The Team Carrera Cup Asia’s #23 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup enjoyed a positive return to the Bathurst 12 Hour, with drivers Van der Drift, Hamprecht, Jinlong and Tresidder qualifying in second around the 3.861-mile circuit.
The squad lost laps early on but each of the four Porsche Carrera Cup Asia talents showed race-winning pace behind the wheel, pushing hard, resulting in a fantastic second place Class B finish.
Chris van der Drift, Team Carrera Cup Asia driver: “It was great to make it to the end of the Bathurst 12 Hour. The race was a lot of fun regardless of the time we lost in the pits. Thank you to my team-mates and Porsche Carrera Cup Asia for making this all possible.”
Philip Hamprecht, Team Carrera Cup Asia driver: “It was a good race, we didn’t plan to have this many stops but it is the way it is. We had a lot of fun, despite losing a number of laps, which we could only get back if the leader had issues. Overall though I enjoyed my time here with my team-mates and Carrera Cup Asia. It’s a cool track and a big event, I’m very glad to have been a part of it.”
Bao Jinlong, Team Carrera Cup Asia driver: “I’ve never driven a track like this, you’re constantly going up and down, with the walls really close. There are a lot of very good drivers here so the competition is tough but we did well.”
Paul Tresidder, Team Carrera Cup Asia driver: “Great result with the Team Carrera Cup Asia car this year. Thank you to everyone at Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, I’m very happy after that race.”
Alexandre Gibot, Head of Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific: “This has been a fantastic weekend for Porsche customers and Earl Bamber Motorsport did everything right to get the win. It’s great to see Porsche on the top step of the podium here for the first time, the drivers did an excellent job. We’re also very proud of the Team Carrera Cup Asia squad, who came here with a talented line-up. All drivers did so well despite the issues and we are delighted that they enjoyed the event and were outpacing more experienced competitors.”