Van der Drift lands PCCA Drivers’ Championship on debut season

2015 PCCA Shanghai Chris van der Drift_2015 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Champio At the finale of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia (PCCA) in Shanghai, Chris van der Drift has been crowned PCCA’s Drivers’ Champion after two exciting races. Second overall at the conclusion of what has been a momentous season for the region’s premier sportscar championship was Craig Baird, who finished 14 points ahead of Nico Menzel. Rounding off fourth and fifth in the season’s final standings were Tung Ho-Pin and Martin Ragginger.

Van der Drift commented: “It all began here in Shanghai in April after I got a last-minute call-up. We finished on the podium after my first race in a 911, but then had a DNF. But we came back with a double win and pole position in Korea. It’s great racing with these drivers and the competition in the series is very strong. It keeps you sharp that’s for sure!”

The New Zealander didn’t have the best of starts and it was Ragginger who set the fastest overall lap, securing pole for Round 13. Menzel, who got 2nd in the first session, was on pole in the second session. As the lights went out for the start of Round 13, Ragginger got away well and didn’t look back, winning from van der Drift and Rodolfo Avila. Baird crossed the line in sixth behind Tung.

2015 PCCA Shanghai oodium

That set the stage for what was a truly epic season finale, with van der Drift and Baird both in contention for the overall championship. In a fast paced round 14, van der Drift stole the march on Menzel off the start, but the youngster fought back, reclaiming the lead and making full use of his new tyres. Menzel set about pulling a gap from the chasing pack, setting the fastest lap of the race.

At the restart after the mid-race Safety Car period, he controlled the pace superbly to retain the lead and thunder to the flag more than two seconds ahead of Ragginger in second. Ragginger had got past van der Drift who, with his eye on the main prize, was taking no chances. Tung took the final podium after a consistent drive on his home track.

After 14 hard-fought races across six countries, the Shanghai double-header contained all the ingredients that have made the PCCA one of the most exciting one-make series in the region. The series is expected to come back to live in late March and April the following year, stay tuned to for PCCA updates.