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With a mere two championship points separating Porsche Carrera Cup Asia frontrunner and recent 24-hr of Spa Pro-Am winner Maxime Jousse of Kamlung Racing and second place PICC Team Starchase’s Nico Menzel, a brawl for top position is set to ensue in Round 7 and 8 as the competition makes its celebrated debut at the Sydney Motorsport Park in Australia.

Maxime Jousse

Maxime Jousse

The stop will also see two momentous races between the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and Australia, as drivers from the two cups take to track in a friendly competition that will see the highest scoring Class-B driver from Asia take home the ultimate prize – a fully supported entrance into the Formula 1 support race during the 2016 Suzuka Grand Prix in October.

Throughout the season, Menzel, with 106 points, has been piling pressure on Jousse, who leads with 108. But the 19-year-old German driver has watched as Jousse slowly pulled ahead in points as he kept Menzel locked in second place.  But Jousse’s hard-earned point lead vanished in an instant after first turn turmoil left him unable to finish Round 5 in Thailand, giving Menzel the golden opportunity to usurp his season-long rival.

Both drivers are undoubtedly casting a watchful eye on quickly rising third place driver Andrew Tang from the Porsche China Junior Team as the young driver repeatedly proves his grit, claiming one podium win after another.  He is not far behind the top two, with 92 points.

Tang brings a fresh skill-set to Sydney, having joined fourth place driver Zhang Da Sheng of Fun88 Team Sunfonda to represent the Porsche China Junior team as the first all-Asian racing squad to partake in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race in Hockenheim, Germany.  While there, the two entered the arena with some of the top Porsche talent from around the world, taking home new insights to bring to the track in Australia that could give Zhang Da Sheng an edge as he tries to close his 5-point gap with Tang to make it into the top 3.

Nico Menzel

Nico Menzel

Sydney will also prove a good chance for Absolute Racing’s Mitchell Gilbert, just 5 championship points behind Zhang Da Sheng with 82, to continue building on progress he made during the Thailand stop.

Team Jebsen driver Cui Yue goes into Round 7 eager to ascend the ranks from his current 8th place, where he has 48 points, just one point ahead of Zheng Tong Auto’s Bao Jinlong, who is in 9th with 47.

Returning from competing in the German ADAC GT Masters, Team Porsche Holding’s Martin Ragginger completed his first full race of the season in second place during Round 6 in Thailand.  The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia veteran has been a regular fixture on the podium in seasons past, having achieved 2nd place for Overall class during the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 2014 and 2013 seasons.

With four distinct layouts, the Sydney Motorsport Park is one of the most diverse tracks in the Asia-Pacific region. For Round 7 and 8, the second most advanced Gardner Circuit setup will be used.  The 3.93-kilometer track features a combination of bends and straights that will force drivers to use controlled bursts of speed to gain the advantage.

Continuing his command of the competition following two first place victories in Thailand, Absolute Racing’s Yuan Bo is the Class-B championship leader with a near flawless 137 points. Est Cola Thailand’s Vuttikorn Inthraphuvasak, with 118 points, has been the only one to come close to putting an end to Yuan Bo’s streak of victories.  Both drivers, having placed first and second respectively during the invitational race between Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and Japan during the Fuji stop, are also top contenders for the fully-supported entry into the 2016 Suzuka Grand Prix support race if either can swing another victory during the invitational race in Sydney.

Filling out the Class-B top 3 after a bold performance in Thailand, Modena Motorpsport’s Wayne Shen, with 87 points, has a healthy lead over fourth place driver Li Chao of Team Betterlife, who has 78 points.  In fifth with 72 points, John Shen of Modena Motorsports is also a strong challenger to his brother Wayne’s coveted third spot.

The Sydney stop will be something of a homecoming for Team Jebsen’s Yuey Tan, who spent his early years developing his passion for racing while living in Adelaide, Australia.  The Singapore-native can use his familiarity with the environment to earn a point buffer between him and Francis Tjia of OpenRoad Racing, who’s not far behind Tan’s 67 points with 61.

Also boasting a home turf advantage is Paul Tresidder of his self-named team, currently in 10th with 40 points.  With previous experience racing at the Sydney Motorsport Park, Tresidder has a chance to overtake True Visions Motorsports’ Thailand Suttiluck Bunchareon, with 50 points, while increasing his slim lead on Racing Spirit Thailand’s Sontaya Kunplome, who’s in 11th with 39.

RC Racing’s Tiger Wu returns to race for Australia and is joined by new faces for this season such as Kamlung Racing’s Mak Hing Tak, who’s stepping in for Kenneth Lau of Prince Racing, returning regulars like Team Formax’s Bill Wang, who returns after a 4 race hiatus, and season regulars like Sui Yuk Lung of LKM Racing.

This stop will mark the second invitational race this season after the first with Porsche Carrera Cup Japan at Fuji in June – marking the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia’s first time hosting two invitational races in one season.

“We’re looking forward to our first race in Sydney and grateful for the opportunity to race alongside our companions from the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia. This proves once more that Porsche motorsport is not just about the exciting competition on the track – it’s a platform to that helps bring people together from across the globe,” Alexandre Gibot, Motorsport Manager for Porsche China, said.

With a tight point spread and a track very few drivers are familiar with – Australia could be the make or break race for the 2016 season. But regardless of the outcome, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia’s first stop down under marks a milestone in one of the region’s most international racing competitions.

Viewers can watch Round 7 (13:30, August 27th) and Round 8 (9:40, August 28th) local time in Australia (UTC+11) as well as the Elite Class B Invitational (12:45, August 28th) and Pro Invitational (15:55, August 28th) LIVE on the official Porsche Carrera Cup Asia website (www.carreracupasia.com) and LeTV sport.

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 2016

Sydney Motorsport Park, Australia

26 – 28 August, 2016

Provisional Entry List

Comp No. Entrant Name

Driver                                         

Cls Nat Comp No. Entrant Name

Driver

Cls Nat
2 Kamlung Racing

MAK Hing Tak *

B CHN

HKG

19 Fun88 Team Sunfonda

ZHANG Da Sheng

  CHN

CHN

3 OpenRoad Racing

Michael  S.

B HKG

INA

21 OpenRoad Racing

Francis TJIA

B HKG

HKG

5 Team Jebsen

Yuey TAN Yu Hian

B HKG

SIN

22 LKM Racing

SIU Yuk Lung

B MAS

HKG

6 Absolute Racing

YUAN Bo

B HKG

CHN

23 Paul TRESIDDER

Paul TRESIDDER

B AUS

AUS

7 Team Formax

WANG Xi

B MAS

CHN

28 Modena Motorsports

John SHEN

B HKG

HKG

8 Racing Spirit Thailand

Sontaya KUNPLOME

B THA

THA

55 Zheng Tong Auto

BAO Jinlong

  CHN

CHN

9 Team Betterlife

LI Chao

B CHN

CHN

68 Kamlung Racing

Maxime JOUSSE

  CHN

FRA

10 Porsche China Junior Team

Andrew TANG

  HKG

SIN

77 Team Jebsen

CUI Yue

  HKG

CHN

11 RC Racing

Tiger WU *

B SIN

TPE

78 True Visions Motorsports Thailand

Suttiluck BUNCHAROEN

B THA

THA

16 Modena Motorsports

Wayne SHEN

B HKG

HKG

86 Team Porsche Holding

Martin RAGGINGER

  CHN

AUT

17 Arrows Racing

FUNG Yui Sum

B MAS

HKG

88 Absolute Racing

Mitchell GILBERT

  HKG

GBR

18 est cola Thailand

Vutthikorn INTHRAPHUVASAK

B THA

THA

99 PICC Team StarChase

Nico MENZEL

  HKG

GER

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