Team Jebsen is revving its engine for the start of its most important season to date as the championship-winning Chinese Porsche dealer racing outfit prepares to contest the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia for the tenth time. On board for what Team Jebsen predicts will be the toughest season in series’ history is talented Macau driver Rodolfo Avila, competing with the team for a fifth year.
The pairing of Avila with China’s longest-established Porsche dealer team has proven a powerful one, with the combination of Porsche expertise and driving talent seeing Team Jebsen finish in the top five every year amongst increasingly fierce international competition.
Breaking cover at the official pre-season test in Malaysia earlier in March was the spectacular, brand new Team Jebsen Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991), which makes its Asian debut this year with the championship. Smartly liveried with the Jebsen Group emblem and resplendent in its blue-hued design, which accentuates the signature curves of the iconic Porsche 911, Avila immediately hailed the cutting-edge technology of the pure GT racing steed as a ‘big evolution’.
More powerful than ever, the new racing car features improvements across the board, from brakes to handling to tyres, with the pre-season test promising dramatically faster lap times.
In addition to the new car, Team Jebsen also has a new Race Engineer on board. Minal Kanagasundaram has extensive experience in race car engineering, vehicle dynamics and driver coaching in the FIA World Touring Car Championship, the Le Mans Intercontinental Cup, Formula 1, V8 Supercars, DTM as well as the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.
The race for a third title starts from 28 - 30 March 2014, for Team Jebsen when the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia blasts off the starting grid at the 2014 FORMULA 1 PETRONAS MALAYSIA GRAND PRIX. There Avila will be sharing the tarmac with the superstars of Formula 1 as he tackles the challenging 5.54km Sepang International Circuit amongst a strong field of 28 competing cars, the largest in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia’s history.
The opening round is psychologically crucial with a strong showing at the season-opener buoying the team at the start of what will be a gruelling 11-round, seven-stop battle for the title.
From Malaysia, Team Jebsen heads to Shanghai for the 2014 FORMULA 1 UBS CHINESE GRAND PRIX, before a double-header at the Zhuhai International Circuit in the Pearl River Delta Region. The region’s premier GT championship then leaves China’s shores to make its debut at Japan’s legendary Fuji International Speedway in the shadow of the country’s highest mountain, before returning to Malaysia. The final run to the championship title continues with a third Formula 1 support race, this time on the glittering street circuit of the Lion City at Singapore’s Marina Bay before a triumphant return to China and the Shanghai season-closer at the Sportscar Champions Festival in October.
Armed with talent, expertise, nine seasons of experience, unwavering resolve and a new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Team Jebsen sets out on its quest to prove it has the competitive edge against formidable opposition at the highest level of sportscar competition in Asia. Team Jebsen doesn’t simply live the dream, it races it.
Quotes from Team Jebsen
“It’s going to be a fantastic season! Team Jebsen has a completely different approach for our tenth season. We have greater ambition for what we want to achieve both on the track and away from it. With the new car, our goal is set higher than ever – to win races and fight for the championship. It’s great to have new Race Engineer Minal Kanagasundaram on board, and he brings a wealth of additional experience to the team. I hope I can learn a lot from him.
The new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991) feels really good. It’s a big evolution, better, faster and with enhanced technology. Exactly a racing driver’s dream! The wheelbase is longer and it feels more stable, especially down the straights. The big difference is the brakes. They have a different feel and the modulation is impressive. The Michelin tyres are better too and enable more consistent lap times.”
2014 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia
Provisional Race Calendar
|March 28 – 30||Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia||Formula 1 Support Race||Round 1|
|April 18 – 20||Shanghai International Circuit, China||Formula 1 Support Race||Round 2|
|May 09 – 11||Zhuhai International Circuit, China||China Touring Car Championship||Rounds 3&4|
|June 06 – 08||Fuji International Speedway, Japan||One Make Series Festival||Rounds 5&6|
|August 15 – 17||Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia||Asian Festival of Speed||Rounds 7&8|
|September 19 – 21||Marina Bay Circuit, Singapore||Formula 1 Support Race||Round 9|
|October 17 – 19||Shanghai International Circuit, China||Sportscar Champions Festival||Rounds 10&11|
About Rodolfo Avila
Car No: 20
Avila began his career in karts, attending the Macau Karting School at 14, and winning the Macau Karting International A (Group B) a year later. In 2002, he graduated to single seater racing, becoming the youngest driver ever to compete at the Macau Grand Prix, racing in the Formula Renault event.
He took the Asian Formula Renault Challenge championship title the following year, making his Formula 3 Grand Prix debut at Macau in 2004. His career continued its extraordinary ascent, with Rookie honours in the Asian Formula 3 Championship in 2005, finishing 5th overall. A season in the prestigious British Formula 3 Championship saw him end the year 4th in the National Class for newcomers.
Avila made the switch to sportscar racing in 2008, when he became the youngest ever Asian Supercar Challenge Champion. He made his Porsche Carrera Cup Asia debut in 2009, taking pole position and a podium finish in his very first race and ending the season second runner up. Avila joined Team Jebsen for the 2010 season and in 2011 was just two points away from winning the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia title. He has continued his impressive consistency amongst and increasingly-competitive field, raising his game to secure the second runner-up position in 2012 and 2013.
About Team Jebsen
This year marks the tenth full Porsche Carrera Cup Asia season for Team Jebsen, having taken the championship title in 2006 and 2008. Along the way, the team has earned 18 race victories together with 67 podiums.
Team Jebsen is backed by the Jebsen Group. Established in 1895 in Hong Kong, the Group has since expanded its activities into a comprehensive business network throughout China and Taiwan. Today, the Jebsen Group is structured around four strategic business units targeting the consumer, industrial, beverage and luxury sectors.
Jebsen is a name synonymous with Porsche in the region, having first brought the marque to Hong Kong in 1955. Today Jebsen operates the largest and longest-established Porsche dealer group in Asia. In addition to Porsche Centre Hong Kong, Jebsen operates Porsche Centres in Macau, Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.
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