As one of the region’s best sports car series, Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup Australia is set for a bumper 2019 season.
In 2018, new Pro and TAG Heuer Pro-Am drivers to the championship came in conjunction with the successful introduction of the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. Born on the 911 production line in Stuttgart, the second-generation 991 series 911 race car was faster, safety and more affordable than its predecessor, and proved in 2018 to improve the overall racing experience for Carrera Cup Australia's teams, drivers and fans trackside.
Carrera Cup will also continue to race at Australia’s largest motor racing events, beginning the season at the popular Adelaide 500 and Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix events and concluding with the iconic Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600. Adding to this mix a return to the Townsville 400 means that the 2019 season will feature at five high-profile events. The remaining three events will be held at the picturesque Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, the ever-popular Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin and The Bend Motorsport Park, which was a hit to drivers and fans alike after Carrera Cup's debut at the new Tailem Bend circuit in 2018.
And in 2019, Carrera Cup will be more visible than ever. Exclusively on Formula 1 and Supercars events, every race of the season will be broadcast live in Australia, while the addition of the Townsville 400 to the calendar means that races from five of the 2019 season's eight rounds will be televised on free-to-air television.
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 Carrera Cup Australia championship in 2019.
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.
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 either have had, or have an ambition to forge, a career in motor racing.
In the Pro class you will find several drivers who have enjoyed a professional career in top-flight racing championships, including the Supercars Championship, as well as young up-and-comers who are eager to use their experienced rivals as a benchmark in order the prove their ability in identical 911 GT3 Cup race cars.
Drivers in the Pro class, unlike their TAG Heuer Pro-Am counterparts, do not have access to the 911 GT3 Cup’s ABS system in dry conditions.
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, which has again attracted its long-term partner TAG Heuer, 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 experienced drivers will receive the assistance of ABS throughout the 2018 season, something not afforded to their Pro-ranked counterparts.
The Endurance Cup debuted in 2017, featuring three long distance races across the final three events - Sandown, Bathurst and Gold Coast. A change in race formats across several rounds has ensured more racing laps and an increased number of long distance races, expanding the popular Endurance Cup from three races in 2017 to six 45-minute races in 2018.
The inaugural 2017 Endurance Cup provided a thrilling conclusion in the Gold Coast, with Alex Davison and Andre Heimgartner equal on points after the three races, while a countback of results also failed to split the duo - each scoring a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finish. Davison was crowned the Endurance Cup Champion for recording the first race win. Meanwhile, consistency proved key for ultimate TAG Heuer Pro-Am Endurance Cup Champion, Marc Cini.
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.