Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 2010 – Round 1 At Shanghai

The opening round of the 2010 season saw defending Porsche Carrera Cup Asia champion Christian Menzel drove a perfect race today with an emphatic, pole-to-flag victory. The Team StarChase ace crossed the line with a comfortable margin of 5.495 seconds over second place man LKM Racing’s Darryl O’Young. Joining them on the podium at the 2010 Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix was Marchy Lee of Red Bull Racing in third.

Meanwhile category pole-sitter Mok Weng Sun of Team PCS Racing won Class B, followed across the line by series newcomer Francis Tjia of OpenRoad Racing and Team Kangshun’s Ringo Chong.

As the lights went out, Menzel was away from the rest of the field and wasn’t challenge in his run to the flag. It was a different story behind him though, with O’Young and Lee engaged in a crowd-pleasing race-long battle for position. This gave New Zealand’s Craig Baird an opportunity to close in on the battling pair.

The record field of 23 cars put on a spectacular show for the Shanghai spectators, with brilliant driving from start to finish. Newcomer Jean Marc Merlin of France was a revelation, charging through the field with impressive determination. As predicted by Francis Tjia, his brother Christian Chia proved to be a threat, gaining a position on him early in the race. Francis later passed both his brother and Ringo Chong to claim an excellent 7th overall and 2nd in Class B on his Porsche Carrera Cup Asia debut.

Selected driver quotes :

Christian Menzel : “It may have looked perfect but it wasn’t easy! Especially as we had a problem with the gearbox. After qualifying, we thought a bearing may be broken, but because of the time period between qualifying and the race, we decided to risk racing with it. I was so nervous the whole time. The car felt fantastic, but the gearbox was making so much noise. Tomorrow it will be 100% a perfect car. If you have a good car, it is simple to go fast. We’re all working well as a team. This is the 10th season I have worked with my engineer, so he knows me better than my wife!”

Darryl O’Young : “We need to get a better run over distance, so we’ll make some changes for tomorrow. Christian looked really good out there though, and had very good pace.”

Marchy Lee : “I put pressure on Darryl, and at some points in the race I am sure I was quicker. I got very close, but I learned from 2008 that I must finish all races, so it wasn’t worth the risk (of a crash).”

Round 1 Results :

1 – 99 Christian MENZEL (GER) Class A Team StarChase (CHN) 25:51.830
2 – 55 Darryl O’YOUNG (HKG) Class A LKM Racing (HKG) +5.495
3 – 38 Marchy LEE (HKG) Class A Red Bull Racing (HKG) +6.125
4 – 32 Craig BAIRD (NZL) Class A Team PCS Racing (SIN) +6.607
5 – 20 Rodolfo AVILA (MAC) Class A Team Jebsen (HKG) +10.915
6 – 33 MOK Weng Sun (SIN) Class B Team PCS Racing (SIN) +36.137
7 – 21 Francis TJIA (HKG) Class B OpenRoad Racing (HKG) +45.098
8 – 11 Ringo CHONG (SIN) Class B Team Kangshun (CHN) +48.465
9 – 25 Christian CHIA (CAN) Class B OpenRoad Racing (HKG) +62.022
10 – 16 Wayne SHEN (HKG) Class B Modena Motorsports (HKG) +62.375
11 – 8 Michael CHOI (HKG) Class B Dyna Ten Motorsport (TPE) +62.520
12 – 5 Yuey TAN Yuhian (SIN) Class B Wimobilize McElrea Racing Team (SIN) +63.202
13 – 7 Jeffrey LEE (TPE) Class B Team Pauian Archiland (TPE) +68.315
14 – 98 Max CHEN* (TPE) Class B Max Chen (HKG) +86.705
15 – 64 Jean Marc MERLIN (FRA) Class B Team J2M Racing (FRA) +102.743
16 – 18 Marcel TJIA (HKG) Class B OpenRoad Racing (HKG) +110.879
17 – 68 MAK Hing Tak (HKG) Class B OMAK Team (HKG) +119.262
18 – 28 John SHEN (HKG) Class B Modena Motorsports (HKG) +119.528
19 – 59 Philip BRIANDET (SIN) Class B Shift2Neutral Racing (SIN) +120.518
20 – 77 Jacky YEUNG (HKG) Class B Jacky Yeung (HKG)  +134.014
21 – 88 Ross LAU (HKG)* Class B Ross Lau (HKG) +1 Lap
NC – 2 Kenneth LAU (HKG) Class B Dyna Ten Motorsport (HKG)
NC – 12 Morris KU (HKG) Class B Team DAYCRAFT (HKG)

*Non series registered

Photo : PR Plus Ltd
Editorial : Nazim Idris

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