Porsche revsup­for re­born Car­rera se­ries

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Motorsport - PAUL GOVER in Los An­ge­les

TWENTY-TWO race-ready Porsche 911 GT3s will be shipped to Aus­tralia next month for the re­birth of a Car­rera Cup rac­ing se­ries.

The cars will hit the track for the first time at the Aus­tralian Grand Prix at Al­bert Park in March and will race through a seven-round ti­tle se­ries.

The field is yet to be set, but the boss of Porsche in Aus­tralia is con­fi­dent there will be a full field through next year.

‘‘We’ve or­dered 22 cars. Our goal is to start with 18 cars and keep a cou­ple of spares,’’ Michael Win­kler tells cars Guide. ‘‘If we have en­tries for more than 18, then that’s fine. We’re not go­ing to re­strict it as such, but we won’t be get­ting more than 22.

‘‘We think an es­sen­tial part of keep­ing the value equa­tion is re­strict­ing the num­ber of cars.

‘‘We have ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est from more than 25 peo­ple. Out of that pool, the goal of 18 on the grid at the first race is very re­al­is­tic.’’

Car­rera Cup rac­ers will pay about $275,000 for their cars, which in­cludes a start in the se­ries and a lo­cal up­grade kit.

The cars will be me­chan­i­cally iden­ti­cal and in­tended to cre­ate fast, even rac­ing in a se­ries that has al­ready pro­duced cham­pi­ons, in­clud­ing Alex Dav­i­son, David Reynolds, Craig Baird and Jim Richards.

The new cars are still based on the 997-se­ries 911, but are quicker than the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion, thanks to more power, big­ger wings and a dif­fer­ent trans­mis­sion sys­tem.

‘‘They will be mea­sur­ably quicker,’’ Win­kler says.

Car­rera Cup col­lapsed in 2008 af­ter a change of own­er­ship and Win­kler says the cat­e­gory is be­ing recre­ated un­der di­rect Porsche con­trol.

‘‘We are ready to go. We’ve got con­tracts in place with all the par­ties. The stake­hold­ers are very, very en­thu­si­as­tic,’’ Win­kler says.

‘‘I think there will be a good mix of driv­ers, as there was last time.’’

And he has no il­lu­sion about the rea­son for Car­rera Cup.

‘‘It’s about get­ting the brand name out there,’’ Win­kler says. ‘‘We have to make sure there is a path for cus­tomers to be able to as­pire to, from gymkhana events at club level all the way to Car­rera Cup.’’

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