SERIES INTRODUCTION

SERIES INTRODUCTION

Introduction

Bringing its signature brand of exhilarating motorsports competition to millions across the region and beyond, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia has earned an impressive fan and media following since its launch in 2003.

Firmly established as Asia’s premier sports car racing series, 2017 sees a formidable international field of brilliant professionals competing wheel-to-wheel with dedicated privateers. A proven testing ground for fledgling talent and a showcase for the world’s leading GT competitors, today the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is the number one choice for the region’s finest drivers.

All the elements which have contributed to its unprecedented success are further strengthened in 2017, along with a raft of new innovations, which will further solidify the championship’s position as one of the most successful Porsche one-make Cups in the world.

Services

Impeccable services of the highest standards are centrally managed and provided to all teams and drivers, including:

• Transportation of cars, parts and tools from race to race

• Centrally-managed parts, meaning teams do not need to invest in inventory
• Superb track hospitality at each race
• Accommodation and transfer packages
• Pit set-up and equipment

Arrive and Drive Option

While individual teams are welcome, competitors have the option of availing themselves of the unique ‘Arrive and Drive’ concept, which provides drivers with professional support services of the highest calibre.

The Technical Service Package includes highly-trained mechanics and supervisors at each race to service and maintain the car, a pre-season check and pre-event service, pit set-up at each event, and packing, loading and unloading of containers.

This option, provided by professional partner EKS Motorsports, represents savings in both time and expense and means drivers need simply to arrive at the track where the fully-prepared cars await them, making for an exciting and hassle-free race weekend.

Pro-Am Class

Privateer drivers who believe the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is the exclusive domain of full-time professionals could not be more mistaken. The creation of the Pro-Am Class within the series, designed specifically for those very drivers, affords the opportunity to race against the professionals – a unique chance to learn from the best in the business.


Dealer Trophy

In 2017, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia will also further expand the already competitive series with the introduction of the Porsche Dealer Trophy. Putting dealer teams against one another by awarding points each round to the best performing drivers among dealer teams, the new trophy further solidifies the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia as one of the most inclusive, exciting racing series in Asia.


Drivers are welcome

With a truly international field, competitors come from as far afield as Europe and Australia, and as close to home as China, to test their racing mettle in the series. Both young and young-at-heart compete wheel-to-wheel each season, and the friendly off-track camaraderie has become a signature of the championship.

In order to take part in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, competitors need to:

• Own a Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991)
• Hold a valid “C” international racing license
• Purchase the Participation Package
• Purchase the Technical Service Package

The Participation Package includes all registration and entry fees, all costs for logistics, and hospitality access for three at each event. It does not include wear-and-tear, tyres, spare parts, and individual travel and on-track insurance.

Guests are welcome

The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia provides thrilling motorsport competition across the region, and at each stop offers an exclusive hospitality experience for guests, be they sponsors, business associates, friends or family.

Individual guest packages, with or without accommodation, are offered by the Porsche
Carrera Cup Asia organisation.


History

Previous Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Seasons
  • Overall
  • Class B
Pos Driver Nationality Total
1 Nico MENZEL 203
2 Maxime JOUSSE 195
3 Mitchell GILBERT 173
Pos Driver Nationality Total
1 YUAN Bo 203
2 Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak 195
3 Wayne Shen 173

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 2016 : Champions

While 2017 is shaping up to be a memorable year – 2016 provided some of the toughest competition the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia has seen to date.

It was a long journey to the final stop, starting with the test days in Shanghai in March when the 24-strong driver line-up gathered at the home of Porsche China for the 2016 season.

During Round 1 and 2 in Shanghai in April it was clear the season would be contentious, with Kamlung Racing’s Maxime Jousse making a solid debut after achieving two lights-to-flag victories starting from the pole to complete a perfect weekend. He was pursued doggedly by Team Starchase’s Nico Menzel, who achieved second in both rounds, while third place was split, with Fun88 Team Sunfonda’s Zhang Da Shang achieving his first podium of the season in Round 2.

Shortly after at the Fuji International Speedway, Porsche China Junior Team’s Andrew Tang wowed spectators as the young driver took his first win of the season in Round 3 and second place in Round 4, with Jousse winning Round 4. Meanwhile, Menzel continued to show a consistent performance – achieving a second and third place victory respectively in each race.

Round 5 in Buriram, Thailand saw Tang once again achieve victory, solidifying his spot in the top, while guest driver Scott Hargrove, driving for OpenRoad Racing, took Round 6. During both races, Menzel finished mid-pack, in 5th for Round 5 and 4th for Round 6.

Mitchell Gilbert set the stage for his ultimate podium spot in Australia, commanding a first place victory in both Round 7 and 8 as drama on the track saw Nico Menzel unable to finish Round 7 and Jousse unable to finish Round 8.

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia | Season 2016

As the series approached the final races, it was clear that 2016’s line-up of formidable drivers were going to make this a close tournament. Singapore saw Porsche Carrera Cup Asia veteran Martin Ragginger of Team Porsche Holding take first, with Menzel in second and Jousse in Third.

Strong podium wins, dogged by misfortune, had allowed Maxime Jousse to maintain the lead in the tables up into Malaysia – but in a last minute development seen at the penultimate race weekend, Team Starchase’s Nico Menzel overtook Kamlung Racing’s Maxime Jousse in Round 10.

With such a formidable line-up of racers, there were 5 drivers eligible going into the final. Menzel transformed his lead into a championship win after two smart races during the finale in Shanghai, leaving Maxime Jousse in second place and Absolute Racing’s Mitchell Gilbert narrowly beating Porsche China Junior Team’s Andrew Tang to win third – with Gilbert at 173 points and Tang at 172.

In Class-B, the season-long rivalry between Absolute Racing’s Yuan Bo and est Cola Thailand’s Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak came to a climatic end after Bo suffered a huge penalty in Round 11 that all but guaranteed Inthraphuvasak’s victory. But in Round 12, a rock in the radiator took Inthraphuvasak out of the race and sealed Bo as the 2016 Class-B Champion. Last year’s Reigning champion Yuey Tan of Team Jebsen was ousted by Wayne Shen of Modena Motorsport after a collision left Tan unable to finish Round 11.

With 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Earl Bamber returning to the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia finale in Shanghai, a brilliant victory for Porsche in the FIA WEC Championship Shanghai 6 Hours and two exciting new competition winners crowned during the Night of Champions – the end of 2016 went out with a bang. Adding to the excitement was the anticipation of an equally exciting 2017 season.

PORSCHE
MOTORSPORT

PORSCHE MOTORSPORT

With over 60 years of racing history and more than 30,000 victories to date, Porsche is the biggest manufacturer in the world to specialise in high performance cars and is the most successful marque in motorsport. We are passionate about this and uphold and entire philosophy underpinning Porsche Motorsports: Spirit. Principle. Vision.

The global Porsche motorsport programme includes both works and customer racing. At the pinnacle of the Porsche motorsport pyramid is the LMP Sport programme, with the 919 Hybrid competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship of which the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans is part. In the GT category, Porsche also competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship as well as the TUDOR Championship (which includes the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring), and the legendary Nürburgring 24 Hours. The Porsche one-make Cups include the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup, the international Carrera Cups and the Cup Challenges, while the global programme also features the Cayman GT4 Cup alongside a myriad of track experience opportunities such as the Porsche Sport Driving School, the Porsche Sports Cup Series and Porsche Club Sports Events.

It was a year of great accolades for Porsche’s global motorsport efforts as it clinched repeat victories in some of the toughest motorsport challenges in existence today. The highly successful year began early-Summer at the 24 Hours of Le Mans where the German car manufacturer achieved its 18th Overall victory with the No. 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid, extending its world record status as the manufacturer with the most wins at the 24 Hours Le Mans. The victory set the stage for the No.1 Porsche 919 Hybrid to seal an early victory in the WEC Manufacturer’s Championship at the home of Porsche China in Shanghai – Porsche’s second consecutive WEC win achieved at the Shanghai International Circuit – while the No.2 Porsche 919 Hybrid squad composed of Marc Lieb, Neel Jani and Romain Dumas managed an impressive WEC Driver’s Championship victory.

The end of the 2016 WEC season also saw the retirement of long-time Porsche factory driver Mark Webber, paving the way for two-time Porsche Carrera Cup Asia winner Earl Bamber to rise to the next level and join the Porsche Factory LMP1 squad where he will make his debut in 2017.

PARTNERS

CONTACT

 

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