PCCA Round 10: Bamber storms to victory to strengthen grip in Drivers’ standings

  Current PCCA (Porsche Carrera Cup Asia) Series leader Earl Bamber captured a stomping victory at the street circuit of Marina Bay on Sunday. The Round 10 PCCA saw Bamber blast off from sixth on the grid to win it 4.8 seconds ahead of his championship rival Martin Ragginger and pole starter Alexandre Imperatori.

With the Singapore GP Round 10 bout win, Bamber has managed to strengthen his grip in the drivers’standings, now 21-point ahead of Ragginger, who in turn leads third place Imperatori and Tung Ho-Pin by 19 points.

As the lights went out, Imperatori didn’t get a good lift off from pole, almost stalling. Ragginger wasted no time capitalizing on the situation, ploughing into the lead followed by the veteran Rodolfo Avila. Bamber meanwhile was already up to third as the 28-strong field hurtled into a dramatic opening lap which saw Avila drop down to 7th in the order behind the 911 GT3s of Zhang Da Sheng, Ro.C. Skyangel and Tung Ho-Pin.

While Ragginger set about building a gap from Imperatori, Bamber was piling on the pressure to the Swiss ace, trying to rattle him into an error and finally finding a way past on lap 4. From there, the New Zealander set off to hunt down Ragginger, catching and passing him on lap 7 after a furious battle. Behind the leaders, Avila made a good recovery, passing both Zhang and Skyangel to cross the line in fifth behind Tung.

Bamber pushed off further ahead in the final stint of the race and won maximum points to ensure his firm grip in drivers’ standings. “We put our heads down and just did our best, and the race best was first! It was very clean and fair and I think we put on a great show for the Singapore fans,” the Kiwi said in the post-race.

The PCCA now awaits the final two rounds at the Shanghai International circuit in mid-October, from 17 – 19. The PCCA will run concurrently with the Sports Car Champions Festival at the Shanghai track.

2014 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia round 10 results
1 Earl BAMBER 28:17.971
2 Martin RAGGINGER +4.804
3 Alexandre IMPERATORI +5.346
4 TUNG Ho-Pin +9.963
5 Rodolfo AVILA +23.040
6 ZHANG Da Sheng +23.363
7 Ro.C. Skyangel +24.288
8 ZHANG Zhen Dong +26.298
9 Jason ZHANG Zhi Qiang +30.531
10 Egidio PERFETTI +31.754

Drivers’ standings
1 Earl Bamber 158
2 Martin Ragginger 137
3 Tung Ho-Pin 118
4 Alexandre Imperatori 118
5 Rodolfo Avila 114