Flawless lights to flag victory for Hamprecht after tense season opener in Shanghai

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The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia kicked off its 2018 season with a bang at Shanghai International Circuit over the weekend, with Team StarChase’s Philip Hamprecht taking home the Overall win in Round 1 win after expertly defending his pole position and Modena Motorsports’ Wayne Shen grabbing the first place honours with a tough fight in Pro-Am class.

It was the first time the series’ 28 entries took to the grid in the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991 II) as they joined the Formula 1 Shanghai race weekend as a support race. The increased power and control of the new and improved Porsche 911 GT3 Cup was apparent in the lightning fast lap times and strong performance seen over the course of the weekend.

Unshakeable Hamprecht fends off strong challenges in Overall

It was a hard-earned victory for Hamprecht, who began in the pole position after sealing a 2:07.301 lap time during the previous day’s qualifiers. Hamprecht faced tough competition as soon as the lights turned green, with P2 starter Maxime Jousse of AAS MOTORSPORT Absolute Racing doggedly seeking an opening in the young driver’s defense as they raced side-by-side going into turn 1. 

But with 2017 Champion Chris van der Drift of Team Formax in close pursuit from P3, Jousse was forced to defend, giving Hamprecht a clean pocket of space before the safety car was ushered out in Lap 6 after a collision further back in the field. With just three laps to go, both van der Drift and Jousse made a final push onto Hamprecht but were unable to see their opportunities realise, handing the first win of the season to the ambitious Talent Pool driver, with Jousse finishing in second and van der Drift in third. 

Maxime Jousse and Philip Hamprecht lead at the start of the race.

Porsche China Junior Team driver Daniel Lu made a strong debut in Round 1 following misfortune during the qualifiers that saw him start at the back of the grid. Undeterred, the 16-year-old junior driver showed relentless spirit as he managed to overtake 19 positions to finish the race in 9th place.  

“I think it’s the best way to start the season obviously, with a pole and a win. We had a good race. It was a little tricky at the start, but I managed to pull through. The safety car didn’t help me that much, because I had a nice gap before, but in the end I finished the race in first, so we’re quite happy,” Hamprecht said in the press conference after the race.

Team StarChase takes home Dealer Trophy

As a result of Hamprecht’s stunning performance, the first Porsche Carrera Cup Asia dealer trophy was awarded to Team StarChase, with COO Robby Niermann accepting the honour on the podium, while Kamlung Racing was a close runner-up after a hard fight by driver Jordan Pepper. 

Solid Pro-Am victory for Modena Motorsport’s Wayne Shen

It was a return to the podium for the 2015 Pro-Am champion Wayne Shen of Modena Motorsports, who went into Round 1 starting from the advantageous P1 position after registering a 2:10.706 lap time in qualifiers.  His advantage was short-lived, however, as a rocky start saw him immediately face challenges from OpenRoad Racing’s Francis Tjia, starting in P2 and Novu Racing’s Yuey Tan, starting in P3. 

Overall podium.

Battling away multiple attempts to overtake him, Shen was briefly passed by Tjia, but quickly recovered before Tjia dropped back several positions and Tan was forced to retire after contact with another driver, leaving space for True Visions Motorsport Thailand’s Suttiluck Buncharoen to pressure Shen from second place.  Meanwhile, Zheng Tong Auto’s Bao Jinlong, starting from last place after being unable to finish qualifiers, made a courageous dash from the back to take 16 positions, with the final podium seeing Shen in first, Buncharoen in second and Bao in third.

“I’m feeling fantastic. The team did a very good job preparing and I think my pace is decent. I had a very poor start, and I think was passed by three cars. By T1 I noticed that I had regained two positions and [Francis] and I were having a good battle. I did notice he was having a little bit of a slide into a corner, and I managed to pass him back in T1 again,” Shen said in the press conference after the race.

Series returns to Japan in June

With the initial points on the board, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia will continue its season with Round 2 and 3 at Fuji international Speedway from June 15-17, where they will once more battle under Mount Fuji as they join in an invitational race with sister series Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Japan.   

 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia – Official Round 1 Results

Pos No Driver Class Entrant Time
1 99 Philip HAMPRECHT   Team StarChase 26:57.325
2 66 Maxime JOUSSE   AAS MOTORSPORT Absolute Racing 26:58.191
3 1 Chris VAN DER DRIFT   Team Formax 26:58.437
4 68 Jordan PEPPER   Kamlung Racing 27:01.431
5 86 Martin RAGGINGER   Team Porsche Holding 27:03.605
6 12 Will BAMBER   Earl Bamber Motorsport 27:03.615
7 77 Yue CUI   Team Jebsen 27:04.428
8 15 Tanart SATHIENTHIRAKUL   est cola PTT 27:05.868
9 59 Daniel LU   Porsche China Junior Team 27:11.537
10 88 Bo YUAN   Porsche Shanghai W & Pudong 27:14.459
11 16 Wayne SHEN PA Modena Motorsports 27:18.452
12 78 S. BUNCHAROEN PA True Visions Motorsports Thailand 27:22.354
13 55 Jinlong BAO PA Zheng Tong Auto 27:23.767
14 21 Francis TJIA PA OpenRoad Racing 27:24.067
15 33 Antares AU PA Modena Motorsports 27:28.013
16 9 Chao LI PA Porsche Beijing Central & Goldenport 27:28.628
17 10 Samson CHAN PA Earl Bamber Motorsport 27:36.081
18 3 Michael S PA OpenRoad Racing 27:37.474
19 28 John SHEN PA Modena Motorsports 27:38.294
20 2 Lic Ka LIU PA Arrows Racing 27:43.839
21 98 Eric KWONG PA KiddyWorld Racing 27:44.547
22 11 Jeffrey CHIANG PA Earl Bamber Motorsport 27:45.332
23 22 Yuk Lung SIU PA LKM Racing 27:59.224
24 8 Preeda TANTEMSAPYA PA Racing Spirit Thailand 27:59.584
25 17 Yui Sum FUNG PA Arrows Racing 28:00.327
DNF 62 Ahmad ALAM   Presido Jakarta Ban Racing 18:40.871
DNF 5 Yuey TAN PA Novu Racing Team 11:47.070
DNF 23 Paul TRESIDDER PA Paul TRESIDDER 6:52.572

Overall points Round 1 (top 5)

Pos Comp No Driver Entrant Points
1 99 Philip HAMPRECHT Team StarChase 21
2 66 Maxime JOUSSE AAS MOTORSPORT Absolute Racing 18
17 1 Chris VAN DER DRIFT Team Formax 17
4 68 Jordan PEPPER Kamlung Racing 14
5 86 Martin RAGGINGER Team Porsche Holding 12

Pro-Am points – Round 1 (top 5)

Pos Comp No Driver Entrant Points
1 16 Wayne SHEN Modena Motorsports 22
2 78 S. BUNCHAROEN True Visions Motorsports Thailand 18
3 55 Jinlong BAO Zheng Tong Auto 16
4 21 Francis TJIA OpenRoad Racing 14
5 33 Antares AU Modena Motorsports 12

Dealer Trophy – Round 1 (top 5)           

Pos Comp No Entrant Driver Points
1 99 Team StarChase Philip HAMPRECHT 20
2 68 Kamlung Racing Jordan PEPPER 18
3 86 Team Porsche Holding Martin RAGGINGER 16
4 77 Team Jebsen CUI Yue 14
5 88 Porsche Shanghai Waigaoqiao & Pudong Yuan BO 12

 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 2018 Season Calendar

March 23-25                                Test Days                                    Shanghai International Circuit

April 13-15                                   Round 1                                       Shanghai International Circuit

June 15-17                                  Rounds 2 and 3                           Fuji International Speedway

July 13-15                                   Rounds 4 and 5                           Bangsaen Street Circuit

August 3-5                                   Rounds 6 and 7                           Sydney Motorsport Park

September 14-16                        Round 8                                       Marina Bay Circuit

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