Asia series Sepang qualifying notes

Superb performance gives Venter pole South African Toby Venter gave a superb performance on a wet track today to set the fastest time in qualifying for Round 2 of the burgeoning Porsche Carrera Cup Asia. His time of 2:33.118 put him ahead of...

Superb performance gives Venter pole

South African Toby Venter gave a superb performance on a wet track today to set the fastest time in qualifying for Round 2 of the burgeoning Porsche Carrera Cup Asia. His time of 2:33.118 put him ahead of Round 1 winner Charles Kwan of Team Infineon-Novellus.

Venter was one of several drivers who set out on wet tyres, deciding not to rely on the skies over Kuala Lumpur clearing early on in the session. His judgement was right, as the track only dried sufficiently during the closing minutes of the qualifying trial.

Kwan, who had been hoping to put himself on pole for tomorrow's 10-lap race well aware of the fierce competition, had to be satisfied with 2nd place after completing only four laps during the session.

Briton Nigel Albon completed the top three on the starting grid, putting his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup machine in 3rd. Albon started the session on slicks, a gamble that failed to pay off in the predominantly wet conditions.

Seasoned campaigner C. Nattavude of Thailand clocked at time of 2:35.561 to take fourth on the grid for the Fuspeed Racing team.

Malaysians Tommy Lee of the Jaseri Racing Team and Tunku Hammam of the Naza Racing Team clocked solid times to place themselves in 5th and 6th, ahead of Kevin Wong of Hong Kong.

Taiwan's performing artist Jimmy Lin, Mobil1 VIP driver for the Sepang Round of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, drove sensibly to clock 2:46.043 to start 16th on the grid. Although a respected and experienced driver, Lin was at a disadvantage against the rest of the field in this, his very first outing in the Porsche.

Commented series General Manager, Ian Geekie, "I have no doubt that it was only the lack of time Jimmy has had in the car that prevented him putting in a better lap time. He drove extremely well and gave a good performance under these circumstances".

The charge off the grid will be a close-fought issue, and Geekie is confident of an exciting battle during tomorrow's two 10-lap rounds. "The field is closing up and giving every sign of very close and exciting racing tomorrow," he said.

The Porsche Carrera Cup "one-make" concept, identical machines with only minimal modifications permitted, ensures that the combination of skill, talent and experience of the drivers and teams is the deciding factor in competition. A comprehensive service concept supports the series.

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QUALIFYING 1. Toby Venter (RSA) Toby Venter 2:33.118 2. Charles Kwan (HKG) Team Infineon-Novellus 2:33.933 3. Nigel Albon (GBR) Naza Racing Team 2:34.513 4. C. Nattavude (THA) Fuspeed Racing 2:35.561 5. Tommy Lee (MAL) Jaseri Racing 2:36.167 6. Tunku Hammam (MAL) Naza Racing Team 2:36.361 7. Kevin Wong (HKG) Kevin Wong 2:38.344 8. Siu Yuk Lung (HKG) Siu Yuk Lung 2:39.081 9. Siu Tit Lung (HKG) Siu Tit Lung 2:39.508 10. V. Inthrapuvasak (THA) V. Inthrapuvasak 2:39.759 11. Alex Yan (HKG) Alex Yan 2:42.639 12. Philip Ma (HKG) Philip Ma 2:42.701 13. Max Chen (TPE) A1 Racing Team 2:43.395 14. Edward Lai (HKG) Edward Lai 2:43.955 15. William Heinecke (THA) The Pizza Company 2:46.043 16. Jimmy LIN (TWN) Porsche Asia Pacific 2:49.811 17. Anil Thadani (THA) The Pizza Company 2:52.359 18. Wang Shuo-I (TPE) A1 Racing Team 2:52.675

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Series Porsche
Drivers Tommy Lee , Charles Kwan , Philip Ma Chingh Yeung