The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia commenced its first race of the season at the Bangsaen Grand Prix with high anticipation. However, the event was marked by early drama, causing a significant delay and setting the stage for a high-stakes, action-packed race.

By the Asian Motorsport Team

A jump start from Dylan Yip (#75) launched multiple rows ahead of the grid while the 5-second board was still displayed. This led to a chaotic accident involving Zhang Yaqi (#777), Xu Zhefeng (#888), Jacky Wu (#969), and Eric Zang (#77), forcing the race officials to red-flag the race after just one lap.

During the red flag period, the race clock was reset to 30 minutes as teams and drivers regrouped. At 15:50, the cars headed back out from the pit lane for a new formation lap. They lined up in their original qualifying order, and it was announced that the race would be time-certain, concluding at 16:10, thus reducing the race duration to 15 minutes — half of the originally planned distance.

At the restart, Florian Latorre (#55) struggled off the line, initially dropping to third before recovering to second place by Turn 2, as Chris Van Der Drift (#99) taking the lead into Turn 1. Meanwhile, Li Xuanyu (#321) appeared to jump the start, resulting in a 10-second penalty as later confirmed by race control.

Further drama unfolded when Xu Zhefeng (#117) encountered issues coming out of Turn 2, possibly making contact with the wall, which necessitated another safety car intervention. This incident will be investigated after the race.

The safety car period ended at the conclusion of lap 4, leaving just 6 minutes for the racers to battle it out. The gap between the top three cars — Chris Van Der Drift (#99), Florian Latorre (#55), and Martin Ragginger (#86) — was a mere 1.1 seconds, setting the stage for an intense finish.

Florian Latorre (#55) made a bold move at the hairpin, setting the fastest sector times immediately after the safety car period. Meanwhile, Nazim Azman (#17) and Bao Jinlong (#7) were engaged in a tight battle on lap 7, making slight contact at the hairpin.

Florian Latorre (#55) continued to push hard, setting the fastest lap on lap 6, with Chris Van Der Drift (#99) responding the following lap to extend his lead by 0.3 seconds.

As the race neared its conclusion, the leading pair of Chris Van Der Drift (#99) and Florian Latorre (#55) managed to pull a slight gap of about 2 seconds to the third-placed Martin Ragginger (#86).

In the final lap, Florian Latorre (#55) set the fastest lap of the race but was unable to overtake Chris Van Der Drift (#99), who clinched victory by just 0.5 seconds.

Dylan Yip (#75) was the first Asian driver to finish, securing an impressive 6th place. The race, though filled with action, was frustrating for teams and drivers alike due to the limited racing laps caused by the numerous safety car periods and the red flag stoppage. They will be looking forward to a more straightforward race tomorrow afternoon at 14:20.

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia race results

PositionCar NumberDriverNationalityClassGapBest Lap Time
199Chris Van Der DriftAustraliaPro— 8 laps —1:36.857
255Florian LatorreFrancePro0.5021:36.670
386Martin RaggingerAustriaPro4.1701:38.563
487Rodrigo Dias AlmeidaBrazilPro4.5731:38.001
584Marco GiltrapAustraliaPro10.4621:39.818
68Dylan YipHong KongPro10.7621:39.877
717Nazim AzmanMalaysiaPro12.7921:39.294
87Bao JinlongChinaPro-Am13.0091:38.976
976Munkong SathienthirakulThailandAm25.5041:44.373
10321Li XuanyuChinaPro-Am27.1631:42.952
112Eric KwongHong KongPro-Am31.9351:42.172
1233Liu Kai ShunHong KongPro-Am36.8451:45.488
1398Yao LiangboMacauAm39.0561:46.157
14Li ChaoChinaAm39.9671:47.332
1516John ShenChinaAm41.3601:47.769
16Hendrik Jaya SoewatdyIndonesiaAm42.4341:47.956
17Adrian D SilvaMalaysiaAm46.2531:45.783
1869Christian ChiaCanadaAm46.4311:45.598
19Henry KwongHong KongAm1:29.9542:39.909
20Cao QikuanPhilippinesAm1:42.712
DNF888Zhang YaqiChinaAm
DNF117Xu ZhefengChinaAm
DNF969Jacky WuChinaAm
DNF777Lu ZhiweiChinaAm
DNF77Eric ZangChinaPro-Am

For the latest news and updates on the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and other motorsport events, visit Asian Motorsport.com.

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