SERIES INTRODUCTION

SERIES INTRODUCTION

Introduction

Bringing its signature brand of exhilarating motorsports competition to millions across the region and beyond, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia has earned an impressive fan and media following since its launch in 2003.

Firmly established as Asia’s premier sports car racing series, 2018 sees a formidable international field of brilliant professionals competing wheel-to-wheel with dedicated privateers. A proven testing ground for fledgling talent and a showcase for the world’s leading GT competitors, today the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is the number one choice for the region’s finest drivers.

All the elements which have contributed to its unprecedented success are further strengthened in 2018, along with a raft of new innovations, which will further solidify the championship’s position as one of the most successful Porsche one-make series in the world. 


Services

Impeccable services of the highest standards are centrally managed and provided to all teams and drivers, including:

• Transportation of cars, parts and tools from race to race
• Centrally-managed parts, meaning teams do not need to invest in inventory
• Superb track hospitality at each race
• Accommodation and transfer packages
• Pit set-up and equipment


Arrive and Drive Option

While individual teams are welcome, competitors have the option of availing themselves of the unique ‘Arrive and Drive’ concept, which provides drivers with professional support services of the highest calibre.

The Technical Service Package includes highly-trained mechanics and supervisors at each race to service and maintain the car, a pre-season check and pre-event service, pit set-up at each event, and packing, loading and unloading of containers.

This option, provided by professional partner EKS Motorsports, represents savings in both time and expense and means drivers need simply to arrive at the track where the fully-prepared cars await them, making for an exciting and hassle-free race weekend.

Pro-Am Class

Privateer drivers who believe the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is the exclusive domain of full-time professionals could not be more mistaken. The creation of the Pro-Am Class within the series, designed specifically for those very drivers, affords the opportunity to race against the professionals – a unique chance to learn from the best in the business.


Dealer Trophy

In 2018, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia will continue the Dealer Trophy, which gives dealer teams a chance to compete as they are awarded points each round based on the best performing dealer driver. With huge success in 2017, the trophy further solidifies the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia as one of the most inclusive, exciting racing series in Asia.


Drivers are welcome

With a truly international field, competitors come from as far afield as Europe and Australia, and as close to home as China, to test their racing mettle in the series. Both young and young-at-heart compete wheel-to-wheel each season, and the friendly off-track camaraderie has become a signature of the championship.

In order to take part in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, competitors need to:

• Own a Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991 II)
• Hold a valid “C” international racing license
• Purchase the Participation Package
• Purchase the Technical Service Package

The Participation Package includes all registration and entry fees, all costs for logistics, and hospitality access for three at each event. It does not include wear-and-tear, tyres, spare parts, and individual travel and on-track insurance.

Guests are welcome

The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia provides thrilling motorsport competition across the region, and at each stop offers an exclusive hospitality experience for guests, be they sponsors, business associates, friends or family.

 

Individual guest packages, with or without accommodation, are offered by the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia organisation.

History

Previous Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Seasons
  • Overall
  • Pro-AM
Pos Driver Nationality Total
1 Chris Van der Drift 235
2 Martin RAGGINGER 228
3 Will BAMBER 220
Pos Driver Nationality Total
1 Evan CHEN 242
2 Yuey TAN Yu Hian 240
3 Wayne SHEN 172

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 2017: Champions

It was a historic 2017 season for the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia as Team Formax’s Chris van der Drift became the Overall Champion and Kamlung Racing’s Evan Chen won in Pro-Am during 13 rounds of hard-fought motorsport across Asia’s most iconic and challenging circuits.  

Featuring 25 drivers from more than 12 countries and region in the world, 2017 was the final year for the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991)  before the new 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991 II) was introduced to the series in 2018, setting the stage for the 15th anniversary of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia. For several of the season’s 6 young drivers entering the series from single-seat racing, including Team StarChase’s Philip Hamprecht and Force Asia Racing’s Akash Neil Nandy, the 2017 test days was their first competitive drive in the Porsche 911 GT3 cup car, while van der Drift foreshadowing a successful season with the weekend’s fastest lap time at 2:08.709.   

The real action began when the talented line-up returned to Shanghai International Circuit in April to kick off the season in full with Round 1 and 2. It was then onto the iconic Fuji International Speedway in June, where the tensions were ratcheted up in Round 3 and 4.  Ragginger took Round 3 with a lights-to-flag victory, while van der Drift found his footing to grab victory in Round 4. Meanwhile, a Pro-Am rivalry between Chen and Team Jebsen’s Yuey Tan began to form, with Chen narrowly taking both Round 3 and 4 while facing relentless pressure from Tan, with an invitational with Porsche Carrera Cup Japan for the second year rounding out the weekend with 41 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup taking to the grid. The series’ first-ever race weekend at the coastal Bangsaen Street Circuit in June. Shortly after the Thai showdown, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia hosted the first of two race weekends at Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia mid-July. Divers joined the Formula 1 in Singapore to fight it out on the Marina Bay Circuit for Round 9 and 10 in early September. With Porsche Carrera Cup Asia driving for the final time alongside Formula 1 in Malaysia, a decisive victory from Ragginger in Round 11 ushered out the end of a 14-year tradition for the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and gave him a solid point lead going into the finale weekend.  

The finale came to a climax with a qualifying session and two rounds of racing in a single day at Shanghai International Circuit. Adding energy to the occasion, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia joined alongside the World Endurance Championship as Porsche LMP Team pushed for its third-consecutive series win in the 6 Hours of Shanghai. The competition took a last minute twist in the qualifiers after Ragginger struggled to get pace, resulting in him starting in P10 and 11 for both races later in the day, compared to van der Drift’s P1 start.  With his biggest challenger out of the way, van der Drift was able to take the victory in final display of championship driving in Round 12, all but sealing his series victory and allowing him to play a cautious Round 13. With van der Drift playing a smart and safe race in the final round, it was a chance for the young talent to shine, with both Porsche China Junior Team drivers Andrew Tang and Zhang Dasheng achieving second and third respectively, while Hamprecht finished the season with a final podium win in first. A last minute push by Tan saw him clock one of his fastest times on the Shanghai International Circuit after 9 years competing the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia to earn P1. He converted the advantageous start into a win for Round 12, making it a single-point divide between him and Chen in the final race. Despite Tan’s impressive performance, he was ultimately unable to overtake Chen, finishing one of the closest season-long rivalries in the series’ history with Chen in first place and Tan in second. 

Van der Drift and Chen were celebrated in style as they were crowned Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 2017 champions during the Night of Champions, with Team Porsche Holding earning the first Porsche Dealer Trophy since it was introduced at the start of the year.

PORSCHE
MOTORSPORT

PORSCHE MOTORSPORT

With over 60 years of racing history and more than 30,000 victories to date, Porsche is the biggest manufacturer in the world to specialise in high performance cars and is the most successful marque in motorsport. We are passionate about this and uphold and entire philosophy underpinning Porsche Motorsports: Spirit. Principle. Vision. 


The global Porsche motorsport programme includes both works and customer racing. At the pinnacle of the Porsche motorsport pyramid is the LMP Sport programme, which saw closure of a record-breaking run in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2017 as it changes gears to join the Formula E starting in 2019. In the GT category, Porsche also competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship as well as the TUDOR Championship (which includes the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring), and the legendary Nürburgring 24 Hours. The Porsche one-make Cups include the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, the international Carrera Cups and the Cup Challenges, while the global programme also features the Cayman GT4 Cup alongside a myriad of track experience opportunities such as the Porsche Sport Driving School, the Porsche Sports Cup Series and Porsche Club Sports Events.  


It was a year of great accolades for Porsche’s global motorsport with high-profile victories in some of the toughest motorsport challenges in existence today. The highly successful year began early-Summer at the 24 Hours of Le Mans where the German car manufacturer achieved its 19th Overall victory with the No. 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid, extending its world record status as the manufacturer with the most wins at the 24 Hours Le Mans. The victory set the stage for the No.1 Porsche 919 Hybrid to seal an early victory in the WEC Manufacturer’s Championship at the home of Porsche China in Shanghai – Porsche’s third consecutive WEC win achieved at the Shanghai International Circuit.  

PARTNERS

CONTACT

 

If you are a professional or pro-amateur driver interested in participating in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, please select "other" and fill in the form to the right so that our Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Manager can get back to you with more details.

 

If you are interested in learning more about the guest experience packages, or in joining us at any of the upcoming stops during the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, please send a query via the form to the right and we will get back to you with more information.

 

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