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Porsche Carrera Cup Asia set for First Class season as lid lifted on 2014 field

As the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia revs up ahead of its 12th season as the leading light in regional sportscar competition, the First Class international field from 10 countries and territories was unveiled today, just prior to the official test at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit this weekend.

New Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991)

New Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991)

Twenty-eight of the stunning, all-new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991) racing cars will contest the prestigious 11-race, seven-meeting calendar. The more powerful 3.8-litre flat six engine produces 460 horsepower, 10 more than previously, and the six-speed sequential gearbox is operated by pneumatic paddle shift system, yet another first for the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.

2014 PCCA Drivers

Lexus RC F GT3 concept unveiled for 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Lexus will debut a racing version of its RC F performance coupe at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show.

Lexus RC F GT3 concept

The RC F GT3 concept has been developed to meet GT3 international racing standards. Weighing just 1,250 kg, the RC F GT3 features a modified version of the RC F’s V8 engine, producing a maximum power output approaching 400 kilowatts. 

Lexus will supply GT3-compliant vehicles to racing teams starting in 2015, with vehicle testing commencing this year. GT3-compliant vehicles are an attractive option for race events globally and are eligible for numerous events, including the 24 Hours of Nürburgring endurance race in Germany and the Super Taikyu Endurance and Super GT series in Japan.

Lexus RC F GT3 concept major specifications

Length (mm)

Width (mm)

Height (mm)

Weight (kg)

Wheelbase (mm)

Engine

Power

4,705

2,000

1,270

1,250

2,730

V8 gasoline engine

Approx 397kW

 

 

Photo Gallery: Lexus RC F GT3 concept

Malaysia to host Ferrari Racing Days at Sepang International Circuit 21-23 February 2014

Kuala Lumpur will play host to the first-ever Ferrari Racing Days 2014 in South East Asia that will take place at the famous Sepang International Circuit. The special race event for Ferrari owners and Ferrari fans will take place over 3 days from 21st to 23rd February 2014.

2013 Ferrari Challenge APAC-Round 6-Sepang

Being one of the biggest owner events ever organised by Ferrari Far East, Ferrari Racing Days provides various track activities and entertainment that allows hundreds of Ferrari owners and fans to gather and experience in one weekend the world of Ferrari. The event will also feature the first round of the Ferrari APAC Challenge 2014.

“We are absolutely thrilled to host the first-ever Ferrari Racing Days in Malaysia at Sepang International Circuit.  This is a unique event that will see the biggest collection of Ferrari’s that Malaysia has ever seen. We are so excited to not only host our valued Ferrari owners at this event but we also look forward to welcoming thousands of Ferrari fans and lovers of motorsport and share with us the passion, excitement and glamour that only the world of Ferrari can offer.” Says Managing Director of Ferrari Far East, Giuseppe Cattaneo. 

Among the many programmes during the weekend, Ferrari owners will get the opportunity to get behind the wheel of their own splendid cars to see how they measure up in a few on-track sessions.  In addition to the view of the Pits, there will also be a display of the latest complete Ferrari line-up and some impressive models of Ferraris that have helped create the history of the Prancing Horse, like the Enzo, 550 Barchetta and the 430 Scuderia16M. 

The main competitive race will be the Ferrari Challenge, one of the most popular one-make series in the world, where over 2,400 drivers have raced from over 40 different countries since 1993. Asia Pacific region has joined the race in 2011 and 2014 will be the fourth year, with Malaysia having the honour of opening the season at Sepang International Circuit.

Gentlemen drivers who already have competition experience from Trofeo Pirelli will see in action the 458 Challenge, the mid-rear V8 berlinetta derived from the 458 Italia and the fifth model used by Ferrari in its one-make racing series.

This action-packed weekend will be open to everyone including current owners and Ferrari fans to experience the world of Ferrari.  For members of the public, entrance will be free at Sepang International Circuit during the 3-day programme.

Ferrari Racing Days 2014 : Asia-Pacific Challenge

Round 1            February 21-23 – Sepang, Malaysia (Ferrari Racing Days)

Round 2            April 11-13 – Sydney, Australia (Ferrari Racing Days)

Round 3            June 6-8 – Shanghai, China (Ferrari Racing Days)

Round 4            July 4-6 – Inje, Korea

Round 5            August 22-24 - Japan

Round 6            September 19-21 – Fuji, Japan (Ferrari Racing Days)

Round 7            December 3-6 – TBA (Finali Mondiali)

Bamber, Loeb and Ragginger in all-star Macau podium for Porsche Carrera Cup Asia

Loeb, Bamber & Ragginger

Three drivers, each making their debuts on Macau’s demanding Guia street circuit this weekend, filled an all-star podium for the Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Carrera Cup Asia at the 60th Macau Grand Prix today. Earl Bamber took victory for LKM Racing in the wet, nine-lap end-of-season invitational, followed across the line by nine-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb, who proved just as potent in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup as he was on the toughest rally stages.  Third was Team Eagle’s Martin Ragginger of Austria in a brilliant comeback from fifth on the grid after a difficult qualifying session.

Bamber Leads Loeb

Taking the Class B victory was Alif Hamdan of Nexus Racing, who managed to dramatically snatch victory from category pole-sitter Francis Tjia of OpenRoad Racing on the final lap.  Taking the final podium spot was Kevin Tse, making his debut with the series and flying the flag for Macau.

Star Racing Academy season finale at 2013 Macau Grand Prix

The pioneering Star Racing Academy (SRA) will round out its successful debut season this weekend at the Formula Masters China Series (FMCS) Macau Challenge, a non-championship invitational which is part of this year’s 60th Macau Grand Prix.

Representing SRA this weekend and making their debuts on the legendary Guia street circuit are Yuan Bo, second in the 2013 FMCS Chinese Drivers Classification, and Bao Jin Long, who was last month crowned 2013 Scirocco R Cup China champion becoming the first ever Chinese driver to win the title. Yuan and Bao were SRA’s top two performing drivers this season and were rewarded with the unique opportunity to race at the Macau Grand Prix.

Star Racing Academy season finale at Macau Grand Prix

Launched earlier this year by Volkswagen Group China’s Sports Car Project, SRA is the only institution of its kind in China. The Academy provides an interdisciplinary platform from which to equip the next generation of Chinese motorsport heroes with a comprehensive motorsport foundation – integrating practical experience with off-track training, from fitness and nutrition, to race technique and mental preparation. Academy drivers receive support to compete in the entry-level single-seater FMCS.

With training throughout the season, Yuan and Bao have both learned the fundamentals of single-seater racing. Throughout the year, they have adapted to new challenges at different circuits across China, Korea and Malaysia, but this weekend presents the ultimate test. Yuan and Bao have just a single practice session in which to seek out the limits of the Guia Circuit before qualifying takes place the same afternoon. Sunday’s 10-lap race will require the drivers to call upon everything they have learned from their SRA instructors and trainers for a chance at Macau glory.

Since the FMCS championship-decider in Shanghai last month, Yuan and Bao have been preparing for this weekend’s Macau Challenge, working with the team to gain as much circuit knowledge as possible before their arrival.

“Macau is the ultimate test for Yuan and Bao, but also an opportunity for them to end their season on a high note and demonstrate what they’ve learned this season on one of the world’s most challenging circuits,” said Dominic Lyncker, Motorsport Director, Volkswagen Group China. “It’s an opportunity that both drivers and everyone at SRA is eagerly anticipating.”

Supported by Volkswagen Group China, the Star Racing Academy, which provides the team with its drivers, is dedicated to supporting young Chinese talent along their career path by providing them with a 2+1-year program which prepares them for FMCS and for higher race levels in the future.