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Martin Ragginger Wins Round One of 2013 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia

In Round One of the 2013 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, Martin Ragginger took victory at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit as part of Formula 1 support race yesterday.

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, Sepang, Malaysia, 22-24 March 2013.

Martin Ragginger of Team Eagle, led from pole to chequered flag over the 10 lap race, but was never given the chance to pull clear of his closest rival, crossing the line just over three tenths of a second ahead of Imperatori. Series newcomer, 22-year-old Earl Bamber of Nexus Racing surprised us for taking the final podium place in this race.

Fourth across the line was LKM Racing Team’s Keita Sawa of Japan, ahead of Team Jebsen’s Rodolfo Avila.  Budweiser Kamlung Racing’s Tung Ho-Pin crossed the line in 6th, but was later excluded for a technical infringement.

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, Sepang, Malaysia, 22-24 March 2013.

In Class B, it was category pole sitter Egidio Perfetti who took the win in his Mentos Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, finishing 7th overall amongst an intensely competitive field.  Second was OpenRoad Racing’s Francis Tjia ahead of newcomer, Alif Hamdan.  Hamdan was the top finishing of the three Malaysian drivers, Nexus Racing team mate Adrian Henry D’Silva going out early on in the race with a broken radiator, and Sime Darby Auto Performance guest driver, Fairuz Fauzy, succumbing to pressure from a hard-charging Avila.  Fauzy rejoined the race, but was unable to climb back through the field before the flag as we expected.

As the lights went out and the season got underway as part of the 2013 FORMULA 1 PETRONAS MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX Ragginger bolted off the grid, holding the lead into Turn 1.  Behind him, Imperatori dived past Bamber and up to second, while Avila passed Tung on the outside. Tung went off at Turn 5 after a tangle with Team Yongda Dongfang’s Benjamin Rouget, before regaining his position.

Francis Tjia diced with Hamdan for Class B runner-up position, the pair putting on thrilling battle for the crowds.  Tjia won the day this time, claiming second, but the stage is set for a thrilling season in the category.

But it was the fight for victory which had the crowds on their feet, with Imperatori piling on the pressure in a desperate bid to claim the psychologically-significant opening win.  Ragginger held firm, despite the lock-up on the penultimate lap giving a clue as to the intensity of the fight.

After the dramatic race in Malaysia, where the entire 25-strong field put on a display of GT racing at its finest, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia will be back in action next month @ 2013 FORMULA 1 UBS CHINESE GRAND PRIX in Shanghai from 12-14 April 2013.

2013 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia

Round 1 Results

Pos

No

Driver/Nationality

Class

Entrant/Nationality

Time

1

86

Martin RAGGINGER (AUT)

A

Team Eagle (CHN)

22:12.790

2

99

Alexandre IMPERATORI (HKG)

A

PICC Team StarChase (CHN)

+0.308

3

7

Earl BAMBER (NZL)

A

Nexus Racing (MAS)

+2.406

4

38

Keita SAWA (JPN)

A

LKM Racing Team (HKG)

+7.909

5

20

Rodolfo AVILA (MAC)

A

Team Jebsen (HKG)

+10.221

6

8

Benjamin ROUGET (FRA)

A

Team Yongda Dongfang (CHN)

+20.900

7

88

Egidio PERFETTI (SIN)

B

Mentos Racing (SIN)

+24.007

8

9

WANG Jian Wei (CHN)

A

Team Betterlife (CHN)

+29.227

9

68

Peter LI Zhi Cong

A

Kamlung Racing (HKG)

+30.149

10

11

Ringo CHONG (SIN)

A

Team Kangshun (CHN)

+31.612

11

21

Francis TJIA (HKG)

B

OpenRoad Racing (HKG)

+40.468

12

72

Alif HAMDAN (MAS)

B

Nexus Racing (MAS)

+41.326

13

66

Jason ZHANG Zhiqiang (CHN)

A

Team C&D (CHN)

+42.061

14

5

Yuey TAN (SIN)

B

Dorr McElrea Racing (SIN)

+53.594

15

28

John SHEN (HKG)

B

Modena Motorsports (HKG)

+58.029

16

96

LI Chao (CHN)

B

Asia Racing Team (CHN)

+61.046

17

3

*Fairuz FAUZY (MAS)

A

Sime Darby Auto Performance (MAS)

+66.269

18

83

MA Chi Min (HKG)

B

Dr. Ma Chi Min (HKG)

+66.639

19

22

SIU Yuk Lung (HKG)

B

LKM Racing Team (HKG)

+70.973

20

18

Marcel TJIA (HKG)

B

OpenRoad Racing (HKG)

+1:01.826

-

33

Samson CHAN (HKG)

B

Samson Chan (HKG)

DNF

-

16

Wayne SHEN (HKG)

A

Modena Motorsports (HKG)

DNF

-

78

ZHANG Da Sheng (CHN)

A

Basetex Racing (CHN)

DNF

-

27

Adrian Henry D’SILVA (MAS)

B

Nexus Racing (MAS)

DNF

-

58

TUNG Ho-Pin (CHN)

A

Budweiser Kamlung Racing (CHN)

Excluded

*Non-series registered 

Fastest Lap: Alexandre Imperatori/PICC Team StarChase/2:12.046/Lap 4

Points After Round 1

Overall

Pos

Comp

No

Driver

Entrant

Points

1

86

Martin RAGGINGER

Team Eagle

21

2

99

Alexandre IMPERATORI

PICC Team StarChase

18

3

7

Earl BAMBER

Nexus Racing

16

4

38

Keita SAWA

LKM Racing Team

14

5

20

Rodolfo AVILA

Team Jebsen

12

Class B

Pos

Comp

No

Driver

Entrant

Points

1

88

Egidio PERFETTI

Team Mentos

21

2

21

Francis TJIA

OpenRoad Racing

18

3

72

Alif HAMDAN

Nexus Racing

16

4

5

Yuey TAN

Dorr McElrea Racing

14

5

28

John SHEN

Modena Motorsports

12

Martin Ragginger Took First Pole of 2013 Season

Martin Ragginger took the pole position for the opening round of the 2013 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia during yesterday qualifying session in Sepang International Circuit. At the close of the session, the top four drivers were separated by less than a single second.

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, Sepang, Malaysia, 22-24 March 2013.

The Austrian, embarking on his second season with the region’s premier sportscar championship, topped the timing sheets for most of the session, temporarily nudged off the top spot only by reigning champion Alexandre Imperatori of PICC Team StarChase. Imperatori took provisional pole mid-way through the 30-minute session, waiting in the wings before putting taking to the track and snatching provisional pole. Ragginger replied with a scorching lap of 2:10.022 on the 5.54km Sepang International Circuit to retake the lead.

Nexus Racing newcomer, 22-year-old Earl Bamber of New Zealand, made a thunderous entry to the series, putting his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup alongside Ragginger’s for the start of the 10-lap race with an impressive last-minute charge.

Imperatori will line up on the second row of the grid alongside LKM Racing Team’s Keita Sawa of Japan, ahead of Sime Darby Auto Performance guest driver Fairuz Fauzy of Malaysia, and Budweiser Kamlung Racing’s Tung Ho-Pin of China.

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, Sepang, Malaysia, 22-24 March 2013.

Class B pole position was won by Mentos Racing’s Egidio Perfetti, back with the series for a second season, 12th quickest overall in the session. Second fastest in the category for non-professionals was series newcomer, Nexus Racing’s Alif Hamdan of Malaysia, 22, with OpenRoad Racing’s Francis Tjia third quickest in the session.

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, Sepang, Malaysia, 22-24 March 2013.

For Ragginger, who took the first championship point of the season with his pole position, it was a perfect start to his title campaign:  “It’s my first points for the season. It’s my goal to collect as many points as possible and win the championship, and pole position for sure is a big help. At the last corner it was a bit wet, so my first run was not good enough – I knew that. I knew I needed a good lap with my second set of tyres, and all in all, the car was good. It’s nice to have Earl (Bamber), another quick driver makes the top (of the grid) more interesting.”

Newcomer Bamber was unable to disguise his delight at his debut, and was full of praise for Nexus Racing where he is partnered with Malaysian drivers Hamdan and Adrian Henry D’Silva: “I’m very surprised, but really stoked with the car and the setup. I’m a bit rusty myself, but the team made a huge effort. I’d only had about two days’ experience in the car, so I was just getting more and more comfortable with the car. It would be fantastic to be in the top three (in the race), but the plan is to build up for Shanghai and Zhuhai. We’re not planning to set the world on fire so early. This is a real quality field and you just couldn’t pick the order of the top five or 10.”

Class B pole man Perfetti was pleased with his run:  “Not so bad!  It was the same as in practice. The car is sliding a bit, and so I don’t think I was quite as happy as I was with the test.” 

The 25-car field roared onto the track at the start of the session shot with slicks on a track drying after a downpour. Ragginger shot to the top of the times, with Tung second quickest out on track ahead of Benjamin Rouget of Team Yongda Dongfang who missed out on Friday’s practice session with a broken radiator. Basetex Racing’s Zhang Da Sheng of China and newcomer Jason Zhang Zhiqiang of China both put in strong performances, before dropping down the order later in the session as both Tung and Team Jebsen’s Rodolfo Avila found the pace.

2013 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia

Round 1 Qualifying

Pos

No

Driver/Nationality

Class

Entrant/Nationality

Time

1

86

Martin RAGGINGER (AUT)

A

Team Eagle (CHN)

2:10.022

2

7

Earl BAMBER (NZL)

A

Nexus Racing (MAS)

+0.293

3

99

Alexandre IMPERATORI (HKG)

A

PICC Team StarChase (CHN)

+0.312

4

38

Keita SAWA (JPN)

A

LKM Racing Team (HKG)

+0.924

5

3

*Fairuz FAUZY (MAS)

A

Sime Darby Auto Performance (MAS)

+1.584

6

58

TUNG Ho-Pin (CHN)

A

Budweiser Kamlung Racing (CHN)

+1.588

7

20

Rodolfo AVILA (MAC)

A

Team Jebsen (HKG)

+1.747

8

8

Benjamin ROUGET (FRA)

A

Team Yongda Dongfang (CHN)

+2.155

9

78

ZHANG Da Sheng (CHN)

A

Basetex Racing (CHN)

+2.297

10

9

WANG Jian Wei (CHN)

A

Team Betterlife (CHN)

+2.509

11

66

Jason ZHANG Zhiqiang (CHN)

A

Team C&D (CHN)

+2.536

12

88

Egidio PERFETTI (SIN)

B

Mentos Racing (SIN)

+2.977

13

68

Peter LI Zhi Cong

A

Kamlung Racing (HKG)

+3.199

14

11

Ringo CHONG (SIN)

A

Team Kangshun (CHN)

+3.360

15

72

Alif HAMDAN (MAS)

B

Nexus Racing (MAS)

+3.674

16

21

Francis TJIA (HKG)

B

OpenRoad Racing (HKG)

+3.802

17

5

Yuey TAN (SIN)

B

Dorr McElrea Racing (SIN)

+3.879

18

27

Adrian Henry D’SILVA (MAS)

B

Nexus Racing (MAS)

+4.084

19

96

LI Chao (CHN)

B

Asia Racing Team (CHN)

+4.469

20

16

Wayne SHEN (HKG)

A

Modena Motorsports (HKG)

+4.505

21

33

Samson CHAN (HKG)

B

Samson Chan (HKG)

+5.037

22

83

MA Chi Min (HKG)

B

Dr. Ma Chi Min (HKG)

+5.935

23

28

John SHEN (HKG)

B

Modena Motorsports (HKG)

+5.955

24

22

SIU Yuk Lung (HKG)

B

LKM Racing Team (HKG)

+7.114

25

18

Marcel TJIA (HKG)

B

OpenRoad Racing (HKG)

+7.229

*Non-series registered

Mitsubishi i-MiEV,1st Full Electric Car on sale in Malaysia

Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM), has launched it’s first 100% full electric Vehicle. After about  17 months of testing since October 2011, the i-MiEV is finally ready for sale to the Malaysia Market. The full electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV has zero emission because it is powered by an electric motor and battery.

i-MiEV ready for sale to the Malaysian market

 The small electric car is able to produce a humble 49kW but a 180Nm torque which equivalent  to a 2.0L petrol engine’s torque. This electric motor is tuned to give the i-MiEV a smooth power delivery yet quiet ride. It’s top speed it’s 130km/h. The a complete total package of the i-MiEV is offered with accessories of 2-DIN touch Screen Entertain with GPS Navigation System, Solar Tint film, Auto Climate Control for Air Conditioner. For the front headlights there’s a double LED lamp and for the rear, there’s also LED combination lamp. The lights are also automatically controlled. A pair of aero wiper blade is also included for better visibility during the rain. Also given it’s the charging cable with a control box. The little Mitsubishi i-MiEV is easy to handle and park. It is also capable to do a 4.5m turning radius.

Mr. Oda presenting a token of appreciation to Mr. Iwata, i-MiEV's first user in Malaysia

Safety is not compromised in the small car, it has a 6 air bags ready deploy should things go wrong and the car is design with Mitsubishi RISE( Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) body construction which absorbs impact and protecting passenger within the cell during collision.  Even the 330V lithium-ion battery is located under the luggage compartment it’s a waterproof and enclosed with a well-crib frame to protect against impact. The Mitsubishi i-MiEV can be recharged from a regular home socket. A per 8 hour charge can run up to 150km. Customer can also drop by to the Mitsubishi Malaysia’s first official EV Center in (Chan Sow Lin) for a free charging facility.

From L-R Directors of SAG Star (Chan Sow Lin) Mr. Adam Khan, En. Zulkifli, Mr. Justin See and CEO of MMM Mr. Tetsuya Oda charging the i-MiEV during the official launch

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is priced at OTR without insurance price of RM136,118.50. There will be 2 colours to choose for now, which is Frost White and a 2-tone Red Frost White. Buyers that consider this range of vehicles can look into the Mitsubishi i-MiEV because it comes with a free 5 years maintenance package and a 5 years warranty or 100,000 km that also covers labour cost for periodical vehicle check, air con filter and brake fluid.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT and C63 AMG Estate for 2013 F1 Grand Prix

In the new 2013 F1 season, Mercedes-AMG deployed the SLS AMG GT with 591hp and the C63 AMG Estate with 487hp at the direction of Race Control officials usually when weather or incidents are considered to impact on the safety of a race. The two AMG high-performance cars had their first appearance at the opening race of the F1 season in Melbourne last weekend for 2013 F1 ROLEX Australian GP. The 2nd race of the F1 season, the 2013 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix will take place this weekend.

Mercedes-Benz; SLS AMG Safety Car; 2013

The main reasons for intervention by the Safety Car are poor weather conditions or accidents. The Official F1 Safety Car is driven by Bernd Mayländer from Germany and his co-driver, the FIA‑employee Pete Tibbetts from Great Britain.

Bernd Mayländer: “We are on standby in the pit lane in the Official F1 Safety Car, waiting for a radio message from Race Control.” When the need arises, the aim is to guide the field safely around the track until the danger no longer exists. The racing driver from Schorndorf has been the official driver of the Safety Car for the FIA since 2000. As a former DTM driver he is also active as an instructor for the AMG Driving Academy and as a Mercedes-Benz brand ambassador at selected events.

Nissan Urvan and Nissan Serena For Infiniti Red Bull Racing at Malaysian F1 GP

As part of domestic hospitality and support, 6 units of Nissan Urvans and 2 units of Nissan Serenas are affixed with Infiniti Red Bull Racing logos to provide the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team transportation support for 8 consecutive days (18th – 25th March 2013) to ferry their equipments and staffs at the F1 Grand Prix in Malaysia.

2013 F1 Malaysia Red Bull Racing Support Vehicles

Dato’ Dr. Ang Bon Beng, Executive Director of Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) commented, “We are pleased to offer our Nissan Urvans and Serenas to the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team for smooth logistic operations at the Grand Prix in Sepang. This will also support their challenge to compete in the Malaysian Formula One race.”

“We believe the versatility and superior convenience of the Nissan Urvans and Serenas will provide reliable support for the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team. We are glad to be able to associate ourselves with their rigorous standards and performance required by Formula One,” he added.

Nissan Urvan for 2013 F1 Infiniti Red Bull Racing

Christian Horner, Team Principal, Infiniti Red Bull Racing, commented, “Our first year of partnership with Nissan LCV has brought significant benefits to our team and demonstrated the value of working with the right commercial vehicle partner. One of the biggest challenges we face is managing the logistically complex operations of transporting people and equipment, and as we head into 2013 we are delighted to keep working with Nissan LCV”.