AP: Series newsletter 2008-09-18

Clarksons and Noble Group Back Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Talent Having raced the last few months without a sponsor, and produced some truly spectacular results, Australia's Christian Jones can now completely focus on the task at hand -- the ...

Clarksons and Noble Group Back Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Talent

Having raced the last few months without a sponsor, and produced some truly spectacular results, Australia's Christian Jones can now completely focus on the task at hand -- the Porsche SC Global Carrera Cup Asia - Singapore 2008 -- as the world's leading provider of integrated shipping services Clarksons has signed on as his new sponsor.

"Having Clarksons on board is awesome," said Jones. "I can't wait to get to Singapore and see the car in their colours."

Jones now has backing for the next two rounds of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, each of which is a support race to the 2008 FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX and the 2008 FORMULA 1 SINOPEC CHINESE GRAND PRIX.

Meanwhile, reigning Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Champion, GruppeM Racing's Tim Sugden has Noble Group, the Singapore listed global commodity supply chain manager, on board for the Singapore event: "I am of course delighted to have a new sponsor joining myself and GruppeM for Singapore. The opportunity to have an involvement with a company such as Noble Group, with such a history in the sport, is really exciting!

"The car looks fantastic in its Singapore livery and, with such a buzz in the air, I am really hoping to win there and make it a success for everyone involved."

Competing this year in just his second season of GT racing, Jones finished third in the 2007 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and has proven he is a competitive force. His two-win weekend earlier this year at Zhuhai is a perfect example, and he is currently second in the Class A championship standings.

At the Zhuhai International Circuit in June, Jones snatched pole position before winning a lights-to-flag victory in the first race and following it with his second win of the day. All of this was accomplished just shortly after losing his backing for the season.

"Every time I'm behind the wheel I'm giving it my best and Zhuhai was a perfect weekend where I was able to dominate every time I hit the circuit," the son of former World Champion Alan Jones said. "It couldn't have been better timing as I didn't have a major sponsor and needed strong results to attract a new backer and, of course, keep my championship hopes alive."

Jones heads into Singapore in second place, just 11-points behind the leader, Team Jebsen's Darryl O'Young. Just four races remain until the championship is decided at the Bahrain International Circuit in November, and Jones understands that the competitiveness of the series means a lot of work still needs to be done.

"For the drivers in the top five, there is still a long way to go," Jones said. "I'm very excited about racing at Singapore and I can't wait to get there and race on what looks like an incredible circuit."

Noble Group has been involved with the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia since 2003, and their distinctive livery is well known throughout Asian motorsport.

Sugden, who is currently third in the Class A championship a single point behind Jones, paid tribute to his relationship with GruppeM's team principal ahead of the most talked-about race weekend of the season: "Having raced with GruppeM since 2004, I know how fortunate I am to have such a fantastic and loyal relationship with Kenny Chen. We are both extremely pleased to have a new sponsor for the Singapore race, and here's to a fantastic weekend for us all. I can't wait!"

The Porsche SC Global Carrera Cup Asia - Singapore 2008, which counts as Round 9 of the series, will be held at 17:30 on Sunday, September 28, over 12 laps of the new Marina Bay street circuit as an official support race to the 2008 FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX.

Supporting the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 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 led to every new Porsche engine being filled with Mobil1 high-performance lubricant. Porsche Carrera Cup Asia drivers also have the advantage of racing on cutting-edge tyres supplied by series partner Michelin. The consistent performance and leading technology of Michelin tyres constantly improve the performance of many teams in international motorsport. The partnership between Michelin and the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia has emerged from a worldwide agreement signed between Porsche AG and the Michelin group.

-credit: pcc ap

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Series Porsche
Drivers Alan Jones , Tim Sugden , Darryl O'Young , Christian Jones