Gilbert wins chaotic Carrera Cup Asia heat

Mitchell Gilbert celebrates victory

Mitchell Gilbert celebrates victory

Mitchell Gilbert came through an eventful Carrera Cup Asia race to claim his second victory as he took advantage of a crash from championship leader Maxime Jousse.

Fresh from his win at Sydney Motorsport Park yesterday, Australian racer Gilbert stormed into the lead from second on the grid, ahead of Martin Ragginger and Andrew Tang, while pole-sitter Jousse dropped to fourth.

Gilbert quickly opened up a 1.3s lead before he ran wide at the final corner which brought him closer to the chasing pack behind.

However, the complexion of the race changed on lap 4 when Jousse tried an audacious move at Turn 2.

The Frenchman made contact with Tang that pushed him wide, which in turn helped Ragginger into a spin. The move was to be investigated by stewards after the race.

Jousse was promoted to second as he set his sights on Gilbert who started to struggle for pace in his Absolute Racing entry.

On the following lap Jousse slipped into the lead with a move on Gilbert, who locked up at Turn 8.

Meanwhile, Tang slumped to sixth and Ragginger dropped to 12th position behind the charging Nico Menzel, who started from the back of the grid.

Once in front, Jousse opened up a 4.3s lead over Gilbert before drama struck on lap 11 when he ran off the road and into the tyre wall at Turn 10.

The incident saw Gilbert inherit the lead which he held until the chequered flag to clean sweep the round.

A strong run from Class B runner Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak saw the Thai driver climb to second at the flag, while the recovering Tang secured the final spot on the podium.

Tang was challenged for the spot on the penultimate lap by Ragginger at Turn 2, which resulted in the Austrian suffering his second spin at the corner.

As a result, the hard charging Menzel came through to finish fourth as Ragginger just pipped China’s Yue Cui to fifth by 0.006s in a drag race to the flag.

Yuan Bo was set for a strong finish inside the top six before a mechanical issues saw him retire in the closing stages.

Meanwhile, Xi Wang’s eventful weekend continues as he suffered three spins throughout the 16-lap journey.

The Carrera Cup Asia field will feature in two combined races with Carrera Cup Australia competitors later this afternoon to round out the championship’s Australia visit.

Result: Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Race 2

1 Absolute Racing Mitchell Gilbert (AUS) Porsche GT3 Cup 16 25:12.8405
2 est cola Thailand Vutthikorn Inthraphu THA Porsche GT3 Cup 16 25:15.2273
3 Porsche China Junior Team Andrew Tang (SGP) Porsche GT3 Cup 16 25:19.2770
4 PICC Team StarChase Nico Menzel (DEU) Porsche GT3 Cup 16 25:20.6459
5 Team Porsche Holding Martin Ragginger (AUT) Porsche GT3 Cup 16 25:26.3765
6 Team Jebsen Yue Cui (CHN) Porsche GT3 Cup 16 25:26.3771
7 Team Jebsen Yuey Tan (SGP) Porsche GT3 Cup 16 25:29.9075
8 OpenRoad Racing Francis Tjia (HKG) Porsche GT3 Cup 16 25:30.7143
9 Modena Motorsports Wayne Shen (HKG) Porsche GT3 Cup 16 25:30.7921
10 Fun88 Team Sunfonda Da Sheng Zhang (CHN) Porsche GT3 Cup 16 25:33.7072
11 Zheng Tong Auto Jinlong Bao (CHN) Porsche GT3 Cup 16 25:40.2199
12 True Visions Motorsports Thail Buncharoen Suttiluck THA Porsche GT3 Cup 16 25:49.3539
13 OpenRoad Racing Michael Soeryadjaya IDN Porsche GT3 Cup 16 25:49.5405
14 Modena Motorsports John Shen (HKG) Porsche GT3 Cup 16 25:50.6532
15 Team Betterlife Chao Li (CHN) Porsche GT3 Cup 16 25:55.3799
16 RC Racing Tiger Wu (TWN) Porsche GT3 Cup 16 25:55.9346
17 Paul Tresidder Paul Tresidder (AUS) Porsche GT3 Cup 16 25:58.9207
18 LKM Racing Yuk Lung Siu (HKG) Porsche GT3 Cup 16 26:39.7306
19 Racing Spirit Thailand Kumplome Sontaya (THA) Porsche GT3 Cup 16 26:40.6550
20 Arrows Racing Billy Fung (HKG) Porsche GT3 Cup 15 26:09.9120
21 Team Formax Xi Wang (CHN) Porsche GT3 Cup 13 25:38.0359
DNF Absolute Racing Bo Yuan (CHN) Porsche GT3 Cup 14 22:33.0353
DNF Kamlung Racing Jousse Maxime (FRA) Porsche GT3 Cup 10 15:37.1546

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