Porsche Cars GB has revealed that it will be stepping up its support for the GT3 Cup Challenge which kicks its season off at Brands Hatch on 10 April, with the winner of the championship rewarded with the use of a Porsche Caymen S road car for a year.

Along with the prize announcement the regulations have been amended to include 2009 model 911 GT3 Cup cars, giving competitors a wider choice of vehicles to choose from. The announcement of the GT3 Cup Challenge means the previous Porsche Open no longer exists with the GT3 Cup sitting just below the Carrera Cup GB.

The revelation of the capacity entry for the Porsche Carrera Cup GB has lead to the decision to open the GT3 Cup Challenge to 2009 models along with earlier cars. “There are close links between the Carrera Cup and the GT3 Cup Challenge and with the Carrera Cup having such a strong entry, it was logical to allow the 2009 cars into the GT3 Cup Challenge,” said Marion Barnaby, motor sport manager for Porsche Cars GB.

Porsche has also announced its continued commitment to British motor sport with the Porsche Club Championship winner getting a fully supported race weekend in the GT3 Cup Challenge in 2011.

The GT3 Cup Challenge is an established concept across the world, with race series in Germany, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Brazil and the USA. The British series will be the seventh GT3 Cup Challenge to be established.

All cars in the GT3 Cup Challenge will run on the same Michelin slick tyres as the Carrera Cup GB.