Archive 2012

Two Podiums for Team Jebsen in Dramatic Weekend Team Jebsen, Roundup – Rounds 3 & 4, June 1 - 3, 2012, Zhuhai International Circuit

Team Jebsen driver Rodolfo Avila of Macau notched up two podium finishes in Rounds 3 and 4 of the Porsche Carrera Cup at the weekend, held on the 4.3km Zhuhai International Circuit.

The championship points earned from the second and third place finishes keep them very much in championship contention, and propelled the team from 8th to 4th on the leaderboard.

After a close-fought qualifying session, Team Jebsen lined up on the second row of the grid for the start of Round 3. Avila made a brilliant getaway as the lights went out, and was side by side, dicing for position with the car ahead. However, a rash move by a chasing car amongst the tightly-packed field led to a multiple-car accident, with the Team Jebsen Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car being hit broadside by another spinning car.

Luckily the car sustained only superficial damage, but the race was stopped and marshals scrambled to clear the track of more than 10 stranded cars.

At the re-start behind the Safety Car, Rodolfo again got away well and charged across the line in 2nd at the end of the shortened race.

The top eight reverse grid regulation for the start of Round 4 saw Team Jebsen line up on the 4th row of the grid, giving them a mountain to climb in order to make up places on a circuit which affords few overtaking opportunities. Also, Avila was mindful of the events in Round 3, and the importance of finishing in the points.

Starting the race on new tyres, Avila flew off the start and made up one place every lap in the first five. Having fought his way to 3rd place but at the expense of increased tyre wear, Avila wisely opted to settle for the 16 points for 3rd rather than risk his race in the concluding laps. He crossed the line to take his second podium finish of the weekend, and move up the all-important championship leaderboard.

The race for the 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia title continues next month when Team Jebsen will take on the Ordos International Circuit in Inner Mongolia, scene for their first victory together last season. From July 6 to 8, Rounds 5 & 6 of the region’s premier sportscar championship promise to be action-packed as the challenge continues.

Quotes from Team Jebsen
Rodolfo Avila, Team Jebsen Driver:

“It was a great weekend, particularly after our DNF in Shanghai. Two podiums is a good result for us.

In the first race, we were very, very lucky. I got a really good start and it was great, clean racing and then suddenly there was a big impact. A car went into my door, but it was only body damage and fortunately we were able to finish the race.

I got another great start in Round 4, and another fantastic battle on track. The car in front kept me back for a couple of laps, and after I got by, I closed the gap to the 2nd placed runner. I thought I could make a move into Turn 1, but I struggling a bit with tyres by this point so I had to back off. We can’t afford not to finish and throw away all those championship points.

It’s not easy to get through this competitive field, and we raced smart. We had a good car and good pace, and let’s see if we can take a win in Ordos!”

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 2012 Provisional Calendar

Date Circuit, Country Event Rounds
March 24-25 Zhuhai Int. Circuit, China Test Days -
April 13-15 Shanghai Int. Circuit, China Formula 1 Support Race Rounds 1&2
June 1-3 Zhuhai Int. Circuit, China China Touring Car Championship Rounds 3&4
July 6-8 Ordos Int. Circuit, China China Touring Car Championship Rounds 5&6
August 30 – September 1 Sepang Int. Circuit, Malaysia Malaysia Merdeka End. Support Race Rounds 7&8
September 21-23 Marina Bay Circuit, Singapore Formula 1 Support Race Round 9
November 9-11 Shanghai Int. Circuit, China Shanghai Sportscar Festival 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. In 2011, Avila was just two points away from winning the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia title.

About Team Jebsen
For Team Jebsen, 2012 marks the eighth 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.