) PICC Team StarChase (CHN) 2:18.831
2 58 TUNG Ho-Pin (CHN) Budweiser Team Absolute Racing (HKG) 2:19.065
3 12 Craig BAIRD (NZL) Clearwater Racing (SIN) 2:19.195
4 72 Alif HAMDAN (MAS) Alif Hamdan Motorsport (MAS) 2:19.335
5 68 Chris VAN DER DRIFT (NZL) Kamlung Racing (MAS) 2:19.459
6 20 Rodolfo AVILA (MAC) Team Jebsen (HKG) 2:19.800
7 8 Ro Charlz SKYANGEL (SIN) Team Yonda (CHN) 2:20.298
8 88 *Egidio PERFETTI (SIN) B Spark Motorsports (HKG) 2:20.746
9 18 Vutthikorn INTHRAPHUVASAK (THA) B est Cola Racing Team (THA) 2:20.958
10 21 Francis TJIA (HKG) B OpenRoad Racing (HKG) 2:21.053
11 86 *ZHANG Zhen Dong (CHN) Team Porsche Holding (CHN) 2:21.090
12 5 Yuey TAN (SIN) B Team Jebsen (HKG) 2:21.170
13 55 BAO Jin Long (CHN) Zheng Tong Auto (CHN) 2:21.652
14 11 Ringo CHONG (SIN) B Team Kangshun (CHN) 2:22.988
15 9 LI Chao (CHN) B Team Betterlife (CHN) 2:23.123
16 16 Wayne SHEN (HKG) B Modena Motorsports (HKG) 2:23.549
17 2 *Keith CHAN (HKG) B Arrows Racing (MAS) 2:24.272
18 3 Michael S. (INA) B OpenRoad Racing (HKG) 2:24.668
19 78 Suttiluck BUNCHAROEN (THA) B True Visions Motorsports Thailand (THA) 2:25.933
20 60 Marcel TJIA (SIN) B OpenRoad Racing (HKG) 2:25.934
21 23 Paul TRESIDDER (AUS) B Paul Tresidder (AUS) 2:26.627
22 51 Johnson HUANG (TPE) B Team BC Racing (TPE) 2:27.015
23 65 ZHU Jun Han (CHN) B Absolute Racing (HKG) 2:27.523
24 28 John SHEN (HKG) B Modena Motorsports (HKG) 2:28.118
25 17 FUNG Yui Sum (HKG) B Arrows Racing (MAS) 2:30.819
26 80 Sontaya KUNPLOME (THA) B Racing Spirit Thailand (THA) 2:30.885
27 22 SIU Yuk Lung (HKG) B LKM Racing (HKG) 2:30.996
28 98 Henri RICHARD (USA) B Silicon Tech Racing LLP (USA)

*Non series registered

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