Night race: Singaporeans out to make hay

Night race: Singaporeans out to make hay
The region's finest sportscar drivers are heading here for the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia at the Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix.

SINGAPORE - Cup Asia hardly rustles up the masses at the Marina Bay street circuit.

But junkies for high speed motorsports action consistently pockmark the various stands along the 5.067km circuit, according to Dorr McElrea racing team driver Yuey Tan.

Billed as a support race for Singapore's Formula 1 Grand Prix - along with the GP2 series - the Carrera Cup, with its sevenstop international calendar, will return for its sixth year here this weekend.

Speaking to The New Paper on Monday, the 31-year-old Singaporean insisted the race possesses its own brand of excitement. "People need to understand that there are different types and levels of racing," Tan said.

"What makes the Carrera Cup different, and perhaps more exciting than Formula 1, is the way the cars are built.

"Cars can get awfully close to one another on the track, almost bumper-tobumper, which is really good fun.

"Plus, there's no drivers' aid in the cars, so in that sense, it's really a man's car." The championship - for identical Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racing cars - includes two championship titles: one for the overall winner (Class A), and a second for the non-professional entries (B).

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