Team StarChase and Hamprecht Defend Championship Lead after Fuji
18 June 2018 | Japan
Japan. It was another ‘orange storm’ last weekend during the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia as Team StarChase continues to lead the Championship with Philip Hamprecht’s double podiums at Rounds 2 and 3 in Fuji International Speedway.
The weekend started ambitiously when Hamprecht, who just turned 21 last week, set quick times in Qualifying to secure his place on the front row for both races with 1:41.465 and 1:41.626 respectively.
Saturday’s Round 2 race was declared a wet race, leaving it to start behind the safety car that lasted for two laps. Once the race resumed, Hamprecht, who started the race from second, was immediately put under heavy pressure by Ragginger behind him. Hamprecht fought hard to defend his second place but Ragginger cleverly found a way past, leaving the young German to cross the finish line in third.
Round 3 was held on a clear sunny Sunday in Fuji which allowed Hamprecht in the #99 orange Porsche to maintain absolute focus on the race. After a flawless start, the youngster gunned for the lead and claimed it after the first corner. From there he put his head down and remained for the rest of the race to achieve his second win for the 2018 season.
Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and Porsche Carrera Cup Japan held a joint race on Sunday afternoon with 45 drivers starting the race. Hamprecht set a strong presence, completing the exciting weekend of racing.
“The season has started well for us and we keep our leading position of the Overall Class. I was really happy that we were able to show the StarChase guests two stunning races. I’d like to express a big thank you to Team StarChase for the fantastic job and the perfect car,” Hamprecht said.
Robby Niermann, Chief Operating Officer of StarChase, “Very happy. We came to Japan as the Championship Leader and we leave as the Championship Leader. I’m very proud of the whole team and especially proud of Philip because he did an awesome job, bringing the victory home. It was really nice to be able to do this in front of all the StarChase staff and hopefully it will motivate them and bring them good luck for the rest of the season.”
Team StarChase and Hamprecht will head to Bangsaen, Thailand as the table leader with 58 points after a strong victory in Fuji, which will be held at the beautiful seaside street circuit on 14th – 15th July, 2018.