2004 season to begin in Australia

Carrera Cup Jjins Clipsal 500 support bill for 2004. Full field of Porsches to hit Adelaide for championship opener. The highly-successful Carrera Cup will be a part of the Clipsal 500 V8 Supercar event in 2004, acting as the championship's ...

Carrera Cup Jjins Clipsal 500 support bill for 2004. Full field of Porsches to hit Adelaide for championship opener.

The highly-successful Carrera Cup will be a part of the Clipsal 500 V8 Supercar event in 2004, acting as the championship's opening round of the new season.

The announcement was made at today's Clipsal 500 launch at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre and has been met with a warm response from drivers and teams in the all-Porsche category, which has made its Australian racing debut this season.

"The Clipsal 500 is one of the biggest events on the motor racing calendar in Australia and to be a part of it is further proof of the on-the-rise status of Carrera Cup," said Cup Car Australia CEO Jamey Blaikie.

Featuring a full field of identical Porsche GT3 Cup cars producing 390-horsepower from their flat-six cylinder engines, the emphasis of Carrera Cup is on an equal and level platform for all competitors. Drivers all use a control Michelin tyre and the car's minimum weight is 1260 kilograms (including the driver).

The Porsche GT3 Cup car uses a six-speed manual gearbox (with gear ratios fixed), and each car is equipped with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System).

Minimal setup adjustments are allowed to be made to the cars, which are all built by the Porsche factory in Weissach, Germany.

A successful racing concept, Carrera Cups are run in Germany, France, Great Britain, Japan, Asia and now in Australia.

The cars used in the Australian championship are the same as cars used in championships worldwide, including the Porsche Supercup, which acts as a support event to Formula 1 Grands Prix throughout Europe and the United States.

The category features a solid mix of drivers from established veterans including Jim Richards and Peter Fitzgerald to young guns such as Tim Leahey, Marcus Marshall and Matthew Coleman and a whole host of rapid 'gentleman' drivers.

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Series Porsche
Drivers Marcus Marshall , Jim Richards , Peter Fitzgerald