Alessandro Ghiretti won the first Porsche Carrera Cup Asia race in Buriram on Saturday, while Thai driver Munkong Sathienthirakul picked up a maiden class win.

By Steven Walton

Polesitter Ghiretti led away at the start of the fifth race of Carrera Cup Asia. He was never challenged for the lead during the 17-lap race at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand and he won by nearly four seconds.

Mathys Jaubert finished second. Initially, he ran third but and chose to save his tyres early in the race, a decision which paid off later in the race.

With five laps to go, Jaubert caught and passed 2022 Porsche Supercup champion Dylan Pereira at the inside of turn 3, grabbing second place.

Pereira settled for third, finishing about two seconds behind Jaubert.

Malaysian driver Nazim Azman finished fourth on the road but was demoted to fifth due to a five-second penalty for track limits. Martin Ragginger was promoted to fourth.

Ghiretti’s Buriram victory extends his Carrera Cup Asia winning streak to four races. He won the second race in Shanghai and followed that up with back-to-back wins in the last round at Suzuka.

Reigning Pro-Am champion Bao Jinlong picked up his fifth straight class win in Buriram.

Bao ran second in class early on, but soon passed Am class leader Munkong Sathienthirakul and Pro-Am leader Li Zhicong to take the top Pro-Am honours.

Sathienthirakul, the only Thai driver in the field, finished top in the Am class, breaking the four-race winning streak of Eric Kwong, who finished second in class.

This was a maiden Carrera Cup Asia class win for Sathienthirakul.

The second Carrera Cup Asia race in Buriram takes place later on Saturday, at 2.30pm local time (7.30am GMT).

The race will be streamed live on YouTube by Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific. The livestream is also available on the series’ official Facebook page.

Header image credit: Mac

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