Porsche Carrera Cup Asia – Shakedown

The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia enters its ninth season and is growing in terms of participants. This year 28 drivers have registered and April 15 will be start of the season, 11 rounds, starting at Shanghai. The championship will be dual championship system, professional versus amateur but in two, points-scoring classes. They had their test session recently at Sepang, and I was there on the 2nd day to get a glimpse of the cars and some information of the upcoming event.

According to Porsche’s official website, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is based on the 911 GT3 RS. The power unit featured in the 911 GT3 Cup is largely identical to the production engine of the 911 GT3 RS with the same output of 450 bhp and the same maximum engine speed of 8,500 rpm produced by 3.8-litre flat six-cylinder boxer. It features a 6 speed sequential gearbox and weighs at 1200 kg.

The weight of the racing model has been reduced significantly versus the lightweight road-going version. The new GT3 Cup features a 44-millimetre wider body at the rear, providing sufficient space for even larger wheels. Wider wheel arches also at the front clearly show that the front wheels are likewise new.

Check out the cool aluminium six-piston calipers in red. The steel brake discs are internally vented, and are 380mm diameter at the front and 355mm at the rear. And of course it is made in Germany. A country where mechanical precision is religiously policed.

The cockpit of the new 911 GT3 Cup caters even more than before for the specific needs of the driver. An additional vent in the upper part of the front lid, for example, provides the driver with an even better supply of fresh air.

The controls for the Info Display are now positioned directly on the steering wheel housing a total of six switches.

Perhaps the biggest news will be about LKM Racing on all guns blazing with the appointment of star drivers two-time Porsche Carrera Cup Asia champion and current FIA World Touring Car Championship driver Darryl O’Young and two-time Macau GT Cup winner Keita Sawa of Japan. Darryl will be fighting on two fronts, totalling 33 rounds of racing in FIA WTCC and PCCA. That is some scary figures, traveling alone to all those destinations requires a lot of determination what else racing!

Francis Tjia took a few moments to collect his thoughts. This year there are a lot of young bloods in the championship. Many expecting tough battles and unknown factor could string few surprises.

Took a few shots of Francis Tjia’s helmet, and I kinda love how it looks in this picture. Francis Tjia together with Wayne Shen is the founder of Modenamotorsports.

Star studded line up in season 9th is a recipe for perhaps the most challenging and anticipated PCCA season as of yet. After all PCCA is intending to become region’s premier sportscar championship, and it has all the ingredients ready.

Wayne Shen drives for Modenamotorpsorts competing in Class B category.

Not all cars have this attached video casing. Perhaps the team was doing some promo video or documentary but as you can see there is no video camera inside.

While he was posing for a photoshoot by another photographer, I joined in to check if there was opportunity for a shot. I was actually waiting and I have no intention to interfere but he was kind enough to pose for me.

Sepang is one of the favorite venues for shakedown, one reason comes to mind, perhaps it was because of the extreme hot and humid weather that pushes man and machine to the absolute limit.

450hp beast at top speed.

Slowest part of the track, coming into Turn 2 slightly elevated section. It is crucial to point the car towards the apex at optimal speed before negotiating flatout Turn 3. If you get this corner wrong, you will suffer terribly in terms of top speed.

With this parting shot of two Porsches coming into Turn 1, I conclude my PCCA coverage, but stay tuned as Anas and Nazim will bring you stories from Day 1 and Day 2.

Editorial : Mu’az Zakaria / Porsche

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