Asia Porsche Cup Sepang race notes

Kwan takes victory in opening round. Carrera Cup Asia today after a thrilling battle with Naza Racing Team's Nigel Albon throughout the 10-lap race. The Team Infineon-Novellus driver took the chequered flag just 0.401 seconds ahead of Briton...

Kwan takes victory in opening round.

Carrera Cup Asia today after a thrilling battle with Naza Racing Team's Nigel Albon throughout the 10-lap race.

The Team Infineon-Novellus driver took the chequered flag just 0.401 seconds ahead of Briton Albon.

Starting from pole, Kwan lost his position to Albon at the end of the first lap after a slow start. He kept up the pressure on Albon all the way and over took him in the final lap to take the chequered flag. Commented Kwan, "I'm delighted with this win, more so because it came on the very last lap of the race. I had a difficult start because my tyres were not warmed up properly and I lost a few places. But I was confident that with consistent pushing, I could go on and clinch victory".

Albon was in good spirits despite being denied a maiden win by Kwan's last lap charge. "I did not have the best of starts and I pushed too hard in the early stages," said Albon. "After lap 6, my tyres started wearing and Charles took advantage of that in the last lap. Overall, I really enjoyed the battle and hope it continues throughout the season."

He also had praise for the series, commenting, "I have to give credit to Porsche who did a fantastic job in organising the Carrera Cup Asia Series. Their professionalism was fantastic. They brought in the German Champion, Marc Lieb, to assist with the set up of the cars which helped a great deal as we saw in today's race."

South African Toby Venter, who had a lightning start that gave him the lead temporarily, was in third place for most of the race. However, a minor collision with Nattavude put him back down the field and he finished in 18th place. Siu Tit Lung had a disappointing race after he spun on lap 2 while running 12th. He rejoined the race but eventually retired.

Malaysian Tunku Hammam, who had an uncomfortable qualifying session yesterday drove well, increasing his pace from lap six to finish sixth.

Hong Kong performing artist and Porsche Asia Pacific VIP driver for the opening round Aaron Kwok, who qualified 18th , gave a very solid performance. He consistently improved as the race went on and finished 12th. Porsche were delighted to have him on board and will invite Kwok for more races in future.

The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia moves to Johor next month, with two points- scoring rounds at the 3.7km Pasir Gudang Circuit on April 20.

The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia brings a new level of professionalism to Asian Motorsport. The Series will visit Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea and China throughout the year with a total of 12 point-scoring rounds. All races will follow the sprint format of the current Porsche makes cups, and the series is expected to be broadcast to 400 million potential television viewers worldwide.

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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Series Road racing
Drivers Marc Lieb , Aaron Kwok