Fuji, Japan. LKM Racing’s Earl Bamber dominated Round 7 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia today, with a commanding run from pole to chequered flag at Japan’s Fuji International Speedway.
Bamber got away well from pole, with Ragginger, Imperatori and Avila packed nose-to-tail in the high-speed charge off the grid. As Bamber set about pulling out a gap, behind him Ragginger and Imperatori were engaged in a furious battle for position and, for the second time in as many races, the PICC Team StarChase driver was forced off, rejoining down the order and immediately embarking upon what was to be an epic comeback. Avila, meanwhile, seized the moment, diving past and up to second.
Ragginger then came under a spirited attack from Jason Zhang before closing in on Avila and piling on the pressure.
Next, all eyes were fixed on 2013 Class B champion Egidio Perfetti of Mentos Racing and Budweiser Team Absolute Racing’s Tung Ho-Pin of China. With neither giving any quarter, the pair battled nose-to-tail and door-to-door in a white-knuckle battle for fifth position.
Imperatori was on his charge back up through the order, eventually diving past William Bamber after a thrilling dual and then temporarily being held at bay by Hamaguchi who defended well. There was no stopping the 2012 champion though.
The Japan debut of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia was nothing short of spectacular, with some of the most exciting racing in the series’ 12-season history all played out amidst the dramatic setting of the iconic Fuji International Speedway. To a man, all the drivers were unanimous in their praise of the exception organisation of the Japanese circuit, the fantastically challenging track, and the warm welcome all received.
The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia begins the second half of its 2014 season at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit with Rounds 7 and 8 to be held on August 15-17.
Results Round 7
|1||1||Earl BAMBER (NZL)||LKM Racing (MAS)||26:06.419|
|2||20||Rodolfo AVILA (MAC)||Team Jebsen (HKG)||+20.212|
|3||66||Jason ZHANG Zhi Qiang (CHN)||Team C&D (CHN)||+24.058|
|4||99||Alexandre IMPERATORI (HKG)||PICC Team StarChase (CHN)||+26.576|
|5||58||TUNG Ho-Pin (CHN)||Budweiser Team Absolute Racing (HKG)||+27.930|
|6||88||Egidio PERFETTI (SIN)||Mentos Racing (SIN)||+28.735|
|7||8||Ro.C. Skyangel (SIN)||Team Yongda Dongfang (CHN)||+29.886|
|8||22||*William Bamber (NZL)||LKM Racing (HKG)||+36.269|
|9||12||*Hiroshi HAMAGUCHI (JPN)||B||Clearwater Racing (SIN)||+41.807|
|10||5||Yuey TAN (SIN)||B||Dorr Havelock Racing (SIN)||+46.102|
|11||11||Ringo CHONG (SIN)||Team Kangshun (CHN)||+48.819|
|12||21||Francis TJIA (HKG)||B||OpenRoad Racing (HKG)||+53.220|
|13||**86||Martin RAGGINGER (AUT)||Team Porsche Holding (CHN)||26:17.191+45sec|
|14||16||Wayne SHEN (HKG)||B||Modena Motorsports (HKG)||+56.177|
|15||9||LI Chao (CHN)||Team Betterlife (CHN)||+1:03.191|
|16||98||Henri RICHARD (USA)||B||Silicon Tech Racing LLP (USA)||+1:13.073|
|17||28||John SHEN (HKG)||B||Modena Motorsports (HKG)||+1:18.528|
|18||33||Samson CHAN (HKG)||B||Samson CHAN (HKG)||+1:20.894|
|19||68||MAK Hing Tak (HKG)||B||Kamlung Racing (HKG)||1 Lap|
|20||**77||Jacky YEUNG (HKG)||B||Tiger Racing Team (HKG)||1 Lap|
|21||3||*Marcel TJIA (SIN)||B||OpenRoad Racing (HKG)||1 Lap|
|22||2||Kenneth LAU (HKG)||B||Prince Racing Hong Kong (HKG)||1 Lap|
|23||6||*John WONG (HKG)||B||John Wong (HKG)||1 Lap|
|–||55||ZHANG Da Sheng (CHN)||Zheng Tong Auto (CHN)||N/C|
|–||72||Alif HAMDAN (MAS)||B||Nexus Racing (MAS)||N/C|
|–||18||ZHANG Zhen Dong (CHN)||Team Basetex (CHN)||N/C|
|–||51||Johnson HUANG (TPE)||B||Team BC (TPE)||N/C|
|–||**7||BAO Jin Long (CHN)||Team Synsanly (CHN)||N/C|