Following success in the Carrera Cup GB and the international Porsche Supercup, Richard Westbrook in 2008 became the first British driver for many years to join the Porsche factory team. Today, Nick Tandy flies the flag for Britain in international Porsche motor sport, and it was his success in the Porsche Carrera Cup that was fundamental to him being recruited as a Works driver.
Furthermore, many of the Porsche drivers in the LMP1 team racing in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) started their careers in the Carrera Cups. Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas both won Le Mans in 2010 for Audi, but started out with success in Carrera Cup Deutschland. This year, Marc Lieb stepped up to the Porsche LMP1 team in the WEC, and with his extensive background racing the 911 is a great example of the perfect grounding the Porsche Carrera Cup provides. On top, Carrera Cup drivers get an unrivalled opportunity to demonstrate their racecraft and off-track personality to influential Porsche Motorsport representatives; who are eager to spot emerging talent.
Top teams underpin Championship success
Since the Porsche Carrera Cup GB began, a number of professional racing teams have demonstrated remarkable loyalty to the Championship, provided the backbone to its success, and also played a key role in the career development of many drivers.
Principle among these are Redline Racing, Team Parker Racing and Parr Motorsport, who have contested every season since 2003. In2Racing, GT Marques, Welch Motorsport, Motorbase Performance, Juta Racing and Celtic Speed have also supported the Carrera Cup GB generously.
Equally fundamental are the loyal sponsors, and Samsung UHD TV has enjoyed a high profile through involvement in the Carrera Cup GB and its links with Michael Meadows – not least by winning the Championship last season. The appeal of Porsche Motorsport to non-automotive brands is a developing trend, with London bespoke jeweller Boodles – which supports Jordan Witt – a welcome addition to the grid.
The long-term support of Michelin, Mobil, Adidas and Samsung to the Porsche Carrera Cup GB is also much appreciated. Other valued Championship partners include Performance Friction, DRIFT, Sacred Café and Go Motorsport.
Core to the appeal of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB to sponsors is that it lies within the proven TOCA package as a support race to the BTCC, and the action is transmitted live on ITV4. Over the course of the season, these broadcasts reach an annual audience in excess of 20m viewers on Sunday afternoons.
Over 30,000 enthusiastic spectators attend the majority of races, and total crowds of approximately 370,000 over the duration of the season visit the circuits in England and Scotland to enjoy the high octane atmosphere.