Round five of the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia championship is unlike any other. In fact, it is far from it.
Later this month Sydney Motorsport Park will host the most unique Carrera Cup round seen in Australia since its local inception in 2003.
Come August 26-28, two Carrera Cup championships will line up at the western Sydney venue for the first ever joint Carrera Cup round to be held in Australia, and the first ever to involve the Australian one-make series.
Our guests: Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.
Here is a brief lowdown on the coming event:
Porsche Carrera Cup Australia will run much like a normal event in Sydney; expect only contesting two races as part of the championship. Below is the race format of Carrera Cup Australia for the weekend:
Practice 1 (Friday)
Practice 2 (Friday)
Race 1 (Saturday)
Race 2 (Sunday)
Thereafter, the most anticipated part of the weekend comes to life: two joint races between Carrera Cup Australia and Carrera Cup Asia.
The first of the two races will consist of TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge runners from the Australia championship and Class B drivers from the Asia series, held just prior to the final Supercars Championship race on Sunday. Then, after the final Supercars race, the outright contenders from both championships will race head-to-head in a race of their own. Two must-watch events!
Being a two-race weekend, Carrera Cup Australia points will be awarded accordingly (1st, 90 points; 2nd, 81 points; 3rd, 72 points) as per the series’ previous two-race Pro-Am rounds. The championship will also award 10 championship points to each of its drivers who competes in the joint races.
Porsche Carrera Cup Asia
The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia series is our closest Carrera Cup geographically while, being part of the global Carrera Cup formula, the two series share similar technical regulations and the use of the iconic 911 GT3 Cup car.
Much the Australian championship, Porsche Carrera Cup Asia has a mix of professional racers at the front of the field, trailed closely by a fleet of semi-professional Class B drivers – a class that makes up the majority of the field.
While our Carrera Cup races solely in Australia, Carrera Cup Asia has a truly international flavour having visited China, Japan and Thailand ahead of the Sydney round and, thereafter, concluding the championship at events in Singapore, Malaysia and its return to China.