SINGAPORE, 21 September 2014 —— Reigning Porsche Carrera Cup Asia champion and 2014 points leader Earl Bamber took victory for the second time on Singapore’s Marina Bay street circuit, winning Round 10 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia after starting the race from sixth on the grid. Bamber crossed the line in his LKM Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 4.8 seconds ahead of Team Porsche Holding’s Martin Ragginger and pole-sitter Alexandre Imperatori of PICC Team StarChase.
The Class B field put on a brilliant race which had the Singapore Grand Prix fans on their feet, with local hero Yuey Tan of Dorr Havelock Racing taking his first win on his home track. Although Alif Hamdan of Nexus Racing crossed the line first in the Class, he was later handed a 30 second penalty for shunting eventual second place finisher Francis Tjia of OpenRoad Racing. Taking the final podium spot was another Singapore driver, Mok Weng Sun of Clearwater Racing, making it a good day for the city state which has no permanent race track.
With just two rounds of the 2014 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia season remaining, Bamber now has a 21 point lead over Ragginger, while Imperatori and Tung Ho-Pin of Budweiser Team Absolute Racing are tied in third, 19 points behind the Austrian. In Class B, the title chase is now between Hamdan, who has a slim three point lead over Tjia, and Tan.
As the lights went out, Imperatori didn’t get a good lift off from pole, almost stalling. Ragginger wasted no time capitalising on the situation, ploughing into the lead followed by Team Jebsen’s Rodolfo Avila. Bamber meanwhile was already up to third as the 28-strong field hurtled into a dramatic opening lap which saw Avila drop down to 7th in the order behind Zhang Tong Auto’s Zhang Da Sheng, Team Yongda Dongfang’s Ro.C. Skyangel, and Tung Ho-Pin of Budweiser Team Absolute Racing up in fourth.
While Ragginger set about building a gap from Imperatori, Bamber was piling on the pressure to the Swiss ace, trying to rattle him into an error and finally finding a way past on lap 4. From there, the New Zealander set off to hunt down Ragginger, catching and passing him on lap 7 after a furious battle.
Hamdan didn’t get the best of starts away from the grid, and then came together with a rival at turn 2, which put him to the back of the field. From there, he charged back up through the pack, closing up to his Class B rivals by lap 9. In the exuberance of youth, however, the 23-year-old Hamdan clipped Tjia, tipping him into a spin.
Avila made a good recovery, passing both Zhang Da Sheng and Skyangel to cross the line in fifth behind Tung.
Said Bamber: “We put our heads down and just did our best, and today best was first! It was very clean and fair and I think we put on a great show for the Singapore fans. LKM Racing have given me a fantastic car all season and that makes my life easier – they’re just a stunning team.”
Imperatori was disappointed not to have been able to capitalise on his pole position: “I had a terrible start – I almost stalled. I dropped the clutch and the engine nearly died and it was an uphill battle from there.”
For Tan, his delight at winning his home race was evident: “It was a pretty close race, pretty intense. My start wasn’t the best, I could have launched better, but considering what happened in the opening lap perhaps I should count my lucky stars. It just feels awesome to win here!”
The 2014 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia overall and Class B championships will come down to the wire at the season finale next month, where Rounds 11 and 12 will be part of the Sports Car Champions Festival at the Shanghai International Circuit from 17 to 19 October.
Fastest Lap: Earl Bamber/LKM Racing/2:20.146/Lap 4/130.107kph
Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 2014
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.
Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991)
The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is the motorsport version of the new 911 GT3 (Type 991). The near-standard race car, based on the seventh generation of the 911, makes its debut in Asia in 2014, having previously run exclusively in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.
The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is powered by a 3.8-litre, six cylinder boxer engine which, due to the weight optimised modular race exhaust system, generates 460hp (338 KW) at 7,500 revs per minute, ten horsepower more than its predecessor. Power is delivered to the rear axle via a race clutch and a Porsche Motorsport designed six-speed dog-type gearbox with a mechanical limited slip differential. For the first time in a Porsche makes cup race car, gear shifting is activated with paddle shifts on the steering wheel. The single piece race wheels with centre mount were also newly designed by Porsche Motorsport. The width of the Michelin race slicks was increased by two centimetres to 27 centimetres at the front and by ten millimetres at the rear axle to now measure 31 centimetres.
Compared to its predecessor, the wheelbase has grown by 100 millimetres, improving handling at the limit, while Porsche Motorsport newly designed the forged single-piece 18 inch race rims with central locking. The new racing brake system improves the endurance qualities of the 911 GT3 Cup, and the internally vented and slotted steel brake discs are operated by aluminium six-piston racing calipers in the front, and four-piston units at the rear.
Safety features have also been further enhanced, and drivers are protected by a newly calculated safety cage and newly designed race seat, while a rescue hatch in the roof enables easy access and extrication.
Like the road going version, the body of the new 911 GT3 Cup combines maximum rigidity with low weight thanks to its aluminium-steel construction, and weighs in at just 1,175 kilogrammes.
About Porsche Carrera Cup Asia
Preparing for its 12th season in 2014, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia blasted off the starting grid in 2003 and has never looked back. Joining the family of hugely successful Porsche “one make” series, it is now firmly established as the Number One racing series in Asia.
The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia offers sporting competition at the highest level across the region and is truly international, with competitors from all over Asia as well as Europe and the Pacific. The field is made up of a combination of professional racing drivers and ambitious and talented gentlemen drivers.
About Porsche China
Founded by Prof. Ferdinand Porsche in Stuttgart, Germany in 1931, and further developed to a sports car manufacturer by Ferry Porsche in 1948, Porsche has been known as one of the most prestigious automobile brands in the world for decades. Under the guiding credo of “Intelligent Performance”, Porsche pioneers to provide a new generation of sports cars that prove performance and efficiency can be perfectly combined.
Since 2001, Porsche China has been importing the full range of iconic Porsche sports cars that are imbued with the sporting spirit of the marque: the legendary 911 series, the renowned Boxster and Cayman mid-engine sports cars, the superb Cayenne premium SUV, and the exceptional four-door Panamera Gran Turismo. Across Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau, there are now 68 Porsche Centres in operation, ensuring that Porsche customers across the country receive the hallmark personalised care that differentiates Porsche around the world.
In 2013, Porsche has delivered a spectacular sales record of 37,425 deliveries across Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau. In 2014, Porsche China expects to continue another year of outstanding performance in the Chinese market.
[Source : Porsche Carrera Cup Asia]