Bringing its signature brand of exhilarating motorsports competition to millions across the region and beyond, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia has earned an impressive fan and media following since its launch in 2003.
Firmly established as Asia’s premier sports car racing series, 2017 sees a formidable international field of brilliant professionals competing wheel-to-wheel with dedicated privateers. A proven testing ground for fledgling talent and a showcase for the world’s leading GT competitors, today the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is the number one choice for the region’s finest drivers.
All the elements which have contributed to its unprecedented success are further strengthened in 2017, along with a raft of new innovations, which will further solidify the championship’s position as one of the most successful Porsche one-make Cups in the world.
Impeccable services of the highest standards are centrally managed and provided to all teams and drivers, including:
• Transportation of cars, parts and tools from race to race
• Centrally-managed parts, meaning teams do not need to invest in inventory
• Superb track hospitality at each race
• Accommodation and transfer packages
• Pit set-up and equipment
Arrive and Drive Option
While individual teams are welcome, competitors have the option of availing themselves of the unique ‘Arrive and Drive’ concept, which provides drivers with professional support services of the highest calibre.
The Technical Service Package includes highly-trained mechanics and supervisors at each race to service and maintain the car, a pre-season check and pre-event service, pit set-up at each event, and packing, loading and unloading of containers.
This option, provided by professional partner EKS Motorsports, represents savings in both time and expense and means drivers need simply to arrive at the track where the fully-prepared cars await them, making for an exciting and hassle-free race weekend.
Privateer drivers who believe the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is the exclusive domain of full-time professionals could not be more mistaken. The creation of the Pro-Am Class within the series, designed specifically for those very drivers, affords the opportunity to race against the professionals – a unique chance to learn from the best in the business.
In 2017, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia will also further expand the already competitive series with the introduction of the Porsche Dealer Trophy. Putting dealer teams against one another by awarding points each round to the best performing drivers among dealer teams, the new trophy further solidifies the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia as one of the most inclusive, exciting racing series in Asia.
Drivers are welcome
With a truly international field, competitors come from as far afield as Europe and Australia, and as close to home as China, to test their racing mettle in the series. Both young and young-at-heart compete wheel-to-wheel each season, and the friendly off-track camaraderie has become a signature of the championship.
In order to take part in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, competitors need to:
• Own a Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991)
• Hold a valid “C” international racing license
• Purchase the Participation Package
• Purchase the Technical Service Package
The Participation Package includes all registration and entry fees, all costs for logistics, and hospitality access for three at each event. It does not include wear-and-tear, tyres, spare parts, and individual travel and on-track insurance.
Guests are welcome
The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia provides thrilling motorsport competition across the region, and at each stop offers an exclusive hospitality experience for guests, be they sponsors, business associates, friends or family.
Individual guest packages, with or without accommodation, are offered by the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia organisation.
Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Major Milestones
While 2017 is shaping up to be a memorable year – 2016 provided some of the toughest competition the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia has seen to date.
It was a long journey to the final stop, starting with the test days in Shanghai in March when the 24-strong driver line-up gathered at the home of Porsche China for the 2016 season.
During Round 1 and 2 in Shanghai in April it was clear the season would be contentious, with Kamlung Racing’s Maxime Jousse making a solid debut after achieving two lights-to-flag victories starting from the pole to complete a perfect weekend. He was pursued doggedly by Team Starchase’s Nico Menzel, who achieved second in both rounds, while third place was split, with Fun88 Team Sunfonda’s Zhang Da Shang achieving his first
podium of the season in Round 2.
Shortly after at the Fuji International Speedway, Porsche China Junior Team’s Andrew Tang wowed spectators as the young driver took his first win of the season in Round 3 and second place in Round 4, with Jousse winning Round 4. Meanwhile, Menzel continued to show a consistent performance – achieving a second and third place victory respectively in each race.
Round 5 in Buriram, Thailand saw Tang once again achieve victory, solidifying his spot in the top, while guest driver Scott Hargrove, driving for OpenRoad Racing, took Round 6. During both races, Menzel finished mid-pack, in 5th for Round 5 and 4th for Round 6.
Mitchell Gilbert set the stage for his ultimate podium spot in Australia, commanding a first place victory in both Round 7 and 8 as drama on the track saw Nico Menzel unable to finish Round 7 and Jousse unable to finish Round 8.
As the series approached the final races, it was clear that 2016’s line-up of formidable drivers were going to make this a close tournament. Singapore saw Porsche Carrera Cup Asia veteran Martin Ragginger of Team Porsche Holding take first, with Menzel in second and Jousse in Third.
Strong podium wins, dogged by misfortune, had allowed Maxime Jousse to maintain the lead in the tables up into Malaysia – but in a last minute development seen at the penultimate race weekend, Team Starchase’s Nico Menzel overtook Kamlung Racing’s Maxime Jousse in Round 10.
With such a formidable line-up of racers, there were 5 drivers eligible going into the final. Menzel transformed his lead into a championship win after two smart races during the finale in Shanghai, leaving Maxime Jousse in second place and Absolute Racing’s Mitchell Gilbert narrowly beating Porsche China Junior Team’s Andrew Tang to win third – with Gilbert at 173 points and Tang at 172.
In Class-B, the season-long rivalry between Absolute Racing’s Yuan Bo and est Cola Thailand’s Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak came to a climatic end after Bo suffered a huge penalty in Round 11 that all but guaranteed Inthraphuvasak’s victory. But in Round 12, a rock in the radiator took Inthraphuvasak out of the race and sealed Bo as the 2016 Class-B Champion. Last year’s Reigning champion Yuey Tan of Team Jebsen was ousted by Wayne Shen of Modena Motorsport after a collision left Tan unable to finish Round 11.
With 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Earl Bamber returning to the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia finale in Shanghai, a brilliant victory for Porsche in the FIA WEC Championship Shanghai 6 Hours and two exciting new competition winners crowned during the Night of Champions – the end of 2016 went out with a bang. Adding to the excitement was the anticipation of an equally exciting 2017 season.
Pioneering the development of professional motorsport competition in Southeast Asia, the 2015 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia season was one of the most fascinating in the championship’s 13-year history, buoyed further by former champion Earl Bamber’s victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours.
In March, the 28-strong field gathered for the first time for a pre-season test at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit where they welcomed some new faces, among them Menzel and van der Drift, who had received a last-minute call-up from Clearwater Racing.
Round 1, at the Chinese F1 Grand Prix, saw a familiar face take the opening win of the season, with Baird beating fellow countryman van der Drift, and Team Porsche Holding’s Martin Ragginger taking the final podium place. The New Zealanders would not have it all their own way though. van der Drift retired in race two and Baird was beaten to the podium by Budweiser Team Absolute Racing’s Ho-Pin Tung from Team Jebsen’s Rodolfo Avila, with Ragginger taking his second podium of the weekend.
Korea’s International Circuit welcomed the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia for the first time in 2015, and it proved a happy hunting ground for van der Drift who, bouncing back from his DNF in Round 2, took pole position and wins in both races. Baird proved the fight would last all season with a brace of second places, while Myung Gil Choi more than repaid his call-up from Team Porsche Korea to join the series for the first time since 2013, by taking the final podium spot after both races.
June saw the Porsche Carrera Cups of Asia and Japan share the spectacular Fuji International Speedway. There, van der Drift continued his run of form with another double victory, but this time it was Ragginger who stood on the second step of the podium after both races. Baird took third in Race 1, but lost his grip on the championship after an uncharacteristic performance in Round 6.
Returning to the Land of Smiles after a ten-year absence, the championship made its debut at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand, and van der Drift continued to extend his winning streak, taking pole and yet another double victory. Menzel continued his impressive debut season, taking his debut podium with a second place finish in Round 7, and repeating his success in Race 2. Baird and Ragginger shared third place honours.
At Sepang in Malaysia, Menzel went one better and took his first Porsche victory with PICC Team StarChase in Race 1, and a third place in Round 10 adding to his podium tally. van der Drift’s run of wins suffered a blip in Malaysia with a fourth place in the opening race, but he was back to his winning ways in Round 10, taking his seventh victory of the season. Second place in both races was Ragginger, who took his second pole of the season.
As the field headed to Singapore and the Lion City’s Marina Bay street circuit, van der Drift had a healthy 19-point lead from title rival Baird, while Menzel’s increasing pace put him third on the overall leaderboard. The double header saw Baird strike back, taking pole, a win and a second place, while van der Drift could only manage a third place podium in Round 12. Tung was second in Round 11, ahead of Menzel who took his fifth consecutive podium.
The Singapore F1 Grand Prix had set the stage for what was to be a thrilling season finale as the Porsche motorsport family came together at the 6 Hours of Shanghai FIA World Endurance Championship round, where Porsche was gunning for the 2015 Manufacturers’ title.
van der Drift arrived in Shanghai with an eight-point lead from championship rival Baird, while four drivers remained in contention for the Class B title. van der Drift got the job done, giving his China Porsche dealership team Kamlung Racing its maiden Porsche Carrera Cup Asia title. Second at the end of the season was Clearwater Racing’s Craig Baird, like van der Drift and Bamber one of a number of hugely-successful New Zealand drivers. Seventeen-year-old Nico Menzel, the series youngest-ever competitor and son of two-time champion Christian, was third after an impressive debut season of Porsche competition with PICC Team StarChase.
Four Class B drivers remained in title contention as the lights went out for the last time in 2015, but it was Tan who eventually won the championship by a single point from Thailand’s Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak after a spin by OpenRoad Racing’s Francis Tjia put him back into contention. Modena Motorsport’s Wayne Shen, Class B champion in 2012, finished the season in third.
As the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia teams and drivers gathered to witness their Porsche counterparts in the FIA WEC win the Manufacturers’ title with one round in hand, the nine Porsche China Junior Programme finalists met their heroes ahead of the shootout to decide the 2016 Porsche China Junior, eventually won by Andrew Tang. Two worthy Porsche Carrera Cup Asia champions, a major FIA title, and a new chapter about to begin with Asia’s next exciting young talent represented more than just a good day in the office for Porsche motorsport in China.
The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia embarked upon its 12th season in 2014, and once again raised the bar on professional standards in Asian motorsport, as well as navigating unchartered territory. The 28-strong international field brought exciting talent from across China, Asia Pacific and further afield, competing at Asia’s premier tracks. Making its Asian debut in 2014 was the all-new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991), with its astonishing technological innovations representing a major evolution of this iconic racing car.
Reigning champions LKM Racing returned with New Zealand’s Earl Bamber, whose meteoric rise saw the 24-year old not only defend his title in a second season of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, but contest his first full season of the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup by virtue of winning the Porsche Motorsport International Cup Scholarship shootout at the end of 2013.
Bamber’s return helped set the stage for one of the most competitive seasons in Porsche Carrera Cup Asia history. Joining him at the top of the time sheets were 2013 runner-up Martin Ragginger of Team Porsche Holding, Rodolfo Avila of Team Jebsen, 3rd in 2013, as well as former champion Alexandre Imperatori with PICC Team StarChase.
The introduction of the new China Junior Development Programme, the first specifically geared to sportscar competition, further strengthened the ties between China’s expanding sportscar culture and Porsche Motorsport’s more than 60 years of international success. Four young Chinese drivers comprised the programme’s inaugural class – Zhang Da Sheng with Zheng Tong Auto, Jason Zhang Zhi Qiang with Team C&D, Zhang Zhen Dong with Team Basetex, and Bao Jin Long with Team Synsanly – and with dedicated professional coaching and training, success soon followed, with three of the four finishing their seasons in the top 10 overall.
While talent, speed and determination each had a role to play in the season’s drama, so too did Lady Luck. Bamber was always scheduled to miss the two Zhuhai rounds due to Supercup commitments, but the impact of his absence on the leaderboard standings were halved when torrential rains forced the cancellation of Round 5. But the flip side of luck also came into play – penalties to Ragginger in both Rounds 6 and 7 brought an additional hurdle to his championship campaign.
Team Kangshun once again fielded veteran Ringo Chong and Chinese driver Li Chao reunited with Team Betterlife, while newcomer Ro.C. Skyangel made his series debut with Team Yongda Dongfang. China’s Tung Ho-Pin returned for a third season, backed again by series partner Budweiser, while 2013 Class B champion Egidio Perfetti stepped up to compete in the overall class with Mentos Racing.
In Class B, young Nexus Racing driver Alif Hamdan dominated the category with eight wins in 11 races, and became only the second category driver to reach the overall podium when he finished second to his mentor Bamber in Japan. However Hamdan, who also made his Supercup debut in 2014, scoring a point in Budapest, had a tough fight on his hands as he was challenged for each and every point by Dorr Havelock Racing’s Yuey Tan of Singapore and OpenRoad Racing’s France Tjia, who finished second and third, respectively, in a battle that went right down to the wire.
Bamber sealed his second consecutive Porsche Carrera Cup Asia title in the penultimate race of the season, before taking his eighth victory of the year in the Round 12 finale. Ragginger was runner-up for a second consecutive year, while Imperatori finished third, ahead of Avila and Tung.
For Bamber, his second title was just the start of his rapid ascent; in November he captured the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup championship and a month later was named as a full Porsche factory driver, becoming the most successful driver in Porsche Carrera Cup Asia history.
The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia powered into its second decade as the region’s leading sportscar championship in spectacular style. Amongst the 25-strong field were eight Porsche dealer teams from China fielding an intriguing line-up of drivers from China and across the world.
Reigning champions PICC Team StarChase were back with Alexandre Imperatori, who made his 24 Hours of Le Mans debut during the season, while the potent pairing of Team Eagle and Austria’s Martin Ragginger returned for another crack at the title. Team Jebsen also returned with Macau driver Rodolfo Avila, while exciting Chinese youngster Zhang Da Sheng was back with Team Basetex.
Team Kangshun once again fielded veteran Singapore racer Ringo Chong and Team Yongda Dongfang returned with Frenchman Benjamin Rouget for a second season. Former Class B champion, Wang Jian Wei of China, competed with Team Betterlife for the first half of the season, before series newcomer Mario Farnbacher took the wheel. Team C&D introduced the talented Jason Zhang Zhi Qiang who, at just 19 years-of-age, was the youngest driver amongst the 2013 field.
Returning to the fray for a second season was China’s Tung Ho-Pin once again backed by Budweiser, also an official partner to the championship. Newcomer Earl Bamber, meanwhile, demonstrated how the championship continues to attract the brightest and the best in young talent. The 23-year-old thrived in the professional surroundings of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, his extraordinary talent flourishing and his enormous potential realised.
One of the most closely-fought seasons in its history saw the battle for the 2013 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia title go right down to the wire in the final meeting of the season, with three drivers arriving at the Sports Car Champions Festival in Shanghai all in contention for the title. However, Bamber sealed the title with victory in the penultimate race, while the final win of the season went to worthy title rival Ragginger. So dominant was Perfetti throughout 2013 that he had sealed the Class B championship title in a month earlier at the Porsche SC Global Carrera Cup Asia – Singapore 2013.
The newly-crowned overall champion arrived in Macau for non-championship Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Carrera Cup Asia 2013 in strong form, but it was his LKM Racing team mate that weekend, Keita Sawa, who took pole for the race with Bamber lining up alongside. After a truly thrilling battle, the podium saw Bamber on the top step joined by guest driver, nine-time FIA World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb in second and Ragginger third.
The weekend could not have been better for scorching talent Bamber when Porsche Motorsport announced him as the winner of the Porsche Motorsport International Cup Scholarship challenge, meaning a 200,000 Euro for his 2014 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup campaign.
The 2012 season saw the best field ever assembled in Asia, which included a record eight Porsche China dealer teams. Throughout the electrifying season, fans were treated to intense on-track action, with the new reverse grid regulation adding yet more thrills to an already gripping year. The championship came right down to the wire at the triumphant season finale in Shanghai, when PICC Team StarChase driver Alexandre Imperatori won his first Porsche Carrera Cup Asia championship. In Class B, Modena Motorsports driver Wayne Shen rounded out a storming season to take his first series championship title in the final race of the season.
An unprecedented 26 drivers signed up to take part in the 2011 season, which saw the series make its debut in Inner Mongolia at the Ordos International Circuit. One of the most competitive seasons in history, the 2011 championship came right down to the wire, with LKM Racing driver Keita Sawa of Japan crowned champion, just one point ahead of Team Jebsen rival Rodolfo Avila. In Class B, history was made as young driver Wang Jian Wei of Team Betterlife became the first Mainland Chinese Porsche Carrera Cup champion.
The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia introduces the new, faster, wider and more powerful Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, based on the 911 GT3 RS. A record number of entrants (23) raced in the 2010 series and Class B champion Mok Weng Sun became the first non-professional driver to stand on the overall podium. Overall champion Christian Menzel with Team StarChase becomes the first driver to win back-to-back championships.
The inaugural Fascination Porsche weekend is held at Beijing’s Goldenport Circuit and features a weekend celebrating all things Porsche.
The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia adds the prestigious FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX to its calendar, and the street race at the Marina Bay Circuit quickly becomes both a driver and fan favourite. For the first time, the series holds a race outside of Southeast Asia, with the season finale taking place at the Bahrain International Circuit. Hong Kong driver Darryl O’Young becomes the first driver to win two Porsche Carrera Cup Asia titles.
As the series grows in popularity, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia attracts more and more professional drivers, including Christian Jones, son of former Formula 1 World Champion Alan Jones. The series makes its debut at the new Chengdu International Circuit in Sichuan province, China.
Having already raced in Malaysia, Thailand, Korea and China, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia added Indonesia to the list when it raced for the first time at the Sentul International Circuit in July, 2006.
Aged just 19, Briton Jonathan Cocker becomes the youngest Porsche Carrera Cup Asia champion to-date.
The unique-to-Asia Class B concept is introduced for non-professional drivers and is an immediate success with competitors in both classes competing in tight, action-packed races.
The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia bursts onto the regional motorsport scene with a spectacular debut at the FORMULA 1 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX at Sepang International Circuit on March 23, 2003. Hong Kong driver Charles Kwan took the series’ first ever victory.