PCCA Singapore: Tung takes Round 12 win

Menzel and Tung lead Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Sg round 12 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix’s main support, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, was an exciting affair as Porsche Motorsports pulled off another adrenaline-filled spectacle for the Marina Bay Street Circuit attendees. The Round 12 of Porsche Carrera Cup Asia (PCCA) was won by Ho-Pin Tung, who topped the previous round’s winner Craig Baird and championship leader Chris van der Drift.

The Singaporean rounds 11 and 12 represented the penultimate race for this year’s PCCA. At the end of October, the finale Rounds 13 and 14 is set for the Shanghai International Circuit.

Despite not finishing tops in either round, van der Drift who had a fifth place finish in round 11 continues to lead the standings; only eight points in front of Baird. Tung climbs to fourth overall behind Nico Menzel, who’s 25 points ahead.

As the lights went out, pole-sitter Menzel got away well, but Tung’s launch was better, pulling alongside the German. Despite running wide, Menzel held the position before dramatically out-braking himself and heading down the escape road. He rejoined right down the order, fighting his way back through the field to eventually cross the line seventh. Further back, a tangle between Team Jebsen’s Rodolfo Avila and Team Yonda’s Ro Charlz Skyangel saw the latter being bump out of the race.

Up front, Tung began to pull a gap from the chasing pack, behind him Baird and van der Drift were locked in a battle for points, neither able to close up to the leader. The Chinese driver would cross the line for his second win of the year and first in the Lion City. “I had a very good start, but so did Nico. It was very tight into the first corner, and he had a very good run through the first few corners until he outbraked himself, so I was a bit lucky with that. I had new tyres for today, so I knew I was able to pull a gap from the guys behind me. I am satisfied with the win and being able to make up some grounds in the standings,” Tung said.

For Baird, the race was all about staying ahead of title rival van der Drift, “Obviously probably the most important part for me was to keep Chris (van der Drift) behind. There’s a chase on points with just two rounds to go, so it was important. We had to make sure we finished and didn’t make any mistakes.”

While van der Drift didn’t have the happiest of weekends, he nevertheless kept his hold at the top of the leaderboard. He commented, “I didn’t have a good run in qualifying, getting caught up with blue flags, so that was kind of the end of my weekend. But I came back and got a third place. It was important to make sure Craig didn’t get too far ahead and reduce the points gap.”

From here, PCCA competitors head for the finale at the Shanghai track from 30 October 30 to 1 November. There, in the company of their WEC (World Endurance Championship) counterparts from Porsche Motorsport, PCCA contingent is set to do battle not only for the championships, but for the chance to take a victory in Asia’s foremost one-make series.

Tung wins Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Sg round 12Craig Baird in action, Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Singapore round 11

2015 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, Singapore, round 12 results

1 TUNG Ho-Pin Budweiser Team Absolute Racing 28:06.465
2 Craig BAIRD Clearwater Racing +2.842
3 Chris VAN DER DRIFT Kamlung Racing +3.900
4 Rodolfo AVILA Team Jebsen +10.462
5 *Egidio PERFETTI B Spark Motorsports +13.635
6 Alif HAMDAN Alif Hamdan Motorsport +15.765
7 Nico MENZEL PICC Team StarChase +21.559
8 Francis TJIA B OpenRoad Racing +43.590
9 Yuey TAN B Team Jebsen +45.871
10 Ringo CHONG B Team Kangshun +46.530

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Class A Drivers standings
1 Chris van der Drift 202
2 Craig Baird 194
3 Nico Menzel 158
4 Tung Ho-Pin 133
4 Martin Ragginger 120