Record Grid for Shanghai Season-Opener

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Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 2011 –

Rounds1 and 2, Shanghai International Circuit, April 15 – 17


Shanghai, April 14, 2011 – Asia’s premier sportscar championship will blast off the grid this weekend with a record field of 26 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racing cars for the opening two rounds of the 11-race Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 2011 season, the series’ ninth.


Supporting the 2011 FORMULA 1 UBS CHINESE GRAND PRIX, the truly international field is made up of an intriguing combination of seasoned professionals and exciting newcomers from China, Asia, the Pacific, Europe and North America.


Hot contenders to take the 2011 crown include: single seater talent Alexandre IMPERATORI of Switzerland, 23, who joins two-time champions Team StarChase, one of the five Porsche China dealer teams, for his sports car and Porsche debut; two-time series champion and current FIA World Touring Car Championship driver Darryl O’YOUNG of Hong Kong and his LKM Racing Team mate Keita SAWA of Japan; Macau driver Rodolfo AVILA, 24, with double title winners and Porsche dealer outfit Team Jebsen; and Team Porsche Club Singapore Racing’s MOK Weng Sun, who is elevated to the professional class this season after his complete domination of Class B in 2010.



Two dark horses set to break cover in Shanghai are series newcomers Henri RICHARD of France, who shares driving duties with former Class B champion Alain LI this season, and Absolute Racing’s Brian WONG. Both compete in the professional category.


As well as a number of drivers from the Hong Kong and Macau Special Administrative Regions of China, local fans will have plenty to cheer for as Mainland Chinese compatriots WANG Jian Wei, Rose TAN, and Steven CHIAN take to the track. WANG makes his Porsche Carrera Cup Asia debut this season with dealer team BetterLife, while TAN becomes the series’ first ever full-time lady driver with new Xiamen-based dealer Team C&D. CHIAN is sharing the Team Hong Kong Racing car this season with former Class B champion Philip MA.


The Class B category for amateur racers promises another stellar season, with a number of newcomers joining its ever-increasing ranks. Wuhan’s Team Kangshun will be gunning for the title with Singapore driver Ringo CHONG, having finished runners-up in 2010, but OpenRoad Racing’s Francis TJIA represents a very real threat, the Hong Kong driver having made an impressive series debut last season to finish just six points behind them.


The region’s most successful sports car series gets underway ahead of the highly-anticipated Shanghai Auto Show. With China now the world’s second largest economy, and with auto sales vaulting off the charts, Porsche China takes over the running of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia from this season onwards and has seized the reins by introducing a slew of new initiatives, creating a new digital home for the series and implementing a comprehensive social media programme.


Supporting the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia are two of the most recognised names in international motorsport, Mobil1 and Michelin. Mobil and Porsche have been partners since 1996. Close co-operation in research and development has led to every new Porsche engine being filled with Mobil1 high-performance lubricant. Porsche Carrera Cup Asia drivers also have the advantage of racing on cutting-edge tyres supplied by series partner Michelin. The consistent performance and leading technology of Michelin tyres constantly improve the performance of many teams in international motorsport. The partnership between Michelin and the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia has emerged from a worldwide agreement signed between Porsche AG and the Michelin group.


The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is organised and promoted by Malaysian based Motorsport Asia Ltd.

Rounds 1 & 2 – Provisional Entry List

No.5/Yuey TAN (SIN)/B/Wimobilize McElrea Racing

No.7/Jeffrey LEE (TPE)/B/Team Pauian Archiland

No.9/WANG Jian Wei (CHN)/B/Team BetterLife

No.11/Ringo CHONG (SIN)/B/Team Kangshun

No.15/Keith VONG (MAC)/B/Asia Racing Team

No.16/Wayne SHEN (HKG)/B/Modena Motorsports

No.18/Marcel TJIA (HKG)/B/OpenRoad Racing

No.20/Rodolfo AVILA (MAC)/A/Team Jebsen

No.21/Francis TJIA (HKG)/B/OpenRoad Racing

No.22/Morris KU Yee Lung (HKG)/B/Team DAYCRAFT

No.23/Paul TRESIDDER (AUS)/B/Paul Tresidder

No.27/Adrian Henry D’SILVA (MAS)/B/Nexus Racing

No.28/John SHEN (HKG)/B/Modena Motorsports

No.33/MOK Weng Sun (SIN)/A/Team PCS Racing

No.36/Steven CHIAN (TPE)/B/Team Hong Kong Racing

*No.37/Anthony LIU (CHN)/B/WoYo Racing Team

No.55/Darryl O’YOUNG (HKG)/A/LKM Racing Team

No.59/Philip BRIANDET (SIN)/B/Shift3Neutral Racing

No.63/Henri RICHARD (FRA)/A/Henri Richard

No.66/Rose TAN (CHN)/B/Team C&D

No.68/MAK Hing Tak (HKG)/B/OMAK

No.77/Jacky YEUNG (HKG)/B/Jacky Yeung

No.83/Dr. MA Chi Min (HKG)/B/Asia Racing Team

No.88/Keita SAWA (JPN)/A/LKM Racing Team

No.89/Brian WONG (USA)/A/Absolute Racing

No.99/Alexandre IMPERATORI/A/Team StarChase


Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 2011

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

Stronger, wider, faster, the new version of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – the best selling race car in the world – was introduced in 2010. Based for the first time on the light-weight road-going version of the 911 GT3 RS, the body corresponds largely to the standard model, with Porsche modifying the aerodynamics for racing. The front spoiler lip has been lowered 15 millimetres, providing significantly more downforce. Rear downforce has also increased with the rear wing growing from 1.46 to 1.70 metres and fitted higher up as a feature taken from the even stronger 911 GT3 Cup S.

The engine is largely identical to the production unit in the 911 GT3 RS: with capacity up from 3.6 litres to 3.8 litres, the six-cylinder motor delivers 30 hp more than its predecessor. The power output is 450 bhp, with a maximum engine speed of 8,500 rpm.

The racing exhaust features a fully controlled catalytic converter. Via a ZF Sachs race clutch, a sequential six-speed dog-type gearbox and a limited slip differential, the engine power is transmitted to the rear axle.

With the rear body 44-millimetres broader than standard, there is sufficient space for wider wheels. The front axle comes with three-piece light-alloy rims measuring 9.5 J x 18 (previously 9 J x 18). The three-piece light-alloy rims on the rear axle grew an inch to 12 J x 18.

Anti-roll bars front and rear, now adjustable to seven different positions, allow an even more precise set-up. The camber, track, ride height, and rear wing can be adjusted within the regulations.

Cheryl Tay

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Singapore’s only female full-time motoring and motorsports photojournalist. Independent automotive consultant and prominent local motorsports personality Cheryl Tay is uniquely passionate about all things cars and motorsports. She also has a strong passion to share her interest and knowledge, hence having a dream to become the ‘Oprah Winfrey of cars and motorsports’ and create a multimedia platform for her sharing. - A female in a male-dominated world, Cheryl Tay is Singapore’s only female full-time motoring journalist and motorsports blogger and she regularly writes for prominent titles in Singapore, Asia and internationally. (See full list of titles that Cheryl Tay writes for here.)

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