PORSCHE CARRERA CUP ASIA – ROUND 5 RESULTS

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van der Drift Triumphs Over Relentless Ragginger in Fuji Thriller

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June 6, 2015   

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.

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.

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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.”

Baird, who had struggled in qualifying to master the deceptively tricky circuit, worked hard to make sure he was ready should the dueling pair come together: “I was waiting for them to take each other out! It was very exciting watching Chris and Martin from third, I had the best seat in the house. I wasn’t quite good enough to be able to challenge though.”

In a race packed with exceptional motorsport, the action was no less intense amongst the Class B field, with drivers dicing for position from lights out to the chequered flag. Vutthikorn was delighted to be back on the top step of the podium for the first time after his return to the championship, while Tjia, who set the fastest lap in the category, enjoyed drafting with friendly rival Tan: “My car just got better as the race went on, especially under braking.” Tan, meanwhile, while adamant his focus was 100% on the race, did admit the promise of Spa isn’t far from his thoughts this weekend: “It’ll be a very long day tomorrow, and I know anything can happen. I wasn’t thinking about it during the race, but I have watched all the classic Spa races on Youtube!”

As the lights went out, van der Drift rocketed into the lead, with Ragginger immediately recovering from his start line error to mount one of the fiercest challenges ever seen in the series. Behind the pair, Baird got away well followed by PICC Team StarChase driver, 17-year-old Nico Menzel,  Tan’s team mate Rodolfo Avila, Budweiser Team Absolute Racing’s Tung Ho-Pin. As Baird caught up to the race leaders, Menzel, Avila and Tung tussled for position, with the Chinese ace snatching fourth a third of the way through. Rodolfo took the chase to Tung, the latter spinning off before rejoining to cross the line seventh behind Menzel.

As the battle between van der Drift and Ragginger had the crowds on their feet, Baird kept them firmly in his sights, even diving past the Austrian on lap 10 to briefly hold second before the Team Porsche Holding driver reclaimed his place and – headlights ablaze – resumed his quest for the race lead. Behind, while Avila kept his head down, talented Malaysian Alif Hamdan was a man on a mission, staying clear of trouble in amongst the drama and keeping on the power to set the fastest lap of the race. Hamdan eventually finished fifth behind Avila having started from the fourth row of the grid.

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.

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Round 5 Results

Pos No Driver/Nationality Class Entrant/Nationality Time
1 68 Chris VAN DER DRIFT (NZL) Kamlung Racing (CHN) 26:09.142
2 86 Martin RAGGINGER (AUT) Team Porsche Holding (CHN) +0.086
3 12 Craig BAIRD (NZL) Clearwater Racing (SIN) +1.008
4 20 Rodolfo AVILA (MAC) Team Jebsen (HKG) +6.010
5 72 Alif HAMDAN (MAS) Alif Hamdan Motorsport (MAS) +6.679
6 99 Nico MENZEL (GER) PICC Team StarChase (CHN) +9.342
7 58 TUNG Ho-Pin (CHN) Budweiser Team Absolute Racing (HKG) +12.100
8 8 Ro Charlz SKYANGEL (SIN) Team Yonda (CHN) +12.641
9 18 Vutthikorn INTHRAPHUVASAK (THA) B 100 PLUS Racing Team (THA) +16.331
10 21 Francis TJIA (HKG) B OpenRoad Racing (HKG) +17.565
11 55 BAO Jin Long (CHN) Zheng Tong Auto (CHN) +23.794
12 5 Yuey TAN (SIN) B Team Jebsen (HKG) +24.323
13 16 Wayne SHEN (HKG) B Modena Motorsports (HKG) +26.420
14 3 Michael S. (INA) B OpenRoad Racing (HKG) +48.176
15 2 *Samson CHAN (HKG) B Arrows Racing (MAS) +48.854
16 11 Ringo CHONG (SIN) B Team Kangshun (CHN) +49.069
17 69 Christian CHIA (CAN) B OpenRoad Racing (HKG) +52.053
18 51 Johnson HUANG (TPE) B Team BC Racing (TPE) +54.725
19 28 John SHEN (HKG) B Modena Motorsports (HKG) +55.513
20 98 Henri RICHARD (USA) B Silicon Tech Racing LLP (USA) +55.903
21 78 Suttiluck BUNCHAROEN (THA) B True Visions Motorsports Thailand (THA) +1:00.682
22 9 LI Chao (CHN) B Team Betterlife (CHN) +1:02.220
23 23 Paul TRESIDDER (AUS) B Paul Tresidder (AUS) +1:09.156
24 17 FUNG Yui Sum (HKG) B Arrows Racing (HKG) +1:19.848
25 88 Hugues RIPERT (HKG) B Spark Motorsports (HKG) +1:20.710
26 65 ZHU Jun Han (CHN) B Absolute Racing (HKG) +1:38.833
27 80 Sontaya KUNPLOME (THA) B Racing Spirit Thailand (THA) +1:39.252
28 22 SIU Yuk Lung (HKG) B LKM 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

Round 5 Qualifying

Pos No Driver/Nationality Class Entrant/Nationality Time
1 86 Martin RAGGINGER (AUT) Team Porsche Holding (CHN) 1:43.079
2 68 Chris VAN DER DRIFT (NZL) Kamlung Racing (CHN) +0.158
3 12 Craig BAIRD (NZL) Clearwater Racing (SIN) +0.356
4 99 Nico MENZEL (GER) PICC Team StarChase (CHN) +0.421
5 20 Rodolfo AVILA (MAC) Team Jebsen (HKG) +0.605
6 58 TUNG Ho-Pin (CHN) Budweiser Team Absolute Racing (HKG) +0.675
7 72 Alif HAMDAN (MAS) Alif Hamdan Motorsport (MAS) +0.896
8 8 Ro Charlz SKYANGEL (SIN) Team Yonda (CHN) +1.382
9 18 Vutthikorn INTHRAPHUVASAK (THA) B 100 PLUS Racing Team (THA) +1.891
10 5 Yuey TAN (SIN) B Team Jebsen (HKG) +2:236
11 21 Francis TJIA (HKG) B OpenRoad Racing (HKG) +2.455
12 55 BAO Jin Long (CHN) Zheng Tong Auto (CHN) +2.503
13 16 Wayne SHEN (HKG) B Modena Motorsports (HKG) +2.519
14 69 Christian CHIA (CAN) B OpenRoad Racing (HKG) +2.724
15 98 Henri RICHARD (USA) B Silicon Tech Racing LLP (USA) +2.851
16 9 LI Chao (CHN) B Team Betterlife (CHN) +2.879
17 3 Michael S. (INA) B OpenRoad Racing (HKG) +2.900
18 11 Ringo CHONG (SIN) B Team Kangshun (CHN) +3.051
19 51 Johnson HUANG (TPE) B Team BC Racing (TPE) +3.262
20 2 *Samson CHAN (HKG) B Arrows Racing (MAS) +3.526
21 28 John SHEN (HKG) B Modena Motorsports (HKG) +4.006
22 65 ZHU Jun Han (CHN) B Absolute Racing (HKG) +4.061
23 23 Paul TRESIDDER (AUS) B Paul Tresidder (AUS) +4.331
24 88 Hugues RIPERT (HKG) B Spark Motorsports (HKG) +4.939
25 78 Suttiluck BUNCHAROEN (THA) B True Visions Motorsports Thailand (THA) +4.991
26 17 FUNG Yui Sum (HKG) B Arrows Racing (HKG) +5.757
27 22 SIU Yuk Lung (HKG) B LKM Racing (HKG) +6.946
28 80 Sontaya KUNPLOME (THA) B Racing Spirit Thailand (THA) +7.792

*Non series registered

 

Round 6 Qualifying

Pos No Driver/Nationality Class Entrant/Nationality Time
1 68 Chris VAN DER DRIFT (NZL) Kamlung Racing (CHN) 1:43.345
2 86 Martin RAGGINGER (AUT) Team Porsche Holding (CHN) +0.126
3 99 Nico MENZEL (GER) PICC Team StarChase (CHN) +0.291
4 20 Rodolfo AVILA (MAC) Team Jebsen (HKG) +0.366
5 58 TUNG Ho-Pin (CHN) Budweiser Team Absolute Racing (HKG) +0.423
6 72 Alif HAMDAN (MAS) Alif Hamdan Motorsport (MAS) +0.698
7 12 Craig BAIRD (NZL) Clearwater Racing (SIN) +0.781
8 8 Ro Charlz SKYANGEL (SIN) Team Yonda (CHN) +1.234
9 18 Vutthikorn INTHRAPHUVASAK (THA) B 100 PLUS Racing Team (THA) +1.718
10 5 Yuey TAN (SIN) B Team Jebsen (HKG) +1.979
11 21 Francis TJIA (HKG) B OpenRoad Racing (HKG) +2.222
12 55 BAO Jin Long (CHN) Zheng Tong Auto (CHN) +2.289
13 16 Wayne SHEN (HKG) B Modena Motorsports (HKG) +2.606
14 3 Michael S. (INA) B OpenRoad Racing (HKG) +2.727
15 69 Christian CHIA (CAN) B OpenRoad Racing (HKG) +2.744
16 11 Ringo CHONG (SIN) B Team Kangshun (CHN) +2.791
17 9 LI Chao (CHN) B Team Betterlife (CHN) +2.887
18 98 Henri RICHARD (USA) B Silicon Tech Racing LLP (USA) +2.900
19 51 Johnson HUANG (TPE) B Team BC Racing (TPE) +3.094
20 2 *Samson CHAN (HKG) B Arrows Racing (MAS) +3.344
21 28 John SHEN (HKG) B Modena Motorsports (HKG) +3.959
22 65 ZHU Jun Han (CHN) B Absolute Racing (HKG) +4.176
23 23 Paul TRESIDDER (AUS) B Paul Tresidder (AUS) +4.657
24 78 Suttiluck BUNCHAROEN (THA) B True Visions Motorsports Thailand (THA) +4.747
25 88 Hugues RIPERT (HKG) B Spark Motorsports (HKG) +4.862
26 17 FUNG Yui Sum (HKG) B Arrows Racing (HKG) +5.497
27 22 SIU Yuk Lung (HKG) B LKM Racing (HKG) +6.717
28 80 Sontaya KUNPLOME (THA) B Racing Spirit Thailand (THA) +7.551

*Non series registered

Overall Points after Round 5 (top 5)

Pos Comp No Driver Entrant Points
1 12 Craig Baird Clearwater Racing 86
2 68 Chris van der Drift Kamlung Racing 79
3 20 Rodolfo Avila Team Jebsen 51
86 Martin Ragginger Team Porsche Holding 51
4 8 Ro Charlz Skyangel Team Yonda 49

 

Class B Points after Round 5 (top 5)

Pos Comp No Driver Entrant Points
1 5 Yuey Tan Team Jebsen 73
2 16 Wayne Shen Modena Motorsports 72
3 21 Francis Tjia OpenRoad Racing 62
4 98 Max Twigg Max Twigg 52
5 51 Johnson Huang Team BC Racing 49

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