- Absolute Racing serviced teams and drivers aiming high
- Fuji Speedway hosts the Round 3 & 4 of the championship
- Weekend closes with the invitational PCCA vs PCCJ race
SHANGHAI 29 May 2017 – Eight long weeks after the sensational season opener at Shanghai International Circuit, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia heads to Japan for Round Two, as Absolute Racing serviced teams will be looking to build on results or improve on their opening performance of 2017.
Some may have been surprised with Tanart Sathienthirakul’s pace last April, as the #15 Absolute Racing driver turned many heads back in Shanghai in the opening round of the series. Gaining two top eight finishes and a strong presence at the front of the pack, it will be hard to shake off the Thai heading into the second round.
Coming off the back of one of his strongest weekends overseas, where he finished in the on the bottom step of the podium of the Porsche Carrera Cup Japan, Team C&D Auto driver Yuan Bo heads to Fuji with his eyes on a podium finish, and continuing to produce solid results with his #88 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (991 Type).
#99 Team StarChase new star driver Philip Hamprecht narrowly missed out a podium finish at Shanghai. To prepare the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Fuji challenge, Hamprecht travelled to Japan and took part of the Porsche Carrera Cup Japan race weekend precisely at Fuji. The 19-year-old from German made the most of a one-off outing in the Mobil 1 Challenge, taking two wire-to-wire victories from pole position.
The 4.563-km Fuji International Speedway, which is known for a 1.5-km straightaway that is one of the longest in motorsports worldwide, is a firm favourite with all the championship drivers who have raced there. In addition to the challenges the track layout presents, changeable weather conditions can also play a part in determining one’s performance.
Free practice sessions will get underway on Friday before a half hour qualifying shoot out later on Saturday morning. The two 15-lap races take place on Saturday at 15.15 (GMT+9) and on Sunday at 11.20 (GMT+9).
The weekend will come up an end with a 10-lap gentlemanly invitational race between Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and Japan.
#15 Absolute Racing – Tanart Sathienthirakul
“It will be my first time racing at Fuji circuit, but I’ve done a lot on simulator and I should be right on pace straight away. I have confidence in the team and the car. So everything speaks for a successful race weekend. I’m looking forward to the next few days in Japan.”
#88 Team C&D Auto – Yuan Bo
“The last race in Fuji was definitely a bit of a confidence boost for me and I will try to keep up this momentum. I will fight for the best position and possibly even a top three, which is the main target. This is a circuit I really like, especially the 100 R corner. ”
#99 Team StarChase – Philipp Hamprecht
“I would like to repeat the result I did in Porsche Carrera Cup Japan here in the beginning of May. It’s going to be tough, and we will have to work pretty hard to get that result, but I’m really looking forward to it.”
Porsche Carrera Cup Asia – Fuji Speedway – Round 2
Weekend Timetable (GMT+9)
Friday June 2
Saturday June 3
Sunday June 4
16:30-16:55 (PCCA+PCCJ Invitational Race)