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Thrilling Sepang finale closes out the season in style
Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Virtual Edition 2020 Rounds 7 and 8
- Nailbiting Pro-Am finale sees Antares Au eventually clinch the championship
- Johnathan Hoggard comfortably wins the championship in his debut season
- Eric K dominates the Am category winning all eight races outright
- Team StarChase similarly dominant in the
Shanghai. The virtual chequered flag has virtually flown for the final time, and the inaugural
Pro Am and Am Rounds 7 and 8
With Au leading the Pro Am pack going into the final two races by a slim margin of just 14 points ahead of nearest rival Bao, the qualifying sessions were crucial. Bao earned pole in Round 7 with an untouchable time of 02:08.498, putting him clear ahead of Au’s second place time of 02:09.200. Rounding out the top three, Eric K made a strong showing by starting off third on the grid and first in the Am category with his time of 02:09.206 – just six one thousandths of a second behind Au’s time.
The lights extinguished and the drivers stormed out of the grid for the penultimate time this season. Wasting no time whatsoever, Eric K took his shot on the first turn, braking slightly too late and colliding with both Au and Bao ahead of him, sending the two Pro Am competitors back down to fourth and fifth place respectively. In a seeming repeat of the action from Round 5, Eric K made the most of his early overtaking to develop a sizable lead that saw him finish the race unchallenged from P1. The race stewards took a closer look at Eric’s contretemps out of the grid and applied a 15 second post-race penalty to him. Despite this, however, Eric K still took first place in the Am category, maintaining his perfect record.
Dorr Novena Racing’s Yuey Tan – at this point third in the Pro-Am points table – settled into second place having swiftly supplanted OpenRoad Racing’s Francis Tjia on the first lap. With Bao’s misfortune continuing, the reigning
The final tally for the season saw Au crowned champion with his grand total of 168 points, 13 points clear of Bao who came in second with 155 points. Tan occupied the final podium spot with his grand total of 138 points.
Pro Rounds 7 and 8
Going into the final rounds, Hoggard had a daunting 26 point lead over nearest rival Modena Motorsports’ Benny Simonsen, who himself was 8 points clear of Team Cuitimate’s Cui Yue. Cui himself was just three points ahead of Bunjong Motorsport’s Tanart Sathienthirakul, making it a tight contest for the two remaining podium places even if the overall winner was seemingly a shoe-in.
The qualifying for Round 7 saw Hoggard claim pole, followed by Bergwerk Motorsport’s Cooper Murray, and Cui Yue starting in third, with Simonsen unable to attend the final two races. As the lights extinguished, Hoggard thundered out of the starting grid, maintaining his lead with an impeccable start to proceedings. Murray leveraged his P2 start well, keeping hot on Hoggard’s heels for the duration of the race. Sathienthirakul saw his hopes dashed early in the race, as he spun out all the way back down to P12. With Hoggard and Murray battling for first, Bergwerk Motorsport’s Jackson Walls and Team Giltrap Group’s Reid Harker joined the fray, applying pressure to the two cars ahead of them. Having spent the entire race around one second behind Hoggard, Murray put in a flawless performancde to finish in P2, unable to supplant the equally flawless Hoggard who earned his second victory of the season in style. The podium for Round 7 was rounded out with Harker, who eventually managed to overcome Walls to finish third.
The final qualifying session of the season saw Hoggard earn his second pole of the stop, just over two-tenths of a second ahead of Cui, himself just two-tenths of a second ahead of Murray.
Carnage out of the grid afforded Hoggard the opportunity to slip away from the pack, with Cui doggedly pursuing him for the majority of the race. As the two race leaders launched themselves ahead of the others, a fierce battle for fifth place erupted between Murray, Sathienthirakul and
The final points tally for the first ever
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