Alexandre ImperatoriFollowing a spectacular start to the season at the Chinese round of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship last month, the battle for the 2011 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia championship title heads South for two races at the Zhuhai International Circuit as part of the China Touring Car Championship weekend.

Having won both the opening rounds with series newcomer Alexandre Imperatori, defending champions Team StarChase got their season off to a near-perfect start and top the leaderboard just six points clear of Rodolfo Avila of Macau, competing with two-time champions Team Jebsen. Series newcomer Brian Wong became the first USA driver to stand upon the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia podium in Shanghai, and his strong debut performance puts him third in the points.

China’s Wang Jian Wei with Chinese Porsche dealer entry Team BetterLife, who also made his debut in Shanghai, tops the Class B category for non-professional racers and also lies fourth overall. Snapping at his heels in Class B is Hong Kong’s Wayne Shen just six points adrift, followed by Francis Tjia.

In Zhuhai, expect the LKM Racing duo of two-time champion Darryl O’Young of Hong Kong and Japan’s Keita Sawa to be back with a vengeance after an unlucky second outing in Shanghai which dealt their title aspirations a severe blow. Newcomer Davide Rizzo of Italy will make his debut in Zhuhai and could well provide some surprises, while former Class B champion Philip Ma of Hong Kong is back having missed out on the opening two rounds.

With Mok Weng Sun of Singapore unable to make the Zhuhai races, the series welcomes back Canadian Christian Chia who joins brothers Marcel and Francis Tjia at OpenRoad Racing.

The record field of 26 identical Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars will line up on the grid for two races on Zhuhai’s 4.3km fast, challenging circuit.

Supporting the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia are two of the most recognised names in international motorsport, Mobil1 and Michelin. Mobil and Porsche have been partners since 1996. Close co-operation in research and development has led to every new Porsche engine being filled with Mobil1 high-performance lubricant. Porsche Carrera Cup Asia drivers also have the advantage of racing on cutting-edge tyres supplied by series partner Michelin. The consistent performance and leading technology of Michelin tyres constantly improve the performance of many teams in international motorsport. The partnership between Michelin and the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia has emerged from a worldwide agreement signed between Porsche AG and the Michelin group.

The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is organised and promoted by Malaysian based Motorsport Asia Ltd.
Rounds 3 & 4 – Provisional Entry List
No.3/Alain LI (HKG)/B/Alain Li
No.5/Yuey TAN (SIN)/B/Wimobilize McElrea Racing
No.7/Jeffrey LEE (TPE)/B/Team Pauian Archiland
No.9/WANG Jian Wei (CHN)/B/Team BetterLife
No.11/Ringo CHONG (SIN)/B/Team Kangshun
No.15/Keith VONG (MAC)/B/Asia Racing Team
No.16/Wayne SHEN (HKG)/B/Modena Motorsports
No.18/Marcel TJIA (HKG)/B/OpenRoad Racing
No.20/Rodolfo AVILA (MAC)/A/Team Jebsen
No.21/Francis TJIA (HKG)/B/OpenRoad Racing
No.22/Morris KU Yee Lung (HKG)/B/Team DAYCRAFT
No.23/Paul TRESIDDER (AUS)/B/Paul Tresidder
*No.25/Christian CHIA (CAN)/OpenRoad Racing
No.27/Adrian Henry D’SILVA (MAS)/B/Nexus Racing
No.28/John SHEN (HKG)/B/Modena Motorsports
No.37/Davide RIZZO (ITA)/B/WoYo Racing Team
No.55/Darryl O’YOUNG (HKG)/A/LKM Racing Team
No.59/Philip BRIANDET (SIN)/B/Philip BRIANDET
No.66/Rose TAN (CHN)/B/Team C&D
No.68/MAK Hing Tak (HKG)/B/OMAK
No.77/Jacky YEUNG (HKG)/B/Jacky Yeung
No.83/Dr. MA Chi Min (HKG)/B/Asia Racing Team
No.88/Keita SAWA (JPN)/A/LKM Racing Team
No.89/Brian WONG (USA)/A/Absolute Racing
No.98/Philip MA (HKG)/A/Team Hong Kong Racing
No.99/Alexandre IMPERATORI (SUI)/A/Team StarChase

*Non series registered