Team Jebsen and driver Rodolfo Avila of Macau teamed up for the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia’s most competitive season yet, once again raising their game and stepping up to take on the toughest field of sportscar racers ever assembled in the region.
This season the Team Jebsen Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car sported a stealth razzle-dazzle camouflage inspired livery in the signature Jebsen colours, with Avila ready to go on the attack and fight for race wins.
Following an official test in Malaysia at the Sepang International Circuit in March, the season got underway a few weeks later at the same track supporting the Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix and one of three Formula 1 events that the Team Jebsen would race at this season. Team Jebsen and Avila got their campaign off to a promising start, earning a fifth-place finish after gaining two hard-fought places from their original grid position.
Less than a month later, Team Jebsen and Avila arrived for their first home race in Shanghai with two races in support of the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix. With Team Jebsen fans cheering on the No. 20 car, the team celebrated its first podium of the season in Round 3 and, more importantly, found the pace they would need to fight for the rest of the year. Avila made a gutsy move at the start to power past his rival and take third, while closing in on second before running out of laps to make another move.
The series next travelled to the Zhuhai International Circuit, which neighbours Avila’s home city of Macau. With the 26-year old spending much of his time at the 4.3km circuit, the second home round for Team Jebsen proved to be fruitful. The team showed blitzing speed while managing to fully maximize their track knowledge to take two second-place finishes and recording the fastest lap in Round 4. The team’s Zhuhai success moved them up to third on the leaderboard as the plains of Inner Mongolia beckoned.
Racing at the Ordos International Circuit brings about a unique set of challenges, but Team Jebsen fought hard to take a third-place finish in Round 6. Round 7 showed Avila’s determination to fight for the championship after a shunt by a rival pushed him down to 14th in the order and he was forced to work his way through the highly competitive field to finish a creditable eighth.
Despite the difficulties in Ordos, Team Jebsen arrived at South Korea’s brand new Inje Speedium International Circuit third on the championship leaderboard and with plenty of determination to complete the second half of the season on a high note. The fast and technically challenge track gave Team Jebsen precious little time to nail the set-up, but the team’s hard work paid off when they finished third in Round 8 to take their third podium of 2013.
From Korea, next Singapore came calling with a race in support of Formula 1’s only night race – the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix. The short but dramatic race saw Avila charge his way through the field after he was the innocent victim in two separate first-lap incidents. It was a superb recovery, coming from near last in the field to to cross the finish line in sixth.
Heading into the final race of the season Team Jebsen lay third on the leaderboard and, while still in contention for the title, the team decided on a strategy to ensure they finished in the top three for the third year in a row. Returning to the Shanghai International Circuit, the pressure was on to deliver a strong performance. Avila came within eight-tenths of a second of pole position and in the penultimate race of the championship, he and the team were able to secure third place. Team Jebsen afforded themselves a small celebration before heading out back on track for Round 12.
Without the need to safeguard championship points, Avila made a strong start as the lights went out was a tightly coiled spring waiting to pounce upon every opportunity. His performance saw him move up the order and just miss out on a podium finish in the last championship race of the year.
With the championship finished, Team Jebsen and Avila next took to the streets of Macau for an unbelievable season finale invitational as part of the 60th Macau Grand Prix.
After a strong qualifying, Team Jebsen lined up on the second row of the grid, but heavy rain poured down for much of the race. The treacherous conditions saw multiple accidents and made passing almost impossible. Following the Safety Car start, Avila did his best to hold the position, ultimately finishing fifth
In 2014, the PCCA series will introduce the stunning new 991 GT3 Cup car and Team Jebsen will be back for more success. Stay tuned!
About Team Jebsen
For Team Jebsen, 2013 marks the nineth full season in the series, having taken the championship title in 2006 and 2008. Along the way, the team has earned 18 race wins together with 67 podiums.
Team Jebsen is backed by the Jebsen Group, which established in 1895 in Hong Kong, operates throughout China and Taiwan 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 Group has become the largest and longest-established Porsche dealer group in Asia. In addition to Porsche Centre Hong Kong, the group operates Porsche Centres in Macau, Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.