AP: Rodolfo Avila Singapore preview

Avila gunning for Singapore glory Rodolfo Avila is relishing another big test of his career this weekend when he becomes the first Macau driver to line up in the famous Singapore Grand Prix, on the stunning Marina Bay Street Circuit,...

Avila gunning for Singapore glory

Rodolfo Avila is relishing another big test of his career this weekend when he becomes the first Macau driver to line up in the famous Singapore Grand Prix, on the stunning Marina Bay Street Circuit, the highlight of the 2009 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia season.

Marina Bay is the first and only street circuit on this year's calendar and the venue is part of the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix weekend from September 25-27. Championship top-3 contender Avila is staying calm ahead of the Singapore race saying, "Singapore poses an awesome driving challenge, and I am proud to be the first Macanese to race in this prestigious event. Anyway I am taking the race as any other race and I am focus to get another podium."

In what is proving to be a brilliant Porsche Carrera Cup Asia series debut, Asia Racing Team's driver continues to prove he is a serious title contender with five podium finishes thus far, including two victories, the 22-year old from Macau is just three points behind two-time PCCA champion. "I don't expect an easy weekend. The circuit requires 100% concentration and accuracy. I never drove in this track before and I just have one session of 30 minutes to get familiar with the track. All my opponents raced year last here, and this race will have some quick guest drivers too", held Avila.

The event will be held in the city's marina area on a 5.067 km temporary street circuit that runs down Raffles Boulevard and over the mouth of the Singapore river past City Hall into Raffles Avenue, home to luxury hotels and imposing skyscrapers. Avila's Macanese race engineer Duarte Alves shares the same optimism and caution: "As many street circuits, the Singaporean track is very challenging. This street circuit has a total of 23 corners, more than usual for a race circuit. The grip level is very poor at the beginning of the weekend and the asphalt very bumpy. We need to find a good setup quickly as the practice time is short, and we need to take a special attention to the tires performance. I believe if Rodolfo trusts in the car from the beginning we have chance to leave Singapore with a good result."

During the summer break Avila received good news. An old-time sponsor came along right on time for the Singapore GP TsingTao Beer / San Chon Hong Macau. "I am extremely pleased they have now decided to join us in Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and, as with all our sponsors, we will be working hard to ensure they derive the maximum commercial benefit possible from their partnership with us."

But the best for Avila is yet to come. The Macanese ace expects a very good new in the end of the week: "I can't reveal anything about it right now but, if everything goes according to plan, this is going to be a major boost for our outfit and for Macau motorsports".

The event kicks off for the Macau, BNU, RPmacau, Fat Siu Lau, Sujika Crafts, PAL Asiaconsult, Asia Creative Group and TsingTao Beer / San Chon Hong Macau sponsored Porsche 997 GT3 Cup with Free Practice at 20.00 on Friday 25 September. Saturday features the Qualifying session at 17.45. The 12-lap race will take place at 17.30 on Sunday 27 September and will be aired live on Channel 5 - Mediacorp, the biggest broadcasting station in Singapore.

-credit: rodolfoavila.com

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