High profile events for Carrera Cup

The 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car

The 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car

Carrera Cup is set make a high profile return to the Australian motorsport scene next season, with the official calendar having been released today.

The seven round championship features the Australian Grand Prix, Townsville 400, Bathurst 1000, Gold Coast 600 and Sydney 500 events.

Just two permanent circuits will be used, with Western Australia’s Barbagallo Raceway and Victoria’s Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit set to host rounds.

The emphasis on ‘A-list’ events sees just three rounds scheduled to be run before mid-September.

Porsche Cars Australia’s head of motorsport, Jamey Blaikie, says that the calendar is a great endorsement for the class.

“The calendar for 2011 reflects the high esteem with which Carrera Cup is held by the board of V8 Supercars Australia,” said Blaikie.

“We have some great new initiatives for the re-introduction of Carrera Cup in 2011 and today’s announcement is the first of many to come in the weeks ahead

“Next year’s series will be better, more exciting and more affordable than before with a mix of new talent and experienced Porsche racers.”

Season 2011 will mark the first time since its inaugural year in 2003 that the Australian Carrera Cup Championship has been contested without appearing at the Clipsal 500.

See below for the official 2011 calendar

Date Event
March 24-27 Qantas Australian Grand Prix Melbourne
May 6-7 Barbagallo V8 Supercars
July 8-10 Sucrogen Townsville 400
September 16-18 L&H 500 (Phillip Island)
October 6-9 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000
October 21-23 Armor All Gold Coast 600
December 2-4 Sydney Telstra 500

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