Porsche Carrera Cup Asia
Zhuhai International Circuit, June 19-21, 2009
Results – Round 6
O’Young Back in the Game with Emphatic Victory
In front of an estimated 10,000 spectators, reigning Porsche Carrera Cup Asia champion Darryl O’Young took an emphatic victory in Round 6 today at the Zhuhai International Circuit for Team Jebsen, and got his title defence back on trac
GruppeM Racing’s Tim Sugden crossed the line second, thereby strengthening his position at the top of the leaderboard. Team StarChase’s Christian Menzel drove a superb race to finish on the podium having started from the fourth row of the grid after his retirement with mechanical problems in Round 5.
Pole-sitter and winner of Round 5, Asia Racing Team’s Rodolfo Avila, ended his race in the gravel after dramatically spinning out while running 4th, although he did have the satisfaction of setting the fastest lap of the race.
Said O’Young, who climbs to third on the leaderboard going into Round 7 next month: “It’s nice to win at home here in Zhuhai, and it’s a great result for Team Jebsen. I hope now we can close the gap as really anything can happen in the championship.”
Sugden was thrilled to leave Zhuhai as championship leader and with two podium finishes under his belt, although he agreed that the title is wide open mid-way through the season: “It’s clear any of the four of us can win races at any weekend. Christian is 2nd in the points, so obviously he’s my nearest rival at the moment, but I’ll take each weekend as it comes.”
Menzel, meanwhile, was frustrated after overheating problems during the second race. Although down, however, the German is far from out and will be back with a vengeance next month in Indonesia : “I must hunt Tim now. I need wins, wins, wins….and more luck!” he declared.
In Class B, Hong Kong ’s Philip Ma made a clean sweep of the points taking his second victory of the day, while guest driver Tan Ian Mao went one better than in Round 5, crossing the line in second. OMAK Racing’s Mak Hing Tak of Hong Kong made amends for his error in the earlier round by taking the final podium spot. Ma now leads Class B with a 29 point advantage over Melvin Choo of Corum ThunderAsia Racing, while Mak is now just two points adrift of Choo.
Sugden made a blinding start off the line, stealing the march on pole man Avila and grabbing the lead, while the hard-charging O’Young moved up to second. Incredibly, Menzel was already up to 4th from 8th on the grid almost immediately.
The four leaders had the crowds on their feet, as O’Young looked for a way past Sugden, and Menzel eyed Avila , half a second separating each of the four.
At the start of lap six of the 12 lap race, O’Young made his move and grabbed the lead from Sugden. Avila then tried an ambitious move on the GruppeM
Racing driver, brushing the front of his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car and allowing Menzel to get by the pair to storm into 2nd.
Seconds later Avila locked up under braking, and spun off the track, ending what had been a brilliant weekend for the young Macau racer.
Out front, O’Young set about increasing his lead, pulling out a gap of 4.437 seconds by the flag, as Sugden closed in on Menzel behind. On lap 10, he made
his move and the pair put on a superb display of clean, professional racing as they jousted for position, with the Briton holding the line.
In an exciting finale to what was an excellent weekend of racing, Team Kangshun’s Ringo Chong, who had been forced to retire in the earlier race after an incident with Danny Chu, overtook PTRS Racing’s Jeffrey Lee on the final lap to finish 4th. Chu, who had been relegated to the back of the grid by race officials following the earlier incident, finished in 6th.
The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia will be back in action next month at Indonesia ’s Sentul International Circuit on 17-19 July.
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.
Fastest Lap: Rodolfo Avila/Asia Racing Team/1:40.777/153.60kph
|1||55||Darryl O’YOUNG (HKG)||A||Team Jebsen (HKG)||20:20:946|
|2||88||Tim SUGDEN (GBR)||A||GruppeM Racing (CHN)||+4.437|
|3||99||Christian MENZEL (GER)||A||Team StarChase (CHN)||+13.407|
|4||11||Ringo CHONG (SIN)||A||Team Kangshun (CHN)||+28.196|
|5||7||Jeffrey LEE (TPE)||A||PTRS Motorsport (CHN)||+28.223|
|6||16||Danny CHU (NED)||A||Stichting Chu Racing (INA)||+31.734|
|7||98||Philip MA (HKG)||B||Jacob & Co Racing (HKG)||+44.386|
|8||33||TAN Ian Mao (SIN)*||B||Team PCS Racing (SIN)||+1:07.772|
|9||68||MAK Hing Tak (HKG)||B||OMAK Team (HKG)||+1:21.339|
|10||5||Yuey TAN YuHian (SIN)||B||Team PCS Racing (SIN)||+1:28.526|
|11||DNF||Rodolfo AVILA (MAC)||A||Asia Racing Team (MAC)||-|
|12||DNF||Eric YEO Tee Eong (SIN)*||A||Corum ThunderAsia Racing (SIN)||-|
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