Hard-Charging Albon Denied Victory as Kwan Takes Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Win Team Infineon-Novellus driver Charles Kwan of Hong Kong took a convincing win in Round 8 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia at the 2.5km Taebaek Circuit in...
Hard-Charging Albon Denied Victory as Kwan Takes Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Win
Team Infineon-Novellus driver Charles Kwan of Hong Kong took a convincing win in Round 8 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia at the 2.5km Taebaek Circuit in Korea.
Kwan led the 20-lap race, which was restarted after an incident between Max Chen and Alex Yan, from start to finish. But second placed man, Briton Nigel Albon, challenged hard every inch of the way putting Kwan through his paces and testing his concentration.
"I got off to a good start as well as Nigel," said Kwan. "He was all over me all the time! He put me under real pressure throughout, but I managed to hold on and concentrate."
Albon was visibly disappointed not to have taken the win, but enjoyed sparring with Kwan. "In a couple of places Charles was faster," he said. "But I was catching up under braking. It was a cat and mouse affair. It is a pity I didn't win, but it was a good race and entertaining for everyone."
Matthew Marsh of Hong Kong took his first Porsche Carrera Cup Asia podium. Marsh kept his cool despite the prospect of series leader Charoensukhawatana Nattavude looming in his wing mirrors at any moment. "Motor racing is a very cerebral sport," he said. "It's all about concentration. Every time I looked in the mirror and starting thinking of a podium finish, I made a mistake."
Nattavude didn't manage to catch Marsh, and had to settle for fourth place, a position he was less than thrilled with. "I'm not happy with my result, but I had the wrong setup," he said. "I tried to get a good start when the race was restarted, but couldn't." However, the Thai was already looking forward to the start of the next round with a new setting. With championship points at stake, he'll be on a charge for the second 20-lap round of the day.
Porsche Asia Pacific VIP driver, Korean movie star Ryu Siwon made a tremendous impression in a field made up of many of Asia's finest and most experienced racing drivers. Having overtaken no fewer than seven cars, and lying in 8th position, Ryo tangled with Japanese driver Kenji Kawagoe and spun out. He retired from the race after 13 laps in his first ever competitive outing in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, but was thrilled with the experience. "I have loved this weekend, and I would really like to come back again if Porsche would invite me," he said.
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 8 RESULTS 1. 29 Charles KWAN (HKG) Team Infineon-Novellus 19:39.486 2. 8 Nigel ALBON (GBR) Naza Racing Team 19:40.001 3. 77 Matthew MARSH (GBR) The Pizza Company 19:52.133 4. 13 C. NATTAVUDE (THA) Fuspeed Racing 19:53.809 5. 18 Manit VRARUT (THA) Porsche Centre Bangkok/Red Bull 19:54.350 6. 55 Tommy LEE (MAL) Jaseri Racing 19:54.788 7. 11 C.ASAVAHAME (THA) Porsche Centre Bangkok/Red Bull 20:21.192 8. 28 Max CHEN (TPE) A1 Racing Team 20:25.565 9. 98 Patrick MA (HKG) Patrick MA 20:27.189 10. 22 SIU Tit Lung (HKG) Siu Tit Lung 20:27.517 11. 88 Kenji KAWAGOE (JPN) Kenji Kawagoe 20:27.588 12. 3 William HEINECKE (THA) The Pizza Company 20:33.141 13. 11 SIU Yuk Lung HKG) Siu Yuk Lung 19 laps 14. 99 Alex YAN (HKG) Alex Yan 19 laps 15. 16 Graham JUPP (RSA) Porsche Asia Pacific 19 laps 16. 66 WANG Shuo-I (TPE) A1 Racing Team 19 laps DNF 21 RYU Siwon (KOR) Porsche Asia Pacific 14 laps