Amongst a weekend of mixed fortunes for Absolute Racing serviced teams at Fuji Speedway, Team StarChase’s Philip Hamprecht claimed his second win of the season in the second event of the 2018 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.
The weather around Mount Fuji makes for unpredictable conditions and this weekend was no different, complicating the life of drivers and engineers.
Saturday morning saw the Absolute Racing Pro class serviced cars finishing in the top ten positions of the 30-minute qualifying session, with Hamprecht placing the #99 Team StarChase 911 GT3 in second on the grid for both races. Tanart Sathienthirakul looked very impressive too, clocking the third best time. Cup returnee Maxime Jousse timed in sixth fastest. Further back, Yuan Bo posted ninth-best time in the session, while Daniel Lu rounded up the top ten as his best lap was expunged for exceeding track limits. Bao Jin Long was the quickest of the Pro-Am class in the morning Qualifying session but he carried to Round 2 a 5-position grid penalty from the Shanghai opening round.
The weather once again played its part in proceedings for the first race of the weekend. On an eventful wet-to-dry race on Saturday, Hamprecht kept himself out of trouble, claiming a solid third place finish and achieving the best position of the team.
The track conditions were definitely very tough for the tires and Jousse, Lu, Yuan Bo and Sathienthirakul were among the drivers that suffered punctures and did not finish. Bao Jin Long, who was a serious podium contender in the Pro-Am Class, joined earlier to his luckless teammates, after an early contact with another car forced him to stop.
On Sunday’s race two, Hamprecht made a great getaway to lead from wire to wire for the win, celebrating his second win of the season. The German youngster now leads the championship standings by one point and Team StarChase heads the Porsche Dealer Trophy standings by ten points.
16-year old Lu would continue his efforts with another incident-free run, ultimately finishing fourth. Yuan Bo also showed improvement from his last race, wrapping up the weekend with a sixth place finish.
Tanart Sathienthirakul sustained damage to his car while battling for third place on lap eight, forcing a premature end to his race.
Starting from fifth position, Jousse was excluded from the final result for not attending the weight check, after embarking on a superb back-to-front race from P18 to sixth.
Fuji’s race two saw another display of Bao Jin Long’s ever improving race craft as he clinched a superb Pro-Am class win. He was in a class of his own, finishing seventh overall.
Commenting about the race weekend, Team Director, Fabien Fior said, “The team’s pace throughout the whole weekend was very strong. After an unlucky first race, where we still managed to achieve a podium results, all our drivers managed to bounce back strongly in race two. A perfect result for Team StarChase’s Philip, who is now leading the championship standings, and Zheng Tong Auto’s Bao today, and great to see us up there represented on the top of the podium. We hope for more in Thailand and for the remainder of the season.”
The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia will now travel to Bangsaen Street Circuit in Thailand for Round 4 and 5 on July 13-15.
PCCA vs PCCJ Invitational Race
Mount Fuji race weekend came to an end with a riveting 10-lap Porsche Carrera Cup Asia & Japan Invitational race that saw forty-five Porsche 911 GT3 Cups navigating around the stunning Fuji Speedway.
By taking part in this non-championship race the Absolute Racing serviced teams were awarded 10 championship points for the Overall and Pro-Am Class classifications.
Although the all six-car team took a cautious approach to the race, Zheng Tong Auto’s Bao Jin Long still made it to the podium in the Pro-Am class as the best of the Asian pack.
2018 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Season Calendar:
Apr 13 – 15 Shanghai International Circuit, China, Rnd 1
Jun 15 – 17 Fuji Speedway, Japan, Rnds 2 & 3
Jun 17 Fuji Speedway, Japan, PCCA & PCCJ Inv. Race
Jul 13 – 15 Bangsaen Street Circuit, Thailand, Rnds 4 & 5
Aug 03 – 05 Sydney Msport Park, Australia, Rnds 6 & 7
Aug 05 Sydney Msport Park, Australia, CCA & CCAus Inv. Race
Sep 14 – 16 Marina Bay Circuit, Singapore, Rnd 8
Sep 28 – 30 Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia, Rnds 9 & 10
Nov 16 – 18 Shanghai International Circuit, China, Rnds 11 & 12
About Absolute Racing:
Founded in 2010 by motorsports specialists Ingo Matter and Fabien Fior, Absolute Racing rapidly grew into a formidable force and a powerhouse in the region.
Currently operating from Shanghai, Zhuhai, Sepang and in the United States of America, Absolute Racing has captured victories in every major racing series it has entered including the Asian Le Mans Series, Audi R8 LMS Cup, Blancpain GT Series Asia, China GT Championship, GT Asia Series, Pirelli World Challenge, Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and Formula Masters Series.
Enjoying tremendous success both on and off the track, Absolute Racing brings experience, trust, and credibility to all brands and partners associated with the team.
With a strong brand presence and identity, Absolute Racing offers different levels of Customer Racing services. It was no coincidence that a world-class race proven sports car outfit like Absolute Racing was appointed as the sole motorsports organisation to manage the prestigious Bentley’s Customer Racing programme in Asia and USA.
As a major player in one of the fastest growing sports in Asia, the Team is able to take any driver on a journey through the junior formulas to the top level of the sport in the most professional environment.
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