“Sold out” grid expected for Carrera Cup in 2018


Porsche Carrera Cup Australia is set for a a chock-full grid next season with the confirmation it has sold all of their allocated 2018 specification cars.

The entire fleet of 24 brand new 911 GT3 Cup cars have been purchased by drivers and teams ahead of their introduction at the start of next season.

The new iteration Cup Car will have an increase in power compared to the current spec cars, with the 2018 challengers expected to be 1.5s quicker around Mount Panorama.

To keep up with the demand for drivers to join the category in 2018, an additional two cars, initially designated for Porsche driver training, have now been set aside for the overflowing list of prospective competitors.

“We’re thrilled to announce that we’re fully subscribed for the 2018 Carrera Cup season, especially as we have not yet completed the current Porsche racing season,” said Porsche Cars Australia Director of Marketing & Motorsport, Toni Andreevski.

“Porsche has built a strong foundation for Carrera Cup over the past few seasons and the forthcoming introduction of the new 911 GT3 Cup race car has been the catalyst for many customers to commit to the 2018 Carrera Cup season.

“We look forward to ultimately handing over the fleet of 911 GT3 Cup cars in January next year to our 2018 Carrera Cup customers and seeing them on the grid at the 2018 season opening event.”

Having struggled for grid numbers in the beginning of 2017, Porsche announced a raft of changes for 2018, along with the introduction of the new-spec Cup Car.

The changes included a limit on ‘professional’ drivers, while non-professional drivers will be able to run an ABS system to help with the ever growing Gentlemen Driver market.

Teams and drivers will pick up their new cars at a special handover event at Sydney Motorsport Park on January 24 next year.

Meanwhile, the 2017 Carrera Cup championship is set to be decided this weekend at the final round on the streets of the Gold Coast.