The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia kicked off its 2018 season with a bang at Shanghai International Circuit over the weekend, with Team StarChase’s Philip Hamprecht taking home the Overall win in Round 1 win after expertly defending his pole position. It was a hard-earned victory for Hamprecht, who began in the pole position after sealing a 2:07.301 lap time during the previous day’s qualifiers. Hamprecht faced tough competition as soon as the lights turned green, with P2 starter Maxime Jousse of AAS MOTORSPORT Absolute Racing doggedly seeking an opening in the young driver’s defense as they raced side-by-side going into turn 1.
But with 2017 Champion Chris van der Drift of Team Formax in close pursuit from P3, Jousse was forced to defend, giving Hamprecht a clean pocket of space before the safety car was ushered out in Lap 6 after a collision further back in the field. With just three laps to go, both van der Drift and Jousse made a final push onto Hamprecht but were unable to see their opportunities realise, handing the first win of the season to the ambitious Talent Pool driver, with Jousse finishing in second and van der Drift in third.
Fellow Kiwi Will Bamber came home in sixth place.
It was the first time the series’ 28 entries took to the grid in the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991 II) as they joined the Formula 1 Shanghai race weekend as a support race. The increased power and control of the new and improved Porsche 911 GT3 Cup was apparent in the lightning fast lap times and strong performance seen over the course of the weekend.
With the initial points on the board, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia will continue its season with Round 2 and 3 at Fuji international Speedway from June 15-17, where they will once more battle under Mount Fuji as they join in an invitational race with sister series Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Japan.
Porsche Carrera Cup Asia – Official Round 1 Results
Pos No Driver Class Entrant Time
1 99 Philip HAMPRECHT Team StarChase 26:57.3
2 66 Maxime JOUSSE AAS MOTORSPORT Absolute Racing 26:58.2
3 1 Chris VAN DER DRIFT Team Formax 26:58.4
4 68 Jordan PEPPER Kamlung Racing 27:01.4
5 86 Martin RAGGINGER Team Porsche Holding 27:03.6
6 12 Will BAMBER Earl Bamber Motorsport 27:03.6
7 77 Yue CUI Team Jebsen 27:04.4
8 15 Tanart SATHIENTHIRAKUL est cola PTT 27:05.9
9 59 Daniel LU Porsche China Junior Team 27:11.5
10 88 Bo YUAN Porsche Shanghai W & Pudong 27:14.5
Overall points – Round 1 (top 5)
Pos Comp No Driver Entrant Points
1 99 Philip HAMPRECHT Team StarChase 21
2 66 Maxime JOUSSE AAS MOTORSPORT Absolute Racing 18
17 1 Chris VAN DER DRIFT Team Formax 17
4 68 Jordan PEPPER Kamlung Racing 14
5 86 Martin RAGGINGER Team Porsche Holding 12