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Ramli Wins in Macau as Marsh Clinches TitlePorsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia Round 11 Macau Grand Prix, China

Crest Jaseri Racing's Rizal Ramli successfully converted his pole position into a thrilling win on Macau's Guia street circuit today in the final round of the 2004 Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia. The 28-year-old Malaysian, racing at Macau for the first time in his career, did not put a wheel wrong on the notoriously demanding circuit to take a well-deserved victory. An emotional Ramli was almost lost for words. "I'm extremely happy," he said. "There are no words for it…… My target was to finish in the top five, and I really didn't expect to win." A-Ha Racing's Matthew Marsh crossed the line in second place after a 10-lap race that was high on drama, clinching the championship title after a phenomenal season. The Briton was delighted to have won the title, and had high praise for his fellow drivers. "I'm really pleased to have won with the best!" he said. Third was Hong Kong hero and Team Infineon-Novellus driver Charles Kwan in the last sprint race of his career. Despite missing out on a swansong victory, Kwan, one of Southeast Asia's most respected and experienced drivers, made his mark on the race by setting the fastest lap - an incredible 2:31.956. The 2003 champion finished third in the series this year behind Charoensukhawatana Nattavude. The excitement began right from the start when Ramli led off the grid but Marsh got by before the first turn. "The starting procedure was quicker than I expected and I wasn't really ready, so I fumbled my start," said Ramli. However, the Malaysian had regained the lead by lap three, having put Marsh under tremendous pressure. "I looked in my mirror and saw this missile coming towards me," said Marsh. "I didn't give him any room, and there was nothing I could do. I was expecting him to be a little ragged after he got by me, but he was unbelievably smooth." Ramli then pulled away, increasing the gap between him and the hard-charging Marsh. Behind Marsh, Kwan was busy putting pressure on on-track rival Fuspeed Racing's Nattavude, getting past on lap five when the Thai made an error at the hairpin. Team Jebsen's Darryl O'Young, fourth on the grid, had moved up to third and began closing the gap to Marsh. The PUMA and Blue Girl-backed 24-year-old made his move on lap eight with a beautifully judged manoeuvre going in to Lisboa Bend. Unluckily for the talented youngster, he locked up at the Melco Hairpin on the following lap, dropping him down the field to finish seventh. That same lap, disaster struck for Scott Miau who spun several times before hitting the barrier and destroying his car. Despite the spectacular smash, the driver was able to walk away unhurt. The Safety Car was called out and led the field to the chequered flag. In Class B, it was Hong Kong's Philip Ma who took the honours, setting the fastest lap in the class, followed by newly-crowned champion Max Chen and Alex Yan. At the conclusion of the 11-round 2004 season, Marsh had clinched the title with 179 points, three points ahead of runner-up Nattavude. The final standings in Class B saw William Heinecke finish second behind Chen in The Pizza Company car, one point ahead of Miau. As the chequered flag fell at the end of a hugely successful second season, the Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia was already gearing up for next year, announcing the provisional calendar for 2005

Round 11 Results

Pos., Comp. No., Driver ,Cls, Entrant, Time
1, 55, Rizal Ashram RAMLI (MAS),A Crest Jaseri Racing Team 32:29.365
2, 33, Matthew MARSH (GBR), A, A-Ha Racing, +3.141
3, 1, Charles KWAN (HKG), A, Team Infineon-Novellus, +3.708
4, 13, C. NATTAVUDE (THA), A, Fuspeed Racing, +4.843
5, 22, Nigel ALBON* (GBR), A Nigel Albon, +6.110
6, 18, Vutthikorn INTHRAPHUVASAK, A, Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak, +6.920
7, 88, Darryl O' YOUNG (CAN), A, Team Jebsen, +9.572
8, 89, Ringo CHONG (SIN), A, Eurokars Racing, +10.150
9, 98, Philip MA (HKG), B, P. Ma, +10.824
10, 28, Max CHEN (TPE), B, A1 Racing Team, +11.514
11, 99, Alex YAN (HKG), B, Alex Yan, +12.100
12, 15, Toshihide HASHIMURA (JPN), B, Toshihide Hashimura, +13.129
13, 66, SIU Yuk Lung (HKG), B, Siu Yuk Lung, +14.053
14, 3, William E. Heinecke (THA), B, The Pizza Company, +14.749
2, Scott MIAU (TPE), B, Scott Miau, 7 laps
19, Dilantha MALAGAMUWA (JPN), A, Team IWS Holdings, 1 lap

Non series registered. Fastest Lap: Charles Kwan/Team Infineon-Novellus/2:31.956/Lap 6 Class B Fastest Lap: Philip Ma/Philip Ma/2:38.173/Lap 7

Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia 2005 Provisional Calendar

February 20 - 21,2005, Sepang, Malaysia, Official Test
March 19 - 20, 2005, Sepang, Malaysia, Rd 1
May 14 - 15, 2005, Sepang, Malaysia, Rd 2 & 3
June 11 - 12, 2005, Bira, Thailand, Rd 4 & 5
July 16 - 17, 2005, Beijing Goldenport, China, Rd 6 & 7
August 6 - 7, 2005, Taebaek, Korea, Rd 8 & 9
October, Shanghai, China, Rd 10
November 19 - 20, 2005, Macau Guia, China, Rd 11

Report from 22/11/2004