AP: Beijing round 7 race summary

Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia Round 7 Goldenport Circuit, Beijing, China August 15, 2004 Weather -- Overcast Marsh Makes it a Double A-Ha Racing's Matthew Marsh made it a double today, taking his second Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup...

Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia
Round 7
Goldenport Circuit, Beijing, China

August 15, 2004
Weather -- Overcast

Marsh Makes it a Double

A-Ha Racing's Matthew Marsh made it a double today, taking his second Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia win and victory at Beijing's Goldenport Circuit after another thrilling race.

Team Jebsen's rookie star, 24-year-old Darryl O'Young also repeated his earlier success, this time though pushing Marsh harder. Crest Jaseri Racing Team's Rizal Ramli was third, with former international Formula 3 driver getting to grips with testing circuit.

Although Marsh didn't consider he had driven as well as in the earlier round, O'Young was sure he had pushed harder. "It went pretty well," said O'Young. "In the first few laps, I didn't drive that well, but then I put my head down and concentrated. Every few laps I looked back to check who was there, but just set my sights on catching Matthew."

Ramli got off to a blinding start from the grid and was on a charge right from the starting lights, having failed to finish the first round after a coming together with Team Infineon Novellus driver Charles Kwan of Hong Kong. Starting from the back of the grid, Ramli was up to 7th by the end of the opening lap. "I layed down a lot of rubber on the warm up lap. I definitely enjoyed the race, especially when I overtook Vutthikorn (Inthrapuhuvasak)," he said. "Perhaps my move was a little over-ambitious, but I got by!"

Thailand's C. Nattavude finished 5th, ahead of Kwan, with Sri Lanka's Dilantha Malagamuwa in 7th.

There was another double in Class B as Max Chen once again grabbed the honours from Dr. Toshihide Hashimura and Philip Ma. Said the A1 Racing Team driver from Chinese Taipei, "I knew I was leading the points table, so I tried to make it easy and concentrated on letting the Class A drivers by and keeping the Class B guys behind me!"

Ma was pleased to be on the podium, particularly as he had struggled all weekend after an accident during testing.

Mobil1 VIP driver Rose Tan of China, the first lady to compete in the Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia, is eager for another chance to race in the highly competitive series. "If I can have another chance, I'm sure I can go faster," she said. "With more time in the car, and I'm sure I can go quicker, especially on the corners. I was braking at the same point as the other drivers, but their speed was faster. I'll certainly remember this weekend and really hope I get the chance to race again."

Nattavude now tops the Class A leaderboard with 114 points, with Marsh second on 109, ahead of Kwan on 98. Only 26 points separates the top five drivers in Class A meaning the championship title is still wide open. Max Chen tops the Class B championship table on 46 points, but once again, with only 23 points separating the top four, the title is far from decided.

The Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia next moves to Shanghai's state-of-the-art circuit, with Round 8 being a support event to China's first Formula 1 Grand Prix on September 26.

Said Marsh, "Being at a Grand Prix is great, but you just look forward and not at the grandstands. It's sure to be an interesting race." Given the thrilling action the Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia has delivered all season, that is bound to be the case.

Supporting the series are two of the most recognised names in international motorsport, Mobil1 and Michelin. Mobil and Porsche have been partners since 1996. Close co-operation in research and development has to led to every new Porsche engine being filled with Mobil1 high-performance lubricant. Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia drivers also have the advantage of high technology tyres, supplied by series partner Michelin, that have consistently improved the performance of many teams in international motorsport. The partnership between Michelin and the Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia has emerged from a worldwide agreement signed between Porsche AG and the Michelin group in 2001.

The Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia runs as part of the Asian Festival of Speed, organised by Malaysian-based Motorsport Asia Limited.

<pre> Results -- Round 7

Pos No.Drivers                          Cls Entrant                     Time
1   33 Matthew MARSH (GBR)              A   A-Ha Racing                 22:59.668
2   88 Darryl O' YOUNG (CAN)            A   Team Jebsen                 +00:01.513
3   55 Rizal Ashram RAMLI (MAS)         A   Crest Jaseri Racing Team    +00:04.154
4   18 Vutthikorn INTHRAPHUVASAK (THA)  A   Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak   +00.08.438
5   13 C. NATTAVUDE (THA)               A   Fuspeed Racing              +00:10.133
6    1 Charles KWAN (HKG)               A   Team Infineon-Novellus      +00:25.357
7   19 Dilantha MALAGAMUWA (JPN)        A   Team IWS Holdings           +00:38.205
8   89 Ringo CHONG (SIN)                A   Eurokars Racing             +00:41.695
9   28 Max CHEN (TPE)                   B   A1 Racing Team              +00:44.288
10  15 Toshihide HASHIMURA (JPN)        B   Toshihide Hashimura         +00:59.098
11  98 Philip MA (HKG)                  B   P. Ma                       19 laps
12   3 William E. Heinecke (THA)        B   The Pizza Company           19 laps
13   8 *Rose TAN (CHN)                  -   Porsche Asia Pacific        19 laps
14  66 SIU Yuk Lung (HKG)               B   Siu Yuk Lung                19 laps
DNF  2 Scott MIAU (TPE)                 B   Scott Miau
DNF 22 SIU Tit Lung (HKG)               B   Siu Tit Leung

*Non series registered.

-pprplus-

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Series Porsche
Drivers Dilantha Malagamuwa , Rizal Ramli , Charles Kwan , Darryl O'Young , Matthew Marsh , Philip Ma Chingh Yeung