The 2015 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia driver line up has been bolstered by the announcement of talented young racer, Richard Muscat.
The 22-year-old enters the competitive one-make class following three impressive seasons on Australian – and international – race tracks, including three championships titles in three seasons.
Following victory in the Victorian based 2012 Porsche 944 Challenge Series, Muscat moved to Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia in 2013 where he claimed 17 fastest laps and 13 victories from 18 races, taking a convincing title win. Thereafter Muscat moved to the 2014 Australian GT Championship, where he was crowned champion at the season finale in New Zealand.
A GT3 Cup Challenge champion, Muscat is also familiar with top-level Porsche one-make competition having already competed in three Carrera Cup events.
The Victorian raced in the inaugural Carrera Cup Australia Pro-Am round in 2013 alongside Simon Middleton and the following Winton Motor Raceway round, where he placed an impressive second in the opening race.
Muscat also tried his hand at Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain in 2014 at Snetterton as a guest entrant, placing a remarkable third place in both races contested.
Muscat now looks to bring this success to Carrera Cup Australia when he joins the 2013 Teams Champion outfit, Team BRM, for the season opening Clipsal 500.
“The Carrera Cup is a very competitive category because all the cars are identical. I took part in two races this year but I’m looking forward to racing against the likes of Craig Baird, Warren Luff and Nick Foster on a regular basis and hopefully challenging them for podiums and race wins,” said Muscat.
Throughout his short career Muscat has followed the Porsche Motorsport Pyramid – a driver progression pathway from GT3 Cup Challenge through to Carrera Cup.
Porsche Cars Australia’s Director of PR and Motorsport, Paul Ellis, believes this not only shows the benefits of the pathway, but also the vast ability of Muscat in a Porsche race car.
“Having Richard return to Porsche one-make competition is an exciting prospect and we certainly look forward to seeing him on the 2015 Carrera Cup grid,” said Ellis.
“Richard was an exceptional competitor in the 2013 GT3 Cup Challenge series, ultimately becoming champion, along with his subsequent GT racing involvement.
“Richard’s progression through various levels of Porsche motorsport reinforces our desire to provide a pathway to top-level motorsport for all drivers.”
The opening round of the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia season will be held at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, South Australia, on February 26 to March 01, 2015.