Thai denied victory for second time as Kwan triumphs again Charles Kwan of Hong Kong took victors' laurels in Round 7 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia today for his Team Infineon Novellus, denying local favourite Charoensukhawatana Nattavude of...
Thai denied victory for second time as Kwan triumphs again
Charles Kwan of Hong Kong took victors' laurels in Round 7 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia today for his Team Infineon Novellus, denying local favourite Charoensukhawatana Nattavude of victory for the second time in one day.
Third was popular South African driver, Toby Venter, who was delighted to be back on the podium after an absence of four rounds.
Starting from pole, Kwan missed a gear going in to the first corner, a mistake which cost him three places and gave Nattavude the lead followed by Chonsawat Asavahame. The charge was on, and Kwan began closing on Asavahame passing him on lap 5.
Nattavude first got caught in traffic, giving Kwan a chance to close in on him. Kwan tried to get by the Thai but just couldn't get the upper hand and Nattavude kept the multiple touring car title winner firmly behind him. Then disaster struck a second time for Nattavude this weekend when the driver in front of him blew an engine, and he spun on the oil put down on the track. That gave Kwan his chance and once in the lead, he charged unchallenged to the chequered flag.
Charles was characteristically modest about his win, commenting, "I guess it was just my lucky day!". Nattavude was equally gracious in defeat, saying, "That was a great drive by Charles (Kwan)", making light of the rivalry which has developed between the two.
Venter was a happy man, and his podium finish was well deserved. "It's great to be on the podium again - it's been a while!" he said. "I saw amazing things going on up ahead of me and just bided by time. Nigel came through and when he went off, I had the chance to stay down and hang in there. I managed to keep it all together," he said of the furious action at the front of the pack.
In fourth was a second Thai driver, Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak, with Briton Nigel Albon in fifth.
As the inaugural season passes its mid-point having completed 7 of the 12 rounds, series General Manager Ian Geekie praised both the drivers and the standard of racing. "As the season progresses, the competition is getting more and more fierce," he said. "Some real rivalries are developing which makes for great on-track action. This has to be some of the best racing Asia has seen for a long time - perhaps ever."
Thailand's Minister for Tourism and Sport, His Excellency Sontaya Kunplome, the Porsche Asia Pacific VIP driver for the weekend, displayed characteristic sportsmanship in only his second race in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.
The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia continues next month, with Rounds 8 and 9 at the Taebaek Circuit in South Korea on August 23 and 24 August.
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. Porsche Carrera Cup Asia drivers also have the advantage of high technology tyres, supplied by series partner Michelin, that have consistently improved the performance of many teams in international motorsport. The partnership between Michelin and the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia has emerged from a worldwide agreement signed between Porsche AG and the Michelin group in 2001.
<pre> ROUND 7 - RESULTS 1. 29 Charles Kwan (HKG) Team Infineon-Novellus 22:02.785 2. 13 C. Nattavude (THA) Fuspeed Racing 22:07.408 3. 9 Toby Venter (RSA) Toby Venter 22:08.053 4. 18 V. Inthrapuvasak (THA) V. Inthrapuvasak 22:08.886 5. 8 Nigel Albon (GBR) Naza Racing Team 22:30.288 6. 55 Tommy Lee (MAL) Jaseri Racing 22:32.759 7. 33 Siu Yuk Lung (HKG) Siu Yuk Lung 23:05.897 8. 98 Patrick Ma (HKG) Philip Ma 23:06.146 9. 22 Siu Tit Lung (HKG) SIU Tit Lung 1 Lap 10. 3 William Heinecke (THA) The Pizza Company 1 Lap 11. 99 Alex Yan (HKG) Alex Yan 1 Lap 12. 88 Kenji Kawagoe Kenji Kawagoe 1 Lap 13. 66 Wang Shuo-I (TPE) A1 Racing Team 1 Lap 14. 77 Anil Thadani The Pizza Company 2 Laps 15. 21 Sontaya Kunplome Porsche Asia Pacific 2 Laps 16. 28 Max Chen (TPE) A1 Racing Team DNF 17. 11 Chonsawat Asavahame (THA) Porsche Bangkok/Red Bull DNF DNS 10. 7 Edward Lai Edward Lai