December 19, 2013
Shanghai. With a fleet of brand new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991) racing cars, thePorsche Carrera Cup Asia powers towards its 12th season as the undisputed leader in regional sportscar competition with its most prestigious calendar to date.
The provisional line-up for the 2014 season includes races at three rounds of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, with the opening race of the 11-round championship at the Malaysian Grand Prix in March following the official test three weeks earlier at the Sepang International Circuit. Round 2 will be part of the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit, with the series supporting the pinnacle of world motorsport for a third time on Singapore’s Marina Bay street circuit in September.
Following a double header at the China GT Championship at China’s Zhuhai International Circuit in May, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia will make its debut in Japan, with Rounds 5 and 6 at the famed Fuji International Circuit.
The championship returns to Malaysia in August for two races at the Asian Festival of Speed, with the season finale inked as part of the Shanghai round of the FIA World Endurance Championship in October.
Commented Oliver Schwab, Motorsport Manager for championship organisers Porsche China: “The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia continues to strengthen in every area, from the quality and diversity of its field and its calendar, to the intensity of sporting competition, the high standards of organisation, and the media and television coverage it generates. We are delighted to be racing in Japan for the first time in 2014, and plan to further build our cooperation with other Porsche Carrera Cups in the region.”
New for the 2014 season is the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991), which will make its debut in Asia with the championship. The more powerful 3.8-litre flat six engine produces 460 horsepower, 10 more than previously, and the six-speed automatic gearbox is operated by pneumatic paddle shift system, a first for the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia. Other enhancements include an upgraded break system, new one-piece racing wheels, a newly-developed roll cage, a new Recaro drivers’ seat, everything homologated to latest FIA requirements.
The driver line-up for the 2014 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia season will be announced in the new year.
Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 2014
Provisional Race Calendar
|March 07 – 09||Sepang Intl. Circuit, Malaysia||Test Days||–|
|March 28 – 30||Sepang Intl. Circuit, Malaysia||Formula 1 Support Race||Round 1|
|April 18 – 20||Shanghai Intl. Circuit, China||Formula 1 Support Race||Round 2|
|May 09 – 11||Zhuhai Intl. Circuit, China||China GT Championship*||Rounds 3&4|
|June 06 – 08||Fuji Intl. Circuit, Japan||One Make Series Festival*||Rounds 5&6|
|August 15 – 17||Sepang Intl. Circuit, Malaysia||Asian Festival of Speed*||Rounds 7&8|
|September 19 – 21||Marina Bay Circuit, Singapore||Formula 1 Support Race||Round 9|
|Oct 31 – Nov 02||Shanghai Intl. Circuit, China||World Endurance Championship*||Rounds 10&11|