WELCOME TO THE 2020 SEASON OF AUSTRALIA’S PREMIER SPORTS CAR CHAMPIONSHIP, PORSCHE PAYCE CARRERA CUP AUSTRALIA.
Attracting some of the Asia Pacific region’s best Pro and Pro-Am sports car drivers, Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup is the premier one-make championship in Australia drivers competing in identical Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race cars.
Born on the 911 production line in Stuttgart, the second-generation 991-series 911 race car was introduced to the series in 2018, offering improved performance and safety over its predecessor. Its impact drew huge interest globally with healthy fields and intense competition featuring across all classes. This too was evident in Australia where the breadth and quality of competition set the standard for one-make competition throughout the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
The 2020 Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup season promises to be the biggest on record enjoy the largest sponsorship support, television package and prize pool in Carrera Cup’s 16-year history.
Porsche have also announced it will be the official support category for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2020, combining rounds of Porsche Carrera Cup France (PCCF) and Porsche Carrera Cup Germany (PCCD). As a result, Porsche has also offered the opportunity for one driver from each Carrera Cup series globally, to compete and represent their country at this iconic event racing against a field of over 60 Cup Cars just before the start of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
This once in a lifetime opportunity for one lucky competitor will be open to all 2020 Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup drivers in Australia.
The 2020 calendar aligns with rounds of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship and the Australian Grand Prix, with the country’s premier support category encompassing an eight round series headlining at Australia’s marquee motorsport events across the country.
The 2020 calendar kicks off with its traditional start at the Superloop Adelaide 500 on the 20-23 February followed by the glitz and glamour of the Australian Grand Prix on the 12-15 March. There is an early break over April and May before the Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup Championship reconvenes for round 3 at the Watpac Townsville 400 in 26-28 June.
The Championship stays up north for round 4 in Darwin Triple Crown on the 17-19 July before heading back south for the highly anticipated Sydney Super Night Race on the 28-10 August. A month later the teams will again enjoy the fast and flowing curves of The Bend Motorsport Park, before heading to the Bathurst 1000 in early October. The final round again will be at the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 on the 30 October – 01 November.
Carrera Cup will be more visible than ever in 2020 with every race live, in HD and ad break free on Fox Sports and Kayo Sports. The 2020 season will also see free-to-air live coverage and replays on Channel 10 increasing to record levels, delivering a world class broadcast package.
As the championship is owned and operated by Porsche Cars Australia, the brand ensures Carrera Cup is run at the highest standard by Porsche’s in-house motorsport team.
Full fields, tremendous racing cars and some of Australia’s best Pro and Pro-Am sports car drivers… Be sure to follow the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia championship in 2020.
Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix
Phillip Island 500
Darwin Triple Crown
The Bend SuperSprint
Gold Coast 600
The new 911 GT3 Cup
The Production: Resolutely one line. The 911 represents over 50 years of motorsports history. And a major contributor to over 30,000 racing victories. Every Porsche 911 is also the platform for a pure-bred race car – the 911 GT3 Cup. Entirely in keeping with Ferry Porsche’s dream: to create a sports car capable of winning on the race track. The 911 GT3 Cup and the 911 have more in common than the three legendary digits in their name.
They originate from the same production line from Porsche principal production facility in Zuffenhausen. It is only once they are fully assembled that their paths diverge. The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup receives its finishing touches in Porsche Motorsport’s headquarters in Weissach so that, ultimately, it lives up to its calling: uncompromising performance on the race track.
DRIVERS IN CARRERA CUP AUSTRALIA FALL WITHIN TWO CLASSES – PRO AND PRO-AM. THERE ARE GUIDELINES IN PLACE TO HELP DETERMINE THE CLASSIFICATIONS OF A DRIVER, WITH THE ULTIMATE DECISION FALLING WITH PORSCHE CARS AUSTRALIA.
At the front of the Carrera Cup Australia field will be drivers competing in the Pro class. Consisting of some of the country’s best sports car drivers, the Pro class is for experienced drivers, many of whom have had, or have an ambition to forge, a professional motor racing career.
The Pro class generally consists of former Supercars Championship drivers as well as up-and-comers who are eager to use their experienced rivals as a benchmark to prove their ability in identical 911 GT3 Cup race cars.
Carrera Cup Australia is just as much about the Pro-Am racer as it is of the drivers competing for outright victory. The Pro-Am class is exclusively for semi-professional race car drivers.
These drivers do not seek to make a profession from motor racing nor do they seek to earn an income from racing duties. Instead, the Pro-Am racer consists of business leaders with a willingness to race sports cars. Or more specifically, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
These drivers will count only their best seven point-scoring rounds towards their Pro-Am season pointscore, both not afforded to their Pro-ranked counterparts
The Endurance Cup is a popular addition to Carrera Cup Australia. Beginning in 2017 with a three-race series before expanding to a six-race series in 2018 awarding both the leading Pro and Pro-Am racers. In 2020, the Endurance Cup will continue with six longdistance races across six events, starting at Townsville and concluding on the streets of Surfers Paradise at the Gold Coast 600.
At the end of the season, the drivers who score the most championship points in both the Pro and Pro-Am classifications from the season’s seven Endurance Cup races will be crowned the 2020 Endurance Cup Champions.
Endurance Cup Champions
Porsche Cars Australia and Michelin Australia have joined forces to launch one of Australian motorsport’s most extensive driver development programmes, providing total benefits of up to $300,000.
The Porsche Michelin Junior Programme Australia supports seven young drivers across Australia’s two Porsche one-make series – GT3 Cup Challenge Australia and Carrera Cup Australia – providing all Michelin Juniors financial support by way of entry fee support and an allocation of Michelin race tyres, along with access to training, mentorship and education throughout the racing season.
The Porsche Michelin Junior Programme Australia will consist of two teams – the GT3 Cup Challenge Junior Team, consisting of three drivers, and the four-driver Carrera Cup Junior Team.