TUESDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2010
VICTORY IN CARRERA CUP ASIA ON DEBUT
A few days ago, Allan was relaxing in his sun denched apartment in Monte Carlo, when he got a call that sent him to the far east. With the final round of the International Le Mans Challenge scheduled at the Chinese Zhuhai circuit, Allan was asked to step in for Carrera Cup duties.

And the opposition wished he hadn't come!

It's 1am on Wednesday morning. The season was over and Allan was fast asleep after what had been a very busy year.

The phone rings. It's Allan's onld mate John Shen and he wants Allan to race his Carrera Cup Car at this weekends round at Zhuhai International Circuit.

By 6am, Allan had his ticket booked and bag packed before heading of to the Chinese Embassy in Copenhagen, passport in hand. A few smiles and Yuan were exchanged and by lunchtime all the proper visa documents were in place. At 4pm, Allan was airbound for London, before changing flight to Hong Kong.

As darkness fell in Hong Kong, on Thursday night, Allan was cruising across the harbour to mainland China. He'd made it and was looking forward to Friday morning practice.


Friday was wet and it didn't look like easing up. Team Modenas owners John and Wayne Shen were delighted Allan could make it. Whilst they wanted a result, Allan was quick to point out that he'd not driven a 2010 Cup Car and he was also going up against the regular competitors. Perhaps a podium?


Rather than be intimidated by the weather, Allan put the day to good use, dialing in a setup that saw him 3rd fastest out of a group of 24. That created a few raised eyebrows.

Qualifying was also wet and with only 1 set of wet rubber allocated for each team it was vital to not over use them. Immediately Allan was in P2, before pulling up in pitlane. Dropping to P3 in Q, he pushed back to retain P2, allowing a front row start.

The rain was now easing, but the track was still damp.

He made a strong start, retaining P2, but there was mayhem behind – a start line crash had forced out the saftey car, whilst the mess was cleared.

On the lap 3 restart, Allan was all over dual champion Christain Manzel, before disposing him and grabbing the lead on lap 4. From there he pulled out a 5 second lead before the second safety car. But he was unbeatable and went on to grab the silverware. It would be fair to say the team was rather pleased!

Ironically, Allan found himself at the final round of the International Le Mans Challenge – a four event / four continent assult by the big LMP1 team. Prior to Zhuhai (China being the country and Asia the continent, they had run at Silverstone (UK), Sebring (USA) and the 24 Hours of Le Mans (France / Europe).

The Sunday race was looking good, especially since Allan was the pole sitter. But on the formation lap engine temps were skyrocketting. As he moved off at the start, the steering went hard – a $20 belt had come off and rather than destroy the engine, he parked the 997 and the end of the straight. It was a tough break, especially when he felt another win was on the cards.

Many thanks to Marcel for the use of the car and to all the engineers and mechanics for preparing it so well. It was just a pity...