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Ragginger rockets Team Porsche Holding to first after flawless lights to flag win in Round 3 at Fuji

June 4, 2017

Fuji. Blue skies set a picturesque stage for Team Porsche Holding’s Martin Ragginger as he executed a perfect race for the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia’s Round 3 at Fuji International Circuit, achieving the victory trifecta with the first place win, pole position and fastest lap to earn the maximum number of points.

The Austrian driver narrowly grabbed the pole position in the morning qualifiers by achieving a lap time of 1:42.750, with less than a tenth of a second separating him and Team Starchase’s Philip Hamprecht in P2 with 1:42.804. A last minute change up for P3 occurred after Porsche China Junior Team’s Andrew Tang had his best lap dropped for exceeding track limits, bumping FAW T2 Motorsport’s Will Bamber to P3 with a 1:42.836.

Undeterred by the last minute switch in spots, Tang kept his focus, executing a brilliant start to overtake Hamprecht and Bamber in the first turn melee. Team Formax’s Chris van der Drift was also laser-quick off the line from P5, revealing the 2015 Champion’s tactical mindset as he swung wide and cut in sharp to position himself in third.

The pack leaders were given ample breathing room as Hamprecht, Bamber and Absolute Racing’s Tanart Sathienthirakul jostled for position behind van der Drift, with Hamprecht courageously defending tireless attacks from behind by Bamber, who was equally pressured by Sathienthirakul. Hamprecht’s defense held strong throughout most of the race but eventually crumbled as Bamber made a clean pass into fourth.

The battles in the back allowed van der Drift to maintain a comfortable pocket in third place.

Skirmishes continued in the mid-pack throughout the race with Team Force Asia’s Akash Nandy exchanging blows with Team C&D’s Yuan Bo while Ragginger, having achieved a 1.8-second lead on Tang, continued to race without any mistakes.

Ragginger’s victory was all but sealed with 6 laps to go until the pack leader, mistaking the number of laps left after misreading a track-side sign, eased off the gas. Meanwhile, Tang was still going full throttle, cutting the gap between him and Ragginger to just over half a second, building last minute excitement as the young driver glimpsed a shot at victory.

But time was on Ragginger’s side and he finished the race with confidence, earning a perfect win with 22 points and winning the Porsche Dealer Trophy for Team Porsche holding. A very happy Tang finished the race in 2nd with van der Drift not far behind in 3rd.

“First of all I want to thank my team of course and Porsche Holding for giving me such a good car today. From pole position I tried to do a good start, I thought I could pull away a little bit from Andrew. In the end he had a good speed, we saw this already in Shanghai that he’s really good at the end of the race,” he said.

In Pro-Am, a three-way tie between Team Jebsen’s Yuey Tan, Team Betterlife’s Li Chao and Modena Motorsport’s Wayne Shen ramped up the competition going into the Round 3 qualifiers – with each driver showing fierce desire to grab an early-season lead in the tables.

Tan was the first to gain the edge by grabbing the pole and one point with a 1:44.046 qualifying time, while leadership contenders Shen, starting P5, and Chao, in P6, did not fare so well. Kamlung Racing’s Evan Chen once more exhibited the speed and precision seen in Round 1 and 2 to clinch P2, with OpenRoad Racing’s Michael S. finishing out the top three grid.

As soon as the lights went green, the Pro-Am grid erupted into a flurry of fights. Yuey Tan got off to a rough start, surrendering the lead spot to OpenRoad Racing’s Michael S. early on, but keeping his cool and regaining the lead just one lap later. Chen, also passed by Michael S., cleverly held back, waiting to sweep in at the first opportunity.

Chen didn’t have to wait long and charged in to pressure Tan after he won the tussle with Michael S. while OpenRoad Racing’s Francis Tjia and Wayne Shen entered into the fray, resulting in a mass battle between the top five drivers.

Shen eventually passed Michael S., leaving the two OpenRoad racers in his wake to deal with Li Chao, while Tan and Chen continued their clash up front.

Things came to a sudden halt after contact between Tjia and Shen sent both cars out of the race in lap 11, clearing the way for Li Chao to grab third, while Tan, though displaying expert tactics, couldn’t keep pace with Chen and eventually lost his lead. As the checkered flag waved, Chen led in first Tan in second and Li Chao in Third.

“Thanks to my sponsor and my team – Arrows Racing and KLM Group. As for the battle with Yuey, I tried to do everything I can to pass him. He’s too experienced to screw around with, but I had to try to make him make a mistake. But I finally got the pass and managed to pull away,” Chen said.

The Porsche Carrera cup Asia’s 25 drivers will be back on the track tomorrow as they return to action in Round 4 and a friendly invitational with Porsche Carrera Cup Japan. Viewers can catch the race via livestream on carreracupasia.com, LeTV sport and PPTV sport, on Sunday at 11:20 (local) and the invitational race on Sunday at 16:30 (local).
Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 2017
Fuji International Speedway

Pos

No.

Driver/Nationality

Class

Entrant/Nationaliy

Time

1

86

Martin RAGGINGER(AUT)

Team Porsche Holding(CHN)

26’05.037

2

10

Andrew TANG(SIN)

Porsche China Junior Team(CHN)

26’05.767

3

7

Chris van der DRIFT(NZL)

Team Formax(HKG)

26’10.880

4

12

Will Bamber(NZL)

FAW T2 Motorsport(CHN)

26’13.925

5

15

Tanart SATHIENTHIRAKUL(THA)

Absolute Racing(HKG)

26’16.674

6

99

Philip HAMPRECHT(GER)

Team StarChase(HKG)

26’17.100

7

19

ZHANG Dasheng(CHN)

Porsche China Junior Team(CHN)

26’17.916

8

88

YUAN Bo(CHN)

Team C&D Auto(HKG)

26’19.389

29

Akash Neil NANDY(MAS)

Force Asia Racing(MAS)

26’20.290

68

Evan CHEN

 Pro-Am

Kamlung Racing

26’32.842

5

Yuey TAN

 Pro-Am

Team Jebsen

26’36.781

9

Li Chao

 Pro-Am

Team Betterlife

26’49.447

11

Stephen GROVE

 Pro-Am

RC Racing

26’51.605

55

BAO Jinlong

Zheng Tong Auto

26’51.759

3

Michael S.

 Pro-Am

OpenRoad Racing

26’52.548

78

Suttiluck BUNCHAROEN

 Pro-Am

True Visions Motorsports Thailand

26’58.131

28

John SHEN

 Pro-Am

Modena Motorsports

26’58.445

23

Paul TRESIDDER

 Pro-Am

Paul TRESIDDER

27’12.334

22

SIU Yuk Lung

 Pro-Am

LKM Racing

27’37.307

17

SIU Yuk Lung

 Pro-Am

Arrows Racing

26’06.133

 21

Francis TJIA

 Pro-Am

OpenRoad Racing

19’40.368

 16

Wayne SHEN

 Pro-Am

Modena Motorsports

20’09.834

 2

Alex Liu Lic Ka

 Pro-Am

Arrows Racing

20’37.578

 77

CUI Yue

Team Jebsen

DNF

 8

Sontaya KUNPLOME

 Pro-Am

Racing Spirit Thailand

DNS

 

2017 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Championship Points after Round 3(Overall)

Pos

Camp. No

Driver

Nat

Class

Total Points

1

86

Martin RAGGINGER

AUT

60

2

10

Andrew TANG

SIN

50

2

12

William BAMBER

NZL

50

4

7

Chris VAN DER DRIFT

NZL

46

5

99

Philip HAMPRECHT

AUT

31

6

15

Tanart SATHIENTHIRAKUL

THA

30

7

19

ZHANG Dasheng

CHN

29

8

88

YUAN Bo

CHN

27

9

77

CUI Yue

CHN

16

10

55

BAO Jinlong

CHN

14

11

68

Evan CHEN Yi Fan

TPE

Pro-Am

11

12

5

Yuey TAN Yu Hian

SIN

Pro-Am

10

13

9

LI Chao

CHN

Pro-Am

9

14

29

Akash Neil NANDY

MAS

8

15

16

Wayne SHEN (HKG)

HKG

Pro-Am

5

16

78

Suttiluck BUNCHAROEN

THA

Pro-Am

3

16

8

Sontaya KUNPLOME

THA

Pro-Am

3

16

11

Stephen GROVE

AUS

Pro-Am

3

19

28

John SHEN

HKG

Pro-Am

2

19

69

Christian CHIA

CAN

Pro-Am

2

21

3

Michael S.

INA

Pro-Am

1

22

17

FUNG Yui Sum

HKG

Pro-Am

0

22

22

SIU Yuk Lung

HKG

Pro-Am

0

22

23

Paul TRESIDDER

AUS

Pro-Am

0

22

2

Alex LIU Lic Ka

MAC

Pro-Am

0

22

21

Francis TJIA

HKG

Pro-Am

0

22

33

Antares AU

HKG

Pro-Am

0

22

8

Sontaya KUNPLOME

THA

Pro-Am

0

2017 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Championship Points (Porsche Dealer Trophy)

Pos

Camp. No

Driver

Nat

Total Points

1

86

Team Porsche Holding

CHN 60

2

99

Team Starchase

HKG 50

2

88

Team C&D Auto

HKG 50

4

55

Zheng Tong Auto

CHN 50

5

68

Kamlung Racing

CHN 34

6

9

Team Betterlife

CHN 31

7

77

Team Jebsen

HKG 30

2017 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Championship Points (Pro-Am Class)

Pos

Camp. No

Driver

Nat

Total Points

1

68

Evan CHEN Yi Fan

TPE

49

1

5

Yuey TAN Yu Hian

SIN

49

3

9

LI Chao

CHN

46

4

16

Wayne SHEN

HKG

 30

5

23

Paul TRESIDDER

AUS

27

6

78

Suttiluck BUNCHAROEN

THA

26

6

8

Preeda TANTEMSAPYA

THA

26

8

28

John SHEN

HKG

23

9

17

FUNG Yui Sum

HKG

20

10

22

SIU Yuk Lung

HKG

18

11

69

Christian CHIA

CAN

17

12

11

Stephen GROVE

AUS

14

13

33

Antares AU

HKG

13

14

3

Michael S.

INA

12

14

2

Alex LIU Lic Ka MAC

12

16

21

Francis TJIA

HKG  0
16

8

Sontaya KUNPLOME

THA  0
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