In 2016, Porsche Carrera Cup Australia will continue to attend Australia’s most popular motor racing events while the addition of new events, destinations and initiatives will give the sports car championship a fresh feel for the season ahead.
The one-make series will start the 2016 season with the popular Clipsal 500 and Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix events.
Carrera Cup will then headline the second ever Porsche Rennsport Australia, to be held at Sydney Motorsport Park on April 29-May 01, 2016. The inaugural Rennsport event hosted the championship’s first ever Pro-Am round in 2013 and, after two years of a Phillip Island Pro-Am, the two-driver format will return to the Sydney Porsche festival in 2016.
Carrera Cup will then travels north to Darwin for the first time since 2007 – its fifth visit to the Northern Territory circuit (2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007) – replacing the Townsville round.
The championship will return to Sydney Motorsport Park in August for round five, joined at the New South Wales venue by Porsche Carrera Cup Asia. This event will feature both separate and joint on-track racing between Carrera Cup Australia and its sister one-make series, allowing the region’s best professional and semi-professional Porsche racers to compete in the same race.
The final three events of the 2016 season – Sandown 500, Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600 – will ensure Carrera Cup continues to be one of the most visible support categories in Australia; all featuring strong event attendance and television audiences.
Sydney Motorsport Park will host the championship’s official test day, to be held on February 10, 2016.
Porsche Cars Australia will also continue to help facilitate local Porsche drivers to compete in international Carrera Cups, with arrive and drive packages to again be offered to the series’ regular drivers.
“We’re happy to confirm and announce another strong calendar for the 2016 Carrera Cup Australia season. It features a great mix of Australia’s best motor racing events and a new destination to give 2016 a fresh look and feel,” said Porsche Cars Australia Motorsport Manager, Kurt Sakzewski.
“The inclusion of Darwin is a key change for 2016; it’s truly an amazing location and the entire region throws its support behind the Hidden Valley event. Meanwhile, our Rennsport return enables the championship to again headline the popular all-Porsche racing festival. We also welcome Porsche Carrera Cup Asia to our second Sydney round. This will be the first ever joint Carrera Cup round in Australia and will be a unique and incredible experience for both our local and visiting Porsche drivers and teams.
“It is also important to retain the Clipsal 500, Australian Grand Prix, Sandown, Bathurst and Gold Coast rounds – all are tremendous events and hold a vital place in the Australian motor racing landscape.”
Porsche Carrera Cup Australia’s return to racing in 2016 will also mark the championship’s 10th visit to Adelaide’s Clipsal 500.
2016 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Race Schedule
Round 1: Clipsal 500 Adelaide, Adelaide, SA (March 03-06, 2016)
Round 2: Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne, Vic (March 17-20, 2016)
Round 3: Porsche Rennsport Australia, Sydney, NSW (April 29-May 01, 2016)
Round 4: Darwin Triple Crown, Darwin, NT (June 17-19, 2016)
Round 5: Sydney Motorsport Park, Sydney, NSW (August 26-28, 2016)
Round 6: Sandown 500, Melbourne, Vic (September 16-18, 2016)
Round 7: Bathurst 1000, Bathurst, NSW (October 06-09, 2016)
Round 8: Gold Coast 600, Gold Coast, QLD (October 21-23, 2016)