CHRISTIAN MENZEL: DOUBLE VICTORY INAUGURAL WEEKEND OF PORSCHE CARRERA CUP ASIA 2010 Even though yesterday's approaching cloud bank suggested some heavy precipitation, the track remained dry during the second race of the TUDOR sponsored Porsche...
CHRISTIAN MENZEL: DOUBLE VICTORY INAUGURAL WEEKEND OF PORSCHE CARRERA CUP ASIA 2010
Even though yesterday's approaching cloud bank suggested some heavy precipitation, the track remained dry during the second race of the TUDOR sponsored Porsche Carrera Cup Asia where Christian Menzel sped to his second victory in as many races. The championship, taking place at Shanghai International Circuit as part of the support race line-up for the 2010 Formula 1™ Chinese Grand Prix, witnessed the German driver's flawless on-track performance to take the checkered flag. He was followed by LKM Racing Team's driver Darryl O'Young, who repeated his second place finish during Race 2 to clinch another podium finish. While Marchy Lee looked set to finish in third, tyre damage for Lee resulted in New Zealander Craig Baird capitalizing on the Lee's under performing car to steal the final podium finish.
Despite the worrying weather forecasts the temperature remained a balmy 22DEG Celsius with not a single rain cloud in sight throughout the second day of racing. Menzel left the rest of the pack in a cloud of white smoke as the Team Star Chase driver maintained his pole position start following the green light. This was as close as the other 22 competitors would get to the German, as he implemented an aggressive driving strategy to consistently extend his lead throughout the 12 lap race. While Menzel disappeared into the distance, Lee pushed O'Young hard but the cool headed driver managed to fend off Lee's overtaking attempt before the Hong Kong driver's efforts to improve his third place ended in disaster. Tyre damage forced a frustrated Lee to the back of the pack to cross the finish line in 11th as the rest of the entrants sped past.
A thrilled Christian Menzel of Team Star Chase commented, "What a super weekend! I did not expect this kind of performance at all. It feels absolutely fantastic to find myself at the top of the podium for both races of the first round of the season. I am sure it is a bit of a miracle and that it will not be like this all season but I am extremely pleased with how things panned out this weekend. I am very happy for the team - everyone worked very hard and it is great that our efforts showed in two 1st place finishes. My car felt fantastic and performed perfectly. I am very proud for Team Star Chase who worked so hard to optimize our performance. It is a great start to this year's season and I am confident we will do well in the second round of the championship in Beijing. Meanwhile, the countdown to the 24-hour race at Nuerburgring is on and I will be competing in a Porsche R which has a lot of potential and promise."
Darryl O'Young of LKM Racing Team, stated, "I managed to repeat yesterday's performance and finish for the second time on the podium in the first two races of the season. Well done to Christian Menzel, he deserved the win today - I was simply not as fast as he was and could not keep up. His tyre strategy was better than mine and I feel that we need to adjust this to improve our performance in preparation for the next round. My performance suffered because of this and was the main reason I struggled throughout the race. It was very challenging to keep Marchy from passing - he put in a solid effort and almost got through before he damaged his tyres. But it was a clean fight and we never made any contact. Pity he had a puncture as it was turning into an excellent battle to see who would finish in front. Overall I have scored some good points but I am not too happy as I felt we should have won the second race of the weekend. It just means we need to work harder to maximize the car's performance to make sure we do better next time. I will be missing a couple of races of the Tudor sponsored championship due to my participation in the WTTC and my next race will be in Morocco."
Third place finisher Craig Baird of Team PCS Racing, commented, "While third place is a good finish I am not that pleased with my performance today. The car felt slow and I could not obtain enough speed to be as competitive as I wanted. Following yesterday's race we thought we knew what changes would need to be implemented to optimize the car's performance but I think we missed the mark slightly. We changed the whole set-up and the mechanics worked very late and hard on the car. I am not sure if it was due to the tyres or possibly the wind, but today we lost even more speed on the track, which was once again quite dirty. This year I thought I would have a strong start and I am not satisfied with how things went. It is not enough to finish in third - we have a good enough car and team to take first. Despite the result on the podium I know I was not competitive with the leaders. I was lucky in that Marchy gave me an easy third place when he punctured his tyres, although I am disappointed that it is for this reason alone that I finished on the podium."
-source: tudor porsche motorsport