Asian series receives award

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Honoured as Thailand Tourism and Sport Minister Confirmed as VIP Driver After five action-packed rounds, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia arrives in Thailand on the 19th and 20th of July for Rounds 6 & 7 to be held ...

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Honoured as Thailand Tourism and Sport Minister Confirmed as VIP Driver

After five action-packed rounds, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia arrives in Thailand on the 19th and 20th of July for Rounds 6 & 7 to be held at the 2.4km Bira Circuit, Pattaya.

Testament to the high regard in which the series is held, it will be honoured by the participation of Thailand's Minister for Tourism and Sport, His Excellency Sontaya Kunplome, as the Porsche Asia Pacific VIP driver in the forthcoming rounds.

"Porsche Asia Pacific is privileged to announce the participation of His Excellency Sontaya Kunplome in our series," commented Mr. Christer Ekberg, Managing Director of Porsche Asia Pacific. "We sincerely hope he enjoys participating in the event, I am sure all the series drivers join me in wishing him the very best of luck."

His Excellency Sontaya Kunplome formally accepted the invitation from the series organizers at a press conference in Bangkok on July 11th:

"I am delighted to announce that I will be racing in the first ever Porsche Carrera Cup Asia in Thailand. It is very exciting that Asia now has its very own Porsche Carrera Cup. This is an important step forward the development of motorsports for both Thailand and in this region. The Carrera Cup series around the world are very well known, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join this exciting race."

In an intensely competitive field of 18 regular series drivers, representing the most talented and experienced sports and touring car specialists in Asia, it is Thai driver Charoensukawattana Nattavude of Fuspeed Racing who currently heads the championship points table, along with Briton Nigel Albon.

Fellow Thai nationals, Vutthikorn Inthrapuvasak and Chonsawat Asavahame, both backed by Porsche Centre Bangkok and Red Bull, are also making their mark on the inaugural season and are currently 4th and 7th in the points standings after five rounds.

The upcoming races promise to be just as closely contested as those which have thrilled racing fans throughout Malaysia in the opening five spectacular races. Team Infineon-Novellus driver Charles Kwan of Hong Kong, Albon, and South Africa Toby Venter will be going all out against the Thais to grab valuable championship points.

Rounds 6 and 7 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia will be broadcast live by Thai cable channel UBC, the first live broadcast of the series so far, giving local racing fans the opportunity to see some of the most exciting race action to be found anywhere.

The Porsche Carrera Cup "one make" concept, identical machines with only minimal modifications permitted, ensures that the combination of skill, talent and experience of the drivers is the deciding factor in competition.

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 Mobil 1 high-performance lubricant. Michelin is the official tyre partner of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.

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