As the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia crowned Chris van der Drift and Yuey Tan the 2015 overall and Class B champions during a star-studded Night of Champions awards evening in Shanghai, the series was already preparing to power into its 14th season stronger than ever. The impressive 2016 calendar will see the ties between the Porsche family across Asia Pacific strengthened further when the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia joins its Australian counterpart for its debut at the Sydney Motorsport Park in August.
The weekend will feature double-headers for both the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and Australia, with the two series teaming up for joint track activities. Just as when the Asian series made its successful debut in Japan in 2013, the announcement of the Australian fixture received an ecstatic response from all the teams and drivers.
The calendar opens with the first of three F1 World Championship-supporting races at the series’ home in Shanghai, before a return to the picturesque and challenging Fuji International Speedway and a reunion with the Porsche Carrera Cup Japan. Thailand’s Chang International Circuit will host Rounds 4&5 of the 11-race season prior to what will be an electrifying Australian debut. Singapore’s Marina Bay street circuit is quickly followed by another F1 Grand Prix, this time in Malaysia, which has moved from its traditional slot earlier in the year. The 2016 season will once again come to a spectacular climax at the FIA World Endurance Championship’s 6 Hours of Shanghai, where the Porsche motorsport family joins forces once again.
Pioneering the development of professional motorsport competition in Southeast Asia, the 2015 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia season was one of the most fascinating in the championship’s 13-year history, buoyed further by former champion Earl Bamber’s victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours.