Skill and tactics give Kwan win in Porsche Carrera Cup Asia It was a mixture of skill, talent, race tactics and a small amount of luck which gave Team Infineon-Novellus driver Charles Kwan of Hong Kong a thrilling victory today in Round 6 of...
Skill and tactics give Kwan win in Porsche Carrera Cup Asia
It was a mixture of skill, talent, race tactics and a small amount of luck which gave Team Infineon-Novellus driver Charles Kwan of Hong Kong a thrilling victory today in Round 6 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia. Thailand's Charoensukhawatana Nattavude finished second having led for most of the race, with fellow countryman Chonsawat Asavahame taking third for the Porsche Centre Bangkok/Red Bull team.
Pole sitter, Briton Nigel Albon, got off to a good start and held his lead against the hard-charging pack. Kwan's poor start cost him his second position to Nattavude, and the three pushed their Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars to the max in soaring temperatures.
Late in the 19-lap race, temperatures inside the cockpit also rose when Albon's wheel, damaged by driving over a curb, punctured a tyre, giving the Fuspeed Racing driver the lead. However, Kwan who had bided his time in third, decided to make a move and the two came together as Nattavude continued to defend his position.
Nattavude displayed superb control and rejoined the race behind Kwan, but was unable to regain the lead. Kwan took the chequered flag in a time of 20:.51.026, followed by Nattavude 5.099 seconds behind.
"I got a bad start today. Nattavude had taken me by the first corner," said Kwan. "I tried to drive smoothly to save my tyres, and let him and Nigel (Albon) fight it out in front of me." Once Albon suffered the puncture however, the Thai was fair game and Kwan moved in.
Asavahame and team mate Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak were on the tail of Malaysia's Tommy Lee for several laps, with Inthrphuvasak and Lee coming together at the chicane. Lee finished fifth, ahead of South Africa's Toby Venter. Vutthikorn came to a halt at the start finish line on the final lap.
Thailand's Minister for Tourism and Sport, His Excellency Sontaya Kunplome, the Porsche Asia Pacific VIP driver for the weekend, drove a spirited race and enjoyed his first real outing in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup machine.
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 6 - RESULTS 1. 29 Charles Kwan (HKG) Team Infineon-Novellus 20:51.026 2. 13 C. Nattavude (THA) Fuspeed Racing 20:56.125 3. 11 Chonsawat Asavahame (THA) Porsche Bangkok/Red Bull 21:08.626 4. 9 Toby Venter (RSA) Toby Venter 21:14.143 5. 55 Tommy Lee (MAL) Jaseri Racing 21:26.484 6. 28 Max Chen (TPE) A1 Racing Team 21:46.579 7. 33 Siu Yuk Lung (HKG) Siu Yuk Lung 21:53.697 8. 98 Patrick Ma (HKG) Philip Ma 21:53.818 9. 8 Nigel Albon (GBR) Naza Racing Team 21:55.817 10. 7 Edward Lai Edward Lai 1 Lap 11. 3 William Heinecke (THA) The Pizza Company 1 Lap 12. 22 Siu Tit Lung (HKG) SIU Tit Lung 1 Lap 13. 66 Wang Shuo-I (TPE) A1 Racing Team 1 Lap 14. 77 Anil Thadani The Pizza Company 1 Lap 15. 18 V. Inthrapuvasak (THA) V. Inthrapuvasak 2 Laps 16. 21 Sontaya Kunplome Porsche Asia Pacific 2 Laps DNF 17. 88 Kenji Kawagoe Kenji Kawagoe 18. 99 Alex Yan (HKG) Alex Yan