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Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Confirms Support Race in 2008 Formula 1™ SingTel Singapore Grand PrixPorsche Carrera Cup Asia

Asia’s premier sportscar series, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia has announced its inclusion as an official support race to the 2008 Formula 1™ SingTel Singapore Grand Prix, the first race series to confirm its place at the most exciting new development in recent motorsport history. 

The newest addition to the Formula One calendar, the Singapore event will be held on September 28th next year on the 5.05km street circuit, and become the first F1 Grand Prix in history to be run at night.  It will also be one of three races on the 2008 Formula One calendar to be run anticlockwise.

The exciting fixture on its 2008 calendar means the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia will be part of the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship on three occasions next year, with the 2008 Formula 1™ Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix in March and the 2008 Formula 1™ Sinopec Chinese Grand Prix in October also on the provisional race schedule.

The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia will also visit Zhuhai during its 6th season, as well as Indonesia’s Sentul Circuit, with the season-closer once again provisionally scheduled as part of November’s Macau Grand Prix.

Already eighteen drivers have so far been confirmed for next year, all of whom will compete in identical 997-based Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race cars, and the series will once again include separate categories for professional and amateur drivers.

Next year Porsche celebrates its 60th anniversary, and Porsche Asia Pacific Pte Ltd is working closely with the Porsche Club Singapore, which marks its 20thanniversary, on a major promotional event in Singapore.

Christer Ekberg, Managing Director of Porsche Asia Pacific commented: “We are delighted that the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is the first confirmed support race for the newest and most exciting addition to the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar. Since we introduced the series to Asia in 2003, we have consistently set new benchmarks in Asia, bringing the very best in one-make sportscar racing to the region and providing exceptional motorsport entertainment to fans. 

“Next year, Porsche Carrera Cup Asia drivers will compete at three rounds of the Formula One World Championship and on Asia’s most challenging race tracks.  We believe the 2008 season will be the best yet!”

Since its launch in 2003, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia has each year attracted some of the very best sportscar racers from across Asia and the Pacific as well as further afield.  After another intensely competitive season this year, newly-crowned champion Tim Sugden of Britain took the 2007 title from Japan’s Keita Sawa, with Australian Christian Jones third.

The 2008 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia will get underway with an official test at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit in February.

Supporting the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia are two of the most recognised names in international motorsport, Mobil1 and Michelin. Mobil and Porsche have been partners since 1996. Close co-operation in research and development has led to every new Porsche engine being filled with Mobil1 high-performance lubricant.  Porsche Carrera Cup Asia drivers also have the advantage of racing on cutting-edge tyres supplied by series partner Michelin. The consistent performance and leading technology of Michelin tyres constantly improve the performance of many teams in international motorsport.  The partnership between Michelin and the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia has emerged from a worldwide agreement signed between Porsche AG and the Michelin group.

The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia runs as part of the Asian Festival of Speed, organised by Malaysian-based Motorsport Asia Limited.