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2012 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Concludes 10th Season at the Top

The 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia has concluded a successful 10th season at a spectacular finale in Shanghai last weekend. The series scaled new heights this year with its most prestigious entry ever. For FastMotoring, we have worked our best to follow each race and even flew to China once to experience the race event. Trust me, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is absolutely one of the most exciting motorsports in this region. Just a note to Porsche Malaysia, do consider to send us invitation for 2013 season again!

 

2012 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia End of Season Review

 

Porsche AG, President and Chief Executive Officer – Mr. Matthias Mueller commented, “When Porsche China took over the organisation of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia in 2010, we were pleased to welcome a new era for the series, and we are committing all available resources to building a strong racing culture across China.” Evidence of this pledge, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia delivered an outstanding 2012 season, with superb on-track competition ultimately producing two new champions.

 

The season roared to life in fitting style supporting the prestigious 2012 FIA FORMULA 1 UBS CHINESE GRAND PRIX in Shanghai in April, followed by 2 exciting races at the Zhuhai International Circuit in June. In July, the series traveled to the challenging Inner Mongolian Ordos circuit, before racing in support of Malaysia’s Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race for the first time a month later. In September, the series raced in support of the FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX at the Marina Bay street circuit, before November’s season finale in Shanghai.

 

2012 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia End of Season Review

 

The 2012 season saw a 28-strong field of race-prepared Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars, the finest line-up of GT specialists ever assembled in Asia. A record eight Porsche China dealer teams entered, with three new teams joining regulars: Team Jebsen, who once again fielded Macau driver Rodolfo Avila; Team StarChase with a two-car entry, the PICC Team StarChase car for 2012 champion Alexandre Imperatori and the Budweiser Team StarChase entry for series and GT racing newcomer, Tung Ho-Pin of China; Team Kangshun with veteran Singapore racer Ringo Chong; the series’ only lady driver returning with Team C&D; and Team Betterlife with reigning Class B champion Wang Jian Wei of China. The newcomers were Team Eagle – Jiejun & Junbaojie with Porsche specialist Martin Ragginger of Austria, Team Yongda Dongfang with Frenchman Benjamin Rouget, and Team Basetex with exciting young Chinese talent Zhang Da Sheng.

 

The battle for both the overall and Class B championship titles went right down to the wire at the final race meeting of the season in Shanghai, with Imperatori taking the title after the qualifying session for the penultimate round.  Second was defending champion Keita Sawa of LKM Racing Team, with Ragginger third.  Modena Motorsports’ Wayne Shen had to wait until the final round before taking a well-deserved Class B title.

 

With a field packed with emerging and established talent, the 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia season has been widely acclaimed as the most competitive yet, but plans are already well advanced to ensure the championship further strengthens its richly-deserved reputation as the series for pure racing drivers.

 

Porsche China Chief Executive Officer Mr. Helmut Broeker announced the 2013 provisional calendar during the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia gala prize giving: “As we mark a decade as Asian motorsports pioneers in 2013, we can look forward to field of outstanding drivers and a prestigious calendar to match.  I am delighted to announce that we have three Formula 1 support races on the provisional calendar:  Here in Shanghai, in Malaysia, and at the glittering Singapore Grand Prix.  In addition, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia will support two rounds of the Asian Le Mans Series, including a round at a new race track in South Korea, and a round of the China Touring Car Champion before ending the season here at the Shanghai Sportscar Champions Festival 2013.”

 

The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2013, and as it embarks upon its second decade leading the way for Asia sports car competition, a new chapter will be written.  Organisers are preparing to scale new heights, raising the bar yet again on Asian motorsport as the series has done each year since its launch in 2003.  With a new circuit to expand the series’ reach and supporting three rounds of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, its loyal supporters can look forward to more thrills, more excitement and more superb motorsport as the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia prepares to go one better.

 

2012 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Final Points Standings (top 10)

 

Overall

Pos

Comp

No

Driver

Entrant

Points

1

99

Alexandre IMPERATORI

PICC Team StarChase

199

2

1

Keita SAWA

LKM Racing Team

155

3

20

Rodolfo AVILA

Team Jebsen

137

4

86

Martin RAGGINGER

Team Eagle-Jiejun & Junbaojie

133

5

98

TUNG Ho-Pin

Budweiser Team StarChase

130

6

8

Benjamin ROUGET

Team Yongda Dongfang

103

7

 

37

David RIZZO

BBT

77

78

ZHANG Da Sheng

Team Basetex

77

9

9

WANG Jian Wei

Team Betterlife

71

10

88

Egidio PERFETTI

Seminole Racing Team

61

 

Class B

Pos

Comp

No

Driver

Entrant

Points

1

16

Wayne SHEN

Modena Motorsports

178

2

21

Francis TJIA

OpenRoad Racing

152

3

88

Egidio PERFETTI

Seminole Racing Team

146

4

81

HUANG Chu Han

Asia Racing Team

139

5

5

Yuey TAN

Dorr McElrea Racing

107

6

6

ZHENG Ting

BBT

100

7

25

Christian CHIA

OpenRoad by ART Motorsports

84

8

27

Adrian Henry D’SILVA

Nexus Racing

72

9

23

Pail TRESIDDER

Hewlett Motorsport

70

10

28

John SHEN

Modena Motorsports

69

 

 

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 2013

 

Provisional Race Calendar

Date

Circuit, Country

Event

Round(s)

March 02 – 03

Sepang Intl. Circuit, Malaysia

Test Days

-

March 22 – 24

Sepang Intl. Circuit, Malaysia

Formula 1 Support Race

Round 1

April 12 – 14

Shanghai Intl. Circuit, China

Formula 1 Support Race

Round 2

May 03 – 05

Zhuhai Intl. Circuit, China

China Touring Car Championship*

Round 3 & 4

July 05 – 07

Ordos Intl. Circuit, China

Asian Le Mans Series*

Round 5 & 6

August 02 – 04

Autopia Intl. Circuit, Korea

Asian Le Mans Series*

Round 7 & 8

September 20 – 22

Marina Bay Circuit, Singapore

Formula 1 Support Race

Round 9

October 25 – 27

Shanghai Intl. Circuit, China

Shanghai Sports Car Champions Festival*

Round 10 & 11