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Le Mans date for Porsche Carrera Cup GB in 2014
18th September 2013
New Porsche 911 GT3 Cup to make Le Mans debut in support race for 24 Hours
Competitors from Porsche Carrera Cup GB get chance to race on iconic circuit
Invitation extended to GT3 Cup Challenge GB drivers
Competitors in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB will have a sensational date in 2014 when it joins the Carrera Cup France as the support race for the Le Mans 24 Hours (10-13 June).
Next year, both Championships will be marked by the debut of the new ‘Type 991’ 911 GT3 Cup race car. As Porsche returns to compete at the top level of sports car racing, the traditional support race to the 24 Hours will feature the latest version of the iconic, rear-engined 460 hp 911 race car from the British and French Carrera Cups.
The invitation will also be extended to drivers from the GT3 Cup Challenge GB, and together the cars will compete on the famous French race track in front of hundreds of thousands of fans gathered for what is arguably the most iconic race in the motor sport calendar - the 24 Heures du Mans.
Porsche has triumphed in this gruelling French endurance race a record 16 times, and in 2014 will be challenging once more for top honours - in the LMP1 category.
Porsche Cars GB Motorsport manager, Marion Barnaby, said: “This is an incredible opportunity for drivers in both the Carrera Cup GB and the GT3 Cup Challenge to be involved in one of the biggest events in Porsche motor sport history. It is a massive boost for both Championships as we move towards the new model for the Carrera Cup in 2014. The response from teams and drivers has already been extremely positive.”
The outline schedule will include testing on Wednesday, qualifying on Thursday, and the race on Saturday morning. The Carrera Cup GB will stand down from one BTCC event in 2014, the Oulton Park date in June, to retain its 10-event schedule.
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