The first round of Porsche Carrera Cup Asia saw a lot of new faces and it has over 45% of Professional driver, compared to Amateur driver. With a 25 cars line up on the grid its the biggest Porsche Carrera Cup in the world and also one of the biggest grids in Asia championships. Porsche Fans will witness an exciting season in 2017, as old faces returned and several newcomers join the Cup for the first time.
Chris Van der Drift champion of 2015 is back, Martin Ragginger joining the cup since 2012 is more the ready for his first title, as during last years, he never managed to join all races.
Andrew Tang – the Junior of Porsche Carrera Cup Asia had a perfect performance during Qualifying and started in Pole for both weekend races. Unfortunate a rookie mistake pushed him off the podium first place and ended up on second at the first race, which is a great result for the still young driver. At his second race he started pole again, but could not hold the speed and ended on 5th place.
A very talented young driver is Philip Hamprecht, who won Formula Master Series last year and had a very good second position after Qualifying, who had an unfortunate issue at race one and ended on position 9, but showed a good performance on race 2 with 4th place.
Big surprise for the weekend was Will Bamber – young brother of former PCCA 2013 and Supercup 2014 champion, also winning 24hour le Mans in 2015. Will had 2 perfect starts and fighting position for position, finished third at the first race and could even strike first P1 on the second race, beating Martin Ragginger.
Martin Ragginger from Austria with the biggest Dealership group Porsche Holding Austria had a fast start at both races and took the lead at 2nd lap from Andrew Tang at the first race and took his first first place this year during the F1 weekend in Shanghai. At second race hw only had to give space to Will Bamber and Martin ended 2nd.
Chris van der Drift, who could not find the reason why he was so slow, only could manage 4th place behind Bamber, but was able to overtake Tang and Hamprecht to get his first podium – place 3rd.
The audience saw loads of overtakes and was probably the most exciting race battle since a long time. The top driver field now stretches between 1-9, everyone in reach of a podium, where last year we would see the same 5 races on podium mainly.
sportauto as media partner of Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is excited about this perfect start of the season and we are looking forward to a challenging battle of the top drivers.
Our driver vote for this weekend goes to Will Bamber, who was surprising everyone with 3rd and 1st place at the first weekend.
Editors choice: goes to Philip Hamprecht– who is new to GT3 cars, had a perfect result in Qualifying still making many mistakes, which means his potential is far not on his limit.
RACE 1 // RESULT
RACE 2 // RESULT