Sugden Wins Qualifying Battle GruppeM Racing's Tim Sugden emerged victorious from a close-fought battle to take pole position for Round 7 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia today. The Briton clocked a fastest time of 1:30.639 which, despite...
Sugden Wins Qualifying Battle
GruppeM Racing's Tim Sugden emerged victorious from a close-fought battle to take pole position for Round 7 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia today. The Briton clocked a fastest time of 1:30.639 which, despite coming within 0.024 of a second, championship leader Darryl O'Young of Team Jebsen could not better. Third quickest at the end of the 30-minute session on Indonesia's 3.960km Sentul International Circuit was German Christian Menzel of Team StarChase.
In Class B, it was Hong Kong's Philip Ma who took pole with a "lucky" lap of 1:33.888, the number eight being considered auspicious in China. Tunku Hammam was second fastest in the category, ahead of Paul Tressider of Australia.
Indonesian racer Danny Chu put in his best qualifying performance so far in this his debut season with the 9th fastest time. As the only local driver in the field, and with plenty of family and friends out to watch his performance, it is obvious the youngster is responding well to the additional pressure.
Sugden laid down the gauntlet early on in the session with a 1:31.058 lap to take provisional pole, but O'Young responded by lapping in less than 1 minute 31 seconds. Sugden reclaimed the top spot mid-way through the session by bettering the Hong Kong racer's time. Despite an almighty effort in the dying moments of qualifying, when O'Young came within a whisker of taking pole, Sugden had done his job.
Said Sugden: "It's close around this circuit. It was shaping up to be a big fight, which it was, and the race will be the same. The surface is actually better than last year, but it's still not good offline and has got worse as the week has gone on. This place is all about tyres."
O'Young, racing again this weekend without his engineer, was full of praise for his team with whom he had worked hard to find a good setup: "I'm really glad to be on the front row. We've struggled with the car this weekend, but we've been able to work on it. It's more satisfying to achieve a result that way. We've put a lot of effort into the set up and we had it ready just before qualifying."
Menzel was frustrated by the yellow flags which featured in the session: "The second lap out, the tyres are in the best condition, and on my second laps, it was always the yellow flag. I couldn't make the best use of my car, so I'm disappointed. But looking ahead to the race tomorrow, it can be very hard over this distance. We had a good long (practice) session this morning, which gives me confidence. It's hard to find the set up on this track though with the changing conditions of the track and the temperature. It's a gamble to try and get the good mix."
Rounds 7 and 8 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia will be held tomorrow (Sunday) over 15 laps each of Sentul International Circuit.
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