Alessandro Ghiretti’s domination of Porsche Carrera Cup Asia continued on Saturday afternoon as he won the second race in Buriram.

By Steven Walton

Ghiretti headed into the second race at the Chang International Circuit having taken victory earlier that day in the first race.

While he won the second race on the track, he was investigated afterwards over whether he passed Dylan Pereira for the race lead under yellow flags.

In the end, no further action was taken and Ghiretti was declared the winner.

The investigation stemmed from lap seven of 17 when Ghiretti and Pereira were battling over the race lead and swapping positions for a handful of corners.

As their battle happened, the #888 car of Zhang Yaqi, spun and hit the barriers in the third sector, which caused yellow flags and eventually a safety car.

Under the safety car, Ghiretti lined up in the lead with Pereira in second.

When the race restarted at the end of lap nine, Ghiretti maintained his lead and stayed at the front until the end, beating Pereira by 1.3s. Mathys Jaubert completed the podium.

Nazim Azman finished fourth, ahead of Rodrigo Dias Almeida in fifth.

In the Am category, Thai driver Munkong Sathienthirakul took home a class win, repeating his result from the first race earlier in the day.

In the Pro-Am category, Bao Jinlong’s streak of five class wins came to an end with Li Zhicong instead taking victory.

Bao had an unfortunate race, dropping to sixth in class at the start. He fought back in the middle part of the race and got as high as second, but on lap 12 he was hit by Zac Stichbury at turn three, causing him to spin. Bao dropped to fourth in class.

Stichbury was handed a 10-second penalty for causing the collision.

The Buriram race weekend was the first of two Thailand rounds this year for Porsche Carrera Cup Asia. The next round, on July 5-7, is at  the Bangsaen street circuit in Thailand’s Chonburi province.

Header image credit: Mac


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