Monday, Apr 16 06:10pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Chris van der Drift gets best Carrera Cup season start to date

Chris van der Drift started his Porsche Carrera Cup Asia title defence strongly with third at Shanghai International Circuit.


The series opened its account for this season in support of the Chinese Grand Prix where Kiwi drivers van der Drift and Will Bamber had solid performances.


The pair both finished where they started. For van der Drift, it was his best ever start to a Carrera Cup season in his long running career.


He comes into the 2018 season with two Carrera Cup Asia titles under his belt having won in ‘15 and ‘17.


German driver Phillip Hamprecht won the opening round ahead of Frenchman Maxime Jousse in second. However, with the fastest lap of the race, van der Drift was awarded an extra point. He sits just one point behind Jousse on 18 and 17 points respectively.


“We got out first podium of the season, which is pretty cool,” van der Drift said after the first round.


“P3 and fastest lap of the race, which was pretty nice too. It showed we definitely had the car speed.”


The race started off smoothly for van der Drift who was in pursuit of Jousse from the outset.


A safety car midway through the race bunched the field up and he mounted another assault on the French driver, however, he couldn’t get past.


“I couldn’t get past Max or Phillip from the start, which I was trying to aim for.


“Then we had an early safety car. We were sort of catching up, it was really close. I tried to make a pass on Max in the last few laps but didn’t manage to pull that off successfully.


“Otherwise it was a good start to the season, actually the best start to any of my Carrera Cup seasons so far to date.


“It’s looking good. We got good points.”


The championship moves to Japan over June 15–17 for the One Make Series Festival at Fuji Speedway where the drivers will get two races over the weekend.


Photo: PCCA