Rodolfo Avila scored his first win of the 2011 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia season in Round 6 at Ordos in China.
Round 5 winner Keita Sawa held his lead from pole position at the start, but an error at Turn 14 on the opening lap allowed second-place starter Avila into the lead.
Sawa lost another place to his LKM Racing teammate Darryl O'Young at Turn 1 on lap three, dropping to third.
O'Young applied pressure to Avila but the Team Jebsen driver held onto his lead until the finish. Alexandre Imperatori would finish third place, having started ninth. He took advantage after Sawa momentarily went off the track.
“It feels great to win,” said Avila, whose win gives him the championship lead. “I did not win a race in the championship last year and I was starting to think that maybe I had forgotten what it felt like.
“The first lap was good, my tyres were up to temperature a little earlier than Sawa's and I tried to pass him but he closed the door. He made a little mistake at the end of the lap and I managed to pass. The car and tyres worked perfectly and I just kept going to the flag. It feels good to lead the championship!”
Brian Wong finished in fifth, just behind Sawa. Sixth was Class B winner Davide Rizzo. Rizzo lost the class lead to Wang Jian Wei after an early error, but regained the position when Wang made a mistake on the final lap.
The next two rounds of the season takes place at Sepang in Malaysia on 26-28 August.
Round 6 results – 14 laps:
|1||Rodolfo Avila||A||Team Jebsen||24:48.434|
|2||Darryl O'Young||A||LKM Racing Team||+3.863|
|3||Alexandre Imperatori||A||Team StarChase||+4.449|
|4||Keita Sawa||A||LKM Racing Team||+11.059|
|5||Brian Wong||A||Absolute Racing||+13.257|
|6||Davide Rizzo||B||WoYo Racing||+22.430|
|7||Wang Jian Wei||B||Team BetterLife||+22.761|
|8||Wayne Shen||B||Modena Motorsports||+38.952|
|9||Ringo Chong||B||Team Kangshun||+45.273|
|10||Francis Tjia||B||OpenRoad Racing||+56.652|
|11||Philip Briandet||B||Philip Briandet||+1:04.00|
|12||Jeffrey Lee||B||Team Pauian Archiland Absolute Racing||+1:21.283|
|13||Adrian Henry D'Silva||B||Nexus Racing||+1:31.283|
|14||John Shen*||B||Modena Motorsports||+1:06.316|
|15||Dr. Ma Chi Min||B||Asia Racing Team||+1:44.824|
|16||Marcel Tjia||B||OpenRoad Racing||+1:51.976|
|17||Morris Ku||B||Team DAYCRAFT||+1:53.531|
|18||Yuey Tan||B||Wimobilize McElrea Racing||1 Lap|
|19||Rose Tan||B||Team C&D||1 Lap|
|20||Jacky Yeung||B||Jacky Yeung||1 Lap|
|DNF||Steven Chian||A||Team Hong Kong Racing||-|
|DNF||Alain Li||B||Alain Li||-|
|DNF||Mak Hing Tak||B||OMAK||-|
|DNF||Paul Tresidder||B||Paul Tresidder||-|
|DNF||Keith Vong||B||Asia Racing Team||-|
Championship standings after 6 of 11 rounds:
1. Rodolfo Avila, 104 points
2. Alexandre Imperatori, 103
3. Keita Sawa, 89
4. Brian Wong, 71
5. Wang Jian Wei, 66
1. Wang Jian Wei, 112
2. Francis Tjia, 88
3. Ringo Chong, 83