AUS: Pit stop added in round two

PORSCHES PIT IN WORLD FIRST FOR CARRERA CUP For the first time in Carrera Cup history around the world, a compulsory pit stop has been added to a race in round two of the Australian series, the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup, at...

PORSCHES PIT IN WORLD FIRST FOR CARRERA CUP

For the first time in Carrera Cup history around the world, a compulsory pit stop has been added to a race in round two of the Australian series, the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup, at Wakefield Park near Goulburn from May 26 to 28.

Since the Carrera Cup category was established in Germany in 1990 there has never been a race conducted with a compulsory pit stop.

The milestone occasion for the type-997 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars will occur in race one at Wakefield Park on Sunday May 28 over a longer-than-usual 25 laps of the 2.2km circuit.

The compulsory pit stop will include a wheel and tyre change within a designated pit window.

"The combination of the compulsory pit stop, the longer race distance, and our first visit to the Wakefield Park circuit with its tight and twisty layout, will certainly add extra excitement and further strategy to our already successful formula of racing," said Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup CEO Jamey Blaikie.

"The crowd at Wakefield Park and our television audience on Network Ten and around the world will be treated to a new brand of Porsche racing -- both on the track and in pit lane.

"The regulations for the race have been formulated in a way so that teams do not have to spend any more money to resource the requirements of the pit stop.

"The teams will only be able to use the equipment and resources that they would normally have at every other round of the championship."

Current series leader Craig Baird said the concept brings the value of the entire crew into play.

"I'm looking forward to it," said Baird. "It adds a new element to the racing as well as a point of difference.

"I think it's great that it involves the team a lot more, as it makes the whole race even more of a team effort. It will be all the more special for the crew if we can win it. And it gives me a chance to blame them if we don't!"

The Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup is renowned for its innovation in international Carrera Cup racing.

In 2004, the Australian series introduced a 90km race at night at the Lexmark Indy 300 on the Gold Coast. This race took 40 minutes, almost double the traditional length of Carrera Cup races worldwide.

Race one at Wakefield Park over 55km will also be the longest race in the Australian championship since that Gold Coast race two seasons ago.

Round two will include two 20-minute practice sessions on the Friday, one 30-minute qualifying session on the Saturday and three races on the Sunday (1 x 25 laps; 2 x 16 laps).

-cupcar.au-

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