Carrera Cup GB: Preparations for the 2017 Season Underway
Charlie Eastwood might still be reeling from his victory in the 2016 Porsche Carrera Cup GB but preparations for next year’s championship are already underway. In a taster day on November 2nd arranged by Porsche, 17 drivers took to the track at the Silverstone International Circuit in the 911 GT3 Cup car to gain some first-hand experience of what is in store from them in 2017.
Drivers came from a myriad of backgrounds, with the youngest just 16 years of age, and all benefitted from coaching by the three category winners of 2016; Charlie Eastwood (Pro), John McCallugh (Pro-Am 1) and Peter Kyle-Henney (Pro-Am 2). In addition to the two cars fielded by Porsche, championship regulars, GT Marques and IN2 racing also attended the taster day.
There was also a new team at the taster in the shape of JTR, making its first official appearance since announcing plans to join the 2017 season back in July. The team is fronted by Porsche factory driver and Le Mans winner, Nick Tandy, and the car looked suitably rapid with Tandy, and a string of other drivers behind the wheel.
The Porsche Carrera Cup is now in its 15th year in the UK and has just signed a new deal with TOCA to continue its unbroken support of the British Touring Car Championship for another three, further establishing itself as one of the most popular championships in the country. Next year’s championship also sees the field support the pinnacle of endurance racing at the Le Mans 24 hours.
James MacNaughton, Motorsport Manager for Porsche Cars Great Britain, commented: “2017 will be our 15th season, and the record number of interested new drivers that came to Taster Day underlines the enduring strength and appeal of our championship. In our time with TOCA we’ve seen three evolutions of the iconic 911, and by continuing our position in an environment that provides maximum exposure and opportunities, we can offer our teams, drivers and sponsors a solid platform on which to base their long-term planning.”
Reflecting on the new agreement, Alan Gow, Chief Executive of TOCA, said: “Motorsport is always moving forward, which provides a constant challenge to maintain a relevant environment. It’s testament to the package we offer high-profile championships like the Porsche Carrera Cup GB that together we’ve managed to achieve a level of consistency that benefits everyone, on both sides of the catch fencing.”
Porsche Carrera Cup GB returns alongside the British Touring Cars in April next year at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit.