Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup Australia have announced an all Australian calendar for 2020. Troy Bundy, Head of Motorsport for Porsche Cars Australia made the announcement to teams, drivers, sponsors and media partners at the series’ annual Awards Dinner after the final round on the Gold Coast.
The 2020 calendar aligns with rounds of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship and the Australian Grand Prix, with the country’s premier support category encompassing an eight round series headlining at Australia’s marquee motorsport events across the country.
The 2020 calendar kicks off with its traditional start at the Superloop Adelaide 500 on the 20-23 February followed by the glitz and glamour of the Australian Grand Prix on the 12-15 March. There is an early break over April and May before the Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup Championship reconvenes for round 3 at the Watpac Townsville 400 in 26-28 June.
The Championship stays up north for round 4 in Darwin Triple Crown on the 17-19 July before heading back south for the highly anticipated Sydney Super Night Race on the 28-10 August. A month later the teams will again enjoy the fast and flowing curves of The Bend Motorsport Park, before heading to the Bathurst 1000 in early October. The final round again will be at the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 on the 30 October – 01 November.
After the reveal Bundy explained the key factors when developing the 2020 calendar, “Every year we get feedback from our customers through a survey and from that feedback what stood out was that everyone wanted to continue to race at the biggest motorsport events of the year in front of the biggest crowds, while enjoying the best support and television package available.”
“This calendar delivers on these objectives with every race being a marquee event with great tracks, big crowds and just a premier class experience for our customers, teams and sponsors.”
The second big announcement of the night was that PAYCE have resigned as the title series’ sponsor for a further two years.
On the announcement Bundy said, “It gives me great pleasure to announce that PAYCE have secured the title partner rights for Carrera Cup for the next two years, taking them to the end of the life the 911 Gen II program.”
“Partners like PAYCE are incredibly important to us as we just couldn’t deliver the level of programme we do without their support,” he continued.
“We have been fortunate enough to secure the largest sponsorship support in Carrera Cup’s 15 year history and for us that has allowed us to reinvest that support back to the drivers and customers through improved calendars, television packages, prizes as well the Michelin Junior program,” Bundy continued.
“Personally, it’s hugely gratifying to secure PAYCE as our title partner for the series for the next two years as they have been a fantastic partner of the category for a number of years both partnering with the series as well as a range of teams and drivers. They secured our title partner rights at the end of the last year and we are very grateful the faith they have shown in our program to continue until the end of 2021.”
2020 Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup Australia Calendar
Round 1 Superloop Adelaide 500 Adelaide 20-23 February
Round 2 Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne 12-15 March
Round 3 WatPac Townsville 400 Townsville 26-28 June
Round 4 BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown, Darwin 17-19 July
Round 5 Sydney Super Night Race, Sydney 28-30 August
Round 6 The Bend OTR 500, Tailem Bend 18-20 Sept
Round 7 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 Bathurst 08 – 11 Oct
Round 8 Vodafone Gold Coast 600 Gold Coast 30 Oct– 01 Nov
Porsche pays homage to past & present champions at 2019 Awards Dinner
One of the most anticipated highlights of the Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup Australia season is the Awards Dinner. This year the event was again held at the prestigious QT hotel on the Gold Coast after final round and played host to drivers, teams, sponsors and media partners of Australia’s premier one-make championship.
The theme to this year’s event was inspired by Cirque du Soleil with guests entertained by a host of performers and musicians throughout the evening. While the evening is intended to celebrate the achievements of both the drivers and teams of the current season, 2019 also marks the 15th anniversary of Porsche Carrera Cup Australia.
As a result the series’ took the opportunity at the start of the evening to pay homage to its past champions in attendance including: Jim Richards (2003); Alex Davison (2004); Fabian Coulthard (2005); Craig Baird (2006, 2008-2013); David Reynolds (2007); Steve Richards (2014) and David Wall (2017). Nick Foster (2015); Matt Campbell (2016) and Jaxon Evans (2018) were the only champions not in attendance due to their racing commitments abroad.
Thanks to support of the series’ sponsors the 2019 winners will also enjoy the largest prize pool in Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup Australia’s history. Three new initiatives for 2019 include the Meguiar’s Best Presented Award; Morris Finance Sportsperson of the Year and the Mechanic and Engineer of the Year awards.
With strong interest across every class including Pro, TAG Heuer Pro-Am and Michelin Junior for 2020, Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup Australia continues to be the premier one-make series in Australia showing continued interest from top drivers, teams and sponsors.
Here is a list of the award winners and prizes for 2019:
Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup Australia Champion JORDAN LOVE
Winner: Trip to the Porsche Ice Experience (Finland) in March 2020. Trip to the Night of Champions Dinner (Germany) in December 2019. Season entry to the 2020 Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup Australia
Second: TAG Heuer Watch DALE WOOD
Third: TAG Heuer Watch DAVID WALL
Class: TAG Heuer Pro-Am LIAM TALBOT
Winner: Trip to the Porsche Ice Experience (Finland) in March 2020
Trip to the Night of Champions Dinner (Germany) in December 2019
Season entry to the 2020 Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup Australia
Second: TAG Heuer Watch ROGER LAGO
Third: TAG Heuer Watch ADRIAN FLACK
Michelin Junior Champion JORDAN LOVE
Winner: Trip to compete in the 2019 Porsche Motorsport Junior Programme
Trip to the Night of Champions Dinner (Germany) in December 2019
Porsche Teams Championship SONIC MOTOR RACING
Winner: Loan of a Porsche Cayenne for the 2020 Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup Australia season
TAG Heuer Fastest Lap Award
Pro: TAG Heuer Watch PRO: COOPER MURRAY
TAG Heuer Pro-Am: TAG Heuer Watch LIAM TALBOT
Porsche Endurance Cup
Pro: TAG Heuer Watch JORDAN LOVE
Pro-Am: TAG Heuer Watch ADRIAN FLACK
Morris Finance Sportsperson of the Year Award MICHAEL ALMOND
Winner: Trip to the Night of Champions Dinner (Germany) in December 2019
Meguiar’s Best Presented Award CAMERON HILL
Winner: $5000 of Meguiar’s Care Car Product
Engineer Mechanic of the Year SONIC MECHANIC – JAIDYN JOB
Winners: TAG Heuer Watch SONIC ENGINEER – MICHAEL RITTER
Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup Australia Champions
2003 Jim Richards Jim Richards Racing
2004 Alex Davison Greg Murphy Racing
2005 Fabian Coulthard Greg Murphy Racing
2006 Craig Baird VIP Petfoods Racing
2007 David Reynolds Sonic Motor Racing
2008 Craig Baird Fitzgerald Racing Services
2011 Craig Baird Alliance Group Racing
2012 Craig Baird Alliance Group Racing
2013 Craig Baird Alliance Group Racing
2014 Steve Richards Steve Richards Motorsport
2015 Nick Foster Sonic Motor Racing
2016 Matt Campbell McElrea Racing
2017 David Wall Wall Racing
2018 Jaxon Evans McElrea Racing
2019 Jordan Love Sonic Motor Racing