Porsche Carrera Cup Australia have announced the launch of their inaugural Endurance Cup, which will be premiered next weekend at Sandown.
The championship will lineup on a bumper Supercars Support card at next week’s Wilson Security Sandown 500, as the series prepares for one of the longest single driver races in Carrera Cup history.
Sandown will play host to the first Endurance Cup event, with two more to take place at the Bathurst and Gold Coast rounds.
The teams will have two 14-lap races on the Saturday at Sandown, with a longer 25-lap 77.5km endurance race on Sunday before the Supercars Sandown 500 race.
If the Sunday race completes the laps in the allocated time, it will become the second longest in Carrera Cup history – the longest being on the Gold Coast at the ‘Indy’ circuit back in 2004.
The Endurance Cup race will last for approximately 40-45 minutes, with the typical Carrera Cup sprint format races usually lasting 25-30 minutes.
Carrera Cup will also launch a separate points standings system, seeing the highest points scorer from each of the three Endurance Cup events awarded the ‘Carrera Cup Endurance Cup’ at the end of the year – similar to Supercars’ Pirtek Endure Cup.
Porsche Cars Australia Motorsport Manager Troy Bundy spoke about the launch of the Endurance Cup, saying that the new format will not only provide more race time, but also create new challenges for those on track.
“The start of the Endurance Cup has been greatly anticipated since its announcement before the start of the season. It’s tremendous to be able to extend our overall race time at some of the most popular events on the racing calendar at three remarkably different race circuits,” said Bundy.
“We hold a similar mini-series, the Jim Richards Endurance Trophy, in our GT3 Cup Challenge series, which has proven extremely popular since its 2011 introduction, so replicating this format for Carrera Cup was an easy decision.
“The longer Endurance Cup races are a true test of fitness for our drivers, especially at a circuit like Surfers Paradise, but also adds the challenge of tyre management. We are always looking for new ways to improve our product and I believe this is a great addition to the series entering the final stages of the season.”
The overall points structure for the Endurance Cup will replicate that of the three race rounds, but the highest point scoring Outright and TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge ranked drivers will receive the Endurance Cup trophy at the championship’s awards night.
Porsche Carrera Cup Australia hits the track next weekend at Sandown for the first of the three Endurance Cup events from September 15-17.