Austrian Martin Ragginger gave his Team Eagle – Jiejun & Junbaojie plenty to cheer about after he took victory in the penultimate round of the 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia season today. Notching up his second win of the season, Ragginger crossed the line 1.595 seconds ahead of pole-sitter Rodolfo Avila of Team Jebsen. Third across the line after the 12-lap thriller was Budweiser Team StarChase talent Tung Ho-Pin of China taking his third podium on his debut sportscar season.
With Alexandre Imperatori of PICC Team StarChase, fourth in the race, having guaranteed the title after qualifying, the remainder of the field had their sights set firmly on the podium.
Winner in Class B was Seminole Racing Team’s Egidio Perfetti, closing in on title rival Wayne Shen of Modena Motorsports who was involved in a late-stage incident, eventually finishing 15th. The race for the Class B championship will now go right down to the wire in Sunday’s finale, with just eighteen points separating the pair. Second Class B finisher was OpenRoad Racing’s Francis Tjia, with Asia Racing Team’s Huang Chu Han of China, third.
Said Ragginger: “I had to make many moves during the race because I had a bad start. The first was against Keita Sawa in turn one. I made my move on the inside over the curb and I got him there. Then, after the restart, Rodolfo was looking on the inside so I went to the right then before braking I went completely left and I had him. It was quicker than this morning in fact it had dried out about 10 minutes after qualifying. The safety car didn’t help me so much because I had a gap lead behind me and then two laps later I had less. I knew then I had to go out and pass Rodolfo quickly and luckily enough it all worked out. I was confident coming in. I knew I was quick and needed a good start to get past him but I messed that up completely. But I was able to pull it all together. I think today was a practice for tomorrow.”
Despite missing out on the win, Avila was still pleased to have taken a podium finish: “I had a good start. The first lap was ok but I had a little bit of late braking in the hair pin. I went a bit wide but still managed to keep the lead. I thought that if I managed my race, managed my tyres, I could win. After the Safety Car came in I lost a bit but I could see Martin had more pace than me. When I exited turn eight, I went a bit wide and drove over the grass and the car start-ed wheel spinning and not going anywhere. Martin was able to catch up quite a lot. When I saw him coming to my left I realized I couldn’t block him and basically that was it. I was right behind trying to manage the gap and that was basically it. Everyone did a good job.”
Tung meanwhile was already looking ahead to tomorrow’s finale: “Since Malaysia I have been improving and so has the car. Malaysia and Singapore I probably should have made the podium so I am happy with the way things are going.”
For Perfetti, it was an eventful outing: “It was an interesting race! I thought it was all over at the beginning. One car almost took us out on turn one and I fell back. There was a lot of adrenaline and a bit of frustration but I think that was what kept me going. I put my head down and kept concentrating and took it one move at a time as I worked my way through the traffic. It was a very good race in the end. The final bonus was when I saw Wayne [Shen] try to take me and spin. So that leaves me in a good position for tomorrow, and it should be a big day.”
Avila made a brilliant getaway from pole, and set about building up a gap from the hard-charging Benjamin Rouget after a less-than-perfect getaway by Ragginger put him down the order. An opening-lap incident behind the race leaders saw several cars spinning out, but all rejoined.
Tung and LKM Racing Team’s Keita Sawa gave chase, but Ragginger was on fire, charging past Sawa, Tung and Rouget and up to second. Race leader Avila was beginning to see his ad-vantage whittled away by the Austrian, reduced to just over half a second when the Safety Car was called out on lap 7 after OpenRoad by ART Motorsports’ Marcel Tjia spun and came to a halt in the gravel trap.
At the restart, Avila again made a good getaway, but both Ragginger and Tung were straight on his tail, while behind the trio Sawa was holding Imperatori at bay. Ragginger made his move on Avila to grab the lead on the following lap with a wheel-perfect pass and headed towards the flag.
In the closing laps of the race, Sawa continued to thwart Imperatori’s increasingly-desperate attempts to get by until, in a dramatic final lap, the Swiss driver dived passed on the final run to the flag.
Results – Round 10
Pos No Driver Class Entrant Time
1 86 Martin RAGGINGER (AUT) Team Eagle – Jiejun & Junbaojie (CHN) 23:53.2
2 20 Rodolfo AVILA (MAC) Team Jebsen (HKG) 1.595
3 98 TUNG Ho Pin (CHN) Budweiser Team StarChase (CHN) 2.773
4 99 Alexandre IMPERATORI (SUI) PICC Team StarChase (CHN) 5.004
5 1 Keita SAWA (JPN) LKM Racing Team (HKG) 5.441
6 8 Benjamin ROUGET (FRA) Team Yongda Dongfang (CHN) 6.351
7 78 ZHANG Da Sheng (CHN) Team Basetex (CHN) 7.863
8 37 Davide RIZZO (CHN) BBT (CHN) 10.1
9 9 WANG Jian Wei Team BetterLife (CHN) 11.58
10 3 *David BRABHAM Team Carrera Cup Asia (CHN) 11.792
11 88 Egidio PERFETTI (SUI) B Seminole Racing Team (USA) 15.453
12 21 Francis TJIA (HKG) B OpenRoad Racing (HKG) 16.305
13 81 HUANG Chu Han (CHN) B Asia Racing Team (CHN) 20.756
14 5 Yuey TAN (SIN) B Dorr McElrea Racing (SIN) 21.193
15 16 Wayne SHEN (HKG) B Modena Motorsports (HKG) 21.375
16 55 *Angelo NEGRO (HKG) B PS Racing (FIN) 23.003
17 11 Ringo CHONG (SIN) Team Kangshun (CHN) 24.114
18 6 ZHENG Ting (CHN) B BBT (CHN) 25.402
19 27 Adrian Henry D’SILVA (MAS) B Nexus Racing (MAS) 28.392
20 25 Christian CHIA (CAN) B OpenRoad By ART Motorsports (HKG) 30.363
21 23 Paul TRESIDDER (AUS) B Hewlett Motorsport (AUS) 30.982
22 96 LI Chao (CHN) B Asia Racing Team (CHN) 40.427
23 83 Dr. MA Chi Min (HKG) B Dr. Ma Chi Min (HKG) 41.279
24 66 Rose TAN (CHN) Team C&D (CHN) 44.504
25 68 MAK Hing Tak (HKG) B OMAK (HKG) +1:00.537
26 28 John SHEN (HKG) B Modena Motorsports (HKG) 1 Lap
27 18 Marcel TJIA (HKG) B OpenRoad Racing by ART Motorsports (HKG) DNF
28 31 *THONG Wei Fung (HKG) B PS Racing (FIN) DNS
*Non series registered
Fastest Lap: Martin Ragginger/Team Eagle – Jiejun & Junbaojie/1:50.825
Points After Round 10
1st Position – Comp No. 99: Alexandre IMPERATORI of PICC Team StarChase with 179 points
2nd Position – Comp No. 1: Keita SAWA of LKM Racing Team with 137 points
3rd Position – Comp No. 86: Martin RAGGINGER of Team Eagle-Jiejun & Junbaojie with 128 points
4th Position – Comp No. 20: Rodolfo AVILA of Team Jebsen with 123 points
5th Positon – Comp No. 98: TUNG Ho-Pin of Team StarChase with 118 points
1st Position – Comp No. 16: Wayne SHEN of Modena Motorsports with 164 points
2nd Position – Comp No. 88: Egidio PERFETTI of Seminole Racing Team with 146 points
3rd Position – Comp No. 21: Francis TJIA of OpenRoad Racing with 134 points
4th Position – Comp No. 81: HUANG Chu Han of Asia Racing Team with 119 points
5th Positon – Comp No. 5: Yuey TAN of Dorr McElrea Racing with 91 points