Porsche Carrera Cup debut in Asia preview

All systems go for Porsche Carrera Cup Asia debut. Twenty pristine Porsche 911 GT3 Cup machines, piloted by some of Asia's most talented motor racers, will line up on the grid for round one of the inaugural Porsche Carrera Cup Asia series on...

All systems go for Porsche Carrera Cup Asia debut.

Twenty pristine Porsche 911 GT3 Cup machines, piloted by some of Asia's most talented motor racers, will line up on the grid for round one of the inaugural Porsche Carrera Cup Asia series on March 23, a support race for the Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix.

The calibre of the entry is testament to the high regard in which the new series is held. Arguably Asia's most successful racing driver to date, Hong Kong's Charles Kwan, has signed up for the entire series of 12 point- scoring rounds. Kwan, holder of multiple touring car and GT titles, is joined by seasoned Thai campaigner Charoensukawattana Nattavude, the 12- hour Merdeka Race-winning team of Tommy Lee, Tunku Hammam and Nigel Albon, and a strong field from across the Asian region.

Following a successful testing session at the beginning of February, all arrangements are in place for the series, run as part of the Asian Festival of Speed, and the teams are gearing up for a hard fought season.

Commented Porsche Carrera Cup Asia General Manager, Ian R. Geekie, "I am certain we'll put on quite a show for the spectators in Malaysia. The field is fiercely competitive and the fact that the cars are identical will ensure it is a show of skill and nerve rather than technological advantage."

Following the success of of Carrera Cups in Germany , France and Japan, the Asian series represents a milestone in the development of motorsport in the region. Commented Porsche Asia Pacific's Managing Director, Christer Ekberg, "Asian motorsport is developing rapidly, with standards of professionalism increasing by the day. We believe this is the ideal environment in which to introduce a series that has been described as the pinnacle of one-make GT racing internationally."

The first round of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia will begin at 1:00pm, on Sunday, March 23. Regular series drivers will be joined for the inaugural race by Hong Kong performing artist Aaron Kwok behind the wheel of the VIP car.

The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is well supported by both main sponsors, Michelin and Mobil1, as well as individual team and driver sponsors.

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Series Porsche
Drivers Tommy Lee , Charles Kwan , Aaron Kwok