PORSCHE CONFIRMS MORE RACE LAPS at PREMIUM EVENTS
PORSCHE CARRERA CUP AUSTRALIA drivers have a long-distance fight on their hands in the battle for the 2017 Endurance Cup.
The initiative sees the Carrera Cup championship complete one longer distance race and two regular sprint races, at three of the season’s marquee events – the Wilson Security Sandown 500, the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 and the Gold Coast 600.
As a true test of the drivers’ endurance, no co-drivers are used for these races, so drivers need to be prepared to last the distance – near double that of the series’ regular sprint races.
The Endurance Cup provides drivers more racing laps at iconic events and provide increased opportunity for valuable exposure at the traditionally popular Virgin Australia Supercars Championship endurance rounds.
Each race of the Endurance Cup counts towards the regular series points for each weekend. The highest point-scoring driver from the combined three endurance races in both the Outright and TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge classifications will be awarded the Endurance Cup.
And Porsche Cars Australia Motorsport Manager KURT SAKZEWSKI, is looking forward to rolling out the three-race miniseries for the coming season.
“We’re excited to confirm the Endurance Cup for the 2017 Carrera Cup championship. Having longer races is something our drivers have requested and, thanks to Supercars, we have been able to accommodate this at three of the best events on the 2017 motor racing calendar – Sandown, Bathurst and Gold Coast,” said Sakzewski.
“Carrera Cup is, first and foremost, a sprint format championship, however adding elements such as an Endurance Cup enhance the overall experience for our customers, providing extra track time and another on-track incentive.
“While new to Carrera Cup, this initiative has successfully been part of our GT3 Cup Challenge series since 2011 in the form of the Jim Richards Endurance Trophy. It’s a popular part to the GT3 Cup Challenge championship and is a welcome addition to Carrera Cup.”
Edited by AC.