(May 12, 2014)- Following a strong downpour throughout the weekend, Silicon Tech Racing’s Henri Richard drove a cautious and measured race to take his first podium of the 2014 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia season.
“The team did a great job and gave me a good car,” stated Richard. “After the restart, I played a little bit of chess as I had [Class B driver] Yuey Tan in front of me and overall driver Li Chao behind. So I let Li through and started pushing Yuey and he made a couple of mistakes and I was able to overtake.”
With a constant downpour of rain, the race’s first event, Round Four, was wisely started under safety car conditions. Driving his No. 98 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Richard did a masterful job of driving without major mistake. With the treacherous conditions around the storied Formula 1 circuit creating a number of incidents throughout the race, Richard was able to work his way to the podium through a combination of speed, skill, and attrition.
The second event, Round Five, was cancelled due to worsening conditions.
The series’ next race will take place from June 6-8, at the famed Fuji International Circuit in Japan.
Shanghai. The region’s premier sportscar championship, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, thunders into the Southern Chinese city of Zhuhai this weekend for Rounds 4 and 5 of the 12-race season. The FIA-sanctioned international series will bring 28 of the brand new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991) racing cars to the 4.3km Zhuhai International Circuit for the first time and, along with the impressive fleet of thoroughbred GTs, its talented field of sportscar drivers.
Leading the charge to the Pearl River Delta are early overall front-runners Team Porsche Holding’s Martin Ragginger of Austria, 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia champion Alexandre Imperatori of PICC Team StarChase and leading Chinese driver, Tung Ho-Pin of Budweiser Team Absolute Racing. The trio have been battling it out at the front since the season got underway in March, and the absence of defending champion, LKM Racing’s Earl Bamber, who embarks upon his first full Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup season in Barcelona the same weekend, will only add to the ferocious competition.
The talk of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia paddock however has been the remarkable impact of the new Junior Development Programme introduced by Porsche China at the start of the season. Three of the four talented young Chinese drivers enrolled in the programme occupy the top half of the overall championship points standings: Zhang Da Sheng (21) of Zheng Tong Auto is currently fifth, followed by Jason Zhang Zhi Qiang (20) of Team C&D and series newcomer Zhang Zhen Dong (21) of Team Basetex. With all three becoming quicker and visibly more competitive with each outing, it is just a matter of time before they begin to threaten the leading drivers.
LOS ALTOS HILLS, Calif. (February 15, 2014)
- Returning to the track in 2014, Silicon Tech Racing is proud to announce their participation in the 2014 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia. With long-time driver Henri Richard returning to the fold, the team is well prepared for an adventurous season.
“The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is a great series to participate in,” stated Richard. “I’ve had so much experience in Porsches over the years, it’s great to return to my roots. The series organizers have done a fantastic job of creating a schedule that aligns with some of the most prestigious events in the world, and I’m very happy to get on track.”
Competing over seven weekends, including three Formula 1 events, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is part of a rich history of Porsche Motorsport around the globe. With the series featuring such world-renowned drivers as Martin Ragginger and Ho-Pin Tung, the series is part of the internationally recognized Porsche Carrera Cup series.
Richard and his team will provide continued updates throughout the series’ website, located at www.carreracupasia.com
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Los Altos Hills, CA (November 21, 2012)- When Silicon Tech Racing made the announcement in November of 2011 that it would join forces with the famed Dempsey Racing organization, few would have guessed the solid potential the group would show in their debut season together in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón (ALMS).
Silicon Tech Racing, helmed by Henri Richard of Los Altos, California, was created as a platform to combine his passion for motorsports with his veteran experience in the technology and electronics industries. Dempsey Racing, co-owned by racing professional Joe Foster and Hollywood actor Patrick Dempsey, was created as a top-level sportscar team with an eye on wins and championships. Given Dempsey Racing’s proven pedigree as a winning team in the top tiers of sportscar racing, the association with Silicon Tech Racing was natural and expectations were high.
Just days after the announcement, the program was further enhanced with the addition of young ace Duncan Ende to the lineup, who would partner with Richard for the full season. Ende, from Los Angeles, California, is a veteran of GT competition, having taken four victories in the GT-Challenge (GTC) category of the ALMS. Most notably, Ende won the 2010 Petit Le Mans, partnering with none other than Richard.
Most daunting for the whole program, however, would be the decision to compete in the Prototype Challenge (PC) category of the series. As a category built on a spec-built, Oreca FLM09 chassis featuring Chevrolet power, the sleek, futuristic look of the vehicle made it a popular choice for both fans and drivers. While Henri Richard had driven a handful of races in the PC category the year prior for another team, Ende was stepping up after five years in GT-style machines. Equally important, while Dempsey Racing was a proven winner in the GT category of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, the team had never competed in any type of prototype rank.
While the team knew there would be countless challenges along the way, a combination of efficient teamwork, proper planning, and industry experience would prove for a fruitful season for the no. 25 HP / Future Electronics / Pounce Consulting / GoPro / Monster Digital / Freescale / STANDD / Racer’s Roast.com / Merchant Services machine. Most notably the team earned the following highlights:
Los Altos Hills, CA (October 17, 2012)- Following a season that has included two podium finishes along with six-straight top-fives, Silicon Tech / Dempsey Racing heads to this weekend’s 15th Annual Petit Le Mans with three proven winners of the race.
As the season finale of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, the entire Dempsey Racing team looks to conclude a strong debut season in the Prototype Challenge (PC) category. As their first full-season effort together, drivers Henri Richard and Duncan Ende have truly admired watching the freshman program develop over the year, with remarkable results to show for.
Heading in to the 1,000 mile, 10-hour endurance event held at the scenic 2.54 mile Road Atlanta circuit, Richard and Ende will be joined by a veteran of the Prototype Challenge (PC) ranks, defending race winner Ryan Lewis.
Lewis, originally from England and currently residing in Indianapolis, drove with Richard in last year’s event, where he drove a thrilling set of final stints to take a last gasp pass for the win. Beyond producing his first ever victory at the event, it also brought Henri Richard his second-straight victory at the Georgia-based circuit. Richard remains un-defeated at the famed season finale.
For Duncan Ende, Petit Le Mans also holds a special memory, having taken his first ever series victory while driving in the GT-Challenge (GTC) ranks in 2010. Following that up with another podium in 2011 after an exciting finish, the Californian looks forward to his final run of the season in the no. 25 STANDD / Racer’s Roast / Merchant Services / Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet.
“We’ve had some great results this year, but it’s definitely been a season of mixed fortune,” stated the Los Angeles native. “I really want to finish the season on the best note possible, and based on Ryan and Henri’s results last year in a similar car, we know we can do it. Winning here in 2010 was a career highlight, and I really want to bring that feeling back!”
Hoping to go three-for-three at the event, Henri Richard maintains ambitious goals for the weekend.