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 Chris Van der Drift 234
2 Craig Baird 216
3 Nico Menzel 192
Pos Driver Nationality Total
1 Yuey Tan 201
2 Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak 200
3 Wayne Shen 192

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 2015: Champions

Pioneering the development of professional motorsport competition in Southeast Asia, the 2015 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia season was one of the most fascinating in the championship’s 13-year history, buoyed further by former champion Earl Bamber’s victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

In March, the 28-strong field gathered for the first time for a pre-season test at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit where they welcomed some new faces, among them Menzel and van der Drift, who had received a last-minute call-up from Clearwater Racing.

Round 1, at the Chinese F1 Grand Prix, saw a familiar face take the opening win of the season, with Baird beating fellow countryman van der Drift, and Team Porsche Holding’s Martin Ragginger taking the final podium place. The New Zealanders would not have it all their own way though. van der Drift retired in race two and Baird was beaten to the podium by Budweiser Team Absolute Racing’s Ho-Pin Tung from Team Jebsen’s Rodolfo Avila, with Ragginger taking his second podium of the weekend.

Korea’s International Circuit welcomed the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia for the first time in 2015, and it proved a happy hunting ground for van der Drift who, bouncing back from his DNF in Round 2, took pole position and wins in both races. Baird proved the fight would last all season with a brace of second places, while Myung Gil Choi more than repaid his call-up from Team Porsche Korea to join the series for the first time since 2013, by taking the final podium spot after both races.

June saw the Porsche Carrera Cups of Asia and Japan share the spectacular Fuji International Speedway. There, van der Drift continued his run of form with another double victory, but this time it was Ragginger who stood on the second step of the podium after both races. Baird took third in Race 1, but lost his grip on the championship after an uncharacteristic performance in Round 6.

Returning to the Land of Smiles after a ten-year absence, the championship made its debut at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand, and van der Drift continued to extend his winning streak, taking pole and yet another double victory. Menzel continued his impressive debut season, taking his debut podium with a second place finish in Round 7, and repeating his success in Race 2. Baird and Ragginger shared third place honours.

At Sepang in Malaysia, Menzel went one better and took his first Porsche victory with PICC Team StarChase in Race 1, and a third place in Round 10 adding to his podium tally. van der Drift’s run of wins suffered a blip in Malaysia with a fourth place in the opening race, but he was back to his winning ways in Round 10, taking his seventh victory of the season. Second place in both races was Ragginger, who took his second pole of the season.

As the field headed to Singapore and the Lion City’s Marina Bay street circuit, van der Drift had a healthy 19-point lead from title rival Baird, while Menzel’s increasing pace put him third on the overall leaderboard. The double header saw Baird strike back, taking pole, a win and a second place, while van der Drift could only manage a third place podium in Round 12. Tung was second in Round 11, ahead of Menzel who took his fifth consecutive podium.

The Singapore F1 Grand Prix had set the stage for what was to be a thrilling season finale as the Porsche motorsport family came together at the 6 Hours of Shanghai FIA World Endurance Championship round, where Porsche was gunning for the 2015 Manufacturers’ title.

van der Drift arrived in Shanghai with an eight-point lead from championship rival Baird, while four drivers remained in contention for the Class B title. van der Drift got the job done, giving his China Porsche dealership team Kamlung Racing its maiden Porsche Carrera Cup Asia title. Second at the end of the season was Clearwater Racing’s Craig Baird, like van der Drift and Bamber one of a number of hugely-successful New Zealand drivers. Seventeen-year-old Nico Menzel, the series youngest-ever competitor and son of two-time champion Christian, was third after an impressive debut season of Porsche competition with PICC Team StarChase.

Four Class B drivers remained in title contention as the lights went out for the last time in 2015, but it was Tan who eventually won the championship by a single point from Thailand’s Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak after a spin by OpenRoad Racing’s Francis Tjia put him back into contention. Modena Motorsport’s Wayne Shen, Class B champion in 2012, finished the season in third.

As the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia teams and drivers gathered to witness their Porsche counterparts in the FIA WEC win the Manufacturers’ title with one round in hand, the nine Porsche China Junior Programme finalists met their heroes ahead of the shootout to decide the 2016 Porsche China Junior, eventually won by Andrew Tang. Two worthy Porsche Carrera Cup Asia champions, a major FIA title, and a new chapter about to begin with Asia’s next exciting young talent represented more than just a good day in the office for Porsche motorsport in China.


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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