Singapore. Young sportscar sensation Earl Bamber of New Zealand took victory from pole position in the Porsche SC Global Carrera Cup Asia – Singapore 2013 after a brilliant performance in a short but dramatic race on the Marina Bay street circuit.
Crossing the line second, having pressured the 23-year-old Nexus Racing star throughout the 12-lap race, was fellow countryman Craig Baird of SC Global Racing, with Bamber’s 2013 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia championship rival Martin Ragginger of Team Eagle in third.
In Class B it was Francis Tjia of OpenRoad Racing who took his second victory of the season so far, ahead of category pole-sitter Egidio Perfetti of Mentos Racing. However second place for Perfetti – who has won eight of the ten races so far this year – was enough to seal the championship title with two races to go. Third in the category was Bamber’s Nexus Racing team mate, Adrian Henry D’Silva of Malaysia.
While for the newly crowned Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Class B Champion, racing at his home Grand Prix was a special part of what has been an impressive season: “I don’t think I expected it to happen this way, but of course it’s special to do it here [at my home Grand Prix]. It’s been a good season so far. Last year I made some mistakes and this year I didn’t repeat them and stayed on the track for the most part. I am thoroughly enjoying this season.” said Perfetti.
Bamber now leads the race for the 2013 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia overall title with a 16 point advantage over Ragginger, with Team Jebsen’s Rodolfo Avila 37 points behind the leader. With 41 points on offer in the last two races of the season, this means the championship will go right down to the wire at the Sports Car Champions Festival in Shanghai next month from October 25-27, promising a thrilling climax to the series 11th season.