The 28-strong Porsche Carrera Cup Asia field is preparing to take on Singapore’s unforgiving Marina Bay street circuit this weekend for the penultimate meeting of the 2016 season. The formidable fleet of Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991) cars will be an impressive sight as the eyes of the world turn to the Lion City for one of the biggest international motorsport blockbusters of the year.

Pic2_Overall championship leader Chris van der DriftAs the region’s finest sportscar championship prepares for what is a highlight of its season, with two races in support of the blue riband Singapore F1 Grand Prix, four drivers remain in contention for the overall championship, while six are still in the frame to take the Class B title.

Topping the leaderboard heading to Singapore is Kamlung Racing’s Chris van der Drift, the New Zealander with a 19-point advantage over closest challenger and fellow Kiwi Craig Baird of Clearwater Racing. Twenty-three points behind him is sensational sportscar newcomer, 17-year-old Nico Menzel of PICC Team StarChase, who took his first Porsche Carrera Cup Asia victory in Malaysia earlier this month and has so far notched up four podium finishes on an impressive rookie debut. Team Porsche Holding’s Martin Ragginger will be absent from Singapore, the Austrian ace on duty at the ADAC GT Masters for which he is in title contention. While his absence will effectively remove the Austrian from the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia championship race, his place at Team Porsche Holding will be taken by exciting Chinese talent, Zhang Zhen Dong.

Technically still in contention for the title, albeit mathematically with an outside chance, is Budweiser Team Absolute Racing’s Tung Ho-Pin. The former F1 test and reserve driver has had more than his share of bad luck this season despite being both on the pace and displaying his exceptional talent to take victory in Round 2.

Pic3_Class B points leader and local hero Yuey TanThe competition amongst the privateer Class B field could not be more intense. So far this year, the category has seen six different winners over 10 races. Proving the importance of consistency in this no-holds-barred championship, points leader – and local hero in Singapore – Yuey Tan of Team Jebsen has taken five podiums but has yet to score an outright victory this season. This has given Tan a 17-point advantage at the top of the leaderboard from closest challenger and 2012 Class B Champion, Wayne Shen of Modena Motorsports. Tan, who took the Class B victory in Singapore 12 months ago, will be looking to repeat his success on home soil, particularly this year as the city-state celebrates 50 years of independence.

Just eight points behind Shen is Thailand’s Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak, the est Cola Racing Team driver making a welcome return to the championship this year and getting quicker with each outing.

A rollercoaster season so far for OpenRoad Racing’s Francis Tjia has seen him take victory in Round 6 and collect an additional four podiums, but he has also fallen foul of racing incidents to record a pair of DNFs which puts him fourth on the leaderboard, two points adrift of Inthraphuvasak. Team Betterlife’s Li Chao of China and Team BC Racing’s Johnson Huang of Chinese Taipei have both fought hard to stay in the race and will be two to watch in Singapore.

While track experience counts for much when it comes to street circuits, organisers have upped the ante this year by making modifications to the 5.065km, 23-turn track which they believe could potentially result in closer racing. However, navigating the ferocious Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991) between the unforgiving Armco barriers of this technical track will still be a mighty challenge for the skilled Porsche Carrera Cup Asia field. For some, the weekend will be a return to the scene of triumph and disappointment, for others it will represent a thrilling new challenge, but for all, the Singapore Grand Prix weekend will be a dazzling showcase of glamorous, high-octane enjoyment.

Qualifying for Rounds 11 and 12 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia will be held on Friday, September 18, with Race 1 on Saturday and Race 2 at 17:25 local time, just prior to the F1 night race.

Provisional Entry List – Rounds 11&12

No. Entrant Name

Driver                         

Cls Nat No. Entrant Name

Driver

Cls Nat
2 Arrows Racing

*Keith CHAN

B MAS

HKG

28 Modena Motorsports

John SHEN

B HKG

HKG

3 OpenRoad Racing

Michael S.

B HKG

INA

51 Team BC Racing

Johnson HUANG

B TPE

TPE

5 Team Jebsen

Yuey TAN Yu Hian

B HKG

SIN

55 Zheng Tong Auto

BAO Jin Long

  CHN

CHN

8 Team Yonda

Ro Charlz SKYANGEL

  CHN

SIN

58 Budweiser Team Absolute Racing

TUNG Ho-Pin

  HKG

 

NED

9 Team Betterlife

LI Chao

B CHN

CHN

60 OpenRoad Racing

Marcel TJIA

B HKG

HKG

11 Team Kangshun

Ringo CHONG

B CHN

SIN

65 Absolute Racing

ZHU Jun Han

B HKG

CHN

12 Clearwater Racing

Craig BAIRD

  SIN

NZL

68 Kamlung Racing

Chris van der DRIFT

  CHN

NZL

16 Modena Motorsports

Wayne SHEN

B HKG

HKG

72 Alif Hamdan Motorsport

Alif HAMDAN

  MAS

MAS

17 Arrows Racing

FUNG Yui Sum

B MAS

HKG

78 True Visions Motorsports Thailand

Suttiluck BUNCHAROEN

B THA

 

THA

18 est Cola Racing Team

Vutthikorn INTHRAPHUVASAK

B THA

THA

80 Racing Spirit Thailand

Sontaya KUNPLOME

B THA

THA

20 Team Jebsen

Rodolfo AVILA

  HKG

MAC

86 Team Porsche Holding

*ZHANG Zhen Dong

  CHN

CHN

21 OpenRoad Racing

Francis TJIA

B HKG

HKG

88 Spark Motorsports

*Egidio PERFETTI

B HKG

SIN

22 LKM Racing

SIU Yuk Lung

B HKG

HKG

98 Silicon Tech Racing LLC

Henri RICHARD

B USA

USA

23 Paul TRESIDDER

Paul TRESIDDER

B AUS

AUS

99 PICC Team StarChase

Nico MENZEL

  CHN

GER

*Non series registered

Overall Points after Round 10 (top 5)

Pos Comp No Driver Entrant Points
1 68 Chris van der Drift Kamlung Racing 174
2 12 Craig Baird Clearwater Racing 155
3 99 Nico Menzel PICC Team StarChase 132
4 86 Martin Ragginger Team Porsche Holding 120
5 58 Tung Ho-Pin Budweiser Team Absolute Racing 95

Class B Points after Round 10 (top 5)

Pos Comp No Driver Entrant Points
1 5 Yuey Tan Team Jebsen 151
2 16 Wayne Shen Modena Motorsports 134
3 18 Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak Est Racing Team 126
4 21 Francis Tjia OpenRoad Racing 124
5 9 Li Chao Team Betterlife 90
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