Jousse shows class in Carrera Cup showcase

The Asian and Japanese fields combined

The Asian and Japanese fields combined

French rising star Maxime Jousse came out on top in the combined Carrera Cup Asia and Japan showcase at Fuji Speedway.

The event saw the two Porsche championships share the track for the first time, with 34 of the 911 GT3s taking to the picturesque Japanese venue for the 10 lap feature race.

Winning the exhibition race followed a third and a first for Jousse in the two Carrera Cup Asia heats, the second of which took place in heavily wet conditions.

Saturday’s dry Race 1 saw Porsche China Junior Program member Andrew Tang score a maiden Carrera Cup win with a dominant showing from pole position.

Jousse fell as low as fifth on the opening lap thanks to a forceful pass from Nico Menzel, who went on to claim second.

Starting from pole in the second race, Jousse eased his way to victory from Tang and Menzel, who both overcame fast-starting Australian Mitchell Gilbert during the race.

Fifth in the opening heat, Gilbert also performed strongly in the combined finale, taking third behind Jousse and Japanese ace Tsubasa Kondo.

Tang claimed fourth in the feature ahead of Japan’s Yuichi Mikasa and Carrera Cup Asia runners Zhang da Sheng, Menzel and Class B winner Yuan Bo.

Jousse (91 points) leads the Carrera Cup Asia standings from Menzel (80) and Tang (64) ahead of the next round at Thailand’s Chang International Circuit on July 8-10.

The fourth round on August 26-28 will take place at Sydney Motorsport Park, where the championship will share the billing with its Australian counterpart.

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