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Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 2013 Race Report: Rounds 11&12 Shanghai International Circuit, China October 25 - 27, 2013 In This Issue: Television Listings Rounds 11&12 Preview Qualifying Qualifying Results Round 11 Round 11 Results Round 12 Round 12 Results 2013 Championship Standings General and Media Enquiries

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The start of Round 11 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 2013.

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Preview : Three-way Championship Decider for Sports Car Champions Festival Finale Shanghai, China. The battle to decide the 2013 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia overall champion will go down to the wire in what promises to be a thrilling season finale at the Sports Car Champions Festival in Shanghai from October 25-27. Thirty-seven points separate the trio of title contenders, with 23-year-old wunderkind Earl Bamber of Nexus Racing leading the charge, 16 points ahead of Team Eagle’s Martin Ragginger of Austria. Still in with a shot at the title in third is Team Jebsen’s Rodolfo Avila of Macau. With 41 points on offer over qualifying and the two final rounds of the season, all three have a mathematical chance of lifting the crown at the Shanghai International Circuit. Meanwhile, following Bamber’s impressive Porsche racing debut this season, organisers of the series confirmed that 23-year-old will be the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia candidate for the International Scholarship Program 2014. Bamber’s nomination gives him a chance to compete at the highest level of Porsche competition – the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup. In Class B, Mentos Racing’s Egidio Perfetti has already secured championship

title thanks to a dominant season which saw him claim eight out of 10 race victories and four pole positions, but he will be out to complete his dominance of the category in Shanghai and round out his season with two more race wins. However, the only man this season who has been able to deny Perfetti victory, OpenRoad Racing’s Francis Tjia of Hong Kong, will be determined to close his season on a high, coming fresh from a class victory on the streets of Singapore last month. The runner-up position in Class B will be decided in Shanghai. Asia Racing Team’s Li Chao of China is currently second on the leaderboard but just a single point ahead of Dorr McElrea Racing’s Yuey Tan of Singapore, while Francis Tjia and Modena Motorsports’ John Shen could also mathematically still take the runner-up spot. Avila’s predecessor at Team Jebsen, and two time Porsche continued on page 2


continued from page 1 Carrera Cup Asia champion, DarrylO’Young of Hong Kong will be at the wheel of the Team Carrera Cup Asia VIP car for the Shanghai spectacular. Team Betterlife will field series newcomer Ben Barker of Britain. The 22-year-old finished second on his debut in the Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain in 2012, before graduating to the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup this season

where he currently lies 10th. For the entire Porsche Carrera Cup Asia field, a return to the fast, sweeping Shanghai track, home to China’s Formula 1 Grand Prix, will be a fitting end to a season which has seen them rise to the unique challenges of Asia’s leading race tracks. Supporting no fewer than three rounds of the 2013 FIA Formula 1 World Championship this season – in Malaysia, Shanghai and Singapore – the championship has also raced at the Pearl River Delta’s Zhuhai International Circuit, on the tough, demanding Ordos circuit of

Inner Mongolia, and at Asia’s newest circuit in the majestic mountains of South Korea’s Inje. The Sports Car Champions Festival in Shanghai will give the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia teams and drivers the opportunity to once again demonstrate why the series is held as the benchmark for motorsport excellence in Asia and why, as they complete the 11th triumphant season, it is recognised far beyond the region as the finest sportscar competition of its kind.

Nexus GSH Racing’s Earl Bamber was the quickest in the Round 11 qualifying session.

Qualifying : Bamber takes Pole for Penultimate Race of 2013 With new sponsor GSH on board for the final two races of the 2013 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia season, championship leader Earl Bamber put his Nexus Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup on pole position for Round 11 at the Shanghai International Circuit. In one of the closest qualifying sessions in the series’ 11-year history, reigning champion Alexandre Imperatori of PICC Team StarChase put in a storming performance, ending the session just a hundredth of a second off pole. Bamber’s main championship rival, Team Eagle’s Martin Ragginger, was

third fastest overall and will start Round 12 from pole. Ragginger trails Bamber by 17 points going in to the penultimate race of the season. Lining up alongside Ragginger will be Porsche Carrera Cup Asia newcomer and Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup regular Ben Barker of Britain, racing for Team Betterlife this weekend. In Class B, it was Bamber’s Nexus Racing team mate, Alif Hamdan who took pole, the young Malaysian impressing during what was also a close-run session amongst the non-professional drivers. Second fastest in Class was Dorr McElrea Racing’s Yuey Tan of Singapore, who is battling for second in the category with Asia Racing Team’s Li Chao of China. Newly-crowned Class B champion Egidio Perfetti of Mentos Racing was third quickest in the session.

Although edging closer to his first-ever sportscar title, Bamber is showing no sign of nerves ahead of what could be the championshipclincher: “That was an amazingly close session. We were a bit behind yesterday, but I found a bit more speed in myself and the car. We’re all pushing really hard, but the race is all about putting in 12 consistent laps. We’ve already achieved more than we expected this year – our goal was top three, and we’ve proved Nexus Racing is a fast team. It’ll be eyes forward in the race, and we certainly won’t change our plan [although racing for the championship].” Imperatori was delighted to be on the pace at his home track: “It was continued on page 3


continued from page 2 really close, which shows how great this championship is. The top four are all within one tenth of a second or so. There will be some really good fights on track which as a driver is what you want. I’m on home turf so let’s see if we can make the home advantage count!” Ragginger, meanwhile, was already looking beyond the qualifying session: “You needed the perfect lap and I didn’t 100% get that today, but P3 and P1 is OK. For Earl, it’s not about P1, 2 or 3, it doesn’t matter. I didn’t lose the championship in this session.” For Hamdan, the hard work he and the team have put in this weekend paid off in qualifying: “We’ve worked hard all weekend to improve the line and such. It was pretty close to being the perfect lap, probably the closest to perfection I’ve got all year. I’m hoping for a great start and will battle from there, and do my best to hold on to first.” With Ragginger on pole for Sunday’s Round 12 and Imperatori lining up alongside, Bamber and Barker will make up the second row of the grid with Team Yongda Dongfang’s Benjamin Rouget and Team Jebsen’s Rodolfo Avila behind. In Class B, Hamdan is on pole for Round 12, with Tan alongside. With the stage set for the penultimate race of 2013, Round 11 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia at the Sports Car Champions Festival is set to be nothing short of spectacular and could well decide the new overall champion.

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Team Eagle driver Martin Ragginger’s second fastest time of the session put him on pole for Round 12.

Qualifying Results - Round 11 Pos

No

Driver/Nationality

Entrant/Nationality

Time

1

7

Earl BAMBER (NZL)

Nexus GSH Racing (MAS)

1:49.929

2

99

Alexandre IMPERATORI (HKG)

PICC Team StarChase (HKG)

+0.010

3

86

Martin RAGGINGER (AUT)

Team Eagle (CHN)

+0.109

4

9

*Ben BARKER (GBR)

Team Betterlife (CHN)

+0.191

5

8

Benjamin ROUGET (FRA)

Team Yongda Dongfang (CHN)

+0.729

6

20

Rodolfo AVILA (MAC)

Team Jebsen (HKG)

+0.751

7

78

ZHANG Da Sheng (CHN)

Basetex Racing (CHN)

+0.830

8

58

TUNG Ho-Pin (CHN)

Budweiser Kamlung Racing (MAS)

+0.882

9

3

*Darryl O’YOUNG

Team Carrera Cup Asia (CHN)

+0.939

10

38

Keita SAWA (JPN)

LKM Racing Team (HKG)

+0.992

11

66

Jason ZHANG Zhiqiang (CHN)

Team C&D (CHN)

+1.423

12

72

Alif HAMDAN (MAS)

B

Nexus Racing (MAS)

+1.721

13

5

Yuey TAN (SIN)

B

Dorr McElrea Racing (SIN)

+1.998

14

68

LI Zhi Cong (CHN)

Kamlung Racing (MAS)

+2.021

15

88

Egidio PERFETTI (SIN)

B

Mentos Racing (SIN)

+2.346

16

21

Francis TJIA (HKG)

B

OpenRoad Racing (HKG)

+2.602

17

11

Ringo CHONG (SIN)

Team Kangshun (CHN)

+2.866

18

27

Adrian Henry D’SILVA (MAS)

B

Nexus Racing (MAS)

+4.122

19

18

Marcel TJIA (HKG)

B

OpenRoad Racing (HKG)

+4.259

20

96

LI Chao (CHN)

B

Asia Racing Team (CHN)

+4.669

21

33

Samson CHAN (HKG)

B

Samson CHAN (HKG)

+4.894

22

83

Dr. MA Chi Min (HKG)

B

Dr. Ma Chi Min (HKG)

+5.134

28

John SHEN (HKG)

B

Modena Motorsports (HKG)

+5.887

24

22

SIU Yuk Lung (HKG)

LKM Racing Team (HKG)

+6.009

-

16

Wayne SHEN (HKG)

Modena Motorsports (HKG)

+3:44.703

23

* indicates non-series registered

Class


Nexus Racing’s Alif Hamdan was the quickest Class B driver in the Round 11 qualifying.

Qualifying Results - Round 12

(Top down) • Mentos Racing driver Egidio Perfetti • PICC Team StarChase driver Alexandre Imperatori was the second fastest in Saturday’s qualifying session

Pos

No

Driver/Nationality

1

86

2

Entrant/Nationality

Time

Martin RAGGINGER (AUT)

Team Eagle (CHN)

1:50.150

99

Alexandre IMPERATORI (HKG)

PICC Team StarChase (HKG)

1:50.182

3

7

Earl BAMBER (NZL)

Nexus GSH Racing (MAS)

1:50.244

4

9

*Ben BARKER (GBR)

Team Betterlife (CHN)

1:50.346

5

20

Rodolfo AVILA (MAC)

Team Jebsen (HKG)

1:50.735

6

8

Benjamin ROUGET (FRA)

Team Yongda Dongfang (CHN)

1:50.936

7

78

ZHANG Da Sheng (CHN)

Basetex Racing (CHN)

1:50.944

8

38

Keita SAWA (JPN)

LKM Racing Team (HKG)

1:51.006

9

3

*Darryl O’YOUNG

Team Carrera Cup Asia (CHN)

1:51.061

10

58

TUNG Ho-Pin (CHN)

Budweiser Kamlung Racing (MAS)

1:51.142

11

66

Jason ZHANG Zhiqiang (CHN)

Team C&D (CHN)

1:51.424

12

68

LI Zhi Cong (CHN)

Kamlung Racing (MAS)

1:52.060

13

72

Alif HAMDAN (MAS)

B

Nexus Racing (MAS)

1:52.155

14

88

Egidio PERFETTI (SIN)

B

Mentos Racing (SIN)

1:52.314

15

5

Yuey TAN (SIN)

B

Dorr McElrea Racing (SIN)

1:52.747

16

11

Ringo CHONG (SIN)

Team Kangshun (CHN)

1:52.907

17

21

Francis TJIA (HKG)

B

OpenRoad Racing (HKG)

1:52.921

18

27

Adrian Henry D’SILVA (MAS)

B

Nexus Racing (MAS)

1:54.058

19

96

LI Chao (CHN)

B

Asia Racing Team (CHN)

1:54.851

20

33

Samson CHAN (HKG)

B

Samson CHAN (HKG)

1:54.866

21

18

Marcel TJIA (HKG)

B

OpenRoad Racing (HKG)

1:54.982

22

83

Dr. MA Chi Min (HKG)

B

Dr. Ma Chi Min (HKG)

1:55.459

23

28

John SHEN (HKG)

B

Modena Motorsports (HKG)

1:55.864

24

22

SIU Yuk Lung (HKG)

LKM Racing Team (HKG)

1:56.651

-

16

Wayne SHEN (HKG)

Modena Motorsports (HKG)

-

* indicates non-series registered

Class


Earl Bamber (centre) celebrates on the podium with Alexandre Imperatori (left), second, and Martin Ragginger (right), who finished third.

Round 11 : Bamber Seals Championship with Emphatic Victory Shanghai, China. Earl Bamber sealed the 2013 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia championship with an emphatic victory in Round 11, thundering from pole to chequered flag to take the title with a race to spare. The 23-year-old Nexus GSH Racing driver didn’t put a wheel wrong on the way to his sixth victory in his debut season, setting the fastest lap of the 12lap race for good measure. Second across the line at the Shanghai International Circuit was 2012 champion, PICC Team StarChase driver Alexandre Imperatori, who is having a strong weekend on home turf. Third in Round 11, and championship runner-up to Bamber, was Team Eagle’s Martin Ragginger. Ragginger spent much of the race fighting to find a way past Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup driver Ben Barker of Britain, dramatically reclaiming the final podium spot on the final lap. Newly-crowed Class B Champion Egidio Perfetti took Class B honours after a challenging qualifying, followed

home by category pole-sitter, Nexus Racing’s Alif Hamdan. OpenRoad Racing’s Francis Tjia got a brilliant start to lead the Class B field for much of the race, before first Perfetti then Hamdan got by him. Bamber’s victory in Round 11 gives him an unassailable lead of 21 points at the top of the championship standings from Ragginger. Team Jebsen’s Rodolfo Avila sealed third in the championship, keeping his nose clean and crossing the line in sixth. In Class B, while Perfetti sealed the title in Singapore, by playing the long game Dorr McElrea Racing’s Yuey Tan secured the runner-up spot, resisting the temptation to risk it all for a Class B podium and crucially finishing the race ahead of rival Li Chao of Asia Racing Team. For Bamber, it was a dream come true to take the championship in just his first season of Porsche competition: “It’s absolutely amazing. The start of the season was quite difficult, finding sponsorship and everything. Our goal was to be in the top three and it has been a huge team effort. It’s fantastic to bring the title home with one race to spare. I was looking in my mirror and waiting to see Alex [Imperatori] cross the line, hoping he would be second. Martin [Ragginger] has been pushing me all year, and it’s been a great battle. I’m over the moon to have won.” Imperatori knew the start would be crucial, given how closely matched the front runners are: “The biggest chance to overtake was at

the start. I got a good start but so did Earl. Into the first turn there was a bit of contact with Martin [Ragginger], and we were side-by-side for the first couple of turns. After that I focused on consistent laps and putting some pressure on Earl, but he made no mistakes. I’m happy with the result though, and my team did a great job.” Ragginger was gracious in defeat after a strong season and a dramatic title-deciding race: “I’ve had a fair battle with Earl all season, and it’s been nice to race with him. In the race, I touched Alex at the first corner, so I’m sorry for that but I had to defend my position! I didn’t expect Ben [Barker] to pass me where he did. It was a tough battle after that, but I managed to pass him and got the spot back. It was a nice race!” As the lights went out for the penultimate time in the 2013 season, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia roared off the grid with Bamber storming ahead from pole, but Ragginger mounted a spirited challenge on Imperatori. The Shanghai-based Swiss driver held firm though, with Barker getting by Ragginger to go third. LKM Racing driver Keita Sawa spun, coming together with Team continued on page 6


continued from page 5 C&D’s Jason Zhang Zhiqiang, the pair retiring from the race as a result. Others who were unlucky in Round 11 were Bamber’s team mate Adrian Henry D’Silva and Modena Motorsports’ Wayne Shen of Hong Kong. Meanwhile, back in the fray Ragginger was diving to the left and the right behind Barker, his frustration palpable as he tried to force the talented Briton into making a mistake. Barker held firm though until the final lap when the determined Ragginger charged past. With both championship titles – Class B and overall – decided, the final race of the Porsche Carrera Cup will see every driver looking to finish the season on a high note. The season-closer to the 11th season of the region’s premier sportscar championship will live up to its reputation as a showcase for GT racing at its absolute finest.

Results - Round 11 Pos

No

Driver/Nationality

Entrant/Nationality

Time

1

7

Earl BAMBER (NZL)

Class

Nexus GSH Racing (MAS)

22:14.038

2

99

Alexandre IMPERATORI (HKG)

PICC Team StarChase (HKG)

+2.394

3

86

Martin RAGGINGER (AUT)

Team Eagle (CHN)

+9.116

4

9

*Ben BARKER (GBR)

Team Betterlife (CHN)

+9.258

5

8

Benjamin ROUGET (FRA)

Team Yongda Dongfang (CHN)

+15.357

6

20

Rodolfo AVILA (MAC)

Team Jebsen (HKG)

+15.531

7

58

TUNG Ho-Pin (CHN)

Budweiser Kamlung Racing (MAS)

+20.313

8

78

ZHANG Da Sheng (CHN)

Basetex Racing (CHN)

+24.164

9

3

*Darryl O’YOUNG

Team Carrera Cup Asia (CHN)

+24.410

10

88

Egidio PERFETTI (SIN)

B

Mentos Racing (SIN)

+37.003

11

72

Alif HAMDAN (MAS)

B

Nexus Racing (MAS)

+38.318

12

21

Francis TJIA (HKG)

B

OpenRoad Racing (HKG)

+39.088

13

68

LI Zhi Cong (CHN)

Kamlung Racing (MAS)

+40.625

14

5

Yuey TAN (SIN)

B

Dorr McElrea Racing (SIN)

+52.970

15

28

John SHEN (HKG)

B

Modena Motorsports (HKG)

+1:16.781

16

11

Ringo CHONG (SIN)

Team Kangshun (CHN)

+1:16.909

17

33

Samson CHAN (HKG)

B

Samson CHAN (HKG)

+1:34.887

18

18

Marcel TJIA (HKG)

B

OpenRoad Racing (HKG)

+1.35.047

19

22

SIU Yuk Lung (HKG)

LKM Racing Team (HKG)

+1:36.807

20

83

Dr. MA Chi Min (HKG)

B

Dr. Ma Chi Min (HKG)

+1:37.595

21

96

LI Chao (CHN)

B

Asia Racing Team (CHN)

+1:46.499

-

16

Wayne SHEN (HKG)

Modena Motorsports (HKG)

DNF

-

27

Adrian Henry D’SILVA (MAS)

Nexus Racing (MAS)

DNF

-

38

Keita SAWA (JPN)

LKM Racing Team (HKG)

DNF

-

66

Jason ZHANG Zhiqiang (CHN)

Team C&D (CHN)

DNF

B

* indicates non-series registered

Above: Team Basetex driver Zhang Da Sheng Below: OpenRoad Racing’s Marcel Tjia in action The Class B Round 11 podium: (left to right) Nexus Racing’s Alif Hamdan, 2nd; Class B winner Egidio Perfetti of Mentos Racing; Francis Tjia of OpenRoad Racing and John Shen of Modena Motorsports


Martin Ragginger (centre) celebrates in Shanghai, with Earl Bamber (left) scoring his second secondplace finish and Ben Barker(right) reaching the podium for the first time.

Round 12 : Ragginger Dominates to take Victory in Season Finale Shanghai, China. Team Eagle’s Martin Ragginger dominated the final round of the 2013 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia at the Shanghai International Circuit, stamping his authority over the field with a lights-to-flag victory to end the season on a high. In a brilliant display of GT racing at its finest, with close battles throughout the field all the way to the chequered flag, the 12-lap Round 12 was a fitting end to what has been the most competitive in the championship’s 11-year history. Newly-crowned champion Earl Bamber of Nexus GSH Racing was second across the line, this time around unable to take the fight to his season-long title rival, while series newcomer and Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup regular Ben Barker took his maiden Porsche Carrera Cup Asia podium for Team Betterlife after just his second race. Bamber’s Nexus Racing team mate Alif Hamdan of Malaysia finished his debut season with his maiden Class B win, with Yuey Tan of Dorr McElrea Racing second and securing the runner-up position in the category championship. Third for the second time this weekend was OpenRoad

Racing’s Francis Tjia of Hong Kong. After 12 races, Bamber finished the season 19 points ahead of Ragginger in the overall championship standings, with Team Jebsen’s Rodolfo Avila in third, finishing in the top three for the third successive year. Fourth was 2011 champion, LKM Racing’s Keita Sawa of Japan, followed by top Chinese finisher, Tung Ho-Pin of Budweiser Kamlung Racing just two points behind. While Mentos Racing’s Egidio Perfetti had wrapped up the Class B title in Singapore, this weekend Tan secured the runner-up spot beating Asia Racing Team’s Li Chao by 11 points. Said Ragginger, following his fifth win of the season: “It’s been a great season. We won the first and the last races, and in between Earl [Bamber] was strong. We had new tyres for the race so the first couple of laps I was pulling away, and then I saw them fighting behind me. That made it a little bit easier for me to pull away, but you’re not allowed to make a mistake. Our strategy to start on new tyres was the right one today. It was a good race for us and a good way to end the season.” Bamber enjoyed the race, the pressure of the championship having been lifted once he clinched the title: “It was a fantastic race! We were on old tyres so knew we’d struggle the first couple of laps but would be OK later in the race when the tyres equalized again. Ben [Barker] made a good move on me into Turn 1 and got past. Then Ben and Alex came together down at the hairpin and I got past Ben, then back into Turn 1 I passed Alex.

Then I was free but couldn’t catch up to Martin as he did a really good job and made absolutely no mistakes. It was a really awesome race from where I was sitting.” It was an equally eventful race for Barker: “I got past Earl into Turn 1, then went for a move on Alex at the hairpin and he ran a little bit wide and went into me. [The impact] bent my tracking. I’m happy with third place. I had hoped for a bit more but it was a good weekend. It’s been great.” Hamdan was modest about his victory, despite it coming at the end of a season of hard work by the young Malaysian: “My race start was pretty good. Egidio got past at Turn 2, and I was happy to settle for second place and continue the race. Then something happened to Egidio’s car and I couldn’t have asked for a better gift – an early Christmas present!” For Tan, it was mission accomplished after he successfully kept his focus on points alone: “The team gave me a great car this weekend and all season. It didn’t skip a beat. This weekend I was aiming for second in the championship, so it was just a matter of bringing the car home. Francis [Tjia] was kind enough to lock up a tyre and let me by. I guess I’ll have to party tonight.” For Francis, it was a case of déjà vu: “It’s been an OK weekend. Yesterday I had a fantastic start, the car felt really good, I passed a few people at the beginning but ended up making a mistake. Today felt like Groundhog Day! I didn’t have a great start, but there was something with the set-up of my car. Half way through the race my front tyres were just gone. Not to take anything away, both Alif and Yuey drove very, very well. I’m just looking forward to next year now.” As the field thundered off the grid, Ragginger was away like a bullet from pole and never looked back. Behind him however, front row starter Alexandre Imperatori of PICC Team StarChase immediately came under attack from Bamber, the Shanghaibased Swiss driver holding firm initially. Behind Bamber, Barker was also on the attack, with Avila working hard to keep the race leaders within striking continued on page 8


continued from page 7 distance. As Ragginger set about building a gap at the front, Imperatori, Bamber and Barker were locked in high-speed combat behind, none conceding an inch. Barker got by Bamber on Lap 3, the pair two abreast down the start/finish straight, and the Briton then took the fight to Imperatori ahead. As Imperatori and Barker made contact, Imperatori defended well and Bamber took his chance to dive past Barker and up to third. Next Earl closed in on Imperatori, getting by on Lap 5. With clear track ahead, the 2013 Porsche Carrera Cup

Asia champion set off in search of race leader Ragginger. Behind him, Imperatori was again under attack from a determined Barker and the pair had the crowds on their feet. As Barker made his move on Imperatori, in a superb move the eagle-eyed Avila also saw his chance and nipped past and up to fourth. Class B champion Perfetti meanwhile was mixing it with the professionals further down the order, triumphing in a battle with LKM Racing’s Keita Sawa and taking the fight to Team C&D’s Jason Zhang Zhiqiang. The Mentos Racing driver looked sure to collect another Class B victory in what has been a dominant season, until just two laps before the flag he was halted by mechanical problems. As Imperatori tried to close the gap to Avila, Ragginger, Bamber and Barker were heading to the flag as the laps counted down. As the chequered flag neared, Bamber closed the gap

slightly to Ragginger – a quick flash of the headlights to remind him of their rivalry but was never in a position to challenge for the victory. The Austrian knew the win was his, and he crossed the line a worthy race winner. While Round 12 marked a spectacular end to the 2013 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia season, Asia’s finest GT drivers will be back in action next month at the 60th Macau Grand Prix. From November 9 to 10, the field will be joined by some of their counterparts on the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Japan for an end-of-seasonal invitational on the legendary Guia Circuit, as well as a very special VIP driver: Nine-time FIA World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb will join the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia for their triumphant return to Macau.

Results - Round 12

Above: Team Yongda Dongfang driver Benjamin Rouget Below: Nexus Racing’s Adrian Henry D’Silva

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Pos

No

Driver/Nationality

1

86

2 3

Entrant/Nationality

Time

Martin RAGGINGER (AUT)

Team Eagle (CHN)

22:22.311

7

Earl BAMBER (NZL)

Nexus GSH Racing (MAS)

+0.978

9

*Ben BARKER (GBR)

Team Betterlife (CHN)

+2.538

4

20

Rodolfo AVILA (MAC)

Team Jebsen (HKG)

+7.989

5

99

Alexandre IMPERATORI (HKG)

PICC Team StarChase (HKG)

+9.005

6

78

ZHANG Da Sheng (CHN)

Basetex Racing (CHN)

+11.444

7

58

TUNG Ho-Pin (CHN)

Budweiser Kamlung Racing (MAS)

+12.071

8

66

Jason ZHANG Zhiqiang (CHN)

Team C&D (CHN)

+24.000

9

38

Keita SAWA (JPN)

LKM Racing Team (HKG)

+25.854

10

8

Benjamin ROUGET (FRA)

Team Yongda Dongfang (CHN)

+26.645

11

68

LI Zhi Cong (CHN)

Kamlung Racing (MAS)

+37.468

12

72

Alif HAMDAN (MAS)

Nexus Racing (MAS)

+39.816

13

3

*Darryl O’YOUNG

Team Carrera Cup Asia (CHN)

+41.832

14

11

Ringo CHONG (SIN)

Team Kangshun (CHN)

+44.048

15

5

Yuey TAN (SIN)

B

Dorr McElrea Racing (SIN)

+44.669

16

21

Francis TJIA (HKG)

B

OpenRoad Racing (HKG)

+50.967

17

16

Wayne SHEN (HKG)

Modena Motorsports (HKG)

+51.278

18

96

LI Chao (CHN)

B

Asia Racing Team (CHN)

+1:02.180

19

28

John SHEN (HKG)

B

Modena Motorsports (HKG)

+1:03.996

20

27

Adrian Henry D’SILVA (MAS)

B

Nexus Racing (MAS)

+1:11.901

21

33

Samson CHAN (HKG)

B

Samson CHAN (HKG)

+1:12.462

22

18

Marcel TJIA (HKG)

B

OpenRoad Racing (HKG)

+1:14.260

23

83

Dr. MA Chi Min (HKG)

B

Dr. Ma Chi Min (HKG)

+1:18.476

24

22

SIU Yuk Lung (HKG)

LKM Racing Team (HKG)

+1:29.124

25

88

Egidio PERFETTI (SIN)

Mentos Racing (SIN)

1 Lap

* indicates non-series registered

Class

B

B


Overall Standings after Round 12 Pos

Comp

Driver

Entrant

Points

1

7

Earl BAMBER

Nexus Racing

217

2

86

Martin RAGGINGER

Team Eagle

198

3

20

Rodolfo AVILA

Team Jebsen

169

4

38

Keita SAWA

LKM Racing Team

125

5

58

TUNG Ho-Pin

Budweiser Kamlung Racing

123

6

8

Benjamin ROUGET

Team Yongda Dongfang

120

7

99

Alexandre IMPERATORI

PICC Team StarChase

105

8

78

ZHANG Da Sheng

Team Basetex

89

9

88

Egidio PERFETTI

Mentos Racing

87

10

66

Jason ZHANG Zhiqiang

Team C&D

85

11

68

LI Zhi Cong

Kamlung Racing

61

12

11

Ringo CHONG

Team Kangshun

49

13

21

Francis TJIA

OpenRoad Racing

37

14

5

Yury TAN

Dorr McElrea Racing

32

15

72

Alif HAMDAN

Nexus Racing

26

16

9

WANG Jian Wei

Team Betterlife

24

96

LI Chao

Asia Racing Team

21

16

Wayne SHEN

Modena Motorsports

21

19

27

Adrian Henry D’SILVA

Nexus Racing

9

20

25

Christian CHIA

OpenRoad Racing

7

21

22

Adderly Fong*

LKM Racing Team

6

22

28

John SHEN

Modena Motorsports

5

18

Marcel TJIA

OpenRoad Racing

3

99

Natasha SEATTER*

PICC Team StarChase

3

33

Samson CHAN

Samson Chan

3

22

Alan SIU

LKM Racing Team

2

83

Dr. MA Chi Min

Dr. Ma Chi Min

0

21

Benny LIM*

OpenRoad Racing

0

33

George CHOU*

George Chou

0

9

Jacky YEUNG*

Jacky Yeung

0

17

23

26

* indicates non-series registered

Kamlung Racing driver Peter Li Zhi Cong

Team Betterlife’s Ben Barker

Budweiser Kamlung Racing driver Tung Ho-Pin

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Class B Standings after Round 12 Pos

Comp

Driver

Entrant

Points

1

88

Egidio PERFETTI

Mentos Racing

221

2

5

Yuey TAN

Dorr McElrea Racing

170

3

96

LI Chao

Asia Racing Team

159

4

21

Francis TJIA

OpenRoad Racing

140

5

72

Alif HAMDAN

Nexus Racing

129

6

28

John SHEN

Modena Motorsports

126

7

22

Alan SIU

LKM Racing Team

80

8

27

Adrian Henry D’SILVA

Nexus Racing

78

9

83

Dr. MA Chi Min

Dr. MA Chi Min

69

10

33

Samson CHAN

Samson Chan

67

11

18

Marcel TJIA

OpenRaod Racing

61

12

25

Christian CHIA

OpenRoad Racing

58

13

21

Benny LIM*

OpenRoad Racing

5

14

33

George CHOU*

George Chou

0

9

Jacky Yeung*

Jacky Yeung

0

* indicates non-series registered

Behind the Scenes at the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia

(Clockwise from top right) • Team Jebsen’s Rodolfo Avila prepares for racing. • Team Betterlife driver Ben Barker. • The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia paddock. • Team Eagle driver Martin Ragginger.

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia quote of the weekend: “It’s absolutely amazing. The start of the season was quite difficult, finding sponsorship and everything. Our goal was to be in the top three and it has been a huge team effort. It’s fantastic to bring the title home with one race to spare. ” - Earl Bamber


Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 2013 Rounds 11&12 Report