Absolute Racing serviced teams Team StarChase, AAS Motorsport by Absolute Racing, Porsche China Junior Team, est cola PTT, Porsche Shanghai Waigaoqiao & Pudong and Zheng Tong Auto are headed to Japan for the second race weekend of the 2018 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia (PCCA), June 15-17.
• Team StarChase’s Philip Hamprecht leads the Pro class points
• Maxime Jousse returns with AAS Motorsport
• First Invitational Race of the season
Eight long weeks after the sensational season opener at Shanghai International Circuit, the PCCA 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 2018.
#99 Team StarChase Philip Hamprecht‘s dominant performance in the opening round confirms the German driver as a hot favourite for ultimate glory in 2018. Hamprecht has good memories of Fuji Speedway, taking two wire-to-wire victories from pole position in the Porsche Carrera Cup Japan last season and securing a podium finish in the 2017 PCCA vs PCCJ Invitational Race.
Following the strong appearance in Shanghai, Maxime Jousse will drive again the #66 AASMotorsport by Absolute Racing entry. The French driver had the first contact with the team only in the first official free practice of the season, gelling well from the start, and closing the weekend with a promising a second place finish.
#15 est cola PTT Tanart Sathienthirakul and #88 Porsche Shanghai Waigaoqiao & Pudong Yuan Bo had a tough opening weekend. The Thai driver has undoubted pace and potential, but bad luck saw him shuffled out of the top-five battle. Yuan Bo also showed strong pace in a variety of challenging weather conditions throughout the weekend but he wasn’t able to deliver his full potential on full-dry conditions in the race. They will be both looking to make amends in Japan.
Making an immediate impression in the paddock with his superb raw pace and his fearless brand of overtaking, 16-year-old Daniel Lu will race for the first time at Fuji. The famous Japanese track has always been a challenging track for rookies but the #59 Porsche China Junior Team driver had proved already his fighting spirit and ability on the field.
#55 Zheng Tong Auto Bao Jing Long was the undisputed Pro-Am category pace-setter last time out, but an early incident in qualifying put paid to his weekend and already leaves him with a points deficit to make up. Even so, Bao Jing Long asserted himself as the clear-cut contender to the class title with a superb race performance and a third place finish in Shanghai.
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 with two Free Practice sessions. The half hour qualifying shoot out is scheduled for Saturday morning. The two 15-lap races take place on Saturday at 15.50 (GMT+9) and on Sunday at 11.55 (GMT+9).
The weekend will come up an end with a 10-lap gentlemanly invitational race between Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and Japan competitors.
Friday 15th June
11.30-12.15 Free Practice 1
15.45-16.30 Free Practice 2
Saturday 16th June
15.50-16.20 Race 1 (15 laps)
Sunday 17th June
11.55-12.25 Race 2 (15 laps)
16.05-16.30 Invitational Race (10 laps)
PCCA vs PCCJ Invitational Race – Key Notes:
– Every PCCA competitor who enters an Invitational Race and meaningfully participates will be awarded 10 championship points for the overall and Pro-Am Class classifications.
– The race numbers will be separated by adding 100 to all PCCA cars (i.e. 99 becomes 199).
– The results of the Race 1 Qualifying session will be used to determine the starting order each respective Series, with each Series lined up in order of qualification on one side of the grid.
– The pole-position drivers for each Series will toss a coin to determine which side of the grid their respective Series lines up on.
– The Joint Race will be started by means of a rolling start.