- Philip Hamprecht on Fuji’s Invitational Race podium
- Tanart Sathienthirakul excels in Japan
- Yuan Bo scores valuable points
SHANGHAI, 4 June 2017 – Absolute Racing encountered two challenging Porsche Carrera Cup Asia (PCCA) contests at Fuji Speedway on 3rd/4th June, with series rookie Philip Hamprecht taking the squad’s best finish of the weekend with third place in the third race of weekend – the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia & Japan Invitational Race.
Hamprecht led the #AbsoluteRacing teams charge in the half-hour practice session qualifying Saturday morning. Hamprecht qualified second, just missed out on first place by a mere 0.054 of a second. However Hamprecht second best lap time was the fastest of the field, allowing him to start on pole position for race two. Tanart Sathienthirakul posted sixth-best time in the session, while Team C&D Auto’s Yuan Bo rounded up the top ten.
Race one on Saturday saw newcomer Tanart Sathienthirakul putting in an amazing performance in what was his first ever race meeting at Fuji, keeping up with the frontrunner, and finishing 5th at the flag.
An early contact in the race meant that Hamprecht struggled with the car setup for the rest of the race. Team StarChase driver still managed to salvage some crucial championship points by finishing sixth position. With a clean race Yuan Bo finished eighth, climbing two places from his starting position.
For round four, Hamprecht was the highest starting of the Absolute Racing trio in first place, four spots ahead of Tanart with Yuan Bo lining-up in 10th position.
Hamprecht was the unluckiest man of the day. Despite having lost the first position, the Formula Master China Series champion was on his way to the first PCCA podium of the season when a lost wheel from Andrew Tang’s car, who was running behind the Team StarChase car and had a big crash into the wall, hit his front right, forcing him to stop.
Tanart S ended up being the best of the Absolute Racing squadron, concluding his second weekend in the series with a top 5. A couple of drive through penalties, due to a jumpstart first, and then for not respecting the red light on the pit exit, took a little shine off Bo Yuan’s race. The Team C&D Auto car was 21st at the flag.
The Japanese race weekend came to an end with the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia & Japan Invitational Race. The extra race saw another display of Hamprecht’s ever improving race craft as he clinched the third placed trophy.
The 19-year-old from German was running in third on lap 1, but he quickly moved up to second by overtaking one of the Japanese competitors. On lap five Hamprecht lost the second place. He tried his best but in the end, he had to settle for third overall.
Yuan Bo kept out of trouble throughout the 10 laps competition to take the chequered flag in P9. Tanart S was forced out of the race with a damaged radiator.
Commenting about the race weekend, Team Director, Ingo Matter said, “It’s great to end the weekend with some silverware. Philip was very unlucky in round 4 but he again showed his pace in every outing in Japan. We hope this first podium is a breakthrough and we go strong from here. Tanart came close to a podium, being quick straight away even though he did not know the track. With his home race coming up we think he will be in a strong position. Yuan Bo leaves Japan with a good points haul and Team C&D Auto is currently second in the Porsche Dealer Trophy category. One last word for the team as they did a fantastic job changing Philip’s engine between the races. We are really looking forward to Bangsaen, hoping to have a strong weekend there and reach the top step of the podium.”
The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia will now travel to Bangsaen Street Circuit in Thailand for Round 5 and 6, experiencing a brand new exciting track for the first time.