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Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Virtual Edition gears up for the Series’ return to ChangPorsche Carrera Cup Asia Virtual Edition 2020 Rounds 5 and 6 preview

- Rounds 5 and 6 sees the series virtually travel to Thailand’s FIA Grade 1 Chang International Circuit

- Hoggard and Simonsen in a battle for overall first

- Hoggard boasting a flawless four-victory Dealer Trophy record

- Eric K leads the Am category with a perfect 100 point tally

Shanghai. Following our successful season opener on a virtual recreation of Shanghai International Circuit, and our even more successful second set of races on a virtual Suzuka International Circuit, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 2020 season Virtual Edition virtually travels to Thailand for rounds 5 and 6, for a race on Buriram’s Chang International Circuit.

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 2020 Virtual Edition Rounds 3 and 4 Suzuka, Saturday 6 June
13:30-13:50 Pro-Am and Am Class Race 1
14:25-14:45 Pro-Am and Am Class Race 2
15:20-15:40 Pro Class Race 1
16:15-16:35 Pro Class Race 2

Please use the following link to watch the livestream with English language commentary: https://www.facebook.com/CarreraCupAsia/
In case you are having technical problems accessing Huya on your end, please try this Douyu link instead: https://www.douyu.com/6872751

Tilke’s Top Thailand Track

Chang International Circuit, in Thailand’s Buriram Province, is a Herman Tilke designed track with a length of 4.554 km. This 12 turn circuit became Thailand’s first ever FIA Grade 1 listed circuit when it opened in 2014. The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia has previously held four races at Chang International Circuit, spread across two stops in 2015 and 2016. After a four year hiatus, the series returns to Chang in virtual form, with several drivers on the virtual track having tackled the circuit before in real life. At the Carrera Cup Asia’s Chang debut in 2015, eventual champion Chris van der Drift earned himself first place in both races while also taking pole position in the first race. Chang is a popular circuit for Asian racing series, with the Thailand Super Series, Super GT and the Asian Le Mans Series all making regular appearances.

Perfect records and tight battles for the top

As the first ever Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Virtual Edition moves past the halfway point of the season, the series’ real-life racing heroes are becoming more accustomed to virtual racing, and clear leaders are beginning to emerge. Having made his full-season debut at the Carrera Cup Asia 2019, Modena Motorsports’ Benny Simonsen has had a thrilling season so far, coming in first in Rounds 2 and 4 and second in Rounds 1 and 3. Carera Cup Asia newcomer Johnathan Hoggard, racing for Team StarChase, has also stamped his name on the series, earning himself a first-place finish in Round 1, second place in Rounds 2 and 4 and a third place finish in Round 3. Currently, just eight points seperates Hoggard and Simonsen, meaning that every single race counts as we maneuver towards the end of the season.

The Pro-Am class has also seen one single competitor rise to dominance. Carrera Cup Asia stalwart Antares Au, racing for Modena Motorsports, has raced a nigh-flawless season so far, coming in first in every race besides Round 3 where he nevertheless left the server with a second place victory. Au’s daunting 95 point tally so far places him comfortably ahead of second place, Dorr Novena Racing’s Yuey Tan, who has been having a pretty impressive season of his own. Having come in second in Rounds 2 and 4, Tan was able to snatch a victory in Round 3 to blemish Au’s spotless record. If it weren’t for a tech-related DNS in Round 1 which prevented Tan from getting on the track, the Pro-Am points table might look very different. Au might be sitting pretty with a 30 point lead at the season’s halfway point, however Tan is not the kind of racer you can become complacent about, he has a hunger for victory and viewers can expect an intense battle between the two current Pro-Am leaders before the season is out.

The Carrera Cup Asia Virtual Edition’s brand new Am class has seen long-time friend of the series Eric K sweep the board, racing a perfect season so far with four first place finishes and a grand total of 100 points. With four new Am drivers at this stop, however, Rounds 5 and 6 will see Eric K having to see off a lot more challengers to maintain his perfect score.

Team StarChase currently sits atop the Dealer Trophy table with a perfect score of 100 earned by their driver Hoggard with four first place finishes. StarChase’s closest challenger is Porsche Centre Ara Damansara with their driver Benjamin Albano earning a respectable 62 points. It’s worth noting that Team StarChase won the Dealer Trophy in both 2018 and 2019, with their performance this year further cementing the Nanjing-based team as Dealer Trophy specialists.

6/4/2020

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