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Porsche Carrera Cup Asia set for First Class season as lid lifted on 2014 field

As the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia revs up ahead of its 12th season as the leading light in regional sportscar competition, the First Class international field from 10 countries and territories was unveiled today, just prior to the official test at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit this weekend.

New Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991)

New Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991)

Twenty-eight of the stunning, all-new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991) racing cars will contest the prestigious 11-race, seven-meeting calendar. The more powerful 3.8-litre flat six engine produces 460 horsepower, 10 more than previously, and the six-speed sequential gearbox is operated by pneumatic paddle shift system, yet another first for the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.

2014 PCCA Drivers

Malaysia to host Ferrari Racing Days at Sepang International Circuit 21-23 February 2014

Kuala Lumpur will play host to the first-ever Ferrari Racing Days 2014 in South East Asia that will take place at the famous Sepang International Circuit. The special race event for Ferrari owners and Ferrari fans will take place over 3 days from 21st to 23rd February 2014.

2013 Ferrari Challenge APAC-Round 6-Sepang

Being one of the biggest owner events ever organised by Ferrari Far East, Ferrari Racing Days provides various track activities and entertainment that allows hundreds of Ferrari owners and fans to gather and experience in one weekend the world of Ferrari. The event will also feature the first round of the Ferrari APAC Challenge 2014.

“We are absolutely thrilled to host the first-ever Ferrari Racing Days in Malaysia at Sepang International Circuit.  This is a unique event that will see the biggest collection of Ferrari’s that Malaysia has ever seen. We are so excited to not only host our valued Ferrari owners at this event but we also look forward to welcoming thousands of Ferrari fans and lovers of motorsport and share with us the passion, excitement and glamour that only the world of Ferrari can offer.” Says Managing Director of Ferrari Far East, Giuseppe Cattaneo. 

Among the many programmes during the weekend, Ferrari owners will get the opportunity to get behind the wheel of their own splendid cars to see how they measure up in a few on-track sessions.  In addition to the view of the Pits, there will also be a display of the latest complete Ferrari line-up and some impressive models of Ferraris that have helped create the history of the Prancing Horse, like the Enzo, 550 Barchetta and the 430 Scuderia16M. 

The main competitive race will be the Ferrari Challenge, one of the most popular one-make series in the world, where over 2,400 drivers have raced from over 40 different countries since 1993. Asia Pacific region has joined the race in 2011 and 2014 will be the fourth year, with Malaysia having the honour of opening the season at Sepang International Circuit.

Gentlemen drivers who already have competition experience from Trofeo Pirelli will see in action the 458 Challenge, the mid-rear V8 berlinetta derived from the 458 Italia and the fifth model used by Ferrari in its one-make racing series.

This action-packed weekend will be open to everyone including current owners and Ferrari fans to experience the world of Ferrari.  For members of the public, entrance will be free at Sepang International Circuit during the 3-day programme.

Ferrari Racing Days 2014 : Asia-Pacific Challenge

Round 1            February 21-23 – Sepang, Malaysia (Ferrari Racing Days)

Round 2            April 11-13 – Sydney, Australia (Ferrari Racing Days)

Round 3            June 6-8 – Shanghai, China (Ferrari Racing Days)

Round 4            July 4-6 – Inje, Korea

Round 5            August 22-24 - Japan

Round 6            September 19-21 – Fuji, Japan (Ferrari Racing Days)

Round 7            December 3-6 – TBA (Finali Mondiali)

Audi Victorious in Rain-Affected GT Asia Series

The official Audi R8 LMS Cup entry celebrated its first win of the season in the GT Asia Series, with a lights-to-flag victory in a wet Round 9 at Japan’s 4.673km Autopolis International Circuit.

 

 

The pairing of Hong Kong’s Marchy Lee and Jeffrey Lee of Chinese Taipei were at their best as the race programme for the penultimate rounds of the championship had to be changed at the last minute to accommodate the treacherously wet conditions. As a result, both Rounds 9 & 10 were moved to Saturday, with Marchy and Jeffrey celebrating their maiden win together in Round 9, before just missing out on a podium finish with fourth-place in Round 10.

 

The team now lies third on the championship leaderboard heading into November’s show-stopping season finale held as part of the Macau GT Cup at the 59th Macau Grand Prix.

 

 

As the countdown to the conclusion of the season began, the team wasted no time in pushing their Audi R8 LMS ultra to the limits. The team set the quickest time in free practice and, with changes to the race programme seeing those practice times become qualifying for Round 9, Marchy and Jeffrey took pole position.

 

Marchy maximised their pole advantage, fully utilising his experience and the Audi lightweight technology to pull a gap from the chasing pack. The pit stop and driver change went swimmingly, and Jeffrey roared the Audi R8 LMS ultra back into action, determined to strengthen the team’s lead.

 

Heavy rain had made the track difficult to navigate and with several cars spinning, the Safety Car was called out two laps later and remained in place for the duration of the race.

 

Round 10 was moved to Saturday in anticipation of worsening weather conditions on Sunday. On pole again after their Round 9 victory, Jeffrey took the first stint and got off to a strong start, but faced with furious competition, dropped down to fifth.

 

 

Following the driver change, Marchy set to work to fight back to podium contention. Demonstrating the speed and agility of the Audi R8 LMS ultra, Marchy set the fastest lap of the race on this charge. With too few laps remaining to catch the race leaders, Marchy did manage to make up a place before the flag.

 

Commented Director of Audi Sport customer racing in China, Rene Koneberg: “We are thrilled to be celebrating our maiden victory with the official Audi R8 LMS Cup entry in the GT Asia Series, and congratulations to Marchy, Jeffrey and the team for putting together such a strong performance in incredibly challenging track conditions. We have proved the performance and reliability of the Audi R8 LMS ultra in all conditions – not only by recording the fastest lap, but also through the stability and handling of the car in extremely wet conditions.”

 

Moving next, the Audi R8 LMS Cup entry is the GT Asia Series’ showcase Round 11 season finale as part of the Macau GT Cup at the 59th Macau Grand Prix in November.

Alexandre Imperatori Takes Win (Again) In Round 8 After Martin Ragginger Penalised

Following after Round 7, Alexandre Imperatori completed a maximum points haul this weekend in Malaysia by taking victory in Round 8 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia after Team Eagle – Jiejun & Junbaojie driver Martin Ragginger was handed a 30-second time penalty for overtaking under a yellow flag.

 

PCCA Round 8 Podium 2012

 

Ragginger crossed the line first after an 11-lap thriller at the 5.54km Sepang International Circuit.  The Austrian had fought off an unrelenting attack from points leader Imperatori to lead Round 8 from 7th on the grid.

 

PCCA Rounds 7 & 8 2012

 

Third over the line, but second in the results, was Team Jebsen’s Rodolfo Avila, with just over half a second separating the top three at the finish.

 

PCCA Rounds 7 & 8 2012

 

Asia Racing Team’s Huang Chu Han took the Class B win, with Modena Motorsports’ Wayne Shen, who had started from pole having finished Round 7 in 8th, joining him on the podium along with OpenRoad Racing’s Francis Tjia.

 

PCCA Rounds 7 & 8 2012

 

Imperatori further strengthens his hold in the championship leaderboard, although the title is still wide open.  The Shanghai-based Swiss talent leads from reigning champion Keita Sawa of the LKM Racing Team by 34 points, with Avila and Budweiser Team StarChase driver Tung Ho-Pin tied in third.  In Class B, Shen has increased his lead over second-placed Egidio Perfetti to 32 points.

 

PCCA Rounds 7 & 8 2012

 

For Imperatori, who started from 8th on the grid having won Round 7, the epic battle was further evidence that the new reverse grid regulation is proving a masterstroke:  “It’s offering a great show for spectators.  Martin and I both had a great start, and it was quite amazing to be up in the top five after the first couple of corners.  At one stage I had to go on the grass to avoid contact with Martin, but I kept the championship points in mind so was pushing hard but trying to avoid contact.  Martin made no mistakes and stayed on the line as he should, and I couldn’t find a way past.”

 

Avila was thrilled to be back on the podium, having maximized his new tyres:  “I started well, but released the clutch too quickly so lost some places with wheelspin. Then the tyres came in, and I made some places but was held up for a while.  Once I made it past (Keita) Sawa, I decided to join the party.  I knew if Martin or Alex made a mistake, I was right there.”

 

In Class B, winner Huang, who had finished 3rd in the earlier round, was already looking ahead to the next races:  “This time I was more cautious with my tyres, but this is the start of many more wins to come!”

 

PCCA Rounds 7 & 8 2012

 

Starting alongside Shen on the front row was Team Yongda Dongfang driver Benjamin Rouget, who shot off the grid like lightning at the start, building up a gap of more than 1.5 seconds by the close of the opening lap.  As the Frenchman set about pulling away at the front, behind him LKM Racing Team’s Sawa was on a charge, passing Ragginger to grab 2nd.  Any thoughts the Austrian had of reclaiming the position had to be put hold as Imperatori pounced, piling on the pressure and briefly giving Sawa the smallest of breathing spaces. 

 

Right on the limit, Imperatori dramatically ran wide and onto the grass, allowing Budweiser Team StarChase driver Tung Ho-Pin to get by briefly.  Avila tried but failed to follow Tung, remaining behind Imperatori, as Ragginger took the chase to Sawa ahead.  Rouget, meanwhile, had increased his lead to more than two seconds by the end of Lap 3, but it was to be short lived.

 

In searing heat, Ragginger held off a sustained and fierce attack from Imperatori while keeping Sawa firmly in his sights, plunging past the Japanese driver on Lap 5, and hunting down Rouget.  Imperatori was not far behind though, and was back on Ragginger’s bumper almost immediately.  Avila, too, was on a charge, passing first Tung then Sawa, and suddenly looming large in Imperatori’s mirrors.

 

PCCA Rounds 7 & 8 2012

 

By the end of Lap 7, the pack had reeled in Rouget, with Ragginger and Imperatori getting by and Avila joining the epic four-car battle, the Macau racer getting by the Frenchman. Sawa, too, was still in the fight, also passing Rouget in the penultimate lap.

 

The last-lap thriller saw Imperatori giving it everything he had, headlights ablaze, Ragginger holding his line superbly, and Avila glued to the Swiss driver’s bumper awaiting an error.  Following an inquiry by race Stewards, Ragginger was handed the penalty which demoted him 9th in the order.

 

As it thunders towards the brilliant climax to its 10th season, the series is back in action later this month with the Porsche SC Global Carrera Cup Asia – Singapore 2012 on the Marina Bay street circuit as part of FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX which happening from September 21-23, 2012.

 

**Provisional Results – Round 8

Pos

No

Driver

Class

Entrant

Time

1

99

Alexandre IMPERATORI (SUI)

 

PICC Team StarChase (CHN)

24:32.599

2

20

Rodolfo AVILA (MAC)

 

Team Jebsen (HKG)

+0.548

3

1

Keita SAWA (JPN)

 

LKM Racing Team (HKG)

+1.627

4

8

Benjamin ROUGET (FRA)

 

Team Yongda Dongfang (CHN)

+4.250

5

98

TUNG Ho Pin (CHN)

 

Budweiser Team StarChase (CHN)

+7.567

6

81

HUANG Chu Han (CHN)

B

Asia Racing Team (CHN)

+23.283

7

37

Davide RIZZO (CHN)

 

BBT (CHN)

+24.066

8

78

ZHANG Da Sheng (CHN)

 

Team Basetex (CHN)

+27.921

9

86

Martin RAGGINGER (AUT)

 

Team Eagle – Jiejun & Junbaojie (CHN)

+29.666

10

16

Wayne SHEN (HKG)

B

Modena Motorsports (HKG)

+37.652

11

21

Francis TJIA (HKG)

B

OpenRoad Racing (HKG)

+38.336

12

6

ZHENG Ting (CHN)

B

BBT (CHN)

+45.739

13

55

*Marc CINI (AUS)

B

PS Racing (FIN)

+1:01.233

14

96

LI Chao (CHN)

B

Asia Racing Team (CHN)

+1:01.824

15

25

Christian CHIA (CAN)

B

OpenRoad By ART Motorsports (HKG)

+1:06.095

16

83

Dr. MA Chi Min (HKG)

B

Dr. Ma Chi Min (HKG)

+1:11.747

17

11

Ringo CHONG (SIN)

 

Team Kangshun (CHN)

+1:12.202

18

3

*Azman YAHYA (MAS)

B

Team Carrera Cup Asia (CHN)

+1:19.048

19

28

John SHEN (HKG)

B

Modena Motorsports (HKG)

+1:19.927

20

66

Rose TAN (CHN)

 

Team C&D (CHN)

+1:30.467

DNF

5

Yuey TAN (SIN)

B

Dorr McElrea Racing (SIN)

-

DNF

27

Adrian Henry D’SILVA (MAS)

B

Nexus Racing (MAS)

-

DNF

88

Egidio PERFETTI (SUI)

B

Seminole Racing Team (USA)

-

DNF

9

WANG Jian Wei (CHN)

 

Team BetterLife (CHN)

-

DNF

68

MAK Hing Tak (HKG)

B

OMAK (HKG)

-

DNF

23

Paul TRESIDDER (AUS)

B

Hewlett Motorsport (AUS)

-

DNS

95

*Kevin CHEN (USA)

 

Asia Racing Team (CHN)

-

DNS

31

*Eric LO (HKG)

 

PS Racing (FIN)

-

*Non series registered 

Fastest Lap: Alexandre Imperatori/PICC Team StarChase/2:12.119/149.092kph

#86 – 30 second penalty added to total time (overtaking under yellow flag)

 

**Provisional Points after Round 8

Overall

Pos

Comp

No

Driver

Entrant

Points

1

99

Alexandre IMPERATORI

PICC Team StarChase

147

2

1

Keita SAWA

LKM Racing Team

113

3

98

TUNG Ho-Pin

Budweiser Team StarChase

88

20

Rodolfo AVILA

Team Jebsen

88

5

86

Martin RAGGINGER

Team Eagle-Jiejun & Junbaojie

87

 

Class B

Pos

Comp

No

Driver

Entrant

Points

1

16

Wayne SHEN

Modena Motorsports

138

2

88

Egidio PERFETTI

Seminole Racing Team

106

3

21

Francis TJIA

OpenRoad Racing

97

4

81

HUANG Chu Han

Asia Racing Team

95

5

6

ZHENG Ting

BBT

78

**Results and Points provisional, pending a technical investigation

 

Photo Gallery: 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Rounds 7 & 8

Alexandre Imperatori Holds Firm Under Fire in Round 7 of PCCA

This morning at Sepang International Circuit, Alexandre Imperatori of PICC Team StarChase held firm under pressure from a hard-charging Martin Ragginger to take victory in Round 7 of Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, with Tung Ho-Pin claiming third.

 

PCCA Round 7 Podium  2012

 

After 11 laps of superb racing action, Modena Motorsports’ Wayne Shen took Class B honours, propelling him to the top of the category leaderboard.  Second was OpenRoad Racing’s Francis Tjia, with Huang Chu Han of Asia Racing Team in third.

 

PCCA Rounds 7 & 8 2012

 

Again, Imperatori now leads the 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia championship race with a margin of 30 points from reigning champion Keita Sawa of the LKM Racing Team, while Shen now has a 14 point advantage over Seminole Racing Team’s Egidio Perfetti in Class B.

 

A dramatic start saw a coming together between Team Basetex driver Zhang Da Sheng and Perfetti going in to Turn 2, with the incident causing the retirement of several drivers.

 

Check this recorded video from the onboard camera for the incident!

 

 

PCCA Rounds 7 & 8 2012 PCCA Rounds 7 & 8 2012

 

Imperatori got away well from pole, but Team Eagle – Jiejun & Junbaojie driver Ragginger was keeping the Swiss star firmly in his sights, piling on the pressure from the off.  Behind the pair, reigning champion Keita Sawa of the LKM Racing Team had managed to get by Tung at the start to grab third.

 

PCCA Rounds 7 & 8 2012 PCCA Rounds 7 & 8 2012

 

The opening lap incident brought out the Safety Car, closing up the field.  At the restart on lap 5, while Imperatori held the lead, the pressure from Ragginger was making its mark and the 24-year-old locked up under braking, almost losing his race.  He recovered well, however and, despite a valiant effort from the Austrian, held on to take the chequered flag and extend his points advantage.

 

Behind the pair, Tung was right on Sawa’s tail, attempting to get by several times before finally making it stick on Lap 9, despite a slow puncture.  The battle between the pair allowed Team Jebsen’s Rodolfo Avila close in, with the Macau racer getting past Sawa to take 4th on the penultimate lap.

 

For Imperatori, it was a relief to cross the line after a close call at the restart after the Safety Car period:  “It was a matter of keeping Martin Ragginger behind me, which is never easy!  The track conditions were quite tricky after yesterday’s MMER race, very different from Friday’s qualifying.  I nearly threw it away a couple of corners after the restart when I locked up.  I barely escaped with it!”

 

Ragginger conceded that Imperatori had controlled the race, but vowed to keep the pressure on in Round 8, making it clear he is on the hunt for maximum points.  Tung, like Imperatori, was relieved to make it across the line:  “I had a slowly-deflating left front tyre.  When I got to Parc Ferme it was completely empty, so I was lucky to have made the finish.”

 

PCCA Rounds 7 & 8 2012

 

For Shen, who had battled technical issues in qualifying, setting the 6th fastest Class B time, it was an impressive comeback.  Biding his time behind Huang, he was ready to pounce the moment his rival slipped up to grab the lead.  Francis Tjia elected to play it safe, despite an attempt at getting by at Turn 4, but threw down the gauntlet for Round 8, saying:  “I decided it was better to stay friends this time, but he’d better watch out in the next race!”

 

With the top eight reversed on the grid for Round 8, Shen will be on pole alongside Benjamin Rouget of Team Yongda Dongfang, and Team Betterlife’s Wang Jian Wei and Sawa making up the second row. 

 

The stage is set for an even more dramatic showdown in the second 11-lap race of the weekend at Malaysia’s 5.54km Sepang International Circuit.

 

**Results – Round 7

Pos

No

Driver

Class

Entrant

Time

1

99

Alexandre IMPERATORI (SUI)

 

PICC Team StarChase (CHN)

26:06.791

2

86

Martin RAGGINGER (AUT)

 

Team Eagle – Jiejun & Junbaojie (CHN)

+1.592

3

98

TUNG Ho Pin (CHN)

 

Budweiser Team StarChase (CHN)

+14.620

4

20

Rodolfo AVILA (MAC)

 

Team Jebsen (HKG)

+15.075

5

1

Keita SAWA (JPN)

 

LKM Racing Team (HKG)

+15:300

6

9

WANG Jian Wei (CHN)

 

Team BetterLife (CHN)

+29.121

7

8

Benjamin ROUGET (FRA)

 

Team Yongda Dongfang (CHN)

+29.283

8

16

Wayne SHEN (HKG)

B

Modena Motorsports (HKG)

+31.874

9

21

Francis TJIA (HKG)

B

OpenRoad Racing (HKG)

+34.872

10

81

HUANG Chu Han (CHN)

B

Asia Racing Team (CHN)

+36.411

11

27

Adrian Henry D’SILVA (MAS)

B

Nexus Racing (MAS)

+40.913

12

6

ZHENG Ting (CHN)

B

BBT (CHN)

+41.258

13

5

Yuey TAN (SIN)

B

Dorr McElrea Racing (SIN)

+47.858

14

96

LI Chao (CHN)

B

Asia Racing Team (CHN)

+49.371

15

28

John SHEN (HKG)

B

Modena Motorsports (HKG)

+55.589

16

25

Christian CHIA (CAN)

B

OpenRoad By ART Motorsports (HKG)

+55.906

17

3

*Azman YAHYA (MAS)

B

Team Carrera Cup Asia (CHN)

+57.795

18

55

*Marc CINI (AUS)

B

PS Racing (FIN)

+1:01.687

19

83

Dr. MA Chi Min (HKG)

B

Dr. Ma Chi Min (HKG)

+1:41.622

20

11

Ringo CHONG (SIN)

 

Team Kangshun (CHN)

+1 Lap

DNF

37

Davide RIZZO (CHN)

 

BBT (CHN)

-

DNF

68

MAK Hing Tak (HKG)

B

OMAK (HKG)

-

DNF

95

*Kevin CHEN (USA)

 

Asia Racing Team (CHN)

-

DNF

23

Paul TRESIDDER (AUS)

B

Hewlett Motorsport (AUS)

-

DNF

88

Egidio PERFETTI (SUI)

B

Seminole Racing Team (USA)

-

DNF

78

ZHANG Da Sheng (CHN)

 

Team Basetex (CHN)

-

DNF

31

*Eric LO (HKG)

 

PS Racing (FIN)

-

DNF

66

Rose TAN (CHN)

 

Team C&D (CHN)

-

*Non series registered 

Fastest Lap: Alexandre Imperatori/PICC Team StarChase/2:10.762/140.097kph

 

**Points after Round 7

Overall

Pos

Comp No

Driver

Entrant

Points

1

99

Alexandre IMPERATORI

PICC Team StarChase

127

2

1

Keita SAWA

LKM Racing Team

97

3

86

Martin RAGGINGER

Team Eagle-Jiejun & Junbaojie

80

4

98

TUNG Ho-Pin

Budweiser Team StarChase

76

5

20

Rodolfo AVILA

Team Jebsen

70

 

Class B

Pos

Comp

No

Driver

Entrant

Points

1

16

Wayne SHEN

Modena Motorsports

120

2

88

Egidio PERFETTI

Seminole Racing Team

106

3

21

Francis TJIA

OpenRoad Racing

81

4

81

HUANG Chu Han

Asia Racing Team

74

5

6

ZHENG Ting

BBT

64

**Results and Points provisional, pending technical investigation