Porsche Carrera Cup Asia has just finished its Buriram round, but the series is not yet done with Thailand. In the first week of July, Carrera Cup Asia will race on the narrow and bumpy Bangsaen street circuit.

By Steven Walton

This year, Porsche Carrera Cup Asia returns to the famous Thailand street race in Bangsaen for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic.

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia manager Alexandre Imperatori told Asian Motorsport he was “very excited” for the series’ return to Bangsaen.

“It’s one of the favourite events of the year, definitely a highlight of the season for us, for our drivers, it’s always a very special atmosphere,” he said.

“It’s special in many ways, first of all the track is special, [it is a] street circuit with all the risk and reward that entails,” he said.

“But also the event itself, you’re on the beach, the atmosphere you get from the local fans, it’s a very open event where everybody can go … like a motorsport festival.”

Imperatori said: “You really get that special vibe and all our drivers love it.”

Imperatori, who won Carrera Cup Asia in 2012, said he hot-lapped the track in 2019 while coaching the series’ talent pool.

“It’s really unique, it was very narrow, very bumpy, a lot of up and down, so big challenge for drivers and this is what drivers like,” he said.

“We don’t like boring tracks or easy tracks, I think the more challenging it is, the more interesting it is, the risk factor is always giving a bit of extra spice.”

Imperitori took on the role of Porsche Carrera Cup Asia manager this year. He said the series’ calendar was “back to full power” this year with seven rounds in five countries.

The series has already visited China and Japan. After the two rounds in Thailand, it heads to Malaysia and Singapore before returning to China for the season finale.

The Singapore round in September will support Formula 1’s Singapore Grand Prix.

“I think it’s a very balanced and varied calendar with a bit of everything, with very different kind of events, so trying to deliver the best platform we can to our drivers,” Imperitori said.

Twenty-seven cars have been assembled for the championship this year, a number Imperitori said he was very happy about, as it was five more than the year before.

“It’s a very positive increase. We have good quality and depth in all three classes.”

Header image credit: Porsche

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