Christian Menzel wins the Singapore race The ninth round of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia took place on 25-27 September in Singapore as one of the Formula One support races on the magnificent 5.07km street course which weaves its way through the...
Christian Menzel wins the Singapore race
The ninth round of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia took place on 25-27 September in Singapore as one of the Formula One support races on the magnificent 5.07km street course which weaves its way through the Marina Bay area of the sovereign city state.
In the free practice, Christian Menzel (Star Chase) - 2.24.337, Danny Watts (SC Global Racing) - 2.24.597, Darryl O'Young (Team Jebsen) - 2.25.104 and Tim Sugden led the way as they were back for their second Singapore event this year.
Despite a red flag interruption, the qualifying session was equally promising for Menzel and Sugden who maintained their domination while O'Young and Watts were close behind them with Baird and Rodolfo Avila next on the third row. Starting from the front grid Christian Menzel won a very disputed the race. Menzel managed to survive the start tussle with Tim Sugden and took the lead. Later another accident in the 11th lap almost changed the course of the race. But by then Menzel, O'Young, Baird and Watts as well as Avila and Malagamuwa were in the top 6. Menzel opened up a gap of 2.1s ahead of the group whilst Tim Sugden was coming through from 7th place, threatening Dilantha Malagamuwa and overtaking him on lap 7. Christian Menzel crossed the chequered flag on lap 12, leading from start to finish.
Winner Christian Menzel said: "The qualifying session was a total surprise to me. On my first lap, I was way too slow. Then we had the red flag out. We came back to the pits and I thought I would have lost the pole after the red flag. Despite this, I gave my best and it worked. I was the pole man and did achieve one of my dreams here in Singapore. It is very important to get extra points here for the classification and the team. We scored a DNF in Zuhai and we constantly have to catch up and are in a difficult situation. I was quite confident here despite the traffic and I know I had to find my way through. I waited and then picked the right slot with the team. The car was handling good from the free practice session already. I learnt from my mistakes of last year. The challenge here in Singapore is that nothing looks like it is on paper. Everything has been improved and nothing planned. I like this race with everyone in a very different mood. In my next dream career I would be a race track designer and all tracks would be driven at night! In any case, winning here was the dream of my life. Today I can wish for nothing better, particularly after leading from start to finish."
Second placed Craig Baird commented: "I was simply not fast enough on this very technical track. I was fifth in practice and fifth in qualifying. But that did not help. In any case I am satisfied to be on the podium. I really enjoyed my last lap on this fantastic circuit. A great city where I could live for good."
Danny Watts, third, said: "it was my first standing start for many races. I'd say it was average. I avoided the crash at turn 4 but lost places and found myself in 6th at that moment. But the car was well balanced, I could see Darryl and caught him. So I am really pleased to finish on the podium. A great race for doing so."
Tim Sugden commented: "I wanted to be on pole here so I am a bit disappointed. The red flag changed my session: I was fastest until the red flag and then everyone took a second set of tyres. There's a big fight for the Championship title. It is delicate here as these kind of circuits are not forgiving. You get punished right away and the poor grip and bumps do not help. You do not want to be braking in corners because then it is difficult to judge braking if you are attacking too much. It was difficult here. I made a better start than Christian. But then I came out of the second corner in the wrong gear. So Christian got his advantage back. We touched a bit but that was it for my race. Too late to get back after my Porsche was spinning. It's pity because I wanted so much to win on this track for many reasons including the fantastic ambiance here in Singapore."