The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia concluded a triumphant tenth season at a spectacular finale in Shanghai last weekend. The series scaled new heights this year with its most prestigious entry ever with the addition of series partner Budweiser, more teams and drivers joining the series, and a calendar of races which spanned the region. The 2012 season was hailed as the best yet.
The season roared to life in fitting style supporting the prestigious 2012 FIA Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai in April, followed by two exciting races at the Zhuhai International Circuit in June. In July, the series traveled to the challenging Inner Mongolian Ordos circuit, before racing in support of Malaysia's Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race for the first time a month later. In September, the series raced in support of the Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay street circuit, before November's season finale in Shanghai.
The battle for both the overall and Class B championship titles went right down to the wire at the final race meeting of the season in Shanghai, with Imperatori taking the title after the qualifying session for the penultimate round. Second was defending champion Keita Sawa of LKM Racing Team, with Ragginger third. Modena Motorsports' Wayne Shen had to wait until the final round before taking a well-deserved Class B title.
With a field packed with emerging and established talent, the 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia season has been widely acclaimed as the most competitive yet, but plans are already well advanced to ensure the championship further strengthens its richly-deserved reputation as the series for pure racing drivers.
Porsche China Chief Executive Officer Mr. Helmut Broeker announced the 2013 provisional calendar during the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia gala prize giving, "As we mark a decade as Asian motorsports pioneers in 2013, we can look forward to field of outstanding drivers and a prestigious calendar to match. I am delighted to announce that we have three Formula 1 support races on the provisional calendar: Here in Shanghai, in Malaysia, and at the glittering Singapore Grand Prix. In addition, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia will support two rounds of the Asian Le Mans Series, including a round at a new race track in South Korea, and a round of the China Touring Car Champion before ending the season here at the Shanghai Sportscar Champions Festival 2013. "