Jones Masters Chengdu Track with Dominant Victory SCC Racing China's Christian Jones continued his superb form today taking a lights-to-flag victory in Round 7 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, his second win in a Porsche. Despite his best ...
Jones Masters Chengdu Track with Dominant Victory
SCC Racing China's Christian Jones continued his superb form today taking a lights-to-flag victory in Round 7 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, his second win in a Porsche. Despite his best efforts, GruppeM Racing's Tim Sugden couldn't catch the Australian and had to settle for second, while Cref Racing's Keita Sawa was pleased to be on the podium after a tough outing on the newly-completed 3.376km Goldenport Chengdu Circuit.
Another Australian, Peter Boylan, took the Class B victory, also from pole position, followed by Malaysia's Tunku Hammam and Hong Kong racer Philip Ma.
Neither Australian put a wheel wrong, despite the demanding circuit and treacherous wet conditions. Unfortunately, the 17-lap race ended under the Safety Car which was brought out after William "Chip" Connor went off.
Said Jones: "It was my first time in the wet racing a Porsche, so I was a bit apprehensive to begin with. On the warm up laps I realised the track had lots of grip and I felt comfortable in the car. During the race I kept looking behind me and there wasn't anyone there, so I just kept going as fast as I could. I held on and brought it home."
Jones wasn't concerned that he might lose his advantage after the Safety Car period: "I was sure the Safety Car was going to come out earlier after Dilantha went off but it didn't. But the second time (a car went off) I was confident we wouldn't restart."
Sugden was gracious in defeat saying: "I had a dreadful start. I was lucky going in to the first corner, but then I was swamped by Nigel (Albon) and Sawa. I took me until the end of lap 1 to get past Nigel. The main thing was that I wanted to finish the race. A non-finish in this series, like my last race, can kill you in the points. I was really hoping for the Safety Car to pull off so we could have a mad last two laps. I hate losing so much, but Christian drove well and I couldn't catch him. He's done a brilliant job this weekend to get pole and take the first race, and I hope to beat him in the second!"
At the start, Jones was away and clear while Sugden had a bad getaway and both Nigel and Sawa were on to him immediately, with the Team Vertu driver briefly moving up to second from 4th on the grid. On the second lap, however, Tim and Sawa reclaimed 2nd and 3rd positions, demoting Albon to 4th.
In Class B, Ma got a brilliant start from 5th on the grid and was up to third almost immediately. Boylan, Hammam and Ma held their positions all the way to the finish, and Boylan was delighted to notch up yet another win: "We're all racing on a level playing field as it's a new circuit, and I knew it was imperative to get a good start as in these conditions it's not easy to overtake. I was lucky to get a good start, and I had Dilantha (Malagamuwa) between me and Tunku as a buffer. I was just focusing on Geoff (Morgan) in front of me and not the guys behind."
Hammam was particularly pleased with his result after feeling under the weather earlier, putting his participation in some doubt. Ma was full of praise for his engineer with whom he credited his sterling performance: "He did a really great job. He gave me a lot of information about track conditions which really helped, and I'd like to thank him," he said.
Ma continued: "I got a good start and passed Chip, and was behind Dilantha who I managed to keep clear of. Tunku passed me on lap 6 in what was a great move -- it caught me by surprise!"
Round 8 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia continues this afternoon with a second 18-lap race.