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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

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.

Rodolfo AvilaAsia SuperCar Challenge 2008 champion Rodolfo Avila will race a Ferrari 430 GT at the Macau GP in the brand new Macau GT Cup race.

After celebrating the ASCC title at the wheel of a Ferrari 360 GT, Mastercar Italy and Avila’s sponsors decide to line up a much more competitive car in the most important race of the year.

“It was a tough season, but in the end, I was the champion and we knew the 360 was not the very best car around. My opponents got very good cars and now we need to the prepared for the challenge”, said the 21 years old driver from Macau.

The 6.2km circuit is like no other track in the world, varying in width from 14 meters along the main straight, to just seven meters as it twists through the back streets of the former Portuguese colony.

In keeping with the high calibre of the blue riband Macau GP, the support programme has undergone major enhancements for 2008, with no fewer than four new races. The Macau GT Cup is a 10-lap invitational race for popular grand touring racing cars. Thirty six of these impressive machines will line up on the grid to take the start on the Sunday of the Grand Prix week.

“This is going to be one of the most interesting races to follow. It will be a dream cars grid, and I am sure it will surprise many people. I don’t like to try to predict my results when you are talking about a race at Circuito da Guia. I am aiming high but my opponents are well equipped and there are a couple of European drivers that are looking forward to achieve strong results too”, held Avila.

Speaking about the Macau race, Mastercar Team Manager, Paolo Candusso said, “Rodolfo has been a very good surprise for us this season. We knew his curriculum and past experience but we were also aware of the fact that he didn’t race GT cars before. He fully deserved the ASCC 2008 championship title. Now we’re working hard to prepare the best car and team assistance for him at Macau. This is his home race, and I’m sure he will be very motivated.”

Mastercar Team Principal Mario Crugnola added “This is the third season for us in Asia and we won every single edition of ASCC since we arrived. I’m very happy with the increasing quality levels of drivers and cars this season. Anyway we kept our competitive level high and Rodolfo was a huge help. He is a young driver but he is not merely quick; he races with intelligence which can be very useful in Macau GP.”

Since 2002 Avila has been racing single seaters in Macau GP. This is going to be the very first time that the Macanese sportsman will try a closed cockpit car. “It will be a different experience from last years. I love single seaters and I will miss F3 race but I don’t regret my choice. This year I am focus in GT racing and I have a very good chance to score a historic result for Macau and for everyone who trusted us from the beginning, giving us the opportunity to write a chapter of Macau motor sport history”, said the driver sponsored by Macau Government, MacauSlot.com, BNU, TsingTao, Fat Siu Lau Restaurant, Sujika Crafts and RP Macau.

Avila will shake down his new car in Italy before the Macau GP. After the test the car will be transported immediately to Asia.

Rodolfo AvilaMacanese F3 driver Rodolfo Avila has completed a successful test session with the HBR Motorsport team as part of his Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix race preparation.

After some ups and downs during the International Formula Master first season Rodolfo Avila returned to the F3 cockpit last weekend in the Czech track of Brno. It was the last chance for Avila to drive the Dallara F307-Mercedes Benz before the prestigious end of the year race.

“In the first day of our testing session we used Kumho tyres but we moved to Yokohama in the second day. I felt very comfortable with the car. We made good progress, and I’ve just been getting quicker as the day goes on. It was a productive programme, and we did plenty of setup testing”, said Avila.

The Macau Formula 3 event has long been recognised as the testing ground for future racing superstars. It is the only time champions from the national F3 series’ in Europe, Britain, Germany, and Japan meet to do battle for the ultimate prize, the FIA Formula 3 Intercontinental Cup. Avila knows how difficult is the tricky Guia street circuit but he wants to honour Macau colours at his hometown race.

“Personally, I was pleased with the speed we achieved and with team motivation for the race. My team-mate Carlo Van Dam (German F3 Cup champion) has strong ambitions for this race so I think the teamwork will be profitable. We have a good package to challenge the most tough race of the season”, held the driver proudly sponsored by Macau Government, Macau-slot.com, BNU, CESLAsia, PAL AsiaConsult, TsingTao, Fat Siu Lau Restaurant, Sujika Crafts and PT Asia.

Rodolfo Avila will stay in England until the end of the month to keep his fitness training, and the #28 car will be painted with Macau flag Formula Master livery in Austria. The Macau Grand Prix will be held from 15-18 November 2007.

Rodolfo AvilaMacanese racing driver Rodolfo Avila is going to the final race of the International Formula Master (IFM) season at Monza, Italy. The Macau SAR will help Cram Competition to conquer teams title this weekend for rounds fifteen and sixteen of the championship on 6 and 7 October 2007.

The battle for top team is wide open with three outfits in close contention. Current leaders Avila’s Cram Competition are favourites with 114 points whilst J.D. Motorsport and Alan Racing are closely matched with 89 and 83 points respectively.

“I have to be realistic. This is the last race of the season and I cannot improve too much in the drivers championship standings so I’ll do my best to score valuable points for the team. Our objective is still to achieve 1st position in the Teams’ Championship, and I believe that this year it is truly possible. I know my team-mates Jêrome (D’Ambrosio) and Arturo (Llobell) are focus in the title too”, said Avila.

The Macau Government, Macau-slot.com, BNU, CESLAsia, PAL AsiaConsult, TsingTao, Fat Siu Lau Restaurant, Sujika Crafts and PT Asia supported driver was one the most unlucky drivers around IFM Paddock. The two previous tests at Monza finished earlier due to technical problems but Avila keeps his confidence high for the Italian race meeting.

Avila commented: “Monza is a high-speed track. It is the fastest on the IFM calendar. There are some very fast corners and a chicane where you jump heavily over the kerbstones. Monza is not an easy track and my opponents know the track very well from past championships. Anyway my team works very well together and I am convinced we will be pretty fast since the beginning”.

Rodolfo AvilaRodolfo Avila was unlucky not to get a good result at a dramatic Brands Hatch’s International Formula Master round. The 20 year-old Macanese showed speed to be a major player during the weekend but experienced a very wretched race meeting.

Avila’s bad luck started on Friday qualifying when he was hit by a slower opponent and was relegated from 5th to 9th in the grid. During the first race on Saturday, Avila was fighting for the points until he had to stop in the pits to avoid a major engine problem. “I had an awful start and I lost a couple of places. That was enough to drop me back from the leading group. When I was on 9th again the engine oil and water temperatures suddenly come up and I had to enter in the pits. It was the end of my hopes”, held Avila who returned to the track to make the 3rd best lap of the race and cross the line on 20th.

With clear skies and a packed house, race 2 saw Avila fighting his way up from 20th to 14th in one lap. Unfortunately the Macanese driver and Rahel Frey come together in the second lap at Clark Curve and ended in the gravel. “I really don’t understand how she could hit me there! Although these kinds of accidents are constantly happening when you are in the middle of the pack” said Avila.

“I’m pretty frustrated looking back at the weekend. I really believe that with a little bit of fortune this weekend we could have scored good points over here. Cram mechanics and engineers did an excellent job in car preparation and I continue to be impressed with the dedication and professionalism of the team and their intense desire to win. My team-mates Jêrome D’Ambrosio and Arturo Llobell won the two races here, and I just need to have different luck because something bad always happens to me”, concluded the driver supported by Macau Government, Macau-slot.com, BNU, CESLAsia, PAL AsiaConsult, TsingTao, Fat Siu Lau Restaurant, Sujika Crafts and PT Asia

International Formula Master’s round 15 and 16 will take place on 6/7 October in Monza, Italy. Avila is confident that he can get a good result in the last race of the season.

Rodolfo AvilaMacanese single-seater driver Rodolfo Avila went to Belgium to contest for the first time the hotly disputed “Zandvoort Master of F3” at Zolder. For the Macau SAR representative this race was a test on a high level scenario for the end of the year Macau Grand Prix – FIA Intercontinental F3 Cup. Avila managed to finish 25th in a harsh weekend.

The single Qualifying session saw Avila battling against an undesirable flu. Even sick Avila put the No. 25 HBR Motorsport Dallara F307-Mercedes Benz in thirty third on the 36 cars grid. “I just wanted to go home as I was feeling very weak but I knew I had to do it. We started to catch up the pace with new tyres and in other circumstances I could achieved a better time”, he said.

The 27 lap after lunch race was held in warm, sunny weather, with considerably higher temperatures than Saturday’s qualifying, one of the most challenging events on the Macanese driver calendar this season. Avila did a nice start and climbed several positions until he was hit from behind. The 20 years old driver ended in the back of the field. He pushed on but was unable to make an impressive headway. In the last two laps the aero kit side wings broke which denied him to keep pushing.

“I’m slightly upset with the final result but we chose to race here instead of practicing alone. We decided to fight with ‘big guys’ to understand our level at the point. Racing is the best way to get involved with the team. Now we know what we should do to improve”, said the driver supported by Macau Government, Macau-slot.com, BNU, CESLAsia, PAL AsiaConsult, TsingTao, Fat Siu Lau Restaurant, Sujika Crafts and PT Asia.

With this result Avila got the 15th position for Macau in the “F3 Nations Cup” after competing with 21 countries and territories. This was the first time that Macau flag was waved on this European rising stars prestigious motorsport event.

Following two test days and two race events in two weeks, Avila will be back in action later in August. International Formula Master rounds 11 and 12 will take place in Oschersleben, Germany on 25 and 26 August 2007. Avila is occupying the 14th position on the Pan-European TV-Channel Eurosport supported championship.

Rodolfo AvilaMacanese single-seater racing driver Rodolfo Avila had a pretty wretched round in the streets of Porto, Portugal. In his racing debut at Portugal, Macau SAR motorsport ambassador failed to finish both races – one due to an opponent mistake and another one due to mechanical reasons.

Rodolfo Avila believed he could have finished higher up the grid had he not being hit by a gearbox problem during qualifying. The Cram Competition #26 Formula S2000 did a solitary fast lap during the 30 minutes session. “I couldn’t downshift properly between 3rd and 2nd gear so we decided to stop. This was a big disappointment for me. Normally on a street circuit there is no opportunity to overtake and Porto isn’t different. I’ve to confess this Qualifying time ruined my hopes to get a good result in Portugal”, held Avila.

Race 1 saw Avila trying to get the best possible position for Race 2. He made his usual, spectacular progress through the field, getting up to 17th place with some fantastic overtaking. Unfortunately, having passed Massimo Torre earlier in the first lap, he was hit by him from behind in lap three. This collision spun Avila around and out of the race. “I don’t know what he was thinking about. He would never pass me there”.

Race 2 was even shorter to Avila. In the first lap the Macanese driver had to go straight forward in the first chicane to avoid a crash with Massimo Torre (again).

“Apparently Torre tried to overtake me again where it was impossible and he bashed me but I managed somehow to avoid it at the last moment. To get back to the track I had to reverse and it was the reverse gear that damaged the gearbox. I just stopped in the pits with the gearbox stuck in 5th. For me the Portuguese weekend was very unsatisfactory because I didn’t finish any race! In both races I suffered problems which weren’t my fault”, explained.

This spell of bad luck will surely end soon and allow Avila to start scoring. IFM rounds 9 and 10 will take place in Anderstorp, Sweden on 28 and 29 July 2007, where Avila is looking for better (Porto) luck. Meanwhile, the Macau driver is looking forward to set off his Macau Grand Prix F3 preparation.

“I just hope that somebody else doesn’t want to crash into me next race weekend because four times this season is already more than enough. I am a bit annoyed about what happened in the races at Circuito da Boavista, but there is nothing I can do about that now”, says the driver sponsored by Macau Government, Macau-slot.com, BNU, CESLAsia, PAL AsiaConsult, TsingTao, Fat Siu Lau Restaurant, Sujika Crafts and PT Asia.