VALUABLE POINTS FOR HO-PIN TUNG IN PORSCHE CARRERA CUP ASIA
Chinese racing driver Ho-Pin Tung scored valuable points in rounds 5 and 6 of the Porsche Carrera Asia Cup Championship, Saturday and Sunday last at the circuit of Ordos, Inner Mongolia. In this desolated land, more than an hour flying from Beijing, Ho-Pin suffered from gripes, violating his physical condition. Nevertheless he managed to finish 4th in Saturdays race and 5th in the second race, on Sunday. As a result of which he climbed the standings to fourth place.
´I made the maximum out of the circumstances, ´Ho-Pin stated at the end of his weekend in Ordos. ´Not only was my physical condition was much less than it should be, in the second race I had to deal with fast degradation of the tyres from the fifth lap onwards. Not only the Budweiser Star Chase driver suffered the drop off of the tyres, also many other met with the same disappointment.
Qualifying went well, the top of the field was very close and Ho-Pin took 7th on the grid. He had a good start in the first race and managed to gain several positions after heavy battles. The young Chinese finished 5th, later this became 4th because of a time penalty for Rodolfo Avila. Very rare in Inner Mongolia in this time a year: pouring rain prior to the start on Sunday. Ho-Pin had never before driven the Porrsche Carrera in the wet, but already during the installation lap he felt comfortable. He made a splendid start, went from 5th to 2nd position in the first lap and even batteled for the lead. ´I felt I could win this race. After five laps though tyres dropped off´. The fast degradation of the tyres made life very difficult for many of the top ten drivers. ´I did everything I could to limit the loss of positions and fought hard. Fifth at the finish line was the maximum . I am glad with this result, under the circumstances that is. Of all drivers suffering from tyre degradation Ho-Pin Tung was fastest, lap charts showed.