Absolute Racing Teams Revved Up for Streets of Bangsaen
Absolute Racing serviced teams Team StarChase, AAS Motorsport by Absolute Racing, Porsche China Junior Team, est cola PTT, Porsche Shanghai Waigaoqiao & Pudong and Zheng Tong Auto are travelled in a positive frame of mind to Thailand’s Bangsaen Street Circuit, one of the most exciting tracks of Southeast Asia, for the third race weekend of the 2018 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia (PCCA), July 13-15.
• Team StarChase’s Philip Hamprecht defends Pro class lead
• Home race for est cola PTT and AAS Motorsport
• Daniel Lu’s street racing baptism
• Yuan Bo and Bao Jing Long aiming to keep the momentum
Philip Hamprech leads the drivers’ championship standings by one point as Team StarChase heads the Porsche Dealer Trophy standings by ten points. Street circuits pose a special challenge and the German youngster has never hidden his pleasure of racing in urban tracks. Hamprech stood twice on the podium in 2017 and will certainly be looking for more silverware this weekend.
#66 AAS Motorsport by Absolute Racing entry will be piloted once again by Frenchman Maxime Jousse. 2016 Carrera Cup Asia Vice-Champion never raced in Bangsaen before but as Thailand resident he will be racing on home turf and looking to cement his place within the top-runners of the championship.
Another contender not to be forgotten at Bangsaen is #15 est cola PTT Tanart Sathienthirakul. He has vowed to bounce back from a weekend to forget in Japan. The local favorite knows the tricks and tweaks around the track and Bangsaen can throw up some surprises particularly if the weather throws a curveball onto the grid.
#88 Porsche Shanghai Waigaoqiao & Pudong Yuan Bo has suffered bad luck in Fuji first race that he’s impressively recovered from with great race pace in the second race, which he fought back to finish in P6. The Chinese racer will be hoping for better luck to allow his speed and experience to take him to the front.
Daniel Lu Wenlong will be keen to keep his learning curve improving as #59 Porsche China Junior Team rookie driver start to establish himself in Carrera Cup Asia and rake in the top positions, following a superb fourth place finish in Fuji. However, it will be the first ever street race for the 16-year old Shanghai native.
#55 Zheng Tong Auto Bao Jing Long has been on the rostrum in Pro-Am Class. Having ironed out the inconsistencies from his previous seasons, Bao Jing Long is a force to be reckoned with, and Round 3 Pro-Am class win proves that his strong pace can be converted into championship success.
Located in Thailand’s Chonburi province, the 3.7-km street track winds through the scenic seaside town of Bangsaen with 20 turns, including a sharp hairpin, that take racers near the beach. First introduced in 2007, it became a regular host of the Thailand Super Series’ Speed Festival with revisions to the track in 2009.
Team Director Fabien Fior said; “The spirit within the team is at an all-time high! Bangsaen is unlike any other venue in Carrera Cup Asia. It’s the shortest and slowest circuit on the calendar, but it’s also one of the most challenging, owing that to the proximity of the barriers. With it being so difficult to overtake around here, a lot of emphasis is placed on getting a good grid position. The wet weather expected will make for some extra-exciting races. We know where we are and where we need to go regarding set-ups and this is very important for our six drivers.”
As usual the action starts when the cars roll out on Friday morning from 08.30 to 09.00 (local time). This is followed by free practice two from 13.00 to 13.40. Then qualifying is run on Saturday from 09.55 to 10.45. This time the qualifying session is divided into two 20-minute sessions: one for the Pro and the other for the Pro-Am drivers. The first 30-minute race starts at 15.10. The second race is scheduled for Sunday at 13.45.
Friday 13th July
08.30-09.00 Free Practice 1
13.00-13.40 Free Practice 2
Saturday 14th July
09.55-10.15 Qualifying (Pro-Am)
10.25-10.45 Qualifying (Pro)
15.10-15.40 Race 1 (15 laps)
Sunday 15th July
13.45-14.15 Race 2 (15 laps)
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