The PCCA Class A sees two drivers still in contention for overall PCCA honors: Chris van der Drift and Craig Baird. The exciting finale in Shanghai should determine who come out tops. van der Drift, on his debut season, has so far notched up an astonishing seven outright victories and an additional two podium finishes. However, his extraordinary performance has only given him a slim eight-point advantage from fellow title contender Baird. Baird holds the world record for the most number of Porsche Cup victories, and has kept van der Drift within striking distance all season, amassing two victories plus six podium finishes. With a total of 41 points on offer in Shanghai, Baird needs to claim both wins and rely on his fellow drivers to keep van der Drift down the order if he is to claim the drivers’ crown.
Although now out of championship contention, the next six drivers on the overall standings are more than up to the task. The six are looking to gun for possible victories or podium spots to add to their season-ending points tally: they include rookie Nico Menzel, who has a maiden victory and four podiums this season; Tung Ho-Pin, two victories this season; last season’s runner up Martin Ragginger; Rodolfo Avila; Ro Charlz Skyangel; and Alif Hamdan.
As the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia heads home to Shanghai to celebrate the conclusion of its 13th triumphant season at the pinnacle of regional motorsport, it is fitting indeed that the Porsche family comes together as it goes all out for victory in one of the world’s fastest-growing racing series.
Apart from the exciting PCCA finale, the main event, the penultimate round of the WEC will see the Le Mans winning Porsche 919 Hybrid try and attain a fifth consecutive win, following its most recent at the 6-hour Fuji, earlier this month. Needless to say, Porsche WEC squad now lead both drivers and manufacturers’ classifications.