Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia Round 2 Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia May 9, 2004 Weather – hot and clearThai driver Charoensukhawatana Nattavude takes Round 2 win after thrilling battle
Fuspeed Racing’s Charoensukhawatana Nattavude emerged victorious today in Round 2 of the Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia after a nail biting race which saw the hopes of local favourite Rizal Ramli dashed on the penultimate lap of the race when his drive shaft gave way
A-Ha Racing’s Matthew Marsh came in second, having recovered brilliantly from a spin, with reigning champion, Team Infineon-Novellus driver Charles Kwan in third
At the start, Briton Brian Saunders made a blinding getaway off the grid to take pole-man Ramli. Marsh managed to get ahead of Kwan who was stuck on the outside behind Ramli but did well to tuck in behind. A pitched battle then ensued which saw Marsh take the lead before a spin put him back.
At the end of lap 3, Ramli led from Nattavude and Kwan, followed by Saunders who had started to experience clutch problems from lap 1, and a temperature warning light ended his race on lap 7.
Marsh took Kwan at the start of lap 8, and when Ramli stopped on lap 9, it gave the win to Nattavude
Nattavude started from 6th on the grid after suffering a fever during yesterday’s qualifying session, putting in only four laps. He was delighted with his win, but less than pleased to be starting Round 3 from pole, a position that has traditionally not brought him luck.
“A lot happened in the first few laps of the race,” said Nattavude. “I just planned to follow to see what happened. Matthew (Marsh) spun, which was very exciting for him, and Charles (Kwan) slowed down.”
Marsh was delighted with his first second place finish. “I think today fate handed me a set of circumstances where the correct thing to do would be win. But I made a mistake and the car went around. Fortunately it ended up facing the right way!”
Kwan was pleased to be on the podium, but noted that it was very unfortunate for Ramli who all agreed had driven a superb race.
In Class B, the competition was equally as fierce, with Dr. Toshihide Hashimura finishing first in class after a tremendous race, recovering from a first corner setback when a racing incident put him back several places.
Patrick Ma took second place in the class after refusing to allow the hard-charging Darryl O’Young and Dr. Hashimura behind him break his concentration
William Heinecke bubbling with enthusiasm both for the new Class B, and for this tremendous third place finish. “We’re enjoying the new format (class) very much. It’s making us much more competitive. I tried to reel in Patrick (Ma) and was actually hoping for a couple more laps in the race to try and overtake him. I didn’t get off to a great start, and the times are so close between us, it’s hard to over take,” he said
Results - Round 2
Pos, Comp. No., Drivers, Cls, Entrant, Time
1, 13, C. Nattavude (THA), A, Fuspeed Racing, 22:50.464
2, 33, Matthew MARSH (GBR), A, A-Ha Racing, 22:53.572
3, 1, Charles KWAN (HKG), A, Team Infineon-Novellus, 23:02.922
4, 89, Ringo CHONG (SIN), A, Eurokars Racing, 23:10.138
5, 18, Vutthikorn INTHRAPHUVASAK (THA), A, Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak, 23:12.435
6, 19, Dilantha MALAGAMUWA (JPN), A, Team IWS Holdings, 23:22.896
7, 88, Darryl O’ YOUNG (CAN), A, Team Jebsen, 23:27.864
8, 15, Toshihide HASHIMURA (JPN), B, Toshihide Hashimura, 23:32.794
9, 66, * Mark GODDARD (PHI), A, Mark Goddard, 23:38.440
10, 98, Patrick MA (HKG), B P. Ma, 23:41.341
11, 3, William E. HEINECKE (THA), B, The Pizza Company, 23:44.676
12, 28, Max CHEN (TPE), B, A1 Racing Team, 23:56.166
13, 2, Scott MIAU (TBA), B, Scott Miau 1 lap
DNF, 55, Rizal Ashram RAMLI (MAS), A Crest Jaseri Racing Team
DNF, 23, * Brian SAUNDERS (GBR), A Brian Saunders
*Non series registered.
Fastest Lap: Rizal Ramli 02:14.789 on lap 4
Report from 09/05/2004