Shanghai. The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia will make a triumphant return to the Macau Grand Prix from November 9th to 10th as part of the celebrations to mark the 60th running of the famous event, and as the illustrious German automotive brand marks 50 years of the iconic Porsche 911.
The end-of-season invitational race will offer drivers from the Porsche Carrera Cup Japan and Australia the opportunity to compete against their counterparts from the Asia championship for the first time in history.
This year also marks the completion of a decade at the pinnacle of GT racing in the region for the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, which last raced on Macau’s challenging Guia street circuit in 2007, when Hong Kong’s Darryl O’Young took victory in the race and Briton Tim Sugden clinched the championship title.
Commented Porsche China Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Helmut Broeker: “The addition of the Macau Grand Prix invitational race to the 2013 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia calendar is further evidence of the high regard in which the championship is held. This season we are already supporting three rounds of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, and the addition of Macau, which includes the final rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Championship as well as the FIA Formula 3 Intercontinental Cup, further enhances our prestigious racing programme.”
For five decades the 911 has been at the heart of the Porsche brand, and more than 820,000 have been built, making it one of the most successful sportscars in the world. At Macau, up to 36 of the Weissach-prepared Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racing cars will line up on the grid, creating an enduring spectacle with which tocelebrate 50 years of the iconic car.
The Macau race will also provide the drivers with an opportunity to compete on a second street circuit in addition to Singapore’s Marina Bay track. The unforgiving 6.2km Guia Circuit is famous for its challenging combination of long, fast straits and its tight and twisting back section, making it a true test of driver skill.
Practice and qualifying sessions will be held on Saturday, November 9th, with the 10 lap race on Sunday, November 10th.
The triumphant return of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia to the Macau Grand Prix at the end of the 2013 season will also be a fitting finale for the current fleet of Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars, as the brand new version of this exceptional race car will make its debut in 2014.
^ Original Article: 09/04/13 – http://www.carreracupasia.com/2013/04/triumphant-macau-grand-prix-return-announced/