The Porsche Carrera Cup GB enters its 15th season in 2017 and remains one of the fastest one-make championships in British motorsport. Fuel Card Services are now proud official sponsors of two cars in the Porsche Carrera Cup driving for the Slidesports team.
The championship started in 2003 and forms a key part of Porsche’s ‘Pyramid of Motorsport’. The UK edition of the Carrera Cup joins 10 other national championships and feeds up to the international Porsche Supercup, which supports the Formula One World Championship, racing identical GT3 Cup cars. This activity also supports Porsche’s massive GT programme that sees Cup cars, GT3 Rs and GT3 RSRs racing is some of the toughest endurance races on the planet. This all culminates with the headline racing activity of the LMP1 prototype programme, racing in the World Endurance Championship and the world famous Le Mans 24 Hours.
The series is the most prestigious, manufacturer-backed championship in the country and is a major support race to the British Touring Car Championship. The package races under the TOCA banner, visiting some of the best circuits in the country and attracting an average race day audience of over 35,000 people a weekend. Live television forms an important part of the package with the raced be broadcast live on the free-to-air ITV4 channel. An extensive highlights package is also offerd across the ITV network of channels and on demand.
Pitting drivers against one another in identical 991 GT3 Cup cars the Carrera Cup is a key marketing platform for the Stuttgart-based marque as it perfectly captures the speed and drama of motorsport. The Porsche Race Centre is very easy to spot in the centre of the paddock and entertains up to 250 people a day – with a mix of team personnel, drivers, sponsors and specially invited Porsche guests – all mixing over sumptuous food and drinks.
The championship consists of three categories – Professional, Professional-Amateur 1 and Professional-Amateur 2 – based on driver experience and pace. Teams also have their own bragging rights to fight over in the Teams’ Championship, where each team assigns a maximum of two drivers to score points for them throughout the season. 2017 will be the final year for this particular version of the 991 however, as the series updates to the new Gen-2 model for next season.
An unrivalled prize package of over £300,000 is on offer to all competing drivers and teams. Porsche are unique in offering a rookie of the year prize fund totalling £35,000 awarded to the top scoring debut driver. The overall championship winner receives a cheque for £40,000, as well as the loan of a Porsche 911 for a year. Prizes are also awarded to the top three in each class, as well as the top three teams making it one of the largest prize funds in UK motor sport.
The Carrera Cup is a superb springboard for driving talent with an unenviable position of vaulting drivers into paid factory drives. Recent Le Mans 24 Hours winners Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy are prime examples of how the Carrera Cup has steered the careers of racing talent. Sportscar stars Richard Westbrook, Ben Barker and Damien Faulkner, as well as BTCC stars Sam Tordoff, Liam Griffin and Daniel Lloyd have all graduated from the ranks. Other names to have clinched the championship include 1992 BTCC champion Tim Harvey, who won the one-make series in both 2008 and 2010.
It is this unique mix that ensures the Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain is a mainstay of the UK Motor sport paddock, continuing to attract top line drivers, teams and commercial partners.
Posted on 26th June 2017
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