|The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Rounds 7 & 8 are scheduled for Thailand’s Chang International, from 31 July till 2 August. The series makes an enthusiastic return to Amazing Thailand after a decade of absence.|
The Chang International Circuit, which inaugurated last year, is the first FIA Grade 1 motorsport facility in Thai country. Since debut, the track has already played host to a round of the WSBK (World Superbike Championship) and Super GT, as well as numerous domestic and regional races.
Thailand has a rich motorsport heritage, with a vibrant domestic racing scene and several drivers competing overseas in different disciplines of the sport. Putting motor racing firmly on the map was Prince Birabongse who, back in the 1950’s, became the country’s first Formula 1 driver. Since then, the racing has flourished in Thailand, and the PCCA is assured of a typically warm welcome when it makes its triumphant return to the Kingdom at the end of July.
Thai country isn’t short of PCCA representatives this season, with no fewer than three Thai drivers on the PCCA roster. The local crowd will surely cheer on them strong on the weekend of Rounds 7 and 8. When the series last raced in Thailand in 2005, at the Bira International Circuit, both Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak, this year competing with 100 PLUS Racing Team, and Sontaya Kunplome, entered with Racing Spirit Thailand this season, were the Thai reps on the grid. This time around, the veterans are joined by newbie Suttiluck Buncharoen of True Visions Motorsports.
Last time out at Fuji Rounds 5 & 6, Chris van der Drift triumphed in one of the most thrilling races in the PCCA’s 12-year history, successfully fending off a relentless challenge from pole-sitter Martin Ragginger to take the chequered flag after 15 laps. van der Drift, contesting his first season in a Porsche, gave his new Chinese Porsche dealer team Kamlung Racing their third consecutive winners’ trophy after crossing the line with the slimmest of margins from the Team Porsche Holding driver.
Overall championship leader Craig Baird took third for Clearwater Racing having stayed with the leading duo throughout the Japanese PCCA race, briefly getting by Ragginger to go second before the hard-charging Austrian snatched back the position.