As a truly sensational reward for leading the overall and Class B Porsche Carrera Cup Asia standings mid-way through the 2015 season, Kamlung Racing’s Chris van der Drift of New Zealand and Singaporean Yuey Tan of Team Jebsen will next month head to Belgium’s fabled Spa-Francorchamps circuit to fly the flag for the region in the Porsche Carrera Cup 24 Hours of Spa 2015, which will run in support of the 24 Hours of Spa.
van der Drift, who is making his Porsche racing debut this season, is looking forward to the chance to see how he measures up to drivers from the other Carrera Cups across the world: “I know Spa very well, I’ve done many races there before. It’ll be a big field so will be good to see where I fit in there – plus it means more time in the car, which is great. I’d like to thank the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia for this awesome opportunity.”
Tan, who has watched all the great Spa races time and time again, the chance to actually compete there is very much a dream come true: “I’m quite lost for words. I feel a little emotional today. I want to get a result there, so I’m going to study and learn the track as much as I can on simulators. I’m going to approach this race the same way I do any race – I need to prepare, go racing and as be fast as I can.”
The race has been organised jointly by the Porsche Carrera Cups of France and Italy with guest drivers from sister series across the world, and the invitations to make up the Team Carrera Cup Asia entry were extended on Sunday to van der Drift and Tan by Manfred Braeunl, Vice President Marketing, Porsche China following Round 6, held at Japan’s Fuji International Speedway.
In an exciting update, series organisers have announced that the entry, which is fully supported by Porsche China and its partners, will be run by successful Porsche Carrera Cup France team and regular Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup entrant, Sébastien Loeb Racing. Established in 2012 by the worlds’ most successful-ever rally driver, nine-time FIA World Rally Champion Loeb is no stranger to the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia having joined the series in 2013 for a special invitational at the Macau Grand Prix, where he put in a brilliant drive to finish runner-up to current Porsche LMP1 Le Mans driver, Earl Bamber.
Said Loeb: “Our aim is to establish the team at an international level and we are therefore pleased to work with the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia during the Spa race. On a demanding circuit, it will be an interesting experience for the team – for the engineers and mechanics – to run two new drivers: van der Drift and Tan. I had the opportunity to personally compete in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia in Macau in 2013, and I know how high the level is. Each of these drivers leads his respective classification and therefore has ambitions at Spa, so we must meet expectations. It’s what makes things exciting.”
Commented Alexandre Gibot, Motorsport Manager, Porsche China: “The 2015 Porsche Carrera Cup season has been an intense battle for points since opening race, and Chris van der Drift and Yuey Tan have fought hard every lap of the way amongst our superb international field to lead the overall and Class B championships after Round 6, more than earning their invitations to compete at Spa. We congratulate our drivers, and thank Sébastien Loeb Racing for ensuring our Team Carrera Cup Asia will have two perfect cars for the race.”
With an international grid of 55 entries expected, the Porsche Carrera Cup 24 Hours of Spa 2015 promises to be a race of epic proportions, and the Team Carrera Cup Asia will carry the hopes of their fellow drivers – and Asian motorsport – with them as they tackle one of the world’s greatest race tracks.