Absolute Racing Magnificent in the inaugural Porsche Sprint Challenge China
- Absolute Racing drivers conquer all classes
- Overall wins for Vincent Floirendo and Eric Zang
- Liu Hang Cheng wins GT4 class as Bao Jinlong triumphs in GTC
A vast Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific model range competed at the inaugural Porsche Sports Cup China event this weekend, with five Absolute Racing cars entered in the Porsche Sprint Challenge China at the Shanghai International Circuit.
Absolute Racing drivers produced a sparkling performance on home soil clinching a clean sweep of GT2, GT3, GT4 and GTC category triumphs.
Driving a Porsche 911 GT3 R for the first time, Toro Racing racer Eric Zang was quickest in qualifying for the race one. Bao Jinlong (911 GT3 Cup) from Zheng Tong Auto started second in the grid as Vincent Floirendo (911 GT2 RS Clubsport) lined up from fourth. Liu Hang Cheng (718 Cayman GT4) was the fastest of the session in the GT4 class as David Szu was third.
The EN Sport by Absolute Racing driver Floirendo started third on the grid but soon powered to the lead of the race one pulling a strong gap to his competitors along the way, benefiting from a puncture that forced Zang to retire. The Philipino racer led for the entire race, crossing the chequered flag with a 13 second advantage over second place finisher.
In race one, Bao Jinlong finished third overall and second in the GTC class. The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Pro-Am class race winner, who currently sits first in the category’s standings, took part in this race to prepare the Carrera Cup Asia season finale assault on November 9-10.
Race two saw a “1-2-3” finish for Absolute Racing’s drivers. Demonstrating his pace and a quick adaptation to a new car, Zang brilliantly converted pole-position to a lights-to-flag overall win, capturing the weekend’s GT3 category victory. Floirendo finished second with his new GT2 class car as Bao Jinlong won the 13-lap race in the GTC class, taking home the category trophy.
In the GT4 class, Liu Hang Cheng won both races with a comfortable margin, as teammate David Szu was third in race one and second in race two.
The first edition of the Porsche Sports Cup China weekend was a success in and out of the track. Over one hundred cars in the Porsche Parade and the Porsche 935 and Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport met on track in Asia for the first time. Absolute Racing technical crew had the privilege of running the dazzling 935 model for the six-time 24 Hours Le Mans winner Jacky Ickx.
The team also took the opportunity to run the Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific’s Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 for prospective drivers, and tested the #88 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup with new talents.
Commenting about the weekend, Ingo Matter, Team Director of Absolute Racing, said: “Overall it was a great event for the team as our entries won overall and the four classes. It was really good to see so many sportscars gathering at Shanghai circuit with a new racing format that can attract even more Chinese car enthusiasts to the sport. Our engineering team around Nicola Sgotto and the driver coach Alex Imperatori did a very good job, and I’m proud that the whole team once again put on a flawless event.”