Australia. The Porsche Carrera Cup Australia field is set to expand mid-season with the championship awaiting delivery of four new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 997) cars.
Strong demand to race in Porsche Carrera Cup Australia has prompted Porsche Cars Australia to purchase four 2011 GT3 Cup cars, built by Porsche Motorsport in Weissach, Germany.
Purchase of the four new vehicles has been exclusively offered to current Carrera Cup teams until June 30, with any remaining unsold cars available for purchase thereafter.
The new vehicles will arrive in time for round four of the championship at Phillip Island for the L&H 500 (September 16-18), with Porsche Cars Australia Motorsport Manager Jamey Blaikie suggesting demand for more cars made for an easy decision to expand the field.
“The category has experienced strong demand for cars since the start of the season, so we felt the timing was right to bring more cars in to Australia,” said Blaikie.
“When we re-launched Carrera Cup at the start of the year, we were only able to secure and ship 22 cars to Australia for round one, plus an additional Guest car. We then reached a capacity grid of 23 cars at our opening 2011 event at Albert Park.
“We have had more enquiries on vehicle availability over the past few months so we decided the time was right to extend the field by a few more cars.”
Porsche Carrera Cup Australia’s next round is at the Sucrogen Townsville 400 at
Townsville on July 8-10.