New 911 GT3 Cup to make its debut
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland heads into the 2017 season with a 25 field of new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars. The race calendar consists of 14 races in the DTM and ADAC GT Masters weekends, plus an extra event as part of the FIA WEC at Nürburgring, 14-16 July. The Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland will run alongside the Porsche Sports Cup.
The race series kicks off on the first weekend in May with rounds 1 and 2 at Hockenheim, followed by a joint event with the DTM and the ADAC GT Masters on the Lausitzring (19 to 21 May). Races 5 and 6 are contested on the rollercoaster Austrian racetrack of Spielberg as part of the ADAC GT Masters. The Norisring circuit hosts rounds 7 and 8 as part of the DTM. After a summer break, the Carrera Cup Deutschland travels to the Nürburgring (DTM) in September followed by the Sachsenring (ADAC GT Masters) a week later. As in previous years, the season finale is held on the Hockenheimring together with the DTM.
2017 marks the maiden Carrera Cup season for Porsche Junior Thomas Preining. To become a Porsche junior, the 18-year-old Austrian beat over one hundred other applicants in a multi-level selection process. He will race for the Konrad Motorsport team, which clinched the championship title last season with Sven Müller. Müller succeeded in climbing the career ladder into professional racing via Porsche’s one-make series, the Carrera Cup Deutschland and the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. Last November, Porsche signed the German on as a works driver to contest, amongst others, the ADAC GT Masters and the Super GT in Japan.