The PCCA officially makes a return to Thailand, following a 2005 appearance at the Bira track. This time around, the PCCA tackles the 4.5km Chang International Circuit. Opened last year, the Chang circuit is the first FIA Grade 1 circuit for the country and has already hosted a round of the Super GT as well as Thailand’s first-ever round of the WSBK (World Superbike) championship.
Leading the charge into the double-header which marks the mid-point in the series’ 13th season, van der Drift has a slim margin of just four points from Baird. Although van der Drift has four race wins to Baird’s one, a DNF in Round 2 mean there is very little between the pair. However, the overall title is still very much open, with Team Porsche Holding’s Martin Ragginger quickly closing the gap to the top of the leaderboard. Making up for his absence in May, when he was on duty at the Nürburgring 24 Hours, the Austrian was back with a vengeance in Japan last month, taking pole position and two podium finishes to close up to third in the points.
Team Jebsen’s Rodolfo Avila of Macau is fourth, one ahead of PICC Team StarChase driver, 17-year-old Nico Menzel, who made his Porsche Mobil1 Supercup debut at the weekend, qualifying within two seconds of pole amongst the fastest Porsche drivers on the planet. Ho-Pin Tung and Ro Charlz Skyangel are tied in sixth, ahead of Alif Hamdan and Bao Jin Long.
The PCCA is scheduled to run alongside the Thailand Super series, and the fans can certainly look forward to an exciting and full-fledged Touring car action, which boasts a 28-strong field of international drivers.
Edited: Porsche Carrera Cup Asia