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Stars line up for Carrera Cup Pro-AmTim Slade and Lee Holdsworth to race in Carrera Cup at Porsche Rennsport Australia

Porsche Carrera Cup Australia will step up a gear when several high-profile drivers headline the inaugural Porsche Rennsport Australia Motor Racing Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park this May, with renowned V8 Supercar racers Tim Slade and Lee Holdsworth leading the way.

Porsche Carrera Cup Australia will feature a unique Pro-Am two-driver format whereby existing Professional Class drivers will pair with Elite Class drivers who are currently not entered in the championship. Conversely, existing Elite Class drivers can choose any driver, Professional or Elite, to co-pilot their GT3 Cup cars who are not entered full-time in the one-make championship.

Elite Class team-mates Marc Cini and Michael Loccisano of Hallmarc Racing have made the most of the new Pro-Am format by securing two of V8 Supercars’ top talents, Erebus Motorsport V8 duo Slade and Holdsworth.

Slade will race alongside Carrera Cup stalwart Cini and is looking forward to the transition into sports car racing.

“The Pro-Am concept, having a Pro and an Elite driver in every car, should even the playing field a lot. It should be a great event,” said Slade.

“I’m really looking forward to the event. It will be a fun race weekend, but at the same time it’s a round of the Carrera Cup championship, so there is a serious side as well.

“From what I understand the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars are very enjoyable to drive, and at a track like Sydney Motorsport Park, it should be great fun.”

Slade will join Carrera Cup Australia’s most capped driver, Cini, who is excited by the prospect of increased competition throughout the entire field.

“It’s fantastic teaming Professional Class drivers with Elite Class drivers at the same event. Now every car will have 22 competitors to race against, not the usual three or four at other rounds. In real terms every car in the field will have the ability to get on the podium,” said Cini.

“Tim and Lee are both exceptional drivers so it’s great to have them in our cars.”

In addition to the V8-powered duo, Michael Patrizi has announced that Troy Bayliss will co-drive his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car for the Sydney event. While having only limited experience behind the wheel of a race car, Bayliss boasts three World Superbike Championship titles with further success in the MotoGP category.

V8 Supercars stalwart Steve Owen will make the transition from driver coach to co-driver at Porsche Rennsport Australia, joining Elite Class front-runner James Koundouris in the two one-hour races.

More high-profile drivers will soon be announced in the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia line-up with just seven weeks to go before the inaugural Porsche Rennsport Australia Motor Racing Festival on May 25-26, 2013.