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Alexandre ImperatoriAfter the opening rounds of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia’s tenth triumphant season last month saw some of the most spectacular racing ever seen in Asia, the region’s premier sportscar series takes the championship battle to Southern China for Rounds 3 and 4 from June 1 to 3 at the 4.3km Zhuhai International Circuit.

The exceptional Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car grid features an unrivalled line-up of international professionals and exciting newcomers, all eager to prove their mettle against seasoned veterans.

Topping the leaderboard as the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia heads to Zhuhai is PICC Team StarChase driver Alexandre Imperatori, whose impressive pole position and two race wins in Shanghai makes the 24-year-old the driver to beat. With new reverse grid regulations for race two, the Shanghai-based Swiss star put on a dazzling display as he maneuvered his way through the hard-charging pack to grab his second victory of the weekend. Having seized victory in the opening rounds, Imperatori’s rivals are determined to break his six-race winning streak, which began last August, and turn the tables in Zhuhai.

Said reigning Porsche Carrera Cup Asia champion, LKM Racing’s Keita Sawa of Japan, currently second in the overall title race: “Defending the championship is not going to be easy with so much talent and experience this season. Alexandre has so far set the pace, and now I must step up to the challenge and find a way to make up the seven points which separate our team and first place.”

Sportscar and series newcomer Tung Ho-Ping, racing with Budweiser Team StarChase, lies third in the points. Tung’s eighth-place finish in Round 1 gave him pole position for the second race, where he took the final podium place.

Fourth in the standings after a strong debut is fellow series newcomer, Benjamin Rouget of France with Team Yongda Dongfang, one of three new Porsche China dealer team entries. Also expected to be right on the pace in Zhuhai are Team Jebsen’s Rodolfo Avila of Macau, and talented Austrian Martin Ragginger with new Porsche China dealer Team Eagle – Jiejun & Junbaojie.

At the wheel of the Team Carrera Cup Asia Porsche 911 GT3 Cup will be guest driver and 2004 champion Matthew Marsh.

Reigning Class B champion, Wang Jian Wei of Team Betterlife, will be on the hunt for his first overall podium finish in Zhuhai, while Italian Davide Rizzo returns to the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia in Zhuhai, having won five Class B races in his Porsche Carrera Cup Asia debut in 2011.

Fifth overall and second in the Class B title fight, one point behind Rizzo’s BBT team mate Anthony Liu of China, is series newcomer Egidio Perfetti with Seminole Racing Team. The Singapore-based driver made a stunning debut in Shanghai, with a second-place finish in Round 1 and his first Porsche Carrera Cup Asia victory in Round 2. Currently third in Class B is Wayne Shen with Modena Motorsports, whose exciting battle with on-track rival Francis Tjia of OpenRoad Racing in Round 2 saw him earn the final Class B podium place.

Qualifying and Round 3 of the 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia will be held on Saturday, June 2, while Round 2, where the top eight finishers in the first race will be reversed on the grid, will be held on Sunday, June 3.

Rounds 3&4 – Provisional Entry List
No.1/Keita SAWA (JPN)/LKM Racing Team
No. 3/*Matthew MARSH (HKG)/A/Team Carrera Cup Asia
No. 5/Yuey TAN (SIN)/B/McElrea Racing
No. 6/ZHENG Ting (CHN)/B/BBT
No. 8/Benjamin ROUGET (FRA)/Team Yongda Dongfang
No. 9/WANG Jian Wei (CHN)/Team Betterlife
No. 11/Ringo CHONG (SIN)/Team Kangshun
No. 16/Wayne SHEN (HKG)/B/Modena Motorsport
No. 18/Marcel TJIA (HKG)/B/OpenRoad-ART Motorsports
No. 20/Rodolfo AVILA (MAC)/Team Jebsen
No. 21/Francis TJIA (HKG)/B/OpenRoad Racing
No. 23/Paul TRESIDDER (AUS)/B/Hewlett Motorsport
No. 25/Christian CHIA (CAN)/B/OpenRoad-ART Motorsports
No. 27/Adrian Henry D’SILVA (MAS)/B/Nexus Racing
No. 28/John SHEN (HKG)/B/Modena Motorsports
No. 31/*TBC/PS Racing
No. 37/Davide RIZZO (ITA)/BBT
No. 55/*Sean HE/PS Racing
No. 66/Rose TAN (CHN)/Team C&D
No. 68/MAK Hing Tak (HKG)/B/OMAK
No. 78/ZHANG Da Sheng (CHN)/Team Basetex
No. 81/HUANG Chu Han (CHN)/B/Hede
No. 83/Dr. MA Chi Min (HKG)/B/Dr. Ma Chi Min
No. 86/Martin RAGGINGER (AUT)/Team Eagle – Jiejun & Junbaojie
No. 88/Egidio PERFETTI (SUI)/B/Seminole Racing Team
No. 96/LI Chao (CHN)/B/Asia Racing Team/Team JR
No. 98/Ho-Pin TUNG (CHN)/Budweiser Team StarChase
No. 99/Alexandre IMPERATORI (HKG)/PICC Team StarChase

*Non series registered

Alexandre ImperatoriPICC Team StarChase and star driver Alexandre Imperatori stunned their rivals at the weekend with a wheel-perfect performance against the strongest field ever in Porsche Carrera Cup Asia history.

Pole position and two superb victories see the team at the top of the championship leaderboard with an encouraging seven point lead. Imperatori set the fastest lap both races for good measure, completing a perfect weekend.

The weekend heralded the start of an exciting new partnership between PICC, Team StarChase, one of China’s top racing teams, and sparkling young racing talent Imperatori.

Said Imperatori, as he celebrated with the team in this home city of Shanghai: “It was a tough but ultimately successful weekend for us, and no better way to begin the season. I believe our pole position was an important psychological moment for us as it was difficult to gauge from testing and practice if we really did have the edge against this unprecedented field.”

“It’s an encouraging start to the season and our championship campaign, but Round 2 certainly proved that it is going to be incredibly competitive. Watch this space!”

As the region’s most competitive and prestigious international sportscar championship got its 10th season underway at the 2012 FORMULA 1 UBS CHINESE GRAND PRIX in Shanghai, PICC Team StarChase were on the pace from the word ‘go’.

Imperatori threw down the gauntlet to his 27 rivals early on, snatching pole position for Round 1 with a scorching lap of the 5.5km Shanghai International Circuit of under two minutes nine seconds, the only driver to do so.

Having given the 24-year-old Imperatori the perfect car with which to take pole, and the all-important championship point which went with it, expert race engineer Frank Rohwer and his technical team ensured the Shanghai-based Swiss ace was in great shape for the first race of the season.

As the lights went out, Imperatori was away like lightning and never look back. Crossing the line with an impressive margin of almost eight seconds from his closest challenger, he had paced the 12 laps perfectly to ensure he was ready for all takers.

Sunday, however, brought a far more testing task. New for the 2012 season is the reverse grid system which sees the first eight finishers in race one reverse for the start of the second race.

While victory in Round 1 may have given PICC Team StarChase a strong moral boost, starting from the fourth row for Round 2, amongst an enormously-competitive field, meant the team had their work cut out for them.

Off the grid, Imperatori was on the hunt for places, as the seven cars ahead jostled for position at break-neck speed. Holding his nerve, he piled on the pressure ever watchful for potential incidents up ahead.

Lap 8 saw the drama unfurl, as a challenge at the front of the pack saw a fast-paced change of position, with cars running wide, coming together, and rejoining the chase. Grabbing his chance, Imperatori’s lightning reactions helped him navigate his way through the melee to claim the race lead in a performance that was nothing short of jaw-dropping. Flat out the flag, he had managed to pull out a margin of more than four seconds by the finish.

Brains, courage and skill, combined with the perfect car, had given Imperatori and PICC Team StarChase the victory, one which tasted all the sweeter for the white-knuckle ride it had been. The race was hailed by one and all as the most exciting in Porsche Carrera Cup Asia history.

The weekend was doubly successful for the team when their second Porsche Carrera Cup Asia entry, for China’s Tung Ho-Pin in the Budweiser Team StarChase car, finished third in Round 2. With Tung joining Imperatori on the podium, it was a proud moment for the team.

Said StarChase Chief Operations Officer Mr. Robby Niermann: “We’re delighted to leave Shanghai at the top of the leaderboard, but the weekend has shown that we’re competing right at the pinnacle of the sport this year. We’re going to have to be completely at the top of our game all year. More than ever, there is zero room for error.”

“We are also extremely proud to have a second car this season, and to have another talented driver on board. We are equally committed to supporting both Alex and Ho-Pin to capture as many race wins as possible for the team,” added Niermann.

Team StarChase will be back in action to continue their quest to capture the 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia title at the Zhuhai International Circuit from June 1-3.

Team BetterLifeAsia Racing Team has entered into a collaborative partnership with Team BetterLife where Team BetterLife will field the No.9 and the No.96 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup prepared by Asia Racing Team for all seven rounds in 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.

Founded in November 2003 by a group of successful Macau entrepreneurs, Asia Racing Team have been heavily involved with the preparation and development on all types of racecars from single-seater to GT cars, racing for the first time in 2009 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia with two overall wins.

Team BetterLife is the racing arm of BetterLife Group. The company is perceived as the premium car specialists in the Beijing area and runs Porsche Centre Beijing Yizhuang, Porsche Centre Beijing Haidian and Porsche Centre Tianjin.

Reigning Class B champion Wang Jian Wei makes the move to the professional category this season, and will make his Class A debut. In the car No.9 the first ever Mainland Chinese Porsche Carrera Cup Asia champion will line up alongside Beijing’s Li Chao, who is making his sportscar first appearance. The No. 96 car will be entered in Class B and will give Team BetterLife a chance to be well represented in both classes.

Philippe Descombes, Team Manager of Asia Racing Team: “To be chosen by BetterLife Group is a huge reward for the work we’ve done in recent years, and also a huge responsibility. We look forward to working together and developing a top-tier team over the coming years.”

Zuo Lin, General Manager of Porsche BetterLife Group: “Asia Racing Team’s competence and track record are well known in China, which is why we were very keen to develop a relationship with them. Partnering with Asia Racing Team provides our drivers with the foundation they need to succeed, and we are thrilled to have this new partnership to further enhance our winning racing heritage.”

Alexandre ImperatoriThe trials and tribulations of a challenging weekend at the Ordos International Circuit last month have done nothing to dent the formidable resolve and enthusiasm of reigning Porsche Carrera Cup Asia champions Team StarChase. Quite the opposite in fact, as the two-time title holders head overseas to Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit.

A storming start to the 2011 season saw Team StarChase dominate the opening four races with a run of unbroken victories and, despite experiencing a number of misfortunes at the new Inner Mongolian circuit in July, the team is just one point away from the top of the leaderboard heading to Malaysia.

Team StarChase driver Alexandre Imperatori, 24, is chomping at the bit to race on one of his favourite circuits in the world, and get the team’s campaign to capture a record-breaking third championship title back on track: “I can’t wait to attack the weekend! We have unfinished business from Ordos, and I want to put things right in Malaysia,” he says. “Sepang is an awesome circuit, definitely one of the top worldwide. It is very technical, with blind corners, fast corners, and is very flowing. Overall, it’s a complete track where you need to be on top of your game to perform. And it’s massive fun to drive there!”

Imperatori knows the 5.6km track well, and he and Team StarChase, which is supported by TransAsia Airways and PICC, tested the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup there during the winter. He believes his track experience and the team’s expertise could give them an edge. “Obviously most of the drivers are also familiar with the track, but I believe we should have a strong package for Sepang,” he said.

Rounds 7 and 8 of the 11-race Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 2011 season will be held at the Sepang circuit as part of a Porsche Weekend of racing and activities.

StarChase Holdings was established in 2006, and is one of the leading dealer groups for Porsche in China today. More information can be found on the official website: www.starchase.com.cn.

Wang Jian WeiThe battle for the region’s most prestigious GT championship title heads to Malaysia next week when the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia takes to the 5.6km Sepang International Circuit for Rounds 7 and 8 of the 2011 season.

The stage is set for a spectacular return to the Malaysian track, the series having last raced there in 2009. Team Jebsen’s Rodolfo Avila of Macau leads the charge as the record field of 26 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars embarks on the second half of the season. Avila shot to the top of the leaderboard with a victory in the last round at Ordos, Inner Mongolia, and at Sepang can expect to face stiff opposition from the likes of Team StarChase driver Alexandre Imperatori, who won the first four races of the season and now trails Avila by just a single point. Racing commitments elsewhere mean the Swiss ace will hand the wheel over to reigning Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Christian Menzel of Germany for the Singapore round next month, so Imperatori must score maximum points in Malaysia to remain in the championship race.

The LKM Racing Team duo of Keita Sawa, third in the standings, and FIA WTCC regular Darryl O’Young will also be on the hunt for points, as will series newcomer Brian Wong of the USA who is making a remarkable debut in Asia.

In Class B, the competition will be just as fierce. Team BetterLife’s Wang Jian Wei of China will be seeking to continue his phenomenal series debut, but on-form rivals Francis Tjia of OpenRoad Racing and Team Kangshun’s Ringo Chong are snapping at his heals in the points. Woyo Racing’s Davide Rizzo of Italy, who made both his series and motorsport competition debut at the start of the season, will be one to watch having won twice in the category in Ordos, taking pole position for good measure.

As the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia prepares to race outside China for the first time this season, both the overall and Class B championship titles remain wide open. The fast, sweeping Sepang International Circuit, host of the Malaysian round of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship and venue for the series’ pre-season test, will be in stark contrast to Inner Mongolia’s tight and twisting Ordos track, demanding a radically different set up and driving style.

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.

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

Alexandre ImperatoriNew Team StarChase driver signing Alexandre Imperatori proved why he was an inspired choice for Porsche Carrera Cup Asia reigning champions when he took two superb victories in the opening rounds last weekend in his TransAsia Airways-backed Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.

In front of cheering home crowds, the 23-year-old Shanghai-based star didn’t put a wheel wrong on his way to both victories, seizing and holding the lead in the opening race, and then charging unchallenged from pole-to-flag in the second.

The two victories not only put Team StarChase firmly on track for a successful title defence, but also bring their unbroken tally of wins at the 5.5km Shanghai International Circuit to an impressive nine. It was also a superb start to the partnership between Team StarChase and TransAsia Airways, a winning combination that will continue when the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia arrives in Singapore in September for 2011 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX.

Said Imperatori following his second, emphatic victory: “Two wins on my series and Porsche racing debut is fantastic. It’s a great result for the team, and I’m pleased to repay their faith in me. There’s a long way to go in the championship, but it’s good to come away on top of the leaderboard, although I do know it’s going to be a tough season ahead.”

Although the end result in Shanghai was the best possible, it wasn’t all plane sailing. The drama began on the Friday of race weekend, when the team’s practice session – and crucial track time for Imperatori and his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car – came to an abrupt and premature end after the main drive belt inexplicably broke. Undeterred, the team took to the track for Saturday’s 30-minute qualifying session and immediately impressed setting the second quickest time, just one hundredth of a second off pole.

Team StarChase lined up on the front of the grid, the car shod with brand new Michelins, for the start of their championship defence. After a strong getaway, Imperatori briefly lost a position but some plucky manoeuvring saw him quickly reclaim his place behind the leader.

Holding his concentration during a Safety Car period, Imperatori resumed his challenge for victory as racing resumed, hauling in the leader before making his move to successfully seize the lead on lap six. From there, Team StarChase were in control all the way to the flag and Imperatori’s first victory on his debut outing with the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.

Starting Round 2 from pole position, Imperatori got away well off the grid, which proved to be crucial as carnage ensued behind him: “I got a proper start this time, which was key as I saw in my mirrors what was happening behind. I just had to concentrate to keep the lead, particularly in the first few laps as I was on old tyres. After four or five laps, I just managed the tyres so I wouldn’t be in trouble at the end of the race, and kept an eye on the gap from the rest of the pack. In the end, it was a comfortable win, but I am very much aware that it won’t always be this easy!”

Team StarChase will be back in action at the Pearl River Delta Region’s Zhuhai International Circuit next month, for two races as part of the China Touring Car Championship. Imperatori will be very much at home in Zhuhai, as it was there where he began his career in junior single seaters, and later raced with A1GP. However, it will be his first time racing a Porsche on the 4.3km circuit, although as he more than proved this weekend in Shanghai, if it has four wheels, he can race it – and win.

StarChase Holdings was established in 2006, and is one of the leading dealer groups for Porsche in China today. More information can be found on the official website: www.starchase.com.cn.

Rodolfo AvilaRodolfo Avila is relishing another big test of his career this weekend when he becomes the first Macau driver to line up in the famous Singapore Grand Prix, on the stunning Marina Bay Street Circuit, the highlight of the 2009 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia season.

Marina Bay is the first and only street circuit on this year’s calendar and the venue is part of the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix weekend from September 25-27. Championship top-3 contender Avila is staying calm ahead of the Singapore race saying, “Singapore poses an awesome driving challenge, and I am proud to be the first Macanese to race in this prestigious event. Anyway I am taking the race as any other race and I am focus to get another podium.”

In what is proving to be a brilliant Porsche Carrera Cup Asia series debut, Asia Racing Team’s driver continues to prove he is a serious title contender with five podium finishes thus far, including two victories, the 22-year old from Macau is just three points behind two-time PCCA champion. “I don’t expect an easy weekend. The circuit requires 100% concentration and accuracy. I never drove in this track before and I just have one session of 30 minutes to get familiar with the track. All my opponents raced year last here, and this race will have some quick guest drivers too”, held Avila.

The event will be held in the city’s marina area on a 5.067 km temporary street circuit that runs down Raffles Boulevard and over the mouth of the Singapore river past City Hall into Raffles Avenue, home to luxury hotels and imposing skyscrapers. Avila’s Macanese race engineer Duarte Alves shares the same optimism and caution: “As many street circuits, the Singaporean track is very challenging. This street circuit has a total of 23 corners, more than usual for a race circuit. The grip level is very poor at the beginning of the weekend and the asphalt very bumpy. We need to find a good setup quickly as the practice time is short, and we need to take a special attention to the tires performance. I believe if Rodolfo trusts in the car from the beginning we have chance to leave Singapore with a good result.”

During the summer break Avila received good news. An old-time sponsor came along right on time for the Singapore GP – TsingTao Beer / San Chon Hong Macau. “I am extremely pleased they have now decided to join us in Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and, as with all our sponsors, we will be working hard to ensure they derive the maximum commercial benefit possible from their partnership with us.”

But the best for Avila is yet to come. The Macanese ace expects a very good new in the end of the week: “I can’t reveal anything about it right now but, if everything goes according to plan, this is going to be a major boost for our outfit and for Macau motorsports”.

The event kicks off for the Macau, BNU, RPmacau, Fat Siu Lau, Sujika Crafts, PAL Asiaconsult, Asia Creative Group and TsingTao Beer / San Chon Hong Macau sponsored Porsche 997 GT3 Cup with Free Practice at 20.00 on Friday 25 September. Saturday features the Qualifying session at 17.45. The 12-lap race will take place at 17.30 on Sunday 27 September and will be aired live on Channel 5 – Mediacorp, the biggest broadcasting station in Singapore.

Rodolfo AvilaMacau motor racing ace Rodolfo Avila is gearing up for the 2009 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia season “home race” at the Zhuhai International Circuit with high hopes.

Avila made his first steps in car racing at Zhuhai track but he never drove a Porsche 997 GT3 Cup there. Last year the Macanese driver came 2nd in Asian GT Series’ March Race.

Speaking about his “home” event, Avila said, “I’m looking forward to this weekend. I can say Zhuhai is my second-home. The circuit is right on the other side of Macau’s border and my team’s workshop is there. It’s always special to get the chance to race in front of my family, friends and sponsors when there is a big event like this. ”

Series newcomer from Macau, at just 22 years-of-age the youngest driver in the field, lies 3rd in the championship standings. Having taken pole position on his debut and following it up with two podium finishes at Shanghai, the Asia Racing Team driver suffered a setback in the last round at Beijing, denting his points tally but keeping his position.

“I think we are definitely prepared for the Zhuhai race. We will just go into this race like we have the others, and take it one session at a time. Hopefully, we can bring home the best overall result so far. I know the track very well but all my opponents raced here before in Porsche Carrera Cup. As its very important to finish every race due to the current points system, I won’t take unnecessary risks but I’ll do my best”, said Avila.

Apart from the sensational start of the season, Avila is still short on budget for the rest of the 2009 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia season.

“The situation hasn’t changed from the previous races and my budget is not complete yet. I don’t know what is going to happen after this race. We have been doing a massive effort to honour our sponsorship agreements. BNU, RPmacau, Fat Siu Lau, Sujika Crafts and PAL Asiaconsult believed in this project from the beginning and I want to payback. We definitely did the right choice to move to these series as the exposure has been above our expectations”, concluded the Asia SuperCar Challenge 2008 champion.

The Pan Delta Super Racing Festival weekend starts on Friday with two Free Practice sessions. Qualifying for Round 5 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia will be held on Saturday, June 20, with two, 12-lap races on Sunday, June 21.