Ho-Pin Tung joins Budweiser Team StarChase for battle in Porsche Carrera Cup Asia
Dutch born Chinese racing driver Ho-Pin Tung continues his successfull career in Asia. This week he will will be debuting in the Budweiser StarChase Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racing car and he will compete in the 2012 edition of Porsche Carrera Cup Asia championship, which will celebrate its 10th season as the region’s premier one-make championship. This new co-operation was announced by Budweiser APAC President Miguel Patricio during a spectacular launch event at Xin Tian Di in Shanghai, also attended by Porsche China CEO Helmut Broeker.
Ho-Pin Tung moves to the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia after having been Formula 1- reserve driver for two years. “This year it seemed to be impossible to move one step up in Formula 1, even experienced Formula 1-drivers could not or just hardly conquer a racing seat. Of course my F1 ambition will always be there but getting the chance to team up with Budweiser and Porsche in this exciting project is an amazing opportunity.” the Chinese racer explains. Choosing the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia makes sense from several perspectives, Ho-Pin states: “I want to race, I want to compete and I want to make my bonds with China even stronger, so this racing class is the right choice at this moment in my career. Furthermore it’s great to be racing with such an iconic car as the Porsche 911.”
The 2012 field brings together many strong and in this class experienced drivers. Ho-Pin has raced in several classes, but these were in single seater racing cars, Formula 3, GP2, Superleague Formula, A1GP and Formula 1 (as a test- and reserve driver of the Renault and Lotus Renault Formula 1 teams). “Driving these fast Porsches is very different than the single seaters, I have to get used to it very quickly. I am delighted with the support Budweiser gives to me in addition to the continuous support of my loyal parnters TAG Heuer, Mouser Electronics and Bowers&Wilkins. I will give all I have to move the team, the partners and myself into the spotlights of success.”
With the season proper getting underway as part of the 2012 Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai, the battle for the Porsche Carrare Asia Cup sparks off April 14th . The series will be part of two China Touring Car Championship meetings: The first is in Zhuhai in June, with the second at the Ordos International Circuit in Inner Mongolia in July. The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia then descends upon Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit, where it will join the Merdeka Millennium Endurance weekend for the first time in its ten-season history. In September, the series returns to Singapore and the Marina Bay street circuit for the 2012 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix weekend.The 2012 season comes to a close in November with another first: The grand finale will be held as part of the newly-founded Shanghai Sportscar Festival.
New partner Budweiser joins the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia foray this season, along with existing series partners Mobil 1, Michelin, ZF Friedrichshafen AG and Adidas. The first collaboration with the series, the partnership also marks Budweiser’s first step into motorsport in Asia.