Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland
For the 2018 season, teams, drivers and fans can look forward to a host of exciting innovations in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. At the top of the list is the new race calendar: Six of the seven race weekends take place as support to the ADAC GT Masters. Of particular appeal to fans: The two races start at a set time on each race weekend. Saturday’s event starts immediately after the first ADAC GT Masters race, with Sunday’s race contested before the second GT Masters race.
The Motorsport Arena Oschersleben hosts the 2018 season-opening round of the one-make cup series. This year, two rounds of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland are contested outside Germany, with one in Austria at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, and the other in the Netherlands at the Circuit Park Zandvoort. Fans are also treated to a new event: For the first time, the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland will run as support to the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix weekend. After the Sachsenring meeting, the season concludes with the traditional season-finale on the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg. The 2018 calendar consists of fourteen thirty-minute races on seven weekends.
New junior development initiative
At the same time, with the new Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland Talent Pool Programme, the one-make cup is positioning itself even more consistently as a training platform and springboard for young drivers into professional motor racing from 2018. Instead of supporting solely Porsche Juniors, all registered drivers contesting all rounds and are aged 23 years or younger receive backing. The support runs over a maximum of two years and includes fitness tests individualised training programmes, mental and media coaching as well as one free set of tyres per race weekend.
The talented youngsters also receive support from the experienced Porsche pilot Wolf Henzler who will attend all rounds as a driver mentor. Oliver Köppen, Project Manager of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, says: “With the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland Talent Pool, we have initiated a broad-based youth development programme. We’re particularly pleased to have Wolf Henzler on board as a coach. He’s one of the most successful Porsche drivers. Moreover, at the end of the season, we now have the chance to nominate one of the young drivers for the worldwide selection shootout for the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, from which a Porsche Junior will be chosen. This gives the young pilots a fantastic opportunity to further their motor racing careers.”
Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, based on the second-generation 991, has been fielded in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland since 2017. The rear of the new 911 GT3 Cup now houses a four-litre, six-cylinder flat engine, guaranteeing powerful propulsion. Thanks to thoroughbred motorsport technology, the compact engine with direct fuel injection delivers a peak performance of 357 kW (485 hp), making it the most powerful vehicle in the history of the national one-make cup. All racers are identical as are the Michelin tyres, which are limited to two sets of slicks per weekend and vehicle.
The Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland is a championship with an A and B drivers’ classification as well as a team and rookie category. The awarding of points and prize money is defined in the regulations.
Prize money, too, receives a boost: From 2018, a total of 550,000 Euro are up for grabs for participating teams and drivers in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – representing a ten percent increase compared to last year.
Extensive media coverage
Again in 2018, the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland enjoys high visibility with a comprehensive media and TV package. All races will be broadcast either live or delayed to later in the day, and are also supplemented by background reports. Moreover, the news channel n-tv provides a glimpse into the world of the popular racing series with its 30-minute magazine “PS – Porsche Carrera Cup”. The show runs every Monday after the race weekend from 18.30 hours. In 2018, onboard cameras provide live footage for the first time.
Online activities have also been significantly expanded, bringing fans even closer to the action. All rounds can be viewed via live streaming on a computer or via mobile devices. The Carrera Cup Deutschland races will be broadcast live on porsche.de/carreracup as well as a variety of other online platforms, and on Facebook under @carreracupgermany. The Twitter channel @PorscheRaces as well as the Instagram account @porsche_newsroom offer a look behind the scenes, providing news on drivers, teams and their race cars. Porsche also supplies information on its motor racing activities to members of the press exclusively on its press database https://presse.porsche.de.
The 2018 races
|13-15.04.2018||Oschersleben (Races 1&2)|
|08-10.06.2018||Red Bull Ring, Austria (Races 3&4)|
|03-05.08.2018||Nürburgring (Races 5&6)|
|10-12.08.2018||Nürburgring (Races 7&8)|
|17-19.08.2018||Zandvoort, Netherlands (Races 9&10)|
|07-09.09.2018||Sachsenring (Races 11&12)|
|21-23.09.2018||Hockenheimring (Races 13&14)|
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