On seven weekends, pilots will pit themselves against each other at the wheel of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. The newly developed sponsorship programme for junior pilots was created with the intentional of providing talented youngsters with even more support in their quest to become professional GT pilots.
Fans can look forward to an international driver line-up: 28 pilots from eleven countries tackle the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. The field is made up of aspiring young drivers and experienced GT specialists, with titles up for grabs in both the overall and team competitions, as well as in amateur and rookie classes.
This season’s calendar consists of seven weekends, each with two 30-minute sprint races. Most of the races will run as support to the ADAC GT Masters. The Nürburgring doubleheader (August 3-5), contested together with the Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia, marks the season highlight. Including the guest drivers from Scandinavia’s one-make cup, 44 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racers will take up the challenge at the ’Ring. The following weekend, from August 10-12, the Carrera Cup returns to the Nürburgring to race for the first time as part of the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix. This event traditionally attracts masses of Porsche fans.
Another innovation in the Carrera Cup Deutschland this season is the Porsche “talent pool”. All registered drivers aged 23 or younger who contest all rounds of the season, receive an extensive support package. The programme includes fitness tests with individualised training programmes, mental and media coaching as well as one free set of tyres per race weekend. They also receive support from the experienced Porsche pilot Wolf Henzler, who will share his insider knowledge with the talented youngsters at all events. Prize money, too, has increased significantly for 2018: A total of 550,000 Euro are up for grabs for teams and drivers.
Oliver Köppen, Project Manager Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland: “We have made our one-make cup particularly attractive for 2018: On the one hand through the partnership with the ADAC GT Masters, on the other by introducing our new youth development programme. We’re thrilled that the events have been so well received by our teams and drivers. The packed grid as well as the large number of new and returning teams confirm that we are on the right track for the future.”
13-15 April Oschersleben (ADAC GT Masters), races 1+2
8-10 June Red Bull Ring (ADAC GT Masters), races 3+4
3-5 August Nürburgring (ADAC GT Masters), races 5+6
10-12 August Nürburgring (AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix), races 7+8
17-19 August Zandvoort (ADAC GT Masters), races 9+10
7-9 September Sachsenring (ADAC GT Masters), races 11+12
21-23 September Hockenheimring (ADAC GT Masters), races 13+14