Porsche confirms Carrera Cup and GT3 Cup calendars

Craig Baird

Recently-crownded Carrera Cup champion Craig Baird

Porsche Cars Australia has confirmed the schedules for its two Australian motor racing classes – Carrera Cup and GT3 Cup Challenge.

Carrera Cup Australia host a shortened seven round championship (down from eight this year), competing at Australia’s most prestigious events, including the Clipsal 500 Adelaide, Formula 1™ Australian Grand Prix, Sucrogen Townsville 400, Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 and Armor All Gold Coast 600.

The category will also add its own marquee event too its calendar, with the introduction of the Porsche Rennsport Australia event. CLICK HERE for Speedcafe.com’s story yesterday.

Carrera Cup Australia will also make a return to Winton Motor Raceway having previously raced at the regional Victorian circuit in 2003, 2004 and 2007.

GT3 Cup Challenge Australia will contest its five of its six rounds at Shannons Nationals Motor Racing Championships events, to be held at Mallala Motor Sport Park, Winton Motor Raceway, Sydney Motorsport Park, Queensland Raceway and Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

The only non-Shannons Nationals event will be run at all-Porsche Rennsport festival.

The series will again feature the popular Jim Richards Endurance Trophy format, with an endurance race to be held at Mallala, Winton and Ipswich.

Porsche Motorsport manager Jamie Blaikie says that the calendars offer competitors great tracks and manageable schedules.

“The outlook for the 2013 season is sensational – both Carrera Cup and GT3 Cup Challenge have great, practical schedules for next year’s season,” said Blaikie.

“The reduced seven-round calendar is ideal for our Porsche customers. And while the season has been reduced by one event, we have retained five truly iconic Australian motorsport events while also returning to two of the country’s greatest permanent race tracks – Winton and Sydney Motorsport Park.

“For GT3 Cup Challenge, our drivers will still get to experience racing on Australia’s greatest permanent race tracks – an enticing factor for the series – while retaining the popular Jim Richards Endurance Trophy format for the award’s third season.”

Porsche Carrera Cup Australia

Rd. Date Event/Location
1 Feb 28-March 03 Clipsal 500 Adelaide – Adelaide, SA (TBC)
2 March 14-17 Formula 1™ Australian Grand Prix – Melbourne, VIC
3 May 25-26 Porsche Rennsport Australia – Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW
4 July 05-07 Sucrogen Townsville 400 – Townsville, QLD
5 August 23-25 Winton Motor Raceway – Winton, VIC
6 October 10-13 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 – Bathurst, NSW
7 October 25-27 Armor All Gold Coast 600 – Gold Coast, QLD

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli

Rd. Date Event/Location
1 April 19-21 Mallala Motor Sport Park – Mallala, South Australia*
2 May 25-26 Porsche Rennsport Australia – Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW
3 June 22-23 Winton Motor Raceway – Winton, VIC*
4 July 13-14 Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW
5 August 03-04 Queensland Raceway – Ipswich, QLD*
6 September 21-22 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit – Phillip Island, VIC

* denotes rounds that will hold a Jim Richards Endurance Trophy race.

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