The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia has unveiled its most prestigious calendar yet as it heads towards its twelfth season.
The provisional 2014 calendar includes three rounds of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, with the opening round of the eleven race season as a support for the Malaysian Grand Prix. The second round will take place at the Chinese Grand Prix, while the series will also be on the Formula 1 support bill at the Singapore Grand Prix for the third time.
Following a double header at the China GT Championship at the Zhuhai International Circuit in May, the series will make its debut in Japan for the fifth and sixth round of the season at the legendary Fuji International Circuit.
The Championship will return to Malaysia for two races as part of the Asian Festival of Speed before rounding out the year at Shanghai alongside the FIA World Endurance Championship in October.
“The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia continues to strengthen in every area, from the quality and diversity of its field and its calendar, to the intensity of sporting competition, the high standards of organisation, and the media and television coverage it generates,” said Motorsport Manager for Porsche China, Oliver Schwab. “We are delighted to be racing in Japan for the first time in 2014, and plan to further build our cooperation with other Porsche Carrera Cups in the region.”
As well as the impressive new calendar, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia will also see the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991) make its series debut. The more powerful 3.8-litre flat six engine offers ten more horsepower than before, taking the total up to 460, while the six-speed automatic gearbox is operated by a pneumatic paddle shift system for the first time in Carrera Cup Asia.
Provisional 2014 Calendar – Porsche Carrera Cup Asia
|March 7-9||Sepang Int. Circuit, Malaysia||Test Days||–|
|March 28-30||Sepang Int. Circuit, Malaysia||Formula 1 Support Race||Round 1|
|April 18-20||Shanghai Int. Circuit, China||Formula 1 Support Race||Round 2|
|May 9-11||Zhuhai Int. Circuit, China||China GT Championship*||Rounds 3 & 4|
|June 6-8||Fuji Int. Circuit, Japan||One Make Series Festival*||Rounds 5 & 6|
|August 15-17||Sepang Int. Circuit, Malaysia||Asian Festival of Speed*||Rounds 7 & 8|
|September 19-21||Marina Bay Circuit, Singapore||Formula 1 Support Race||Round 9|
|Oct 31 – Nov 2||Shanghai Int. Circuit, China||World Endurance Championship*||Rounds 10 & 11|
* – Pending confirmation of commercial agreement