- PCCA celebrates ten years at Singapore
- Marina Bay debut for Tanart Sathienthirakul and Philip Hamprecht
- Yuan Bo looking to turn speed into results
SHANGHAI, 14th of September – The Lion City is the destination for the Absolute Racing serviced teams this coming weekend that marks the beginning of the second half of the 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia (PCCA).
The race in support of the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix is among the highlights of the 2017 PCCA calendar, which saw the first meetings take place in Shanghai, Fuji, Sepang and in the streets of Bangsaen.
Singapore’s PCCA race is celebrating its 10th edition this year. It became the most famous races on the calendar and it’s easy to see why. On a merciless street circuit, the heat and humidity make it even tougher for the drivers. To spice up the game, the round 9 is the series’ first and only night race.
At the 5,065-km Marina Bay Street Circuit, PCCA rookie Philip Hamprecht looks to continue his upward curve of results after claiming a second-place finish in Sepang. The 20-year-old is new to the track but he is keen to build on his performance and move up the standings. Overall, the German driver lies sixth in the championship standings but Team StarChase, who finished second in last year’s race with Nico Menzel, is currently second in the brand new Porsche Dealer Trophy.
Team-mates Tanart Sathienthirakul and Yuan Bo, who managed to set the fastest time for Class-B in last year’s qualifying session, both have pivotal roles to play in the weekend’s proceedings. Both drivers have shown that they’re capable of breaking into the fiercely contested top ten at previous meetings and are eager to add to their respective points tally on Saturday and Sunday.
The humid conditions in Singapore always lead to a threat of rain, and this weekend’s forecast is particularly stormy with all three days set to be hit by rain at some stage.
As usual the action starts when the cars roll out on Friday from 15.15 to 15.45 for the single practice session. Then qualifying is run on Saturday from 15.15 to 15.45. The first 30-minute race starts under the lights at 19.20. The second race is scheduled for Sunday at 16.30.
#15 Absolute Racing – Tanart Sathienthirakul
“After a disappointing weekend at Sepang, I’m looking forward to turning the tide and achieving a better result. This is going to be my first time racing at Singapore, which I think is a little disadvantage for me. Anyway I think I will manage it.”
#88 Team C&D Auto – Yuan Bo
“I hope to drive two clean races as this is one of the most challenging race weekends on the calendar. This track has so many corners, so as a driver to complete the perfect lap in Singapore it’s quite tricky. I’m looking forward to the race weekend.”
#99 Team StarChase – Philip Hamprecht
“This is my first time in Singapore and I am hoping for a clean race and a good result. This is a very demanding track where there’s no room for mistakes. I am looking forward to a night race.”
Weekend Timetable (GMT+8)
Friday, September 15th
15:15 – 15:45 – Practice Session
Saturday, September 16th
15:15 – 15:45 – Qualifying
19:20 – 19:55 – Race (12 Laps or 30 Mins)
Saturday, September 17th
16:30 – 17:05 – Race (12 Laps or 30 Mins)