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Porsche Carrera Cup GB, 2024 Calendar

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Porsche Carrera Cup GB continues to be an unmissable feature of every motorsport enthusiast’s calendar. It’s still the fastest single marque GT racing championship within the UK.

Entering its 22nd season in 2024, the prestigious Porsche Championship continues to be a magnet for spectators and drivers. The Championship is the perfect audition for ambitious drivers keen to prove themselves, and to accelerate their progression within the world of motorsport.

Identical cars are used for this Championship, therefore focusing on the pure driving skill of racing. This creates a thrilling, close race environment and provides superb facilities for both drivers and teams.

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Race weekends 2024 Calendar​

Rounds 1 & 2Donington Park (National)27-28 April 2024
Rounds 3 & 4Brands Hatch (Indy)11-12 May 2024
Rounds 5 & 6Thruxton8-9 June 2024
Rounds 7 & 8Croft27-28 July 2024
Rounds 9 & 10Knockhill10-11 August 2024
Rounds 11 & 12Donington Park (GP)24-25 August 2024
Rounds 13 & 14Silverstone (National)21-22 September 2024
Rounds 15 & 16Brands Hatch (GP)5-6 October 2024

2024 regulations

Consistent rules and regulations have kept Porsche Carrera Cup GB a clean and fair championship, while also ensuring a high level of familiarity for drivers and teams.

As introduced in 2018, reverse grids for the second race of each weekend remain for the 2024 season. Following the first race, a number between four and six is selected at random, and this number determines whether the first four, five or six drivers across the line for the first race will have their grid positions reversed for the second. All other competitors will form on the race two grid according to their finishing position in race one. As introduced in 2019, should a competitor fail to finish in race one, they will take up a grid position for race two immediately behind the last finisher in their category from race one. Both races continue to feature a standing start.

The points structure also remains unchanged across all three categories. As before, to reward qualifying performance, there is a weighting for Pro category drivers in the first race. This partially offsets any penalty for a reverse grid placing in the weekend’s second encounter. The fastest qualifiers in each category receive two championship points, and one championship point remains goes to the driver who posts the fastest race lap in each category. The Teams and Rookie championships will be calculated on the same overall points basis as in 2023.

Continuing another popular incentive, champions in all three categories – Pro, Pro-Am, Am – and Teams champions, continue to receive the use of a Porsche road car for one year. Adding further to the championship’s unparalleled prize package, the driver with the highest number of fastest laps in each category (Pro, Pro-Am, Am and Rookie) at the end of the season will receive a TAG Heuer chronograph watch.

The number of Porsche exclusive tests has increased from four in 2022 to seven in 2024. Porsche test days provide the opportunity to run strictly in the company of 911 GT3 Cup cars, ensuring that the slower vehicles typically found on a general test day to do not hamper driver progress. This allows drivers to fully exploit the speed of their cars, finessing their skill in an environment fully supported by Porsche. Two pre-season tests will be joined by five in-season tests taking place at circuits that feature on the 2024 calendar. Entry costs are included in the 2024 championship registration fee.

Drivers nominate their category – Pro, Pro-Am, or Am – before the season starts, ensuring that they’ll enjoy close racing regardless of the stage of their career or experience level. In a continuation from 2023, competitors are permitted to register a formal protest of a driver's category up to round seven of the season. In the event of a protest, a panel of Porsche experts will review the available evidence, with the power to re-categorise drivers should it be deemed necessary.

While a change to a driver's category does not affect the championship or entrant points they have already earned, the driver does have their existing category points revised. The new summary reflects the number of points they would have earned in the new category had they been competing in it from the beginning of the season.

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2024 regulations

Consistent rules and regulations have kept Porsche Carrera Cup GB a clean and fair championship, while also ensuring a high level of familiarity for drivers and teams.

As introduced in 2018, reverse grids for the second race of each weekend remain for the 2024 season. Following the first race, a number between four and six is selected at random, and this number determines whether the first four, five or six drivers across the line for the first race will have their grid positions reversed for the second. All other competitors will form on the race two grid according to their finishing position in race one. As introduced in 2019, should a competitor fail to finish in race one, they will take up a grid position for race two immediately behind the last finisher in their category from race one. Both races continue to feature a standing start.

The points structure also remains unchanged across all three categories. As before, to reward qualifying performance, there is a weighting for Pro category drivers in the first race. This partially offsets any penalty for a reverse grid placing in the weekend’s second encounter. The fastest qualifiers in each category receive two championship points, and one championship point remains goes to the driver who posts the fastest race lap in each category. The Teams and Rookie championships will be calculated on the same overall points basis as in 2023.

Continuing another popular incentive, champions in all three categories – Pro, Pro-Am, Am – and Teams champions, continue to receive the use of a Porsche road car for one year. Adding further to the championship’s unparalleled prize package, the driver with the highest number of fastest laps in each category (Pro, Pro-Am, Am and Rookie) at the end of the season will receive a TAG Heuer chronograph watch.

The number of Porsche exclusive tests has increased from four in 2022 to seven in 2024. Porsche test days provide the opportunity to run strictly in the company of 911 GT3 Cup cars, ensuring that the slower vehicles typically found on a general test day to do not hamper driver progress. This allows drivers to fully exploit the speed of their cars, finessing their skill in an environment fully supported by Porsche. Two pre-season tests will be joined by five in-season tests taking place at circuits that feature on the 2024 calendar. Entry costs are included in the 2024 championship registration fee.

Drivers nominate their category – Pro, Pro-Am, or Am – before the season starts, ensuring that they’ll enjoy close racing regardless of the stage of their career or experience level. In a continuation from 2023, competitors are permitted to register a formal protest of a driver's category up to round seven of the season. In the event of a protest, a panel of Porsche experts will review the available evidence, with the power to re-categorise drivers should it be deemed necessary.

While a change to a driver's category does not affect the championship or entrant points they have already earned, the driver does have their existing category points revised. The new summary reflects the number of points they would have earned in the new category had they been competing in it from the beginning of the season.

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‘Type 992’ 911 GT3 Cup:

The 2024 season uses the ‘Type 992’ 911 GT3 Cup, introduced to Porsche Carrera Cup GB in 2022. Porsche has built more than 5000 Cup cars to date and this latest iteration is powered by a 4.0-litre six-cylinder boxer engine producing 510 hp and 470 Nm torque. The GT3 Cup engine is a sealed unit with a run time of 100 hours. The Cup features a six-speed sequential gearbox and uses an electronic actuator for faster, seamless gear shifts – this results in a total gearbox run time of 120 hours with inspection services required at 30, 60 and 90 hours.

Double-wishbone suspension on the front axle is one of the chassis highlights, while the rear uses a traditional multi-link design. Testing driver skill, braking is provided by a non-ABS Brembo system with six-piston calipers at the front and four-piston calipers at the rear. The exterior makes extensive use of aerodynamics, delivering high levels of downforce, in part due to an aggressive carbon fibre rear wing with ’swan neck’ mounts, familiar from the 911 RSR. The wheels – 12 x 18’’ front and 13 x 18’’ rear – are shod with Michelin N3R slick racing tyres, developed by tyre partner Michelin exclusively for the latest GT3 Cup.

Drivers continue to benefit from a 10.3’’ full-colour TFT dashboard display, backlit digital touch panel and a multifunction quick-release carbon fibre steering wheel with illuminated buttons. All ‘Type 992’ 911 GT3 Cup cars arrive from the Porsche factory finished in a base colour of GT Silver Metallic.

The ‘Type 992’ 911 GT3 Cup is priced at £177,900 plus VAT and delivery. Orders can be placed from 1 November through Porsche Motorsport GB and in conjunction with a championship registration fee. A comprehensive mandatory spares package is priced at £7,750.
 

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