The first session of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia at the Bangsaen Grand Prix began at 10:05 AM local time under hot and sunny conditions.

By the Asian Motorsport Team

New Zealand driver Chris van der Drift led the session with a lap time of 01:39.886. His closest rival, Luxembourger Dylan Pereira, set the fastest first sector, although the final red flag prevented him from competing a potentially session-topping lap. Pereira ultimately finished second with a time of 01:40.311. In third place was French driver Florian Latorre, who set a time of 01:40.813.

Francis Tija, from Hong Kong, was the fastest driver in the Pro-Am class. He placed seventh overall after clocking a 01:40.813 lap time on his 11th lap of the 3.74-kilometre Bangsaen Street Circuit. His nearest Pro-Am rival, Eric Zang, was further adrift; he placed tenth overall with a lap time of 01:44.464. Third-placed Li Chao followed closely behind, placing 11th overall and setting a 01:44.627 lap time.

Lu Zhiwei set the fastest time in Am, clocking at 01:43.896 and putting him comfortably ahead of his class rivals. Thai driver Munkong Sathienthirakul was the second fastest Am with a lap time of 01:47.025, placing him 14th overall. The next closest driver in his class was Eric Kwong, who set a time of 01:47.793 on his tenth lap.

There were numerous red flags during the session, which was ultimately not resumed with three minutes remaining on the clock.

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Porsche Carrera Cup Asia official practice one results

  1. Chris Van Der Drift (Pro) – 1:39.886
  2. Dylan Pereira (Pro) – 1:40.311 (+0.425)
  3. Florian Latorre (Pro) – 1:40.813 (+0.927)
  4. Martin Ragginger (Pro) – 1:41.926 (+2.040)
  5. Rodrigo Dias Almeida (Pro) – 1:42.959 (+3.073)
  6. Lu Zhiwei (Am) – 1:43.896 (+4.010)
  7. Francis Tjia (Pro-Am) – 1:44.167 (+4.281)
  8. Marco Giltrap (Pro) – 1:44.380 (+4.494)
  9. Nazim Azman (Pro) – 1:44.387 (+4.501)
  10. Eric Zang (Pro-Am) – 1:44.464 (+4.578)
  11. Li Chao (Pro-Am) – 1:44.627 (+4.741)
  12. Li Xuanyu (Pro-Am) – 1:46.364 (+6.478)
  13. Zhang Yaqi (Pro-Am) – 1:46.441 (+6.555)
  14. Munkong Sathienthirakul (Am) – 1:47.025 (+7.139)
  15. Dylan Yip (Pro) – 1:47.307 (+7.421)
  16. Bao Jinlong (Pro-Am) – 1:47.521 (+7.635)
  17. Eric Kwong (Am) – 1:47.793 (+7.907)
  18. Xu Zhefeng (Am) – 1:47.995 (+8.109)
  19. Yao Liangbo (Am) – 1:49.091 (+10.015)
  20. Liu Kai Shun (Pro-Am) – 1:52.091 (+12.205)
  21. John Shen (Am) – 1:52.507 (+12.621)
  22. Christian Chia (Am) – 1:53.796 (+13.910)
  23. Hendrik Jaya Soewatdy (Am) – 1:54.956 (+15.070)
  24. Adrian D Silva (Am) – 1:55.105 (+15.219)
  25. Cao Qikuan (Am) – 1:55.205 (+15.319)
  26. Henry Kwong (Am) – 1:57.446 (+17.560)
  27. Jacky Wu (Am) – 2:05.775 (+25.889)

Header photo credit: Mac

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