AP: Malaysia added to 2006 calendar

Treat for Local Racing Fans as Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Confirms Extra Malaysian Race Malaysian motorsport fans will have an additional chance to see the spectacular Porsche Carrera Cup Asia action as organisers announce an additional race ...

Treat for Local Racing Fans as Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Confirms Extra Malaysian Race

Malaysian motorsport fans will have an additional chance to see the spectacular Porsche Carrera Cup Asia action as organisers announce an additional race at Sepang International Circuit (SIC) in May.

The 2006 season of the region's premier sportscar series will get under way with the opening two rounds run as support races for the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix on March 18 and 19. Rounds 3 and 4 will now also be held at the state-of-the-art facility as part of a thrilling Asian Festival of Speed weekend scheduled for May 13 and 14.

The provisional race calendar had included a visit to South Korea's brand new Ansan race track on that date, and organisers hope the event can be reinstated next year.

The new 997-based Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, making its Asian debut in Malaysia next month, was taken through its paces at SIC last weekend by the field of the region's leading sportscar specialists during the official pre-season test. The awesome new racer, which includes a number of new features such as a sequential gearbox and the MOTEC data logging system, was given an enthusiastic thumbs up by the drivers. "Love it!" was the verdict of Team Vertu's driver, Briton Nigel Albon.

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.

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