– Words: Michael Zomaya. Photos: Sebastian Voll.
We all dread the infamous Monday mornings, it marks the beginning of a working week and for most, the hardest day to get through. Unbeknowingly, we stumbled across something that didn’t only get us through Monday, but rather the entire week; it was none other than the Porsche Cars Australia 911 GT3 Cup training.
Held at Sydney Motorsport Park (formally known as Eastern Creek Raceway for those living in the past), Porsche Cars Australia delivered the Carrera Cup teams their new Type 991 GT3 Cup cars, but more importantly, completed a compulsory four-day hand-over to train teams on servicing and repairing their latest generation 911.
After several days of training it was finally time for the teams to take to the track and complete their first shake down. This was also a compulsory component of the training for all teams. We managed to get into Sydney Motorsport Park to give you this sneak peek of the latest generation.
“The feedback from the teams has been tremendous. The car is brilliant to drive, has extraordinary performance and the pneumatic paddle-shift system is a hit with all the drivers, especially with the Elite Class drivers who have been able to extract greater performance out of the car”, said Porsche Cars Australia Motorsport Manager Cam McConville.
With the season opener just over a month away on February 27th for the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, South Australia, teams don’t have very long to complete testing and familiarise themselves with the 991 irrespective of the subtle changes from the 997 which they ran last year.
The 991’s improvements over the 997 are revised aerodynamics, an improved roll cage and new wheels along with a new chassis (It’s actually 100mm longer than it’s predecessor). The 991 still retains its 3.8L flat-6 engine.
With 338kW and upgrades to the aluminium six-piston monoblock callipers, not only has increased endurance, but also the ability to decelerate. The 997’s were completing low 1.30’s around Sydney Motorsport Park and we’re keen to see how much they can improve on that with the 991.
The power is put down through 18 inch single-piece light-alloy rims with centre locks wrapped in Michelin slick tyres; 275’s for the front and a whopping 310 for the rears.
Porsche has sold over 2,400 units worldwide since its release in 1998, making the 911 GT3 Cup the world’s most successful race car. The 991 is the fourth generation GT3 Cup car to be introduced into the Carrera Cup Australia Championship since its first season in 2003. There’s no doubt that the Carrera is here to stay.
For more information on the Carrera Cup, visit www.carreracup.com.au