The weekend saw significant changes to the overall championship leaderboard. van der Drift now has 15 point lead from Clearwater Racing’s Craig Baird in second. Menzel climbs to third in the standings ahead of Tung, who moves up to fourth, two points clear of Martin Ragginger who was suspended from Round 8 following a racing incident in Round 7.
While van der Drift’s victory looked effortless, the New Zealander did not have the best of starts. Van der Drift quickly got into the groove as he found the right grip, despite the overnight rain, and stayed away from trouble. He managed to fend off a hard-charging Menzel, who’s the youngest driver on the grid at age 17, for the clear cut win.
Menzel was toe-to-toe with Tung for a number of laps, and the youngster just held on to take the second step on the podium. Meanwhile, behind Tung, Rodolfo Avila and Craig Baird were embroiled in a fight for position. The pair came together with Avila’s car damaged in the impact, forcing his retirement. While Baird continued, he quickly came under fire from Ro Charlz Skyangel.
With Menzel fending off Tung, and Baird keeping Skyangel at bay, behind them Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak and Evan Chen had the crowd on their feet, switching positions in a thrilling high speed chase for the Class B victory.
As the field charged towards the finish line, there was disappointment for Bao Jin Long. Running in eighth, just meters from the chequered flag, Bao spun, and Francis Tjia flew past to claim the position.
Having made a spectacular return to Thailand, with two action-paced races at the new track, the PCCA embarks upon the second half of the 2015 season next month. The PCCA returns to the Sepang International Circuit for Rounds 9 and 10 from 4 – 6 September.