Porsche Carrera Cup Asia
Zhuhai International Circuit, June 18 - 20, 2010

Qualifying – Round 5

Team Jebsen’s Rodolfo Avila of Macau seized pole position for the start of Round 5 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia at the 4.3km Zhuhai International Circuit today.  At the end of an epic qualifying battle, which saw no fewer than four different drivers take provisional pole during the 30-minute session, the top five were separated by
little more than half a second.

Starting alongside Avila for the first of tomorrow’s two, 12-lap races will be Red Bull Racing’s Marchy Lee of Hong Kong who, despite topping the timing sheets at one stage and putting in a courageous final flying lap, was not able to better Avila’s time.

Behind the all-Asian front row, will be Team PCS Racing’s Craig Baird of New Zealand, with reigning Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Champion and winner of all four races so far this season, Christian Menzel of Team StarChase.

In Class B, it was category points leader and Baird’s Team PCS Racing team mate, Mok Weng Sun, who managed to clinch the top spot from Pauian Archiland Team’s Jeffrey Lee of Chinese Taipei.  Mok was 6th fastest overall, while Jeffrey Lee recorded his best qualifying position so far this season.  Third quickest in the class was series newcomer Francis Tjia of OpenRoad Racing.

Said a thrilled Avila:  “We can still go faster – we weren’t 100% out there!  Team Jebsen is back on track.  We used last year’s set-up, which makes no sense if you go by the book (as it is a new car), but it has been perfect.  Menzel made his (fast) lap in the beginning, and I was a little bit scared that if I didn’t do it on my second run, I’d be down the order.  But our confidence is back and we just need a good start tomorrow.”

Marchy Lee was philosophical about missing out on pole:  “We were first for quite a long time and I was hoping we could do qualifying on just one set of tyres.  We came in (after provisional pole) and I just waited, and maybe we shouldn’t have waited so long because I think we could have done much better if we’d had some more time.  On the last lap, a guy spun in front of me so I couldn’t do it.”

For Baird, the Zhuhai International Circuit is a yet another new track for him to come to grips with in this, his debut Porsche Carrera Cup Asia season:  “It’s a brand new track for me, and while everyone said it was easy, it’s more technical than people give it credit for.  On my flying lap I got caught out on my last corner, but I definitely think I could have been on the front row.  Rodolfo did well.  I’ll call it a ‘home ground advantage’, but of course we didn’t give it to him!”

Mok, meanwhile, is keenly aware of the quickening pace of the field:  “It was really close today.  I came in after taking provisional pole, and I knew I had about two hundredths of a second.  Then I found out Jeffrey was 2-3 hundredths of a second faster, so I had to put on my second set of tyres and go out there.  I think everyone is getting used to the car and getting quicker.  This weekend is going to be very close.”

Jeffrey Lee, who put in a stellar performance, was understandably disappointed: “I’m not very happy with the results.  I was leading during the session.  I came in to the pits to change tyres and expected to improve my lap time.  However, there were slow cars in front of me when I went back out and the new set was wasted.”

Another driver to be hampered by traffic amongst this year’s bumper 23-car field was Francis Tjia, but he was pleased to be back at the Pearl Delta circuit:  “I haven’t raced in Zhuhai for two years, but it is just like my home circuit.  We replaced the gearbox yesterday, and the car drives much better today.  I’m very happy with it, and I know what I want  in terms of set up here.”

Menzel quickly set the pace early in the session, taking provisional pole on his first lap out, and looked ready to continue his dominance of the series.  He remained at the top of the time sheets until Lee began his charge, grabbing provisional pole on his 4th lap out.

Although Menzel bettered his time, so did Lee, and with ten minutes remaining still held the top spot.  As the minutes ticked by, however, the drama began to unfold rapidly. First Avila put in a scorching lap, but Baird went one better and became the first Porsche Carrera Cup Asia driver to lap the circuit in under one minute 39 seconds. 

The gloves were off, and Avila responded by shaving more than two tenths of a second off the Kiwi’s best time.  Lee then began his last-ditch attempt to seize pole, leapfrogging both Menzel and Baird to go second quickest.  He again bettered his time on the final lap, but his Macau rival had done enough to retain pole.

It was a disappointing session for Jean Marc Merlin who fell victim to circuit traffic and wasn’t able to set a qualifying time.  Likewise for Marcel Tjia and Jacky Yeung, who also failed to complete a lap.

Supporting the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia are two of the most recognised names in international motorsport, Mobil1 and Michelin. Mobil and Porsche have been partners since 1996. Close co-operation in research and development has led to every new Porsche engine being filled with Mobil1 high-performance lubricant.  Porsche Carrera Cup Asia drivers also have the advantage of racing on cutting-edge tyres supplied by series partner Michelin. The consistent performance and leading technology of Michelin tyres constantly improve the performance of many teams in international motorsport.  The partnership between Michelin and the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia has emerged from a worldwide agreement signed between Porsche AG and the Michelin group.

The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is organised and promoted by Malaysian based Motorsport Asia Ltd.

Round 5 Qualifying

Pos.

Comp No.

Driver

Cls

Entrant

Time

1

20

Rodolfo AVILA (MAC)

A

Team Jebsen (HKG)

1:38.672

2

38

Marchy LEE (HKG)

A

Red Bull Racing (HKG)

+0.048

3

32

Craig BAIRD (NZL)

A

Team PCS Racing (SIN)

+0.319

4

99

Christian MENZEL (GER)

A

Team StarChase (CHN)

+0.324

5

55

Keita SAWA (JPN)*

A

LKM Racing (HKG)

+0.499

6

33

MOK Weng Sun (SIN)

B

Team PCS Racing (SIN)

+1.342

7

7

Jeffrey LEE (TPE)

B

Team Pauian Archiland (TPE)

+1.424

8

21

Francis TJIA (HKG)

B

OpenRoad Racing (HKG)

+1.877

9

11

Ringo CHONG (SIN)

B

Team Kangshun (CHN)

+2.055

10

16

Wayne SHEN (HKG)

B

Modena Motorsports (HKG)

+2.082

11

98

Philip MA (HKG)

A

Jacob & Co Racing (HKG)

+2.277

12

25

Christian CHIA (CAN)

B

OpenRoad Racing (HKG)

+2.558

13

8

Michael CHOI (HKG)

B

Dynaten Motorsports (HKG)

+2.923

14

5

Yuey TAN (SIN)

B

Wimobilize McElrea Racing (SIN)

+2.955

15

12

Morris KU Yee-Lung (HKG)

B

Team DAYCRAFT (HKG)

+3.091

16

2

Kenneth LAU (HKG)

B

Dynaten Motorsports (HKG)

+3.432

17

28

John SHEN (HKG)

B

Modena Motorsports (HKG)

+3.649

18

68

MAK Hing Tak (HKG)

B

OMAK Team (HKG)

+4.190

19

59

Philip BRIANDET (SIN)

B

Shift2Neutral Racing (SIN)

+4.761

20

88

Shim CHING (CAN)

B

Shim Ching (CAN)

+7.261

NC

18

Marcel TJIA (HKG)

B

OpenRoad Racing (HKG)

-

NC

64

Jean Marc MERLIN (FRA)

B

Team J2M Racing (FRA)

-

NC

77

Jacky YEUNG (HKG)

B

Jacky Yeung (HKG)

-

*Non series registered

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia
Beijing Goldenport International Circuit, May 22-23, 2010

Results - Round 4

Menzel Celebrates Clean Sweep at Fascination Porsche in Beijing

German Christian Menzel celebrated a clean sweep of the points at the Beijing Goldenport International Circuit today with another wheel-perfect, pole-to-flag victory.  The Team StarChase reigning champion has won all four of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia races so far, giving him a strong lead at the top of the overall standings.

Second again was Team PCS Racing’s Craig Baird, the New Zealander challenging the German in the early stages, but never able to rattle him into making an error. 

However, the ‘Man of the Race’ award went to Japan’s Keita Sawa, a guest driver for LKM Racing Team this weekend. Sawa had been running a strong 3rd in Round 3, before a fuel pump problem dropped him back down the field.  Round 4 saw him charge through the field from 13th on the grid to grab the final podium spot from
Team Jebsen’s Rodolfo Avila.

In Class B, points-leader Mok Weng Sun of Team PCS Racing took his second victory of the day with a brilliant run to the flag.  Notching up another second place in his debut season was Jean Marc Merlin of France, while Modena Motorsports’ Wayne Shen was another driver on a charge through the field.  The Hong Kong racer
had suffered a clutch problem in the first race, so started the second from 16th on the grid to cross the line 8th overall.

Menzel’s superb performance gives him a 16 point leader over Baird at the top of the overall championship standings, with Mok 3rd and top of the Class B category.  Despite an unlucky weekend, Team Jebsen’s Rodolfo Avila jumps from joint-9th overall to 4th after Round 4.  In Class B, Mok has a 29 point lead over Jean Marc
Merlin, Francis Tjia and Christian Chia, all three series newcomers joint-second.

Menzel was fulsome in his praise of rival Baird, and eager to point out that no race in this intensely competitive championship is ever easy:  “I was always on my limit, and compliments to Craig who was always very, very fast.  We changed the set up a little bit, the tyre pressure strategy, and it was very successful.  I suspect Craig
did the same which is why we were on a similar level.”

Said Baird:  “I had a better start than in the first race, but still not good enough.  I had a terrible re-start again.  My car was probably better than Christian’s at the start, but certainly not by the end.  I had Marchy behind me, so I had to be a bit defensive and not make any mistakes.”

For Sawa, it was a satisfying end to a challenging weekend which saw him race the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car for the first time:  “On Friday, I needed to understand the car and the set up.  In qualifying, I had a good time, but still needed more.  I was confident of a podium in the first race, but had a problem.  After the re-start in race
two, I passed Rodolfo on the exit of Turn 3 when he made a mistake.  I thought I was 4th as I didn’t know about Marchy’s penalty, so I’m really happy to be on the podium!”

For Mok, like all the drivers, it was a tough race:  “It’s hot!” he exclaimed.  “I had to defend my position.  Jean Marc was close to me in the first few laps, and it took a while to build a gap.  The safety car equalised the field, but it was Philip Ma behind me at the restart.  It has been a perfect weekend, and I am looking forward to Zhuhai.”

Shen’s result was all the more impressive in that he was driving with the same mechanical problem as in the earlier race:  “I had a clutch problem which is why I spun this morning.  We had no time to change it, so I had to drive around the problem.  The car’s handling was good, so I was able to pass a few drivers.  I did touch Yuey
Tan when I passed him, and I apologised!”

Menzel made a good start from pole, but this time Baird’s was better than in the earlier race, and the crowds were on their feet as the pair hurtled into Turn 1.  However, Menzel was resolute, and set about building up a margin at the front. 

The drama was again unfurling behind the leading pair, with Red Bull Racing’s Marchy Lee deemed by race officials to have made a false start.  He was handed a drive- through penalty and, after failing to pit as instructed, was excluded from the race results.

Sawa meanwhile was on his charge and up to 5th behind Avila by the end of lap 6.  Seven laps later, as the front-runners began to close in on the back of the field, a spin by Pauian Archiland Team’s Jeffrey Lee brought out the Safety Car. 

Once again, Menzel’s margin - which had been more than 1.7 seconds by the end of lap 12 - disappeared as the field was closed up.  But Baird didn’t get away well again at the re-start on lap 20, and Menzel headed off to the chequered flag and his fourth series victory of 2010.

Behind the two leaders, Lee was still circulating in third, but Avila made an error just four laps from the flag which saw Sawa dive past and deprive him of a third place finish.

Jacky Yeung was not able to take the start after damage sustained in a heavy crash in Round 3.

The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is back in action again next month, this time at the Pan Delta Super Racing Festival on June 18-20.

Supporting the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia are two of the most recognised names in international motorsport, Mobil1 and Michelin. Mobil and Porsche have been partners since 1996. Close co-operation in research and development has led to every new Porsche engine being filled with Mobil1 high-performance lubricant.  Porsche Carrera Cup Asia drivers also have the advantage of racing on cutting-edge tyres supplied by series partner Michelin. The consistent performance and leading technology of Michelin tyres constantly improve the performance of many teams in international motorsport.  The partnership between Michelin and the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia has emerged from a worldwide agreement signed between Porsche AG and the Michelin group.

The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is organised and promoted by Malaysian based Motorsport Asia Ltd.

Round 4 Results

Pos.

Comp No.

Driver

Cls

Entrant

Time

1

99

Christian MENZEL (GER)

A

Team StarChase (CHN)

31:03.066

2

32

Craig BAIRD (NZL)

A

Team PCS Racing (SIN)

+1.717

3

55

Keita SAWA (JPN)*

A

LKM Racing (HKG)

+5.326

4

20

Rodolfo AVILA (MAC)

A

Team Jebsen (HKG)

+5.620

5

33

MOK Weng Sun (SIN)

B

Team PCS Racing (SIN)

+11.758

6

98

Philip MA (HKG)

A

Jacob & Co Racing (HKG)

+14.182

7

64

Jean Marc MERLIN (FRA)

B

Team J2M Racing (FRA)

+16.934

8

16

Wayne SHEN (HKG)

B

Modena Motorsports (HKG)

+17.206

9

5

Yuey TAN (SIN)

B

Wimobilize McElrea Racing (SIN)

+18.035

10

25

Christian CHIA (CAN)

B

OpenRoad Racing (HKG)

+22.654

11

8

Michael CHOI (HKG)

B

Dynaten Motorsports (HKG)

+23.450

12

11

Ringo CHONG (SIN)

B

Team Kangshun (CHN)

+25.010

13

28

John SHEN (HKG)

B

Modena Motorsports (HKG)

+32.721

14

18

Marcel TJIA (HKG)

B

OpenRoad Racing (HKG)

+39.963

15

59

Philip BRIANDET (SIN)

B

Shift2Neutral Racing (SIN)

+41.951

16

68

MAK Hing Tak (HKG)

B

OMAK Team (HKG)

+42.401

17

2

Kenneth LAU (HKG)

B

Dynaten Motorsports (HKG)

1 Lap

18

12

Terence KU Yu-Sing (HKG)

B

Team DAYCRAFT (HKG)

1 Lap

19

21

Francis TJIA (HKG)

B

OpenRoad Racing (HKG)

2 Laps

DNF

88

Shim CHING (CAN)

B

Shim Ching (CAN)

-

DNF

7

Jeffrey LEE (TPE)

B

Team Pauian Archiland (TPE)

-

DNF

77

Jacky YEUNG (HKG)

B

Jacky Yeung (HKG)

-

EXC

38

Marchy LEE (HKG)

A

Red Bull Racing (HKG)

-

*Non series registered

Fastest Lap: Christian Menzel/Team StarChase/1:05.460

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia
Beijing Goldenport International Circuit, May 22-23, 2010

Qualifying – Round 3

Menzel Mastery Continues at Beijing Fascination Porsche Weekend

Current Porsche Carrera Cup Asia points leader and reigning champion, Christian Menzel of Team StarChase, continued his masterful run by taking pole position for Round 3 at Beijing’s Goldenport International Circuit today.

Second fastest overall in qualifying for the first of two 25-lap races tomorrow was Team PCS Racing’s Craig Baird, the New Zealander just 0.128 of a second off the German’s best time.  Baird, third on the leaderboard after two rounds, is new to the Beijing track but has quickly got to grips with its intensely unforgiving nature.

Third quickest was guest driver Keita Sawa of Japan in the LKM Racing Team Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.  Sawa is making a welcome return to the series for the next two meetings and, despite having had some experience testing the new car in Japan, tomorrow will be the first time he has raced it.

Lining up alongside Sawa on the second row of the grid will be Team Jebsen’s Rodolfo Avila of Macau, the youngest driver in the field. 

In Class B, for non-professional racers, it was series newcomer Wayne Shen of Modena Motorsports who took pole ahead of category points leader and Baird’s Team PCS Racing team mate, Mok Weng Sun.  Third fastest on track was Pauian Archiland Team’s Jeffrey Lee, however he was penalised ten grid positions by race officials following the session for overtaking under a red flag.  That gave Team Kangshun’s Ringo Chong third in Class B.

Said Menzel after the session: “We learned a lot in free practice.  The car the team has given me gives me very good confidence.  The set up is similar to (this track) last year, but the new generation car is more sensitive to tyres.  But we have very good understanding of tyre wear and air pressure, which is why we are so competitive.”

A spin in Friday’s practice, where he lost valuable track time, didn’t appear to have been a setback for Baird, who had struggled with set up in Shanghai last month:  “We went back to basics here, and the car is good.  I spun and wrecked four tyres in the second practice session, so we didn’t get many laps in yesterday.”

Sawa, meanwhile, took time to run in a new set of brake pads before leapfrogging to the top end of the timing sheet:  “I had to bed the new brake pads in and used old tyres to do that.  After that, I was waiting for good timing.  I have two sets of new tyres for this weekend, so concentrated on the best time to use them.  My target was to lap in under one minute and six seconds, and I saw that on the dash after my attack lap, so I thought I needed more.  On the next lap I tried, but the tyres were gone. I know this track, so know the start is very important.  I really appreciate LKM Racing letting me race this time and in the next event, and to my personal sponsor in Japan, so I am
determined to fight at the front!”

Class B’s Shen, joint-fifth in the category standings with Wimobilize McElrea Racing’s Yuey Tan, was thrilled to have taken his first Porsche Carrera Cup Asia pole:  “It’s really nice, and it’s a surprise!  I didn’t do well yesterday (in practice) but I guess I did OK today.  During the red flag stoppage, I pitted to change tyres and adjust the set up. When I went back out on track, the tyres came good and my lap was error-free.  Tomorrow my strategy is to keep it in one piece, so I’ll be driving a little defensively.  Because the track is tight, there are some things you don’t do here which you would if you were on a wider circuit.”

The record, 23-strong field was separated into two groups for qualifying on the tight 2.39km track in China’s capital city, but as the drivers sought to find the limits, the first session was red flagged when Canadian Francis Tjia of OpenRoad Racing spun off and into the gravel.  The second session was stopped twice, the first time after Kenneth Lau of Dynaten Motorsports went into the gravel, and then again when Marcel Tjia of OpenRoad Racing did the same.

While the track is both physically and mentally challenging, several of the drivers enjoyed the contrast to Shanghai’s Formula 1 circuit where the opening rounds were held.  Said pole-sitter Menzel:  “I like this circuit.  It is very bumpy, there are gravel traps, walls….  It is what I miss on modern F1 tracks.  This is like one of the very good old British racing
circuits.”

Baird agreed, saying it was probably the sort of track he is more used to but, like several drivers, believes the starts will be critical and that backmarkers might be an issue during the races.  He also believes it’s a case of ‘waiting and see’ as to whether pole position is an
advantage or disadvantage on this particular layout:  “Whoever is leading (when coming up to backmarkers) could be very concerned, and it could be an advantage to whoever is second.  I believe the race will be won and lost on a) the start, and b) backmarkers.  I’ve never started here, so I don’t know if pole position or second on the grid is better – there are pros and cons.  I’ll tell you tomorrow night!”

Supporting the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia are two of the most recognised names in international motorsport, Mobil1 and Michelin. Mobil and Porsche have been partners since 1996. Close co-operation in research and development has led to every new Porsche engine being filled with Mobil1 high-performance lubricant.  Porsche Carrera Cup Asia drivers also have the advantage of racing on cutting-edge tyres supplied by series partner Michelin. The consistent performance and leading technology of Michelin tyres constantly improve the performance of many teams in nternational motorsport.  The partnership between Michelin and the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia has emerged from a worldwide agreement signed between Porsche AG and the Michelin group.

The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is organised and promoted by Malaysian based Motorsport
Asia Ltd.

Round 3 Qualifying – Starting Positions and Best Lap

Pos.

Comp No.

Driver

Cls

Entrant

Time

1

99

Christian MENZEL (GER)

A

Team StarChase (CHN)

1:05.607

2

32

Craig BAIRD (NZL)

A

Team PCS Racing (SIN)

1:05.735

3

55

Keita SAWA (JPN)*

A

LKM Racing (HKG)

1:06.006

4

20

Rodolfo AVILA (MAC)

A

Team Jebsen (HKG)

1:06.087

5

38

Marchy LEE (HKG)

A

Red Bull Racing (HKG)

1:06.234

6

16

Wayne SHEN (HKG)

B

Modena Motorsports (HKG)

1:07.309

7

33

MOK Weng Sun (SIN)

B

Team PCS Racing (SIN)

1:07.325

8

11

Ringo CHONG (SIN)

B

Team Kangshun (CHN)

1:07.404

9

64

Jean Marc MERLIN (FRA)

B

Team J2M Racing (FRA)

1:07.802

10

21

Francis TJIA (HKG)

B

OpenRoad Racing (HKG)

1:07.842

11

5

Yuey TAN (SIN)

B

Wimobilize McElrea Racing (SIN)

1:08.030

12

98

Philip MA (HKG)

A

Jacob & Co Racing (HKG)

1:08.043

13

8

Michael CHOI (HKG)

B

Dynaten Motorsports (HKG)

1:08.253

14

25

Christian CHIA (CAN)

B

OpenRoad Racing (HKG)

1:08.823

15

68

MAK Hing Tak (HKG)

B

OMAK Team (HKG)

1:09.694

16

28

John SHEN (HKG)

B

Modena Motorsports (HKG)

1:09.713

17

2

Kenneth LAU (HKG)

B

Dynaten Motorsports (HKG)

1:09.762

18

7

Jeffrey LEE (TPE)

B

Team Pauian Archiland (TPE)

1:07.374

19

18

Marcel TJIA (HKG)

B

OpenRoad Racing (HKG)

1:10.348

20

77

Jacky YEUNG (HKG)

B

Jacky Yeung (HKG)

1:10.479

21

59

Philip BRIANDET (SIN)

B

Shift2Neutral Racing (SIN)

1:11.100

22

12

Terence KU Yu-Sing (HKG)

B

Team DAYCRAFT (HKG)

1:14.499

23

88

Shim CHING (CAN)

B

Shim Ching (CAN)

1:14.845

*Non series registered

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia
Beijing Goldenport International Circuit, May 22-23, 2010

Results - Round 3

Menzel Wins Dramatic, Shortened Race

Reigning Porsche Carrera Cup Asia champion Christian Menzel of Team StarChase won a dramatic, shortened Round 3 at the Beijing Goldenport International Circuit today, extending his lead in the 2010 championship standings.

Second was Team PCS Racing’s Craig Baird, with Red Bull Racing’s Marchy Lee in third.  After the race, Lee was handed a three-place grid penalty for the start of Round 4 for a controversial move on Team Jebsen’s Rodolfo Avila.  However, Lee appealed the decision and was permitted to take the start from his original grid position pending the results of his protest.

In Class B, Baird’s team mate and category points leader Mok Weng Sun took victory, with series newcomer, Frenchman Jean Marc Merlin, second. OpenRoad Racing’s Francis Tjia of Hong Kong was third, having started from 10th on the grid
after an off in qualifying.

The results were declared after 14 of the scheduled 25 laps, after Jacky Yeung crashed heavily, damaging a tyre barrier.  The results were called under the elapsed
time regulation, 30 minutes after the start of the race, which was also interrupted with a Safety Car period on lap six after Marcel Tjia of OpenRoad Racing spun off.

Said Menzel, who appears unstoppable in his quest for a second title: “The race was what I expected!  For the first two or three laps I had less grip, but my tyre pressure was set for long distance.  After four or five laps, the car was getting better and better.  That’s 20 points, so I’m now 14 points in front of Craig.  This is my strategy – points, points, points!”

Baird, who didn’t get a good start off the line, nor at the re-start, agreed with Menzel’s take on the race, saying:  “Everything we said would happen happened. 
It’s a bit disappointing but it’s points.”

Mok was thrilled with his win, and was on a charge to the professionals ahead: I had a very good start, and had the right launch before Turn 1.  Wayne (Shen) was struggling at the start and I managed to get past.  I tried to catch the Class A guys, but they were too fast!”

Menzel got away well from pole position, holding the lead out of turn one with Baird giving chase.  Japan’s Keita Sawa, driving for LKM Racing Team this weekend, held on to third.  Behind the trio, a battle was fast developing between Macau’s Avila in fourth,
and Lee, who had suffered fuel pump problems during Saturday’s qualifying.

In Class B, a similarly epic struggle ensued between arch rivals Mok Weng Sun of Team PCS Racing and Team Kangshun’s Ringo Chong, who had both got by category pole-sitter Wayne Shen of Modena Motorsports on the opening lap. 

The Safety Car period closed up the field, and Menzel’s hard-earned advantage evaporated. 
However, Chong controversially overtook Mok and, despite handing back the position almost immediately, was subsequently excluded by race officials for ignoring a drive-through penalty.

The race resumed at the start of Lap 9, and once again Baird didn’t get his best start. Behind Sawa in third, Lee made his move on Avila, getting by but making contact with the Team Jebsen driver at Turn 6. 

Lap 12 saw Sawa drop down the field with a fuel pump problem, with both Lee and Avila getting by initially, then falling down the order, unable to find a solution to the glitch. 

With Chong black flagged, Merlin inherited second place in Class B after a superb drive, with Francis Tjia of OpenRoad Racing in third.

Lap 16 saw Yeung crash heavily into the tyre barrier, and the race was red-flagged.  The driver was unhurt. After and inspection of the damaged barrier, race officials deemed it unsafe to continue without repairs, and the results were declared under the elapsed time regulation.

Menzel’s victory gives him pole position for Round 4, with Baird once again lining up alongside. 

Supporting the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia are two of the most recognised names in international motorsport, Mobil1 and Michelin. Mobil and Porsche have been partners since 1996. Close co- operation in research and development has led to every new Porsche engine being filled with Mobil1 high-performance lubricant.  Porsche Carrera Cup Asia drivers also have the advantage of racing on cutting-edge tyres supplied by series partner Michelin. The consistent performance
and leading technology of Michelin tyres constantly improve the performance of many teams in international motorsport.  The partnership between Michelin and the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia has emerged from a worldwide agreement signed between Porsche AG and the Michelin group.

The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is organised and promoted by Malaysian based Motorsport Asia Ltd.

Round 3 Results

Pos.

Comp No.

Driver

Cls

Entrant

Time

1

99

Christian MENZEL (GER)

A

Team StarChase (CHN)

18:32.903

2

32

Craig BAIRD (NZL)

A

Team PCS Racing (SIN)

+3.600

3

38

Marchy LEE (HKG)

A

Red Bull Racing (HKG)

+8.067

4

20

Rodolfo AVILA (MAC)

A

Team Jebsen (HKG)

+8.638

5

33

MOK Weng Sun (SIN)

B

Team PCS Racing (SIN)

+13.448

6

64

Jean Marc MERLIN (FRA)

B

Team J2M Racing (FRA)

+20.755

7

98

Philip MA (HKG)

A

Jacob & Co Racing (HKG)

+21.245

8

21

Francis TJIA (HKG)

B

OpenRoad Racing (HKG)

+24.124

9

5

Yuey TAN (SIN)

B

Wimobilize McElrea Racing (SIN)

+25.259

10

25

Christian CHIA (CAN)

B

OpenRoad Racing (HKG)

+29.491

11

7

Jeffrey LEE (TPE)

B

Team Pauian Archiland (TPE)

+30.218

12

8

Michael CHOI (HKG)

B

Dynaten Motorsports (HKG)

+30.770

13

55

Keita SAWA (JPN)*

A

LKM Racing (HKG)

+36.695

14

68

MAK Hing Tak (HKG)

B

OMAK Team (HKG)

+37.063

15

28

John SHEN (HKG)

B

Modena Motorsports (HKG)

+37.762

16

16

Wayne SHEN (HKG)

B

Modena Motorsports (HKG)

+38.110

17

59

Philip BRIANDET (SIN)

B

Shift2Neutral Racing (SIN)

+39.222

18

2

Kenneth LAU (HKG)

B

Dynaten Motorsports (HKG)

+39.945

19

11

Ringo CHONG (SIN)

B

Team Kangshun (CHN)

+44.882

20

77

Jacky YEUNG (HKG)

B

Jacky Yeung (HKG)

1 Lap

21

12

Terence KU Yu-Sing (HKG)

B

Team DAYCRAFT (HKG)

1 Lap

22

88

Shim CHING (CAN)

B

Shim Ching (CAN)

1 Lap

DNF

18

Marcel TJIA (HKG)

B

OpenRoad Racing (HKG)

-

*Non series registered

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia
Shanghai International Circuit,

Results – Round 2
April 16-18, 2010

Menzel Rounds Off Perfect Weekend

German Christian Menzel rounded off a perfect weekend in the opening rounds of the 2010 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia at the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai today with a second emphatic victory on the 5.5km circuit.

The StarChase driver led from lights-to-flag, and didn’t put a wheel wrong throughout the 12 lap race, crossing the line with an impressive margin of more than 7.6 seconds.  Second was LKM Racing’s Darryl O’Young, who once again held off a hard-charging Marchy Lee for most of the race.  Taking the final podium position was Team PCS Racing’s Craig Baird.

In Class B, it was Baird’s team mate Mok Weng Sun who took the honours for the second time this weekend, with rival Ringo Chong of Team Kangshun in second, and series newcomer Francis Tjia of OpenRoad Racing continuing his spectacular debut with his second podium finish of the weekend.

Menzel’s perfect performance means he tops the Porsche Carrera Cup leader board, with O’Young five points behind, although date clashes with his participation in the FIA World Touring Car Championship mean he will miss rounds later in the season. Baird lies third, 11 points adrift of Menzel.

In Class B, Mok has a seven point advantage over Chong and Francis Tjia, who are tied in second place.

Off the start, Menzel was away clear, and never looked back.  Behind him though, the drama was unfolding with Team Jebsen’s Rodolfo Avila making an uncharacteristically slow getaway.  It later transpired the reason was a clutch problem, and he retired from the race.  In a heart-stopping moment on the opening lap, Jeffrey Lee of Pauian Archiland Team spun across the track, forcing several drivers to take drastic evasive action.

The intense battle between O’Young and Lee which had thrilled the crowds in the opening round continued into the second race of the weekend, with the Red Bull Racing driver right on the pace.  As Baird dropped back behind the pair, Lee could concentrate on rattling his prey.

Further down the field, a high-speed duel was developing between Yuey Tan, Jean Marc Merlin and Michael Choi.  Tan emerged victorious, crossing the line 8th, ahead of Merlin, however Choi ended his race in the pits after a coming together with the Frenchman on Lap 10, which saw the pair literally locked in battle.

At the front of the field, Lee made a move on O’Young on Lap 6, but couldn’t make it stick.  Four laps later, he saw his chance, diving past O’Young but then running wide and picking up the puncture which was to dramatically end his race.

Menzel was understandably delighted to have got his title defence off to such a good start, but mindful of the fickle nature of motorsport: “The weekend was perfect – fastest in practice, qualifying, winning both races and setting the fastest laps in each.  To do this you need a fantastic car which is what I had.  After yesterday we changed a few small things, but the solution today was the new set of tyres we had.  The first three laps I had so much grip.  But, this was our plan, our strategy, and as a result we won, but I am old enough to know this can change very fast!”

O’Young continued to wrestle to find the right setup: “It was tough!  Christian gained his advantage in qualifying. That’s how far back his advantage goes.  We’re still struggling with setup.  It’s disappointing not to win, but second is good and I’m pleased I was able to hold off Marchy.  I just tried to drive a steady race, but couldn’t
get enough grip.  We really need to work on setup.”

New Zealand’s Baird, competing in his first full Porsche Carrera Cup Asia season, has his work cut out this year as almost all the tracks are new to him:  “I was lucky!  I’ve really struggled to come to terms with this circuit.  I didn’t qualify well enough.  We made some drastic changes to the setup yesterday and it was terrible – we went back-
wards.  This circuit is so big, it’s difficult to get it right every time.  It magnifies small mistakes, and is very technical.  It looks easy on paper, but it’s not.  We need to raise our game and move forward.”

For Lee, it was a disappointing end to the weekend:  “I had a good car today.  For the first couple of laps I was trying to save my tyres.  On lap four, I started pushing and got close to Darryl.  Craig was behind, so I could really concentrate on pushing him.  I wanted to get by Darryl as soon as I could and I tried so many times, but he
was driving very defensively.  Fair, but defensive.  I didn’t want us to crash, but I had to try.  I saw my chance and braked, but locked up.  I tried to turn in even though I knew I already had a puncture, and I made the corner.  As I racing driver, I wasn’t happy to be stuck in third again. I had to try!”

For Mok, the race was another opportunity to keep up with the Class A professionals: “I had a really good start and after I was able to keep up with Craig and hang on to him for the first couple of laps.  By doing so, I put a gap between myself and the other drivers, so I was alone again for the last ten laps.  I’m determined to stay at the front, and 4th place equals my best finish in the series.”

The battle between Chong and Francis Tjia was another crowd-pleaser.  Said Chong:  “Earlier in the race I passed Francis and tried to chase Mok, but he was too far in front.  Then I had to defend against all the pressure Francis was putting on me.  I was lucky Francis made a mistake – there was lots of back and forth but it was all good fun.”

Said Tjia:  “I made a mistake.  I went wide and spun a little so Ringo managed to get past me.  But it was a really good, fair fight and I think Ringo and myself will battle all season and hopefully we can improve and give Weng a run for his money.”

The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia continues next month, with Rounds 3 and 4 to be held at Beijing’s Goldenport Circuit from May 21-23 at the Fascination Porsche weekend.

Supporting the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia are two of the most recognised names in international motorsport, Mobil1 and Michelin. Mobil and Porsche have been partners since 1996. Close co-operation in research and development has led to every new Porsche engine being filled with Mobil1 high-performance lubricant.  Porsche Carrera Cup Asia drivers also have the advantage of racing on cutting-edge tyres supplied by series partner Michelin. The consistent performance and leading technology of Michelin tyres constantly improve the performance of many teams in international motorsport.  The partnership between Michelin and the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia has emerged from a worldwide agreement signed between Porsche AG and the Michelin group.

The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is organised and promoted by Malaysian based Motorsport Asia Ltd.

Round 2 Results

Pos.

Comp No.

Driver

Cls

Entrant

Time

1

99

Christian MENZEL (GER)

A

Team StarChase (CHN)

26:05.607

2

55

Darryl O’YOUNG (HKG)

A

LKM Racing (HKG)

+7.678

3

32

Craig BAIRD (NZL)

A

Team PCS Racing (SIN)

+8.499

4

33

MOK Weng Sun (SIN)

B

Team PCS Racing (SIN)

+30.898

5

11

Ringo CHONG (SIN)

B

Team Kangshun (CHN)

+40.269

6

21

Francis TJIA (HKG)

B

OpenRoad Racing (HKG)

+54.153

7

25

Christian CHIA (CAN)

B

OpenRoad Racing (HKG)

+61.211

8

5

Yuey TAN Yuhian (SIN)

B

Wimobilize McElrea Racing Team (SIN)

+64.244

9

64

Jean Marc MERLIN (FRA)

B

Team J2M Racing (FRA)

+68.198

10

16

Wayne SHEN (HKG)

B

Modena Motorsports (HKG)

+72.408

11

7

Jeffrey LEE (TPE)

B

Team Pauian Archiland (TPE)

+90.806

12

98

Max CHEN* (TPE)

B

Max Chen (HKG)

+91.268

13

12

Morris KU (HKG)

B

Team DAYCRAFT (HKG)

+97.283

14

59

Philip BRIANDET (SIN)

B

Shift2Neutral Racing (SIN)

+102.753

15

28

John SHEN (HKG)

B

Modena Motorsports (HKG)

+103.728

16

2

Kenneth LAU (HKG)

B

Dyna Ten Motorsport (HKG)

+112.550

17

18

Marcel TJIA (HKG)

B

OpenRoad Racing (HKG)

+112.801

18

77

Jacky YEUNG (HKG)

B

Jacky Yeung (HKG)

+119.428

19

8

Michael CHOI (HKG)

B

Dyna Ten Motorsport (TPE)

DNF

20

38

Marchy LEE (HKG)

A

Red Bull Racing (HKG)

DNF

21

88

Ross LAU (HKG)*

B

Ross Lau (HKG)

1 lap

NC

68

MAK Hing Tak (HKG)

B

OMAK Team (HKG)

-

NC

20

Rodolfo AVILA (MAC)

A

Team Jebsen (HKG)

-

*Non series registered

Fastest Lap: Christian Menzel/Team StarChase/2:09.192/Lap 3/151.894 kph

 

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia
Shanghai International Circuit, China, April 16-18
Preview - Rounds 1&2
April, 2010

Record Field Raring To Go

As the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia revs up for its eighth season, the record field of 23 drivers and their new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars is raring to go.  The curtain will rise on the 11-round season next week, with two races held as part of the 2010 Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix weekend in Shanghai.

Further strengthening its position as the region’s premier sportscar championship, the series will see its strongest field to date - an exciting mix of Asian and European GT professionals and keen amateur racing drivers - roar off the grid for the start of the 2010 season from April 16-18.

The much-heralded new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is stronger, wider, and quicker than ever before and, for the first time, is based on the street-legal 2010 GT3 RS version.

A new innovation for this season sees the series open to private teams for the first time.

Back to defend his Porsche Carrera Cup Asia title is Team StarChase driver Christian Menzel. The German sportscar specialist won his first-ever Asian title in 2009, and in 2010, hopes to become the first driver to win back-to-back titles.

Hot on his heels, however, is the 23-year old Macau racer Rodolfo Avila who, after finishing fourth in his debut Porsche Carrera Cup Asia season last year, will drive for two-time title winner Team Jebsen.  Another strong contender is former Porsche Carrera Cup Australia champion Craig Baird of New Zealand.  Baird competes full time in the Asian series in 2010 with Team PCS Racing having been runner-up in a one off race in Singapore last year.

Red Bull China Racing’s Marchy Lee is another force to be reckoned with, as the Hong Kong driver returns to the series after finishing fifth in 2008.  Jeffrey Lee of Chinese Taipei rounds out the professional Class A entries, as the Team Pauian Archiland driver returns to the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, having made the transition from single-seater racing in 2008.

The bumper Class B, for non-professional racers, features the return of several competitors from 2009, mixed with a host of newcomers.  Singaporean hotshot Yuey Tan returns to the series in 2010 with Wimobilize McElrea Racing, having finished third in the category in his debut sportscar season last year.  Hong Kong driver Mak Hing Tak returns with OMAK Team, as do Singapore’s Ringo Chong with China’s Team Kangshun and Team PCS Racing driver Mok Weng Sun of Malaysia.

Canadian Philip Briandet, who made his debut with the series for a one-off race in Malaysia last year, is entered for the full season with Shift2neutral Racing, while LKM Racing’s Siu Tit Lung of Hong Kong is back in the field after a three year absence.

With nine drivers making their Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Class B debuts in Shanghai, the opening rounds will undoubtedly be full of drama and excitement.  The newcomers include Dyna Ten Motorsport’s Kenneth Lau and Michael Choi, both of Hong Kong; OpenRoad Racing’s team of brothers, Christian Chia of Canada and Marcel and Francis Tjia of The Netherlands; and Modena Motorsports teammates and brothers Wayne and John Shen, both of Hong Kong.  Frenchman Jean-Marc Merlin will compete with Team J2M Racing, while Hong Kong drivers Jacky Yeung and Morris Ku with Team DAYCRAFT, round out the list of newcomers.

Asia Pacific Motorsports driver Ross Lau of Canada and Jacob & Co Racing driver Max Chen of Chinese Taipei are guest drivers in Shanghai.

Since its debut in 2003, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia has established itself as the region’s leading one-make sportscar series and, year after year, continues to raise the bar for Asian motorsport.  This season is no exception, with a record number of entries, a new car and an exciting 11-round calendar.

The season debut in support of the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix is the first of two race weekends in support the FIA Formula One World Championship.   Following the opening two rounds in Shanghai, the series will travel to the Chinese capital for two races at the Goldenport International Circuit as part of the exclusive Fascination Porsche weekend, before moving to Zhuhai in China’s southern Pearl River Delta Region for a further two races.

In August, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is scheduled to make its debut on the brand new Korean International Circuit which will host the country’s maiden Formula 1 Grand Prix later in the year.  Next, the series travels to Singapore’s Marina Bay street circuit for the 2010 Porsche SC Global Carrera Cup Asia – Singapore at the
2010 Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix.

For the 2010 season finale, the series will return to Shanghai as part of the China Touring Car Championship fixture.

Supporting the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia are two of the most recognised names in international motorsport, Mobil1 and Michelin. Mobil and Porsche have been partners since 1996. Close co-operation in research and development has led to every new Porsche engine being filled with Mobil1 high-performance lubricant.  Porsche Carrera Cup Asia drivers also have the advantage of racing on cutting-edge tyres supplied by series partner Michelin. The consistent performance and leading technology of Michelin tyres constantly improve the performance of many teams in international motorsport.  The partnership between Michelin and the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia
has emerged from a worldwide agreement signed between Porsche AG and the Michelin group.

The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is organised and promoted by Malaysian based Motorsport Asia Ltd.

 

 

Record Entry for Porsche Carrera Cup Asia
March, 2010

The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, the region’s premier sportscar championship, today announced a record entry for the 2010 season, which gets underway in April as part of the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai.

Twenty-three of the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars will line up on the grid, with an exciting field of Asian and European GT professionals and keen amateur racing drivers contesting the 11-round season.

As well as the new, stronger, wider and quicker Cup car, for the first time based on the street-legal 2010 GT3 RS version, in 2010 the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is open to private teams for the first time. Combined with its well-deserved reputation as the pinnacle of GT racing in the region, these new innovations have resulted in arguably the strongest field ever assembled in Asia.

Reigning champion Christian Menzel of Germany returns to defend his title with his Chinese Team StarChase. Joining him in the Class A category for professional drivers is exciting youngster Rodolfo Avila of Macau, 4th overall in his debut season last year, who has recently been confirmed as the new Team Jebsen driver. Team Jebsen won the title twice, in 2006 and 2008, with Hong Kong driver Darryl O’Young, and is keen to nurture the exciting new talent Avila.

O’Young is back with the series and will contest selected rounds along with a full season in the FIA World Touring Car Championship. For the remaining races, driving duties will be filled by LKM Racing team mate Alan Siu Yuk Lung competing in Class B, while for the Shanghai opener, his brother Siu Tit Lung will take the wheel.

Former Porsche Carrera Cup Australia champion, and runner-up in the Asian series in Singapore last year, New Zealand’s Craig Baird will contest his first full season in the region. Competing with Team Porsche Club Singapore Racing, Baird will be a force to be reckoned with despite being a newcomer to several of the circuits on the 2010 calendar.

Hong Kong’s Marchy Lee makes a welcome return to the series in 2010. Lee, who has also competed in single seaters and touring cars, finished 5th overall in 2008, his first full season in sportscar racing.

Returning to Class A is Jeffrey Lee of Chinese Taipei, back for a third Porsche Carrera Cup Asia season having made the transition from single seater to sportscars in 2008.

Reigning Class B champion Philip Ma makes the move to the professional category this season, and will make his Class A debut with Jacob & Co Racing Team. Ma has contested every season of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia since its inception in 2003, and is one of Asia’s most experienced drivers.

Heading the bumper Class B entry is Singaporean hotshot Yuey Tan, 3rd overall at the end of his first full season with the series last year, who will compete with new team Wimobilize McElrea Racing Team.

Upping the ante in the category, Team Kangshun’s Ringo Chong and Team Porsche Club Singapore Racing’s Mok Weng Sun are both entered in Class B this season.

Popular Hong Kong driver Mak Hing Tak of OMAK Team returns, while Philip Briandet, who made his debut with the series for a one-off race in Malaysia last year, has entered for a full season with his Shift2Neutral Racing team.

The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia welcomes a host of Class B newcomers this year.

Racing for Dyna Ten Motorsport are Kenneth Lau and Michael Choi of Hong Kong. Lau has 20 years of motorsport experience having competed in both touring and single seater racing across Asia, as well has having raced at several European tracks such as Monza, the Nürburgring and Le Mans. Team mate Choi, meanwhile, has been racing for more than a decade, in both single seater and sportscars.

OpenRoad Racing is fielding three cars for brothers Marcel and Francis Tjia and Christian Chia, while brothers Wayne and John Shen are racing for Modena Motorsports.

Hong Kong brothers Terence and Morris Ku are sharing driving duties. The pair have competed in both sportscar and touring car series in Asia, and are entered with Team DAYCRAFT.

Vietnam-based Frenchman Jean-Marc Merlin is entered by Team J2M Racing. Merlin has competed in sprint and endurance races, and began competing in classic and vintage car racing.

Hong Kong driver Jacky Yeung is another newcomer, and began racing in 1995, as is US-based Canadian Shim Ching who makes his series debut with Asia Pacific Motorsports.

Commenting on the sterling line-up, Series Manager Ian Geekie, a motorsport veteran of more than two decades, said: “This is by far the most exciting and talented field ever assembled in Asia. We have the irresistible combination of international professionals, up-and-coming youngsters, and newcomers. The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car is nothing short of spectacular, and a great way to mark the true coming of age of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.”

The 11-race, six-meeting calendar sees the series support two rounds of the FIA Formula One World Championship, in Shanghai in April and the 2010 Porsche SC Global Carrera Cup Asia – Singapore at the Formula One SingTel Singapore Grand Prix in September, plus a further six races across China during the year and an Asian Festival of Speed weekend at the new F1 track in South Korea in August.

The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Official Test will be held on March 13-14 at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia.


 

OpenRoad Racing Enters the Porsche Carrera Cup with Three Entries
February 21, 2010

Since the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia first began in 2003, it has quickly become the premier sportscar series in the region, with a massive fan and media following.  The Carrera Cup offers extremely exciting and competitive racing across the whole Asia Pacific region and is truly international with competitors coming from all over Asia, Europe and North America.  It combines experienced touring car drivers and talented gentlemen drivers.

For 2010, OpenRoad Racing will enter three 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Cars for the season.

The Racing

In recent years Porsche has established a number of exciting race series for its ever growing family of race enthusiasts. From the moment the field of Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars roared off the grid for the first ever round of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia in 2003, it was obvious that this was a series which would dramatically change the face of sportscar racing.

The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia runs as part of the Asian Festival of Speed and is a supporting race to two rounds of the FIA Formula One World Championship – in Shanghai and in Singapore. Other stops on the calendar include Beijing and Zhuhai in China, and Indonesia, with the season-closer scheduled for November.


Racing Tyres

All tyres used in the Carrera Cup Asia are provided by series partner Michelin. Each competitor is allowed to use three sets of slick tyres per event – the number of rain tyres is unlimited. Pre-heating and every type of chemical and mechanical treatment of the tyres is not allowed.

All tyres used in the Carrera Cup Asia are provided by series partner Michelin. Each competitor is allowed to use three sets of slick tyres per event – the number of rain tyres is unlimited. Pre-heating and every type of chemical and mechanical treatment of the tyres is not allowed.


Points & Race Qualifications

In each race, drivers in Class A and B will be awarded separate points according to the following scale:

20 – 18 – 16 – 14 – 12 – 10 – 9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1

In addition, the pole position in each Class is awarded an additional point.

Trophies will be awarded to the drivers who finish in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each race in both Series A and B. Registered B series drivers points count towards both the A and B Series.

 

 
     
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