Archive 2011

Fine Performance Consolidates Championship Chase Team Jebsen Roundup – Roundup – Rounds 7 & 8, August 26-28, 2011, Sepang International Circuit

Team Jebsen contested two gruelling races in the heat and humidity of Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit last weekend to maintain their strong position in the championship.

With two fourth place finishes, Team Jebsen and driver Rodolfo Avila of Macau now lie second in the championship standings, well within reach of the top spot with several races of the 2011 season still to come.

Team Jebsen began the weekend well, and were fastest on track during Friday’s practice sessions. However Saturday’s Official Practice showed they needed to find more pace from the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. Changes were made to the set-up for the Qualifying session, which saw Avila set the fourth-fastest time to line up on the second row of the grid for the start of Round 7.

Avila made a good getaway and battled hard to remain at the front of the pack. Despite not being able to make up any places over the ten laps of the 5.6km track, he drove a clean race ahead of the chasing pack to cross the line in fourth.

The team worked hard analysing data and looking at set-up options overnight in preparation for Sunday’s Round 8. The race saw them again cross the line in fourth place. Whilst a little short of the Team’s record of podium finishes this season, it was a nonetheless a solid weekend which saw the Team collect more of the all-important championship points.

Team Jebsen will be in action again next month at the Porsche SC Global Carrera Cup Asia – Singapore 2011 on the Marina Bay street circuit as part of the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix weekend.

Quotes from Team Jebsen
Rodolfo Avila, Team Jebsen Driver:
“The whole team worked really hard this weekend. We tried very hard to find that extra pace, particularly after the first race, but just couldn’t close the gap enough to challenge for a podium.”

“We made improvements over the course of the weekend, but unfortunately it didn’t all come together in time. This is the first weekend of the season that I’ve not been on the podium, so I’m really looking forward to make amends in Singapore.”

“Singapore is a very different type of street circuit compared to my home track of Macau, but we’re going there looking for a podium, and hopefully another win.”

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 2011 Provisional Calendar

Date Circuit, Country Event Rounds
March 12-13 Sepang Int. Circuit, Malaysia Test Days -
April 15-17 Shanghai Int. Circuit, China Formula 1 Support Race Rounds 1&2
May 27-29 Zhuhai Int. Circuit, China China Touring Car Championship Rounds 3&4
July 08-10 Ordos Int. Circuit, China China Touring Car Championship Rounds 5&6
August 26-28 Sepang Int. Circuit, Malaysia Porsche Weekend Rounds 7&8
September 23-25 Marina Bay Circuit, Singapore Formula 1 Support Race Round 9
October 21-23 Shanghai Int. Circuit, China SIC Championship Rounds 10&11

About Rodolfo Avila Car No: 20
Avila began his career in karts, attending the Macau Karting School at 14, and winning the Macau Karting International A (Group B) a year later. In 2002, he graduated to single seater racing, becoming the youngest driver ever to compete at the Macau Grand Prix, racing in the Formula Renault event.

He took the Asian Formula Renault Challenge championship title the following year, making his Formula 3 Grand Prix debut at Macau in 2004. His career continued its extraordinary ascent, with Rookie honours in the Asian Formula 3 Championship in 2005, finishing 5th overall. A season in the prestigious British Formula 3 Championship saw him end the year 4th in the National Class for newcomers.

Avila made the switch to sportscar racing in 2008, when he became the youngest ever Asian Supercar Challenge Champion. He made his Porsche Carrera Cup Asia debut in 2009, taking pole position and a podium finish in his very first race.

About Team Jebsen
For Team Jebsen, 2011 marks the seventh full season in the series, having taken the championship title in 2006 and 2008.

Team Jebsen is backed by the Jebsen Group. Established in 1895 in Hong Kong, the Group has since expanded its activities into a comprehensive business network throughout China, Taiwan and South Korea. Today, the Jebsen Group is 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. Since then, the 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.