The all-new Fujitsu Racing Porsche which 19-year old Renee Gracie will pilot in her second season of Porsche Carrera Cup Australia (PCCA) has broken cover today.
Gracie’s Porsche 991 GT3 Cup car will display a cutting edge look in 2014, with a stunning new carbon weaved black and rocket red livery replacing the familiar matte black and fluorescent pink which Gracie raced with in 2013.
Also announced today was the extended commitment of Fujitsu General Australia to Gracie’s motorsport program, with Australia’s number one supplier of air conditioning products continuing its association as Gracie’s naming rights sponsor under a new multi-year agreement. Now entering its fourth year, Gracie’s relationship with Fujitsu commenced in karting when she was selected as part of the inaugural Fujitsu ‘Cool’ Driver Program at just 16.
Preparation and management of Gracie’s competition program will again be overseen by the leading McElrea Racing squad, who will run Gracie as one of four drivers in PCCA this season.
Gracie and Fujitsu Racing have this year welcomed the addition of three exciting new commercial partners to their quality portfolio of industry-leading global and domestic brands.
Century 21, the world’s largest real estate sales organisation, has joined Fujitsu Racing as a major sponsor and will utilise Gracie as an ambassador of its ‘Smarter, Bolder, Faster’ brand campaign.
Altrex Auto Accessories, manufacturers of Australia’s best selling number plate protectors and high quality automotive styling products, is making its first foray into motorsport sponsorship with Gracie’s program, while Rain-X, the world’s leading brand of automotive aftermarket glass care will continue a rich history of supporting racing teams and drivers worldwide by partnering Gracie as a supporting sponsor.
International FMCG giant BIC and respected Australian-owned brands Amadio Wines and Bremtec, a brand of Brake Friction Australia, have all increased their commitment to the young Queenslander and will enjoy a greater branded presence on the Fujitsu Racing Porsche.
Gracie is looking to build on a solid debut PCCA season in 2013, where she completed every race she started bar one and recorded a career best of 12th place at the season-ending Gold Coast 600 event.
The 10th season of Porsche Carrera Cup Australia kicks off at this weekend’s Clipsal 500 Adelaide from Thursday, February 27 to Sunday, March 2.
“During the second half of last season, I believe I produced more competitive performances as I built experience and confidence racing in Porsche Carrera Cup. This year my goal is to continue that progression and genuinely prove that I have earnt my place in a series of this calibre. I’m extremely grateful to Fujitsu General for their continued commitment to my motorsport career, not to mention the amazing opportunities they have made possible over the past four years and I am incredibly proud to be representing Fujitsu in Australian motorsport.
“The new Carrera Cup car is just fantastic and its advanced technology and increased performance will take the competition to another level this year. Our Fujitsu Racing Porsche also looks sensational in its new colours and I’m sure the livery will be a real talking point when we hit the track in Adelaide this weekend.”
PHILIP PERHAM, DEPUTY MANAGING DIRECTOR – FUJITSU GENERAL AUSTRALIA LTD:
“We’re delighted to continue our association with Renee, which commenced in karting back in 2011 and we look forward to seeing her continue to develop in one of the toughest forms of Australian motorsport.
“Renee is a great ambassador for the Fujitsu brand and reflects a professional, competitive and driven image that has the full support of our entire organisation.”