At the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship, new drivers as well as the established ones will be seen. We already know that the participants include Tim Harvey (Champion in 2008 and 2010), James Sutton (Champion in 2007) and Michael Caine (Championship Runner-up in 2008 and 2010). This season also marks the debut of the introduction of the latest model Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car based for the first time on the RS version of the 911 GT3 road car.
All drivers are expected to compete in identical models of this 450 hp car. This 911 version, which is the quickest one ever to join the Carrera Cup GB, will guarantee that the Championship keeps its position as the fastest one-make category in Britain.
Aside from gunning for the overall win, the races in the Pro-Am1 and Pro-Am2 categories and the Team Championship are considered major features of the season as drivers and teams compete for a total prize fund of over £160,000.
The overall champion, the Pro-Am1 champion and the team manager of the champion team will also get to use the road-going Porsche 911 for a year. Harvey, Caine and Sutton are the established drivers that are expected to triumph but there are at least six other drivers that are out to win this.
At Motorbase Performance, Harvey (Oxford) and Caine (Newmarket) have come together. Meanwhile, Sutton (London) and Michael Meadows (Banbury) are in the SAS-backed squad at Red Line Racing. From the Red Line team comes another strong contender: the 2011 Carrera Cup Scholar Benji Hetherington (Hulme Walfield, Cheshire).
The lineup of Team Parker Racing is new this season with the decision to put Richard Plant (Sheffield) and Sam Tordoff (Leeds) to the fore. The returning teams include Celtic Speed, with Rory Butcher (Kirkcaldy, Fife) and Lithuania-based Juta Racing with Jonas Gelzinis.