Porsche Carrera Cup GB
In 2009, the Porsche Carrera Cup GB will again be one of the most important and prestigious race championships in Britain and will be a major support race to the MSA British Touring Car Championship.
The new season will be the seventh year of Carrera Cup in Britain, modelled on Porsche's long-established world-wide Carrera Cup concept. Equal cars, close and exciting racing and first-class facilities for teams and drivers all add to the strength of the championship.
The latest 911GT3 Cup car, introduced for the start of the 2008 season, offers drivers a mighty 420bhp, a sequential gearbox and a superb chassis. It is a purpose-built thoroughbred racer.
The successful pro-am1 category ensures that the less-experienced and non-professional racers can compete for their own points and prize money within the overall championship. Meanwhile, the pro-am2 category caters for 2006 and 2007 model cars and offers series newcomers the chance to sample the Carrera Cup on a restricted budget.
In total, the championship prize fund is almost £100,000. At the end of the season, three road-going 911s will be presented as the overall champion, the pro-am1 champion and the winning team principal in the team championship will all win the use of a Porsche 911 road car for a year.
Supporting the Carrera Cup GB will be an excellent TV package, with races covered in detail in a new series of 'Motorsport UK', which will be screened on ITV4. In addition, some races will feature within the extended live ITV4 coverage of BTCC race days.
Many ambitious young drivers are now seeking to use the Carrera Cup GB to trace the steps of Richard Westbrook to the very top of sports and GT racing. Having won the Carrera Cup title, Westbrook went on to win the international Porsche Supercup twice in 2006 and 2007 and earned himself a place among the GT racing elite as a Porsche factory driver.
Official Porsche Carrera Cup GB Website http://www.porsche.com/uk/motorsportandevents/motorsport/racing/porschecarreracupgreatbritain/