Porsche Carrera Cup Australia

Nick McBride gets first taste of second generation Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car

1 Mins read
Nick McBride
Credit: Nick McBride

Last week Nick McBride hit the track for the first time in his new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car that he will be racing in the 2018 Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia this season.

Like his fellow competitors this season, McBride is driving one of the second generation cup cars, we caught up with him to get some thoughts on the new car.

“First impression was it is a much more refined car than it predecessor.” McBride told The Checkered Flag.  “The best part about the new 4.0 litre (old was 3.8) engine was the way it delivered  its power which was very linear.”

Aside from the power difference there has been work elsewhere on the car, “The front has a little more downforce and with the extra power you really have to look after the rear tyres.  Porsche have done a great job.”

The Porsche Carrera Cup series has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years and this year a full grid hits the circuits of Australia.

“This year the category is fully subscribed and some teams are running up to 5 cars.” explains McBride.

“A challenge for me personally will be I am the sole pro driver in my team and will have to be really on my game to tune the car.

“In the past I have had the luxury of another pro team mate.  The field definitely has the most depth this year.”

Looking ahead to the season McBride is confident of what can be achieved, “Last year I had 5 race wins and a couple of pole positions. 

“I am with a new team this year and we will take a little time to settle but there is no reason why we cant winning races this year.

“Finishing in the top 3 in the championship is a realistic goal.”

As for the future, McBride has a couple of options on where he hopes to go, “I would love to do some more racing overseas in GT’s and have always wanted another crack in a Supercar.”

The 2018 Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia gets under way at the Adelaide 500 on 1-4 March.

Related posts
Porsche Carrera Cup Australia

Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup Australia confirms 2020 calendar

1 Mins read
Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup Australia set to return to action in July with five race weekends remaining on the rescheduled calendar.
Porsche Carrera Cup AustraliaPorsche Mobil 1 Supercup

Porsche confirms dates and details for 2020 Junior Shootout

1 Mins read
As Porsche Motorsport confirms their 2020 Junior Shootout dates, Porsche Motorsport Australia hopes to continue their successful junior programme promotion.
eSportsPorsche Carrera Cup AustraliaPorsche Mobil 1 Supercup

Carrera Cup Australia champion Jordan Love joins Porsche Supercup grid for 2020

2 Mins read
2019 Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup Australia champion Jordan Love joins Joey Mawson and Jaap van Lagen for 2020 Porsche Supercup season with FACH AUTO TECH

Leave a Reply